Moving house can be a challenge at any time – it is considered one of the most stressful life events by many people. Another stressful life event? Being a new parent. Put the two together and you’ve got yourself a very daunting task ahead of you.
However, moving house with a baby doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Here are some top tips from Essex Removals on how to make moving house a little easier on new parents.
Be smart about your packing
Sorting out your belongings can feel like a gargantuan task, but breaking them down into categories can make it feel more manageable. Sorting them by room or by function is a popular choice. Alternatively, you could put anything you’re unlikely to need immediately at the bottom of your boxes and the stuff you’ll need straight away at the top.
Whatever method you choose, try to just keep it as simple and as logical as possible. This will make things much easier and less stressful when it’s time to unpack. Plus, packing in a logical way can save you lots of time further down the line, which is invaluable when you have a baby to look after too.
You should also pack a bag that is dedicated entirely to baby-related items such as nappies, food, toys, clothes, teething rings, or even a breast pump. This will ensure everything you need can be accessed quickly and easily, whenever you need it – no rummaging through every box just to find a baby wipe!
Keep baby’s routine as normal as possible
Babies are creatures of habit, so keeping their routine as normal as possible is a good way to avoid any unusual behaviour at an already stressful time. It can be overwhelming for babies to move environments, as their senses are so heightened and they are so accustomed to a few very specific places – after all, it’s probably all they’ve ever known.
Sticking to their usual pattern not only helps them to adjust without any major meltdowns but also allows you to plan your own tasks around their routine, such as unpacking while they’re asleep or scheduling noisy installations between naps.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Don’t be afraid to reach out to friends, family members, or even a professional babysitter if you need someone to help take the load off your shoulders for a few hours. If you need time to recentre yourself among the chaos, there is no harm in asking a loved one to care for your baby for a short period of time or do some packing for you. This will give you the chance to take a step back, focus on other things you’ve been avoiding, or even just have a much-needed lie-down.
Here at Essex Removals, we understand you might need some professional help to pull off a move that’s smooth and stress-free. With over 30 years in the business, we know what it takes to ensure you and your family move house with as little disruption as possible. Contact us today to find out more.