You are needing to move and you have a baby. Having a baby with you while packing can make it difficult. But it is definitely doable.
It does require a little bit more planning and a little bit of skill. So if you are wondering how in the world do I pack with a baby, here are some ways to do just that.
6 Ways to Pack with a Baby
1. Make a Plan
First you need to sit down and figure out exactly what is coming with you. When you are moving, not everything makes the cut and there are some things you just want to take with you to your new home. So, make a plan.
Write down what you want to take with you. And what you want to get rid of. Organize these lists by room for future reference when you are actually packing up the room.
This way you already knew what you are getting rid of and don’t have to waste precious time trying to figure out what to do with them. And you don’t have to worry about packing them with your baby around. One less thing to worry about.
2. Know Your Deadline
Look ahead and see when exactly you need to have everything packed up by. What is the deadline. Start looking at when you absolutely have to be done with packing.
That way you have plenty of time and you aren’t rushing. Which will only add to your stress. No need to add any additional stress.
For example, maybe you only have two weeks to have everything packed and ready to go. Well, you have two weeks, so how many rooms do you have. That way you can systematically tackle each room in the allotted amount of time.
3. Pack an Overnight Bag for Every Member of Family
There will be items as you are packing that you will need to leave out of boxes because you will need them as you move. Either something that you will pack at the last moment (but still want easy access to the items) or things you won’t really pack at all (like possibly your pillow.)
Have them set aside. Pack them in an overnight bag, so they are out of the way, but still within reach. Pack 5 days worth of clothes, toiletries and anything else that you might need.
4. Start Packing When Your Baby is Napping
Start with the room farthest away from where your baby naps, so as not to disturb them. And you will still be productive. Start Packing as much as you can.
Because you already did the prep work of figuring out what is coming with you and what didn’t make the cut, the packing process will end up being so much faster.
5. Keep Toys Out for Your Baby
There will be moments that you need to pack while your baby is up and awake. Make sure you have toys readily available to keep them entertained. And if they are a little bit more mobile, they won’t destroy your hard-earned work.
6. Recruit Help
If all else fails and you are rapidly approaching your deadline, seek out help. Maybe your baby isn’t to a point where they are really consistently napping. Or maybe you are so doggone tired because your baby is still really little and not sleeping much. Then it is time to bring in reinforcements.
Either hire a babysitter if you have the resources to do so or don’t have family nearby. Otherwise have family watch your baby while you pack. That way you can focus soley on packing without needing to attend to your baby’s needs.
That way you alleviate some of the stress you may feel. You baby will be looked after and you can turn all of your attention to packing.
Packing with a baby can add extra stress and choas to an event that can already be stressful and chaotic. But following these simple tips will help you to ensure that you get packed up by your deadline. It will also help to keep it as stress free and chaotic free as possible.