Complete Guide to Moving with a Baby
Moving to a new house with a baby
Moving is a pretty big job, and it can be especially hectic when you have a baby. There’s a lot to juggle! When you’re planning a long-distance move, it makes sense to find the easiest way to get your belongings safely to your new home while keeping your little one happy and healthy , too. We’ll answer your questions and walk through our best tips for moving with a baby in this post.
Preparing for the move
Moving day will be here before you know it! Here are some things you can do to make the move easier on you and your baby:
Plan childcare on moving day. Hire a trusted babysitter, or ask a family member or friend to take care of baby while you pack and load your belongings. If childcare is unavailable, consider hiring a moving crew to do the heavy lifting.
Map the route. If you’re moving cross country, plan where you’ll stop ahead of time. Consider lodging, places to eat, and even rest stops for playtime. If you plan to fly, try to take a non-stop flight to your destination as opposed to a multi-stop flight path.
Keep your routine. The days leading up to a big move can make you deviate from the usual routine – try to avoid this if at all possible. Sticking to baby’s regular schedule will help minimize the environmental changes that can cause irritability and fussiness.
Check in with the doctor. Make sure your child is healthy and ready for travel.
Plan childcare in your new city. Research daycares and schools before you move to ensure you have a safe place lined up for your child. You may need to plan a visit to your new city before you move to find the best fit for you and your family.
- Prep for the flight or car ride. Check with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for information on traveling with children, including safety seat regulations, ticketing information, etc. Also check with your airline for specific regulations they have about flying with infants. If you’re traveling via vehicle, be sure to double check the NHTSA’s car seat recommendations for children.
How to keep your baby happy on moving day
Try these tips to keep baby happy, safe, and entertained during the actual move:
- Designate an empty room for your infant to play, eat, and sleep in. Include a play yard, toys, and other essentials for easy care throughout the day.
- Record your baby’s favorite sounds (you singing, a fan, or even the vacuum!) or play their favorite music for a calming effect while they play or sleep. It might also help soften any loud noises that come from moving furniture to the truck.
- Try to stick to baby’s daily routine for feedings, playtime, and naptime. Just like any other day, plan on tackling any large moving day tasks while baby is napping!
Moving into your new house with a baby
There are several things to consider when you’re moving into a new home with an infant. Let’s walk through tips for setting up the nursery, childproofing the home, and adjusting to life in a new town.
Setting up the nursery
It’s best to set up the nursery first when you begin moving in. This will give you a space for the baby to play and sleep while you’re unpacking.
Protect the floors, walls, and doorways before you begin moving furniture in and clean up any packing or moving materials afterward, so that your new home is safe and clean for baby.
When reassembling baby furniture, such as the crib and changing table, be sure to test it out first before using it with an infant.
- Try to arrange the nursery as closely as you can to how it was arranged in your old house. A little familiarity can go a long way in making a smooth transition.
Childproofing your home
Consider these tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to make your new home as safe as possible:
- Use safety locks and latches on drawers and cabinets to prevent your baby from accessing harmful items, such as household cleaners, matches, etc.
- Use safety gates to prevent your baby from entering certain rooms and from falling down stairs.
- Use door knob covers to prevent your child from entering rooms with potential hazards, or sneaking outside unattended.
- Use corner and edge bumpers on places such as the fireplace and furniture to avoid injury from sharp edges.
- Use outlet covers to protect from electrical shock.
Adjusting to life in a new city
There are a few things you can do right away to make life with a baby in unfamiliar surroundings easier:
- Ask your old pediatrician for a referral in your new town, and request a transfer of your baby’s medical records.
- Practice your usual routine in the new house and get plenty of rest, even while you’re still settling in. Moving can be exhausting!
- Connect with other families at work, church, or in your new neighborhood. Developing a strong support system is essential to adapting to a new city.
Other tips for moving with a baby
Use a master calendar to stay organized with dates and things to do before, during, and after the move.
Take breaks and relax when you can during the moving process– babies and children can often sense stress, making the process more difficult for everyone.
- Refer to our guide on moving while pregnant if you’ll be moving before your baby arrives.
Options for moving with children of any age
Driving a rental truck is one way to move, but did you know that some rental trucks don’t allow car seats? The NHTSA recommends keeping children in the backseat through age 12, and rental trucks don’t have backseats. If you’re moving with an infant, you might look for another option like U-Pack®.
With U-Pack, you pack and load your belongings in a moving trailer or ReloCube, and we’ll drive them to your destination for you—with rates that compare to truck rental. This allows you to fly to your destination, or ride to your new home in the comfort of your family vehicle.
To learn more about moving with U-Pack, get a free moving quote online or by calling 800-413-4799.