Planning, organizing, coordinating and executing a move is never easy, no matter where you’re going and how many things you have, but it’s particularly complicated if you have kids. This means you have to take your logistics skills to a whole new level and make detailed plans that involve your children and their needs, and that can be rather challenging, especially since babies require a ton of attention. However, while this is hard, it’s not impossible, and if you start thinking about it in advance and make all the plans beforehand, you can still do it effortlessly and efficiently. So, if you too are moving and taking care of your baby at the same time, here’s a quick guide that might help you get through the process.
Work around their routine
Regardless of your baby’s age, its routine is something you shouldn’t tamper with – they live by this routine and their organization should always be your priority. Therefore, you need to work around the baby’s sleeping schedule and try to respect it as much as you can without disrupting it.
Put your baby to sleep and only then start packing, moving boxes around, talking to the people who are taking your stuff from point A to point B, etc. And once the baby wakes up, stop with all that and focus your attention to its needs. Yes, this is tiring and time-consuming, but it’s the only way to keep your newborn happy, and that’s something that should always be your main concern.
Make a plan
Even if you’re the most organized person in the world, you can’t do such a complicated moving operation without making a detailed plan. This means you should know your deadline for moving out of your old home and into your new one, as well as be absolutely sure what needs to be done.
Once you have all these things on paper, you can divide separate activities into weeks and days, giving yourself enough time and ensuring your baby doesn’t suffer the consequences. You should print your moving calendar and make enough copies for everyone involved so you can all remain synchronized with each other at all times.
Talk to professionals
You do know there are people who can organize and execute your move instead of you so that you don’t have to do a thing except take care of your baby, right? Well why don’t you contact these people and ask them for help? This might cost you, but it will also give you a chance to stay focused on your child, so you need to figure out which is more important.
Also, you should hire other professionals as well – people who can clean and disinfect your new home before you arrive, people who handle complex issues like moving house electricity you shouldn’t risk doing on your own, and people who will fix all the issues in your old home before you can sell it. Moving with a baby is hard, but it’s much easier if you have someone you can rely on.
Packing and unpacking the nursery
Your baby’s room is the most important room in your home at the moment, and you have to approach its packing delicately and carefully if you want everything to go smoothly. The best idea is to pack your baby’s things last so that it can spend as much time in the old nursery as possible, unaffected by the move, and unpack them in the new nursery the moment you walk through the door.
This way, your child will have a place to sleep on the very first night in the new home, which is why the nursery is much more important than the kitchen, the living room or your own bedroom.
Moving your home to a new location and having your baby involved in the process may turn out to be the hardest thing you’ve ever done, but just imagine all the joy and excitement of starting a new phase in your life at a new location and giving your child a new home. Once you achieve that and see how happy your kids are in their new nursery, all your troubles and exhaustion will go away and you’ll be happy you’ve moved.