Moving with a baby is hard

I’m a smart girl. When we realized that we were going to be moving, I knew it was going to take longer than it would without a baby. I just didn’t realize how much longer. So if you’re getting ready to move and you have a small child or children and would like some pointers, here are my suggestions:

  • Get as many boxes as you can as far in advance as possible. Look on Lots of people give them away for free.
  • Do all of your paperwork as soon as you find out you’re moving. Do your taxes, enter your receipts, file, file and file. You don’t want to have to worry about that stuff as soon as you move.
  • If you can’t afford a baby sitter, try some bargaining with neighbors: walk a dog, take the garbage cans out/in, offer to baby sit for a date night. You’d be amazed at how much you can get done in one hour of uninterrupted time.
  • Pack your suitcases like you’re going on vacation for a couple of weeks. This way, you have everything you need and you don’t have to stress about which box you put whatever you’re looking for in.
  • Think about what you are going to need first at your new home, and have boxes/containers ready (clear plastic bins are good for this so that way you can make sure they don’t get put with everything else). Put these in the car instead of the moving truck:
    • Crib and bedding
    • Bath time stuff
    • Feeding supplies (bib, spoon, bowl, food, etc)
    • Diaper bag
  • Don’t underestimate how much time things take. Expect your otherwise wonderful child to be extra clingy and needy thus consuming much more of your time than you expected.
  • Last but not least, use the move as an opportunity to start new wonderful habits and leave all those not so wonderful habits at the old house. Your child is going to be disruptive and probably cry a lot more than normal. Why not take advantage of this rare opportunity?
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