Mic's Moving Adds Infant to the Crew: 10 Steps When Moving with Baby

Mic's Moving Adds Infant to the Crew: 10 Steps When Moving with Baby

New Baby Arrival

On Monday, December 2nd, owner Mic Wendt and his wife Meghan welcomed a baby boy, Maclan. They are overjoyed to have a healthy baby, and Mic’s Moving is excited to add a new member to the crew.

In the spirit of Maclan’s arrival, we’ve decided it’s a good time to prep all of the moms and dads out there with the best way to plan for a move when you are moving with an infant.

Owner Mic Wendt and his son Maclan

Tips For Moving with a Baby

1: Pack while the baby is napping.

Infants require constant attention with feeding, tummy time, snuggle time, skin to skin, and diaper changes. Make your life easier and wait til the little one takes a nap so you will have a dedicated 2-3 hours of packing time while the baby is sleeping in between feeds.

2: Go to the Container Store or Dollar Store for separators.

Who wants to open a box mixed with baby clothes including: socks, bibs, pants, and onesies all mushed into one? Make your life easier when unpacking by separating your items into containers. Similarly, you can then use these separators in baby’s dresser and closet in your new home, and you are starting off on a more organized foot than in your old home.

3: Divide packing into two distinct categories: essentials and non-essentials, and make sure you label your boxes as such.

For the essentials, set aside a box of things that you will take in the car with you, that you will need as the move is happening. Think: what do I use every day? Diapers, wipes, bottles, burping pad, breast pump and cooler, hats, bibs, an extra set of clothes, a cozy blanket, medications, and an extra change of clothes would fit into this category.

You may want to include an essentials box of baby’s favorite things to help him or her acclimate to the new home: books, toys, playmat, any swing device, or a cushioned pillow that the baby prefers.

The non-essentials boxes are for things you don’t need leading up to the move or right when you get there. You can pack these a few weeks or months in advance. This is things like extra toys, bulk items, such as diapers, or washcloths, off-season clothing, or clothing that doesn’t yet fit the baby, stuffed animals, books, nursery décor and any nursery furniture that you don’t use regularly.

4: Book a sitter for moving day

Moving day is busy with many people coming in and out of the house carrying furniture and boxes. Designate a friend, relative or babysitter keep your little one, ideally off-site. Sittercity.com is a place to check out if you do not have a current babysitter, and you can read profiles, and look at ratings. By having someone watch the baby, it keeps them happy and safe and away from all the noise and commotion, and it helps you focus on the move. If obtaining a sitter doesn’t work for you, designate an empty room where you and someone else can take turns watching your baby.

5: Take a photo in front of the house you are moving from.

Since baby most likely won’t remember this home, he or she will really appreciate seeing a photo in front of the home to at least be able to share in an understanding of what the home looked like, and this leaves an opportunity for baby to learn more about the surrounding neighborhood when he or she gets older.

6: Prep your meals for move day.

Nothing is worse than a hangry baby...or adult. Make sure you overplan for meals and snacks throughout your move, and pack appropriate pre-pumped milk (in a cooler) or formula, so that you have this available for both partners to be able to feed the baby. Also, it never hurts to give your movers some water, and a meal such as pizza during the move. They really appreciate a little extra, even if its not expected. 

7: On your move day, let the movers know your priorities of placement of essentials and non-essentials.

You may want all of these items in the nursery, or you may want to put some of the non-essentials in the attic of your new home. If you don’t label and tell the movers, it will most likely all end up in the nursery.

8: Unpack the nursery first

Putting together the nursery will help the baby feel calm, because he or she will recognize the surroundings. It also will provide a quiet and safe space for the baby to play and sleep while you continue to unpack. 

9. Baby-proof the home

Another crucial thing to do right away is baby-proof the home. Some things you might do include:
  • Block off staircases and other dangerous areas with safety gates
  • Anchor heavy furniture like bookshelves, dressers and entertainment centers to the wall
  • Place child-resistant locks on drawers and cabinets, especially those that contain chemical products and medications
  • Remove choking hazards like packing materials and cords
  • Cover electrical outlets 

10: Take a photo in front of your new home, and send out a move announcement.

Your baby will really appreciate this photo as her or she gets older, and so will you. You can use this photo as an announcement that you can send via email or on cardstock to friends so that they know to update your address.

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