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Everything You Need To Know: Tips For Moving Long Distance With A Baby

Moving is hard. Having a new baby is hard. Don’t let your moving process be more complicated than it has to be by trying to manage it all on your own. An excellent professional mover will have all the tricks you need to make the moving process with a baby more comfortable.

To-Do List Before You Move: 

  • Scout your new neighborhood, school district, and local daycare facilities. If you’re going to live in your new home long enough that your child attends school there, you should visit the neighborhood, ask questions about the school district, and ask for referrals to good daycare centers. Childcare can be competitive in some places, so you may have to plan for waitlists. 
  • Visit your pediatrician. If you’re moving away from your current doctor, ask for referrals in your new neighborhood. Ask for printed medical records and confirm that your baby is up-to-date on all necessary vaccinations.  If your baby has been sick recently, you’ll want to schedule an appointment a few days before your move to make sure your baby is healthy and you have all the vital medications. 
  • Plan your trip. If you’re driving or flying over a long-distance, it’s important to plan stops for feeding, diaper changes, and sleeping for you and your baby. Your plan should be flexible enough to allow for additional travel time to account for your traffic, baby frustration, and other things not going according to plan. 

Tips To Keep In Mind

  • Stick to your usual routine as much as possible. Babies respond well to routine, and having a schedule can limit your anxiety as well. It’s best to stick to your regular routine of eating, sleeping, and changing so that you can be confident that your baby feels comforted and secure during this transitional period. 
  • Create a safe space free of hazards. Pack the pack and play, playpen, and baby gates last so that you can designate a safe area for your baby to sit, sleep, or have tummy time while your hands are full with other things. 
  • Prioritize essential baby items and clothes. Bigger clothes, seasonal items, decor items, and other items you aren’t using every day can be packed first. Frequently used items should be loaded last or transported in your personal vehicle. If flying, stick to your diaper bag must-haves and read up on TSA regulations for liquids and battery-operated toys. 

On Moving Day

  • Delegate to loved ones, a babysitter, or a daycare. Even if you can do it all, you don’t have to. With your baby cared for, you’re free to complete your moving checklist without the threat of distractions. 
  • Hire a moving company and/or professional organizer. Enlisting a moving company to help you pack and settle in your new home will allow you to give your baby undivided attention during a potentially stressful time. 
  • Baby-proof the home. If your baby will soon be mobile, it’s important to identify hazards and baby-proof your new home before accidents happen. Consider blocking off staircases, installing child-resistant locks and drawer-pulls, and quickly getting rid of all plastic bags and packing materials that could become choking hazards. 

If you need additional tips, feel free to reach out to one of our many qualified moving professionals today!