Moving alone is already stressful as it is, but moving while still having to take care of a baby requires lots of work. That is why it is important to have a baby-proofing checklist for your big move, otherwise the baby won’t be the only one crying.

The key is to keep your old home and new home safe for your baby. Babies are the most curious beings on the planet and they will crawl anywhere that allows for crawling, even if it’s down the stairs. Make sure to have an area in the house where your baby has limits (i.e. a gate/boundary) where they cannot cross. Have some toys that can be easily packed on the go for your baby while you’re moving everything else out of the house. That way, your baby is safe and entertained! Killing two birds with one stone is the key in this hack.

Clean your house thoroughly before you release your baby on the go. This is great not just for moving as a whole but your worst nightmare would be if your baby crawled under the couch and found something to put into his/her mouth. Speaking of crawling, to play it safe, get down on your knees and crawl through the whole place because it’s easier to catch unsafe spots for your baby.

Before you move into your new home, be sure to check all of the alarms to make sure they are working properly. These include fire alarms and carbon monoxide alarms. Next, install stairs gates at the top of each set of stairs. Make sure all of your outlets are covered. Keep any lighters and fireplaces out of reach. Any chemicals sprayers (i.e. cleaners), dog food and medicine should be locked up. Cover any sharp edges of tables and counters. Check the window cords as babies and toddlers tend to want to grab onto them.

During the actual move, prepare a “baby bag” so you’re not scrambling to find something in the event of an emergency. This bag should include things like diapers, milk, a few changes of clothing, baby food, a few toys and a pacifier. To accommodate the baby, unpack the nursery first and set up your crib. This will allow you to put your baby down and put them to sleep while you move on to unpacking the rest of your move.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help from family and friends. Moving with a baby slows down the packing and unpacking process. Giving your child to a sitter during the moving day might be a worthwhile consideration. Most important of all, make a baby moving calendar so your baby still has their routine in check during the whole moving process. If anything happens that upsets your baby, it’s important to remain calm. If your baby is anxious and upset during the move, that will just make things harder. If things get too overwhelming, hire a professional moving company to take care of all your logistics so you can focus on your baby.