Tips for a Smooth Unpacking When You Have a Baby

By · April 24 2021
Tips for a Smooth Unpacking When You Have a Baby

While it is very exciting to move to a new home and start anew, you can’t deny the fact that the process can be extremely challenging, more so if you have a baby. Little ones can get cranky and are very unpredictable making it difficult for parents to handle the moving tasks needed to be accomplished before moving to your new home. And even after all your belongings have been delivered by your Auckland movers or Wellington movers to your new home, you still have tasks left to do, one of those is unpacking. As much as you want to take a break and spend time with your baby, you can’t settle in completely if you haven’t unpacked yet, and doing so with a baby can make it hard and time-consuming.

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So, how can this task be easier to tackle with a baby to look after? Read below.

Purge unneeded items before packing

Keep in mind that the more items you have, the more time you need to spend packing and UNPACKING. If you wanted to make unpacking as swift as possible, then you should make an effort to reduce the items you need to bring to your new home. This isn’t time to be emotional with the items you have. Think about how struggling it would be to move with tons of stuff, and with a baby in tow.

Deep clean your new home

A clean house is essential for the health of your young one, therefore you should make this a priority. Before your baby arrives at your new home, make sure you already have it deep cleaned. This way, your house will be ready and you won’t have to worry about having to clean it.

Unpack the nursery first

Make it a point to have the nursery packed and loaded last in the truck so it is the first to be unloaded when your movers deliver your items at your new home. This way, you can set up the nursery first thing, and you will have a safe environment to put your baby down while you are busy with other tasks at hand. 

Unpack during nap times and after bedtime

When your baby is awake, it is important that you provide them with your full attention. You will have to attend to his/her feeding. And of course, when your baby already knows how to crawl, you will need to watch over where they go making it impossible for you to get unpacking done. So while your baby is sleeping, make the most of this opportunity to unpack as much as possible.

Use a white noise machine

It’s hard not to make noise when unpacking and installing appliances. And this may interrupt your baby while they are sleeping, cutting off your time from doing necessary tasks. It’s a good idea to use several white noise machines to drown out any noise that may wake your baby up from his or her nap time.

Babyproof your new home

With a baby who is already learning how to crawl or walk, it is not safe to have them exploring around while you are still setting up your new home. So before even starting to unpack, make sure to babyproof your home. Here are some points to remember:

  • Have a designated room or space for your baby. 

  • Dangerous items should be kept away from their reach or better yet.

  • Cover electrical outlets and install safety gates near the stairs

  • Childproof locks on your drawers and cabinets.

  • Use safety padding and bumpers to cover the sharp edges of your furniture.

Have some snacks and toys ready

In such a stressful situation as moving, make sure you keep your baby distracted. Make sure to unpack food items as soon as possible. Babies have food items that are essential to their diet, so make sure these are ready whenever your baby needs to be fed. Toys can help them stay entertained, so make sure to have some toys handy as well.

Ask for help

When you are moving with a baby, the struggle is to be expected so it’s understandable if you will need help. You can ask a family member or a trusted friend for help in watching over your baby while you are unpacking your belongings. Having someone to do so allows you to accomplish more tasks. You can also hire a babysitter if you are unable to find someone to watch over your baby.

Hire a moving company

One more to make unpacking easier is by hiring a moving company to assist you with your relocation. When you have people to do the heavy lifting, you can be more relaxed, have enough energy to keep up with all the tasks once you arrive at your new home, and most especially, you will have more time to take care of your precious little one.

So, don’t stress yourself out and hire Auckland movers or Wellington movers as early as possible using Wise Move. Get free quotes from NZ’s trusted moving companies, a man with a van, even speciality furniture removals service providers and piano movers too.

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