When life changes, most people tend to make a move. One reason moving occurs is usually because your family is growing. So whether you are expecting your first child, or your fourth, your needs from a home will change too. You have to think about what kind of childhood you envision your children to have. Size, budget and location are all important things when thinking about the future of your family.
When thinking about your future home, you have to think about timing. Did you want to move into a home before you have children and grow into it, or did you want to buy a home after you have kids. No answer is right, it depends on your preference. If you bought a home before kids, you will not have to worry about moving when you’re busy learning how to be parents. It will give first time parents a sense of security and comfort while learning how to parent their new bundle of joy.
If you chose to wait till after you have kids to move, you will have a better sense of how you parent and what is important to you as a parent. Whether you value the school systems, open-concept floor plans to keep an eye on the kiddos or even storage space. You can get to know what your needs and desires are after having children to have a better idea of what your new home has to offer you before you buy.
Here are some important tips to remember when moving with your babies!
Before your make the move: Stick to a routine.
Do not let moving and packing get in the way of your regular routines. Create a moving calendar to achieve small goals when packing. Take it day by day and try to spread out packing over a period of time instead of in a few days. If you decide you want or have to pack up quickly, use childcare. When boxes and furniture are being carried in and out, keep the kids safe with trusted professionals or family members.
Pack a suitcase that will include your daily needs for at least 3-4 days. This way you know where to access diapers, pacifiers, toys, clothes, food, and blankets. It may take you a while to unpack or to find these things in boxes. Utilize a suitcase to keep these important things in one area that is easily accessible.
When you’re moving in: Unpack the child’s room first, so they have a safe place to sleep that feels familiar.
You’re going to want to have a safe space for your baby when unpacking is being done. Small furniture pieces, and other tools will be in use during the first few days. Parents are going to want to baby proof the home as soon as possible. Parents, learn about your new home as much as possible. Check windows, locks, alarms, secure dangerous things right away when unpacking such as cleaning products, medicines, and tools. You will also want to ensure that the flooring is safe as far as sharp staples or nails coming out of the carpet.
Now that you moved in: Enjoy your new life with your family.
Get ready to watch your child grow and explore in the life that you envisioned for them.
Guest blog by Ariel Radtke, Real Estate Agent
Ariel is familiar with transitions and the challenges of family life while moving. She has a great energy and will help you along the way. Check out her website to learn more about Ariel and what she has to offer!