Summer is the most popular season for moving because the kids are out of school and the weather is warm. However, moving can be daunting for families with young children, especially infants that have to be monitored around the clock.
At Metropolitan Moving & Storage, we always help guide our clients through any challenges that they might face with their move. We’re family friendly and have learned quite a few things about moving with babies:
Familiarize yourself with your new neighborhood
First and foremost, do some research on your new neighborhood and identify where the nearest hospitals, pediatricians and 24-hour supermarkets are located. Create a cheat sheet of addresses and contact information to have on-hand. You’ll feel more prepared for any emergencies that come up.
Pack the nursery last and unpack first
Talk to your movers and come up with an effective packing game plan that works for your family. Let them know that you’d like them to pack the baby’s nursery items last on the moving truck. Furniture, such as the crib and changing table, will be the first items moved into your new home and placed in the nursery that way all of babies’ essentials can be organized first. You’ll be able to cross the biggest to-do off your list early on in your move.
Keep essentials close by
Pack a travel suitcase with all of your child’s most important everyday items, like blankets, diapers, wipes and enough outfits to last a week without laundry. Having this on hand will give you time to properly organize the nursery. It will also be a comfort for you and your baby to have these items close by.
Another great tip is to pack sheets and pillows in a suitcase for the baby’s crib, as well as for your own bed, so you won’t be digging through boxes when you just want to get some rest.
The day of the move
Book a babysitter ahead of time, triple confirm and have a back-up babysitter plan in place. Focusing all of your energy on the move will only make it go that much faster and will be much less stressful without having to entertain a little one. The nature of moving day can be a bit chaotic for a youngster, so you’ll want to make sure the child’s first introduction to the new home is as calm as possible.
Keep in mind that the most important thing about your move is to make sure that your baby is healthy and happy during the entire process.
Jonathan Neal is president of Metropolitan Moving and Storage LLC, headquartered in Laurel, Md. To learn more about the company, visit dcmetropolitanmoving.com or follow them on Twitter @MetroMovingDC.