An Uncomplicated Life Blog: Mommy Monday: Moving With a Baby In Tow

Monday, March 2, 2015

Mommy Monday: Moving With a Baby In Tow

We all know that moving is an obscene amount of work.

But holy smokes, it's 1000X more work with a baby! You can't proactively pack when you have a little around because you genuinely need all the stuff you have out. You can't pack the clothes or the toys or the diaper changing station early. Or your life will consist of a mess of meltdowns.

Alas, everything always has a way of working out. My parents flew into town (because my mother continues to be a SAINT) and helped us with the last minute-ness of packing with a baby. Two sets of extra hands were so welcome!

And now we're comfortably in the new house (well... Working on getting it de-boxed and comfortable). Here are some pointers if you're moving with a little person, from a person who moved with a little person.



Tips for moving with a baby:

1) Pack after the baby has gone to bed. You won't get much done with them awake, and if that baby is mobile, they'll likely just pull everything out of the box anyway! Invest in some good packing tape to secure that box after it's packed, too.

2) Get more hands. Take friends and family up on their offers to help! Joke is on them if they were "only being nice" with their offer. You need more troops on the ground if you're moving with a baby, so march them in.

3) On moving day, have one person in charge of the baby/babies. I took Henry for the day and kept him on our normal schedule, while hubs managed the movers and my folks were at the new house for deliveries/cable guy/internet guy/slew of random "guys" that are needed to reconnect your life.

Good luck if you're moving, and Godspeed to you if you're moving with a baby in tow!

11 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you're finally in! How exciting.
    I've having major home envy over here... can't wait to see it!

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  2. Woo hoo!! So happy that the move went well and can't wait to see what the new home looks like!! Xo, Biana

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  3. yay for moving!! so excited and can't wait to see more.
    we have talked about moving to an area with better schools for when we have kids, my husband thinks we can move after kids, i want to move asap because i know it's gonna be so hard with a kid!

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  4. So glad you're in the house! Even if it's still bare bones due to the weather, you're in!
    And yes, moving with a baby or toddler...insane!

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  5. I cannot wait to see more pictures of this gorgeous house! Yes definitely pack while they are asleep otherwise you just inadvertently started a new game for them ;)

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  6. We've moved with babies before, and your tips were spot-on. Thanks! Another part about having someone else pack your stuff: they will just throw it in a box and be done with it. If I'm packing my own stuff, I'll debate about whether I want to throw it out, then whether I want to keep it out and pack it later, or whether it would be more organized if I packed it in a different box with other items... it takes me all day to pack. Ask a friend because they care less about your stuff than you do!

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  7. Congrats on getting moved into the new house! I bet it was even crazier with all the "extreme" weather we've been getting (were you guys laughing/shaking your heads?). Hiring movers is one of the best decisions I've ever made in my life. We schlepped all of our crap for years by ourselves and the first time we had movers it was like what I would imagine first class feels like. Amazing. I would rather eat rice cakes for a month and have movers than ever do it myself ever again. Plus knowing I wouldn't have to move anything myself gave me the strength to hold together a semblance of packing organization instead of just cramming random items in a box and hoping nothing breaks. Cause that always ends well, right? Can't wait to see pics of the new casa!

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  8. Yay! So glad you're in the new house! Moving was hell on us this past year, too - I can't even begin to imagine what it must be like with a baby!!

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  9. Congratulations on being moved into your new home. I can only imagine what that's like!

    Great tips you shared here!

    Thanks for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop.
    xoxo

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  10. Great tips for moving with a baby! Moving is hard to do, but with a baby it makes the job even harder. Thanks so much for sharing and congratulations on your new home!

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  11. Great post! I absolutely understand the people who are moving with a baby. I pass through it and is so difficult unless you have someone to look after your child. Unfortunately I didn't have, it was just me and my husband moving the house plus we had to look after or daughter.

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