Moving is a challenging feat, baby or no baby. However, when you plan on moving houses with a baby, it’s probably ten times more challenging.
Every parent knows that every day is a new adventure when you’ve got a baby. The good news here is that if you take a few simple steps to plan ahead, you might just conquer the move. Here are some tips to help you out.
Before The Move
The first thing you need to do is invest in a journal and folder that’s purely dedicated to moving. In this notebook, you’re going to store all your important financial and personal documents. Your passports, lease, bank details, social security card, important financial documents, and your baby’s medical reports must be kept in this folder and stored away in a safe place.
Next, in your journal, you’ll have to write down inventory. List down all your baby’s items first. Then, name all your belongings and how they need to be handled to show your moving company.
We’d say, make your life easy, and ring up a Seattle based professional moving company. Before you embark on your search for a local moving company, you’ll want to have done your inventory.
We generally recommend starting your search for a moving company 7 weeks before the move and have a finalized deal by the end of the 6th week. However, since you’ve got a baby at home and a lot more responsibilities, we’d advise you to start searching for your moving company a week or two before the recommended timeline. This way, you’ll avoid making frustrating last-minute decisions that may potentially harm your home, or your baby’s moving experience.
When looking for a professional moving company in Seattle, you’ll want to, ask for referrals from your friends and family, especially those who have moved with a baby. They’ll give you tips on how they managed their move, and which moving companies are baby-friendly. Look ffor moving companies that provide packing services, and read their reviews on Yelp for unbiased opinions. You’ll probably want to avail packing services from your moving company, especially if it’s a long-distance move, since moving with a baby is very hectic. They’ll pack most of your heavy-duty items that you won’t be able to tackle yourself, but you should ideally be packing your baby’s things so that you know exactly where they are when you need them.
Check up on the moving company’s professional accreditation for a seal of approval to ensure that they’re a legitimate and professional business. Next, get a few estimates. Your moving company will send a representative that’ll conduct an on-site visit and give you a cost estimate of your move. Ask the representative about their valuation options which include the liability of your moving company in case any damage occurs to your belongings. Your moving company should also have provided you with a “Right and Responsibilities” brochure, which explains the 110% rule. Watch out for any red flags— if your moving company doesn’t provide you with the right information, and the representative is unable to answer your questions, you’re likely to get poor service. Don’t forgo quality for a low cost.
Ideally, you should have two to three moving representatives visit your home to provide you with a written estimate of the cost. It’ll help you compare prices for your move, especially those within your budget, and you can choose the one that you trust can handle your move successfully. This is especially important since having a baby on board can make things more hectic, and divide your attention.
Ideally, your moving company should handle most of your packing. Let them wrap up furniture, crockery, and other delicate, dangerous and heavy-duty items so that you have fewer things to worry about.
When packing, it’s always best to pack up non-essential items such as off-season clothing first. Start with rooms that aren’t used as much, and work your way from there. Pack up all your baby’s non-essential items in a box, and label it as “nursery.” We recommend packing up your baby’s things last since you never know when you might need them. Non-essential items include extra clothes, toys, or blankets that aren’t required immediately.
When you’re done packing your baby’s non-essentials, you’ll need one or two boxes or bags for your baby’s essential items. These items are the ones that you’re going to need while moving or immediately after. Essential items include diapers, baby wipes, clothes, a couple of toys, bath items, car seats, bags for baby diapers, medicine, snacks, breast pump and cooler, blanket, stroller, first aid kit and the likes.
When you reach your new home, the first thing you need to unpack is your baby’s nursery. Baby’s don’t enjoy a change in routine, so give your baby time and space to ease them into their surroundings.
Moving Day can be really hectic and dangerous when there’s a baby involved. There are so many items on the floor and scattered all around that serve as a choking hazard. Your baby can accidentally step on dangerous items, fall, or get physically hurt. Plus, you won’t want to be handling your baby and overseeing your moving company at the same time, no matter how professional they are. You’ll be giving out instructions, and your movers will likely have a couple of questions and need to get in touch with you frequently. Avail childcare services such as a daycare, or hand your baby over to your friends, family, or a baby sitter for the day. That way, you won’t be worried about constantly having to check up on your little one.
If you’re moving long-distance, you’ll want to have spoken with your pediatrician first. They can give you tips on how to keep your baby happy and busy on a long car or plane ride. You should also research pediatricians around your new home, and set up a meeting as soon as you can. For long-distance moves, you should be carrying most of your baby’s supplies with you for easy access.
Like we mentioned before, unpack all of your baby’s items first. The rest can wait.
Unpacking the nursery will allow you to easily put your baby at rest during the first night. When unpacking, you’ll want to recreate your baby’s previous nursery as closely as possible. Familiarity eases babies and allows for a less frustrating transition. Next, you’ll have to set up your baby’s crib and use safe bedding. This means a tight and firm mattress that’s been covered with a crib sheet and a blanket.
The next feat you need to tackle is baby proofing your home. Crawl around your home and remove all the things your baby can potentially choke on or things your baby can physically harm themselves with. Hire a baby proofing company, install baby gates, and secure your furniture so that it doesn’t tip. Test all your smoke and security alarms, and carefully lock away those items such as medicines, alcohol, and chemicals from your baby’s reach while unpacking.
Making sure that you’ve hired the right residential moving services Seattle can change everything for you. At Acme Moving Labor, our professional moving services will ensure that you have the support you need for the move, from start to end. Whether you need long-distance moving or local movers for Seattle and Kent, you can get in touch with us for a hassle-free move today!