Have you ever moved with a newborn or infant? Well if you have, then you know it’s not a stroll in the park!! Moving in general is stressful on adults, so imagine how stressful it is for babies and parents of a baby.
Similar to pregnancy (pregnancy, nesting and birth) moving with a baby also follows three stages: prepping for the move, moving into the new house and baby proofing the new crib (the house and their actual crib).
Prepping for the move
1. Checking in with your pediatrician before moving may give you guidance in how to properly transition a baby from one home to another. It is important that they also provide any and all copies of your child’s medical records so you can transfer everything to your new pediatrician. Typically, you can ask your current doctor for a list of preferred doctors in the area you are moving to. Our recommendation is taking those referrals and set up meet and greet appointments with the new doctors before moving so you have a set appointment prior to the move.
2. Just as you would for yourself, you need to pack a baby bag. This isn’t a typical 1-night stay baby bag. You need to prepare for at least a week’s worth of baby items. This should include all the basic necessities for a baby (clothes, bottles, food, sleeping aids, etc.) In addition to their travel bag, it will be useful to have a bag full of “goodies” or distractions for them while traveling. This can include snacks and toys! Prepare for extra screen time for the little ones while traveling – don’t worry they will be fine!
1. First and foremost – unpack the nursery completely. Having everything in place and organized for the baby will make your life and your partners life that much easier during an already stressful period. Having the familiarity of the baby’s surroundings will also help the baby transition into her new “safe place” much better.
2. During the move, items can shift and break. With this said, make sure that all baby items are in a safe condition. Pay attention to sharp or missing pieces off the crib, loose hardware on the changing station, etc.
Baby Proofing the New Crib
1. For a complete list of baby safety please visit: https://safekids.org/
2. Be mindful when unpacking as you may leave items in places you wouldn’t normally due to the natural chaos of moving. Make sure items such as medicine, cleaning products, tools, etc. are placed up high or locked away when not being used.
Happy baby, happy life! Happy moving!