Moving is never the easiest of tasks, I’ve done it quite a number of times throughout my adult life but the hardest has definitely been since having a child around. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you might remember that last year in December we moved house, with 10 month old baby! It wasn’t part of our “plan” but we were running out of space in our little flat and the perfect house for us came up so we couldn’t turn it down! With that in mind, today I thought I’d share with you my best tips for moving house with a baby! I’m going to be focusing mainly on the moving day itself but if you’d be interested in some top packing tips for the weeks leading up to a house move then let me know and I’ll happily share a post with those also.
Hire A Form of Removal Company
This might sound like a given, but when we moved we didn’t and instead we enlisted the help of my step dad and his work van, which of course was GREAT, but having a removal company can make things run so much smoother, especially if like us you have a lot of furniture. There’s a fantastic company called Shiply that are a platform that match people needing something transported with a transport provider in or around your area, including removal companies. The transport providers give out quotes on listing for where they are already in the area or nearby, therefore saving you money and saving the environment by using less fuel/emissions. Think of it like a carpool for moving, genius!
Pack Your Kettle In The Car
I don’t know about you, but a good strong cup of coffee is always very high up on my list of necessities! Pack your kettle, a couple of mugs, jar of coffee(or tea if you prefer) and a bit of milk in the car with you so that when you arrive to your new home you can make yourself a brew! Is there a better way to celebrate your new home? (I mean yes, probably champagne, but you know)
Get Someone To Have The Baby
If you are able to, then it’s going to make your move day 500 times easier. If you can tie it into a day that they are at nursery/the childminders then great! If not, maybe ask a relative or family friend if they wouldn’t mind looking after them for you for the day. If that’s not feasible, maybe because you’re exclusively breastfeeding or are moving quite far away from friends and family, then on to my next point..
Enlist Another Pair of Hands
So that you can tend to the baby all day and not try and do 100 things at once. We all want to be superwoman, but there is just no way you can carry boxes down stairs and onto vans if you’ve got a baby attached to your hip. If you’ve got an extra pair of hands to help then you can focus on the baby and give instructions to your new helpers!
Try and Stick To Baby’s Routine
Depending on the age of your baby this one might be tricky(or unnecessary), but if you can try and keep your baby’s routine as familiar as possible, it will not only make them feel more calm and content with all the hustle and bustle that’s going on around them but it’ll make you feel more at ease too. Even if you’re only around to be mum and delegator for the day, if you can squeeze in baby’s normal naps and feed times, things will run run smoothly around that.
Unpack The Nursery First
On your first night in your new home, sleeping on the sofa or on top of the mattress on the floor is kind of a given, but your baby needs their safe sleeping space, so if there’s one room that you tend to when you start to unpack, it’s probably best to make sure it’s the nursery. Ensuring you have the cot, mattress and bedding ready before bed time(or really, as soon as you arrive at your new home) will save you trying to rebuild the cot without it’s instructions at 9pm at night with a screaming child in your arms.
Temporarily Baby Proof
There are only so many hours in a day, but if there are any areas of your house that your baby will have access to exploring in on moving in day, be sure to baby proof those spaces as much as possible. Making sure to pack things like plug socket covers, a stair gate, door stoppers etc. If you’re looking for ways to baby proof your home fully, then my friend Lyndsay has a really great post on it which you can find here.
So if you’re moving house soon with your baby, don’t sweat, it’ll be fine, I promise! And if it’s not, don’t worry, it’ll be all done soon and then someone will probably bring a bottle of wine over! Have you ever moved whilst you had your baby around? What are your top tips? I’d love to know!