2017 was a pretty crazy year for us. My partner and I graduated, had Arlo, and then moved into our first home together. We moved to a completely new area when Arlo was just two months old so I have put together a list of 10 top tips for anyone who is planning on or is about to move house with their baby.
We all know that there is so much to do when you’re 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.
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.
Get your baby’s stuff in order first
Sorting out all of Arlo’s bits and pieces first helped me massively. Although there was all of mine and his dad’s stuff still to pack up, knowing that my baby’s stuff was done really did make me feel more relaxed.
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 maybe have it with you in the car that you’re travelling 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.
Try and get as much help as you possibly can
We were really lucky in that we had a lot of support from family during our move and if you have that too, make use of it! Even if it’s just someone to hold the baby while you’re packing up boxes, having help is really important as it can be a stressful time for you.
Don’t nap when they nap
Arlo was only two months old when we moved house so his naps were longer and more frequent back then and I know they advise you to try and rest when your baby sleeps but you will have so much to sort out that my advice would be to try and get as much done in that time as possible.
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. I know 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 napping at their set times etc. 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
If you’re like me and need everything a certain way straight away don’t panic. 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 things.