If you have a newborn in your arms, you are probably confused as to where to begin to unpack your stuff. You have already moved into your new house but you are absolutely clueless about whether you should clean the room to set up the nursery first or just open up the crib and lay down the baby for him to sleep/play.
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The following section explores this problem and a few very interesting tips on unpacking after a move that lets you in on a few secrets that can make your life a lot easier. Let’s begin:
Clean The House And Replace The Air Filters
This is something that you should perform before you move into your new house. Clean the entire house and especially your baby’s room before you unpack any of his stuff. Replace all the air filters and set up an air purifier in the baby’s room before you set up anything else.
Unpack Your Nursery First
It is always a good idea to unpack the nursery first. As your movers and packers shift your stuff to your new home, make a note of all the items such as your baby’s crib, the changing table, and the rocking chair, along with other essential items, and set up your nursery the first thing you enter into your house. You can ask for the assistance of the moving company to assemble the crib followed by all other essential baby items. If your baby is too small, doing this one little task beforehand is going to make your life a lot simpler.
Take Care Of The Nap Time And Burp Time
If you have a newborn in your lap, it can lead to a very difficult time for both of you and the whole family. It might even feel impossible at times to make this move because you just don’t know when the baby is going to be awake and active or drowsy and asleep. Make sure that you pack and unpack as much of your stuff as possible while your baby is asleep or taking his afternoon naps. If you are trying to unpack heavy items after your move, make sure that the baby is fast asleep and away from all the chaos (preferably in the nursery you just set up).
Focus On Limiting The Baby’s Activities
Limiting the activities of your baby is one of the most sensible unpacking tips you will ever get. You will have to take certain measures to contain the baby in a safe and confined area so that you can eliminate any probability of any accidents or injuries. If your baby has transitioned into the crawling toddler phase, this step becomes even more critical. You will have to set up safe zones across your house as you unpack your stuff after the move.
Get The Toys And Books Out
Do you want to keep the baby occupied? Get all their favorite toys and books including their beautiful coloring books out in the open. If you have any hanging or teething items and toys, make sure that they are in the reach of your baby and not located at a shelf or at a height that may become a reason for an accident or injury. All their stuffed animals should be closer to them and very much in their reach so that they can remain busy throughout the day as you unpack all your cargo.
Baby-Proof The House
Baby-proofing the house is also a very critical step of unpacking after moving into a new place. You will have to constantly think about the many ways that your children can probably get themselves into a mess when they are in the house all by themselves.
- Make sure that all the boxes are kept away from them
- All the gates, lids, caps, and containers should be sealed shut
- Make sure that no drawers and cabinets are accessible to your kids at any time of the day
- You will also have to invest in a few small locks with smooth edges
- Install safety gates to block off any dangerous areas across your house
- Secure your television screens and other heavy appliances with safety harnesses
- Make sure that your swimming pool is fenced well
- Install baby monitors across your property and a security system as well
Packing Baby Essentials Separately
When it comes to packing baby essentials, you will have to make a list of the items that you just cannot forget. When you are unpacking your cargo along with a baby in your arms, this list is going to prove to be a lifesaver. It should include the following newborn baby items and more:
- Your diaper genie and diaper bags
- Dry and wet wipes for your baby
- Diaper cream and soft powder
- Portable changing pad
- Baby monitor and charger
- White noise machine
- Favorite toys and books of your baby
- Sleep sack and pacifiers
Packing With Your Baby – More Details Out In The Open
Let’s get into a little more detail and count the things that you should never forget to do
- Make separate bags for your clothes for different seasons and that applies to your baby as well
- Make separate boxes for all your different rooms without mixing any of those items
- Segregate the small items belonging to your baby beforehand
- Make sure that all the toiletries of your baby are packed in a zip-seal bag without mixing them up
- Label each one of those boxes and bags
- Get in touch with your new babysitter and invite her over for assistance while you unpack your stuff
Be Ready With The Snacks
As soon as you move into your new home, warm up a bottle of milk for your little one. In addition to that, you will also have to unpack the food items that you have been carrying all along. Make sure to put them in airtight containers so that they stay fresh for a long time.
I am sure that after reading this blog, unpacking your cargo while keeping your baby occupied and giggling should not be that difficult. Managing two very critical aspects of your life such as settling into your new home and keeping your little one happy and safe can be a very daunting task. But you are going to be successful at it now.