Moving house can sometimes be bittersweet. You are about to embark on an exciting new chapter with your baby, but you are feeling stressed and unsettled. If you want some advice to make your life easier and keep your baby happy during the move, these top ten tips will help you on your way!
Get your baby’s things organised first
Not knowing where to start? Start with your baby’s things first. Although there will still be all of your own stuff to pack up, the peace of mind that your baby’s stuff is organised and packed will definitely make you feel more relaxed.
We always say we’ll write things down but never do. There is so much to think about and do when moving house so writing everything down really does help. It will definitely take some of the stress away, allowing you to focus on your baby without a billion things floating around your head.
Put together an essential baby box
Make sure you gather up your baby’s immediate and most important items in one box, label it and have it with you in the car that you’re traveling in on move day. This is so you aren’t frantically searching for something when you arrive at your new house adding to the stress even more; you’ll be able to pick out exactly what you need for your baby from one box.
Set yourself goals
Setting yourself realistic goals, either daily or weekly, will really make your move go a lot smoother. Having tasks to work towards will bring more structure into your life during this stressful time and keep you on track to get things done.
Try to get as much help as you possibly can
If you do have the support from family during your move, accept all the help you can get. Even if it’s just someone to hold the baby while you’re packing up boxes, getting help is really important as it can be a stressful time for you.
Don’t nap when they nap
Normally the advice is that you should try and sleep when your baby sleeps but you will have so much to sort out it would probably be best to get as much done as possible while your baby naps.
Try to keep to a routine
If you have established some kind of routine with your baby by the time you move into your new home, try to stick to it despite the chaos. You’ll have boxes everywhere and everything will seem so up in the air in those early days but making sure your baby is still in their routine will minimise the risk of them feeling unsettled.
Once you’re in, don’t stress, everything will be just how you want it one day at a time
Don’t panic if your new home isn’t how you want it to be straight away. Life is different now and your baby takes up a lot of your time so you can’t expect to have things looking perfect straight away. Just like how packing everything up took a while, unpacking everything will take just as long, if not longer, but you will eventually get there.
Register your baby at your local GP
Getting this done straight away is a must just in case you need an emergency appointment once you have moved.
Have a look at where the local children centres are before you move
Getting to know where the mum and baby groups are locally is a good idea if you want to escape all those unpacked boxes. If you want a change of scenery, going out with your baby to a group in your new area can really help take your mind off unpacking.
Amelia Cunningham is a writer and blogger who writes about all things motherhood, fashion, and lifestyle. Amelia established her own blog, Raising Little’ns, which she often contributes material to.
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