When you’re moving with a toddler or baby, it can be difficult to know what to do and what not to do. There are many different things that you need to take into consideration when moving this way. This article will teach you the dos and don’ts of moving with a toddler or a baby so that you have an easier time doing so!
Pack food for the baby
It is very likely that your kid will get hungry or thirsty during your move. And in case you didn’t know, babies can be very fussy and difficult to manage when hungry.Babies need food that is easy to chew and digestible by their immature digestive systems. Try packing some of the following:
- a jar of baby food (peach or pear usually works well)
- dry cereal
- an apple/banana/orange, etc.
- yogurt popsicles
- fruit puree pouches like applesauce or blueberry sauce
These are especially good because they come with squeezable tops so you don’t have to worry about messes! You may also want to pack any preferred snacks as well such as cheese sticks or string cheese, crackers, or pretzels.
Eating something will not only distract the toddler but it’ll give them some much-needed energy to expend during your move! It’s also important for you to have snacks on hand in case they get hungry too (especially if we’re talking about a newborn). They may be more finicky than an older toddler and take longer to eat so pack accordingly.
Here are some of the best toddler snack ideas: carrots/celery sticks with peanut butter, apple slices dipped in caramel sauce, cheese cubes and grapes, whole wheat pita bread cut into rounds with olive tapenade spread inside*, mini rice cakes topped off with honey or hummus, toddler-sized pancakes, etc.
Pack diapers, wipes, and pacifiers
It’s very likely that you’ll have to change your baby on the way, so diapers, wipes, and pacifiers should be packed. You’ll want to pack a few diapers for every hour of travel time (this will vary depending on the age of your baby).
Pack plenty of moistened wipes because they’re much more convenient than dry ones when changing diapers. And if you are planning an overnight trip or car ride longer than six hours with a newborn, make sure to bring disposable diapers as well! You may also need to have some extra pacifiers in case one falls out from the mouth during transit.
This will ensure that your baby is clean, comfortable, and happy!
Find a good moving company
It’s important that the moving company you hire is aware of any special considerations you may need because of your toddler. The company should have an established toddler policy and be able to provide references from previous customers with children in the same age group as yours.
Make sure they will pack all food items into containers that are safe for the baby’s consumption or make arrangements for someone else to do this before moving day arrives. And don’t forget about milk!
Make a list of anything that needs cleaning like bottles, sippy cups, pacifiers, especially if they’re dishwasher safe high chairs (if applicable), changing tables (again, if applicable), and more. It’ll save you time on move day when you can just hand over the list instead of trying to remember everything during what is likely to be an already hectic time.
Take your time browsing through different companies for this one because not all of them provide the exact services you need. On the other hand, according to Muval, other companies change the price of their services once you have a special request. Make sure to browse through different companies before a final decision, because it will ensure that everything is packed neatly and that nothing breaks along the way.
Don’t put their clothes too far away
Never put all of your toddler’s clothes away because you can’t reach them. Put some clothes in the car or anywhere you can get to easily. When a toddler’s clothes are at the bottom of a laundry pile, they may not be able to reach them and that makes it hard for them to put their clothes on themselves.
The trip will be long, so pack toddler clothes in the car. Bring one or two outfits and a dress-up outfit for toddlers if they have them. If your child will be riding on his own seatbelt: bring an activity bag/backpack filled with life preservers and bubbles! It helps keep toddlers entertained during long drives. If he doesn’t usually wear a coat when outside, put it on him now! This prevents scratches from occurring during the moving day which would only frustrate everyone involved even more than just sitting there.
Don’t rush with anything, be careful
Take your time when packing your toddler’s belongings. If you have a baby, don’t rush with anything because they are likely to imitate what parents do and try to open boxes or throw items out the window! Also, make sure you throw out the clutter you won’t need anymore.
When moving kids (or adults) remember that it is important not only for their safety but also for everyone else around them. Be very careful and slow while packing them for the trip, because in a rush they may forget something essential that should be by your side during the car ride to your new home.
Don’t pack any breakable items in the toddler’s suitcase, especially for babies who might throw their own toys out of the window! Pack those breakables into your luggage with you so they don’t have to be moved multiple times.
Don’t let them watch TV or play video games while traveling as this will make them tired and cranky
You don’t want a cranky baby or toddler on your hands. When you are driving to your new home, it could take a while, so don’t let them watch too much TV or play video games. This will make them tired and irritable, not to mention it is distracting for the driver.Bring some toys and other entertainment for the toddler or baby. Give them toys or talk to them on the ride and it will be a much calmer and easier drive.
Moving with a baby or toddler can be really stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. In fact, we’ve put together 6 dos and don’ts that will make your next move much easier on you AND your little one. Do pack food and essentials for the baby (pack diapers, wipes, and pacifiers). Find a good moving company. They’ll know how to pack up all those car seats and strollers safely so you won’t need to do anything! Don’t put their clothes too far away because toddlers love exploring new spaces! It’s also important not to rush so that you don’t forget anything. Make sure there are no TVs in sight. Good luck!