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Moving Tips: Dealing with an infant during the moving process

Dealing with an infant while moving can be difficult.

Dealing with an infant while moving can be difficult.

Having an infant can be wonderful, but while they are handfuls in their own right, you really need to plan ahead when it comes to the moving process. Packing, transferring and traveling to the new destination can be complicated with a baby.

First off, you need to make sure they have the baby pacified when moving. The process can be very loud and can keep both you and your significant other away from the child. One way that you can make the process easier is to take turns packing at different times of the day. If you swap who watches the baby, you may not only get a chance to help them stay calm, but you can both prevent overexertion, which can lead to fatigue and injuries. When the baby is napping, you may be able to take care of packing items that won't make as much noise, such as towels and clothes.

When traveling, ensure that you have the proper amount of food for the child. If it is formula, make sure that you have the items and it can be kept at a good temperature for feeding. However, if it is breast milk, keeping extra around in a refrigerated bag may be a good idea, as this will help it last longer.

Not only does the baby need food, but diapers are necessary as well. It is vital that you take more than what you think you will need, as you don't want to get caught in a jam in case something goes wrong. In addition, make sure you have ample baby wipes for the same reason.

Keep all of the baby's items that you think you will need in your vehicle. If you pack anything and leave it with the moving company, you may not get it when you need it exactly, and this could become problematic. Triple-check that you have what you need when moving and that you didn't put it in a place that you didn't want it.

Finally, you may want to take note of the places around your new home that will cater to you and your baby's needs. Whether it is a supermarket, pediatrician or baby-specific outlets, knowing where these are will help you familiarize yourself with the area, and make moving in a much less stressful process.