Moving Day: 7 ‘First-Night’ Items to Pack for InfantsPosted By: herlihywp Comments: 0 Categories: Moving Tips
Moving day is typically chaotic and, without pre-planning and a checklist, it’s easy for important details to get lost in the shuffle. During the planning process, make sure to set aside a few minutes to pack a “first-night” bag for your infant to ensure they have everything needed. This way, you will avoid late-night rummaging through boxes or running to the store.
1. Bottles and Food
An uncomfortable and hungry baby can be hard to soothe under the best of conditions. In a move, it’s more stressful. Avoid taking your baby off schedule and pack several bottles (if needed) filled with formula or breast milk in a cooler. If your baby is eating solids, be sure to have enough baby food jars, cereal, and water, along with bowls and spoons. Tuck in a few bibs and cloths for burping. (Remember to pack a few drinks and snacks for yourself in the cooler!)
2. Diapers and Wipes
While parents generally know how many diapers their baby goes through a day, be sure to pack extra. It’s better to be over-prepared than under-prepared. Pack a wipes container that is small and easy to grab in emergency diaper situations. Don’t forget a changing pad and any diaper creams or lotions to help keep the baby comfortable.
3. A Place to Spend Time
During a move, it’s always a good idea to have at least one, preferably two, options to place the baby at those times when you need to have free hands. A pack ‘n play, bouncy seat, bassinet, or high chair are good options.
4. Pajamas and Bedding
Babies will sleep better with fresh clothing and bedding on their first night in a new place. Tuck a comfortable set of pajamas that will keep their little body at the right temperature, along with an extra set in case of any accidents that require a change of clothing. Also, pack fresh bedsheets and any blanket they routinely sleep with.
5. Fresh Sets of Clothing
Babies often need a new set of clothing, be sure to pack at least one or two changes of clothes in case you need them in a pinch. Also, stow a bag to carry any dirty clothing or other items that you will need to wash.
It’s always possible for an unexpected bath time! Include a towel, washcloth, and baby wash.
7. Miscellaneous Items
All babies have their own needs, so remember other vital items, such as special toys or pacifiers. Most parents find it’s a good idea to pack a baby-sized First-Aid kit that contains a thermometer, pain reliever/fever reducer, and nail clippers. Also, pack a baby monitor for the first night, as chances are your baby will be sleeping in a quiet room while everyone else is unpacking.
Looking to Plan Your Next Move?
The first night of moving to a new home – whether near or far – is always the most challenging. But by preparing ahead of time for the baby’s first night in your new home, you can eliminate the extra stress and ensure your little one has a happy and comfortable move.
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