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Having a baby changes everything. Often, you'll have to move to a more appropriate home for the bundle of joy. Moving with a baby can be difficult--what should you do to keep your baby safe and happy during a move?

Before the move

Babies require special attention during relocation. They are too young to be at school or to argue with you about moving, but that doesn't mean you should forget to prepare them for the move.

Make sure your baby is healthy

  • Time a trip to the pediatrician for a check up before the move. Make sure the baby isn't sick and is up to date on her immunizations.
  • Find a new doctor at the destination and have the baby's medical records transferred there.
  • Save a copy of all medical records, including immunizations and carry them with you as you travel.
  • Plan a route to your destination that allows short detours to hospitals just in case your baby needs any medical attention during the trip.
  • Get rid of old unused toys rather than packing them.
  • Mark cleaning and baby stuff to be opened first.

During the move

Babies can't pack and don't have a lot of personal items, so focus on making sure that they are as happy and safe as possible on the trip to the new home.
  • Arrange for a babysitter, relative, or daycare centre to take care of your baby on moving day. A chaotic home on moving day is no place for a baby. Unfortunately, you should be present at your home during the move, so leave your baby with someone trustworthy. Be sure to make this appointment well ahead of time.
  • Aside from the crib and a highchair, pack most of the baby's things in the car with you, such as disposable diapers, food, drinks, and toys. 
  • Pack twice as many diapers as you estimate you'll need for the trip. Don't forget baby wipes and powder.
  • Make sure the baby stays in a safe car seat for the trip's duration.
  • Take frequent stops to stretch your legs and free your baby from the restraints of the car seat.
  • Bring a first aid kit, including things for diaper rash.
  • Bring baby food in the car.
  • Bottles and formula need to travel with the baby. If the baby is still breastfeeding, Mom knows what to do.
  • Let the baby hear soothing noises if possible.
  • Give the baby toys to play with during the trip.
  • Pack a stroller if you want to stop and occasionally take a walk without carrying your baby.

After the trip

If you packed your car with most of the baby's essentials, you should be able to take care of your child immediately at the new home.
  • Unpack the baby's crib for the first night. If the movers didn't ship the crib to the new location in time, you may need to get a new one.
  • Try to unpack a highchair as soon as possible so you can station the baby in one area and free up your hands for unloading and unpacking.
  • If the unloading process lasts too long, you could live in a hotel for some time. Make sure to find one that offers cribs or bring your own in your car.
  • Clean your floors thoroughly in your new home before letting your baby crawl around on them. You may have to unpack cleaning supplies right after that highchair and get to work before you can safely let your baby loose.

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on October 1, 2014 - Moving Expert
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