Moving while pregnant or with a newborn may not be an ideal condition, but doing it the right way makes the transition smooth. The needs of a newborn are not complicated in normal conditions. Knowledge of these needs makes life easier for you and the baby. While babies with birth defects require special care that is unique to the condition, moving creates the need for special care for all babies. Visit a pediatrician to discern if your baby needs extra special care when moving. In addition to any prescribed special care needs, keep in mind several things when moving with a baby.
Disinfect Your New Home
Moving poses major health risks due to uncertainty over the cleanliness of the new home. The health risks are more serious with a baby in the picture. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, surfaces and objects that are contaminated with germs or viruses are a serious threat especially for children under the age of 2 years. The risk of transferring the germs to your baby is high when relocating. Disinfect your new home and objects you suspect may be harboring germs before moving to protect your baby and other family members.
Maintain Synchronized Routines
The ideal schedules for a baby may change with age, but maintaining a routine is good for the baby and makes life easier for you. As a parent or babysitter, you face the challenge of knowing or remembering what your baby needs, when, and how much of it. Bring your stroller along on every trip, but make sure to store it in a safe and secure place. Babies below two months may not be ready for a general schedule, but having one to guide you when moving helps you balance your needs with those of the baby.
Minimize Disruptions to Sleep
All the phases of the relocation can affect the baby’s sleep in a negative way. Try to keep the routine as normal as possible, even when in transit, to avoid interrupting or disrupting the baby’s sleeping pattern. Toddlers easily identify with their toys and other familiar objects, but newborns do not have fully-developed senses and thus require extra attention. Have your baby’s crib handy, and bring along enough diapers and whatever you need to keep her comfortable. Keep noise to a minimum throughout the moving process. Set up the baby’s room first and make sure the commotion that is characteristic of relocation does not reach the baby.
Create a Secure Attachment with the Baby
Maintain a close relationship with your baby throughout the relocation. This bonding outlasts the transition to a new home and has many benefits for you and your newborn. A newborn can distinguish human voice from other sounds, which makes maintaining normal speaking behavior around her important. The baby feels secure to hear familiar sounds and may respond in familiar. Pay close attention to her to discern which sounds are desirable.
When moving, ensure minimal disruptions to your baby’s routine to assure them that everything is normal. If disruptions occur, normalize things as soon as possible. Newborns easily identify people from their voices, so use your voice to create a secure attachment. Remember to put health and safety first.