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My youngest dd will be two weeks old on Saturday, and we are moving into a new house on July 1. I want to be able to help with the move, but I am not sure if it will be possible with a baby this small. Has anyone ever moved with a newborn? Do you have any tips? Thanks!
 

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Hi there!<br><br>
I moved twice (long story) when my LO was two weeks old. I helped a little, but not much. If you have a good carrier, you shoudl be able to strap your LO in and move smaller things. Optionally, find good friends to help. A new mom shouldn;t ahve ot worry about moving!<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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I moved when my DS was little. I just made sure everything was packed, organized and ready to move. I also labeled my boxes so my DH and the helpers knew where to put the boxes at the new house. I did all the packing myself since I would not participating in the actual move. On top of that I just made sure everyone was well feed and hydrated while I took care of DS.
 

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it's easier to do it with a tiny, non- mobile baby than one crawling, but like pp said, you will have to leave the moving of boxes and furniture to others. packing, labeling, organizing- these are relatively easy to do with your babe in a carrier.<br><br>
i am moving next week as well with a newly-crawling babe. it was *much* easier back in january when we moved with him, as he was still stationary!<br><br>
good luck!
 

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I wouldn't count on doing much, you will spend so much time nursing, burping, comforting, and changing - not to mention your body is still healing - that you shouldn't stress yourself out further trying to move/set up house. If you have a close friend/sibling/parent/MDC member in the area, I'd simply ask for help. People are always more generous when a newborn is in the house <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Moving with a newborn is really tough. The best option is to wear the baby as much as you can. Try to get as much packing done in advance as possible as well. We moved when Lemmie was about 3 weeks old, and I have to be honest with you, the move was a nightmare. That being said, we weren't packed, and the move was a long one (about 4 hours away) and was in February, so weather conditions were not great.<br><br>
Enlist as much help as you can. Mark your boxes really well so that you know which rooms they are going into when you get to the new place. Organization will be your best defense. Put a mark on the boxes you need to open right away.<br><br>
If you can have someone watch the baby when you get to the new location for a few hours then that's ideal. It will allow you to get out the things that you need, and to set up a bed, etc.<br><br>
Pace yourself, and get as good of a night's sleep the night before as you can.<br><br>
Take care and good luck!
 

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We moved when EG was six weeks old. There were a ton of us in my DDC, so many that we had our own thread.<br><br>
I packed as much as I could while I was still pregnant, and a lot of packing the week before the truck came. My DP did more packing than he'd ever done.<br><br>
I don't think we could have done it without movers, because even though I was a lot more healed than you will be, I still got really tired, and I still had to drop everything and nurse every few hours. There's just no way I could have done my usual furniture dragging and schlepping. I sat in a lawn chair and directed people.<br><br>
My advice is to hire help, call in friends, and make peace with the idea that stuff will be in boxes for a long time. If it helps, I'll send you photos of my home, where the office is still half boxed up along with my bedroom. And we moved three months ago!<br><br>
Edit to add: To second Ellen's comment - LABEL LABEL LABEL. The fact that every box had the name of the room the box belonged in and a list of contents saved us. Put the list on the side of the box so you can see it even when boxes are stacked. Oh, and pack a suitcase with two changes of clothes, gripe water - your stress might affect the milk, a water bottle, a saucepan and lid, a ladle, two cans of soup, two bowls and spoons, and your favorite nursing pillow. It sounds goofy, but I had a hot lunch and a comfy nursing station in the middle of pure chaos.
 

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I should add that we moved when my DS was six months- 2500 miles, from DC to Colorado. My DH and a family member drove our cars out, while DS and I stayed in a hotel for a week back in DC (our lease was up), then flew out to meet them. We had to have movers for such a long distance move. We are now in debt up to our eyeballs, but there was no other way. We also ended up having the movers pack part of our stuff, which means there are things I still can't find that are in boxes and won't be unpacked til after we move to our next place next week (short term rental now).<br><br>
Didn't realize you were so newly postpartum- you need to call in favors! And make sure the stuff you NEED for your child (I EP, so I had to have a breast pump and all parts plus spares) is with you at ALL TIMES, especially if you're hiring movers.
 
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