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Handling a Long-Distance Move with an Infant

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Whether next week or three years down the road, there comes a time in every parent’s life when they must face the challenges of moving with an infant. The process itself wreaks havoc on families but especially children – young ones may not grasp the idea of moving or what is currently happening in their home. 

Long-distance moving can be even more strenuous. To ensure your family has a successful move, Apartments.com has listed tips below for planning and executing the move. We hope you have a seamless journey and transition into your new apartment.

Check that the diaper bag is well-stocked on supplies.

A rushed, unorganized diaper bag can mean only one thing: trouble. A diaper bag that was thoughtfully packed with the proper necessities may save the day if an unexpected meltdown were to occur. Before you drive or fly to your new home, make sure the following items and the necessary amounts have made it into your infant’s diaper bag:

  • Diapers (at least one diaper for each hour travelling)
  • Baby Wipes
  • Disinfectant Wipes (for those sticky changing table surfaces)
  • Changing Pads (cloth or disposable)
  • Gallon Plastic Bags (for soiled clothes, blankets, bibs, etc.)
  • Baby Bottles
  • Food and Formula
  • Blanket
  • Extra Clothes and Pajamas
  • 2 Pacifiers
  • Children Movies or Kid-Friendly Song Playlist
  • First Aid Kit
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Emergency Contact Information (pediatrician, dentist, nurse, nanny, grandma, etc.)
  • Map and Information of Route Check Points (restaurants, rest stops, hotels, etc.)

Create a safe zone for baby in another room of the home.

Movers or not, the day of the move is going to be hectic (maybe a little chaotic). While boxes are being lifted and hauled into the truck, keep your infant away from the main door and inside a playpen that’s not near the moving boxes or heavy foot traffic. A quiet place for your child to play or sleep is vital for a smooth move involving kids.

Better yet, call up grandpa to see if he can come babysit during those hours.

Try to maintain their normal routine.

A consistent routine is key to raising a happy, healthy baby. While keeping tabs on your child’s feeding and nap schedule may be difficult tasks during a move, it’s important to keep their daily routine as close to normal as possible – even during the loading process or while on the road to your new home.

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