Posts Tagged ‘packing’

Moving When You Have a Baby

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

img_1851When you have a baby, moving is a whole new ball game. Without kids you pack as you can, listen to your music, take coffee breaks, and then enlist strong helpers to help you get the job done. You can then unpack everything and do things on your schedule and your terms.

When you have a baby, you find yourself packing frantically during naptimes, listening to lullabies, chugging coffee hoping to stay awake, and then waiting for someone to offer to help. Unpacking is a slow process that could take days or even weeks.

For my family, moving has been a part of our lives. My husband was in the Navy and we packed up and moved with a 1-month-old. We drove 12 hours away and moved to a strange place where we knew no one and he started his civilian career while I started my motherhood journey. My daughter Johanna just turned 4, and in her short life, she has lived in 6 houses and 3 states. Fortunately, my husband’s work has always helped with packing. Unpacking on the other hand has always been a struggle. Throw her 2-year-old brother in and we have chaos. Add my current third trimester pregnant self, and well, let’s just say we have a lot of disorganization currently.

However, mommas, there is hope. You can move with a baby successfully and live to tell the story. Here are some tips I have learned over the years.

Babywear

This seems like an easy suggestion, but I promise this will save you. When Levi was a few months old, we moved to a new house. Here I had a cranky little guy who just wanted to sleep and nurse. I wore him in my Tula and was able to pack boxes, do plenty of squats, and unpack when needed. He got his naps and nursed. I also used my Boba wrap when I wanted to be hands-free without the infant insert. I used this wrap to help me get any cleaning done in our new location and Levi was a happy camper.

Take the Help

I have been fortunate to have a super helpful support system each time we have moved. I have one good friend, Christina, who came over and entertained my then 2-year-old as we prepared to move. Buy your friend some coffee or chocolate. Don’t be afraid to get the help. If you can’t seem to focus, enlist a babysitter or trusted family member to take the little one for the day. Your baby won’t mind and you will be productive. Use professional movers if you have the funds and can. Do what’s best for your family.

Slow Down

This is hard for me, but just remember it will get all done. It’s okay if things don’t get in place right away. You are a mom. You have a little one to meet the needs of and that’s okay. For me, I had to set goals. Maybe focus on one room every couple days or maybe just focus on one box a day. It will get done and eventually you will be settled. Deep breaths. Don’t forget for self-care, too. Take breaks. Go get a treat. Sleep when you can. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself.

So mom, if you find yourself moving with a little one, just remember you can do it! I currently have a disorganized house and boxes to unpack. But, I think chocolate and Netflix with my little ones will win today.

Karyn Meyerhoff is a mom of 2 in Northeast Arkansas where she just moved.

Sunday Funday Giveaway: Boba Baby Carrier – BobaAIR

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

I am so very excited for this week’s giveaway! It’s for a BobaAIR which is the newest carrier released by Boba Babby Carriers. What makes this new carrier so unique? It weighs less than ONE pound; it weighs .7lbs to be exact…making it the lightest soft structured carrier on the market. But don’t be fooled by the weight thinking they skimped on the design, comfort, or quality of the BobaAIR. The BobaAIR is just as awesome as the other Boba carriers just serves a slighlty different function. The BobaAIR is meant for easy packing and travel. It’s compact and lightweight design make it perfect to tuck into your diaper bag and pull out as needed. I find this feature particulary beneficial for the current babywearing stage I am in with my toddler. He prefers to walk and assert his independence when possible, but at times still needs/wants to be helpd by mama…especially when he is tired. The BobaAIR can be used with children from 15 to 45lbs in a front or back carry. There is a hood to use when baby is sleeping or to protect from weather elements (rain or sun!). When not in use you just tuck it right into its very own attached pocket. Made of 100% nylon the BobaAIR is easy to wipe clean. Can you tell how much I love this new product! And I am so stoked to make it this week’s giveaway! Enter below for your chance to win.

*Winner will be announced on Sunday, July 29. Winner will be notified via email and need to respond with shipping address within 48hours to claim their prize. Good luck everyone! :)

-Sarah

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