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Stress-Free Moving with a Baby

7 tips to help new moms make moving day a snap.

Stress-Free Moving with a Baby

First comes love. Then comes baby. Then, inevitably, comes a move. Yup, there’s nothing like a wee little one in your life to make you realize you’re craving a little more space…or an apartment that’s not a fourth-floor walkup or located under a subway train that rumbles its way by every 6 minutes.

While we know you’re excited to get settled into your new fabulous home with baby, getting there isn’t always easy. In fact, moving with a baby can be downright miserable. To help make it less miserable (and dare we say, enjoyable?), we’ve partnered with Zootly, a new technology company simplifying the moving industry, to bring you 7 tips for a stress-free(ish) move for mama.

1. If you can, plan to move while still pregnant. We know, we know, moving when you’re 7-months into pregnancy sounds less than appealing. But trust us, it’s much easier to organize, pack, travel and unpack when baby’s on the inside.

2. Use the booking app Zootly to find a moving company. Half the battle of moving is finding the right moving company, which for most of us means finding the cheapest movers that won’t break your sh*t. Zootly’s got you covered. Rather than wasting days googling away, Zootly’s services not only help you find an accredited and certified (i.e. trustworthy) moving company in the NY area, but also schedule moving day for you, provide accurate cost estimates, and then track your move while it’s in motion and allows you to pay right through the app too. Talk about stress-free.

3. Ask about professional packing rates. One of the hardest parts about moving is packing up your stuff. It can literally take weeks and mean piles and piles of boxes. And we’re guessing that when your new baby just had a mega blowout, digging through those boxes for that tiny linen spray you swore you wouldn’t need before you moved isn’t exactly ideal. Adding in professional packing services might be a smaller cost than you think, and since they’ll pack your stuff the day of your move -- meaning you’ll have access to it right up until then -- it’s worth every penny.

4. Pack one suitcase as if you were going on vacation with your baby. No matter how organized you were leading up to your move, you’ll inevitably be swimming in a world of boxes after it’s over. Rather than searching every box label for the golden baby ticket, pack one suitcase with a week’s worth of baby necessities that will last you till someone (hopefully other than you) unpacks the rest of baby’s nursery.

5. Plan for naptime. Moving is a lot of change for your new little creature of habit, so try to at least keep naptime sacrosanct. If your baby is the kind that has a regular crib nap, make sure to set your pack-and-play aside and create a cozy, closed-door space for a nap in either your current or new home. If a stroller nap or car nap will do, build in some dedicated time away from the madness of the move for your little one to get some shut-eye. And a dedicated someone to sit idly by during naptime. Which brings us to Tip 6….

6. Ask for help during the move. Moving Day’s a real doozy. While we certainly don’t advocate you doing any of the heavy lifting, you may want to be on hand -- and hand’s free -- to guide your moving team. Hire a caregiver, or call in a friend or family favor, and hand over your baby so you can be present while all your stuff goes out of one space and into the next. Ensuring each room’s boxes get placed correctly in your new home (and getting those big furniture pieces in the right spot the first time around!) will save you time and headaches later.

7. Remember Rome wasn’t built in a day. And your home doesn’t have to be either. It will probably take weeks to unpack those boxes, and longer to find the perfect place for all your stuff. Don’t beat yourself up about it! We promise you’ll have an Instagram-worthy home very, very soon. And there’s really no better reminder than a few dozen boxes laying around that you actually don’t need a whole lot more than mama to keep baby happy.

Thinking about making your move? Get $20 off your move with Zootly here!

This post was sponsored by Zootly.

These new arrivals from the Motherly Shop are *so* good you need them all

Noodle and Boo, Mushie and Plan Toys—everything you need, mama.

Motherhood is hard work—finding great products and brands to make the journey easier doesn't have to be. Each week, we stock the Motherly Shop with brilliant new products we know you'll need and love from brands and makers that really care.

So, what's new this week?

Noodle and Boo: Holistic baby skin care

Through working with chemists who specialize in natural and holistic skin care, Noodle and Boo has developed exclusive formulas that nourish, replenish and protect especially delicate, eczema-prone and sensitive skin—including laundry detergent. Their signature, obsession-worthy scent—which is subtly sweet, pure and fresh—is the closest thing to bottling up "baby smell" we've ever found.

Mushie: Kids' dinnerware that actually looks great

We're totally crushing on Mushie's minimalist dinnerware for kids. Their innovative baby and toddler products leverage Swedish design to marry both form and function while putting safety front and center. Everything is created in soft, muted colors from BPA-free materials.

Plan Toys: Open-ended toys that last

Corralling and cleaning up the toys becomes less stressful when you bring home fewer, better, more beautiful ones. Plan Toys checks all the boxes. Made from re-purposed rubber wood, they're better for the planet as well.

Not sure where to start? Here's what we're adding to our cart:

Mushie silicone baby bib

Mushie silicone baby bib

There's no going back to cloth bibs after falling in love with this Swedish design. The pocket catches whatever misses their mouths and the BPA-free silicone is waterproof and easy to wipe down between uses.

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Mushie kids' square dinnerware plate set

Mushie kids' square dinnerware plate set

We're totally crushing on the soft muted colors that flow with our table aesthetics and the thoughtful high-sided design that helps babies and toddler who are learning to feed themselves.

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Noodle and Boo nursery essentials kit

Noodle and Boo nursery essentials kit

Stocked with everything a new mama needs to care for her little one's delicate skin, Noodle and Boo's nursery essentials gift set is the perfect way to create a holistic and natural skin care routine from day one.

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Plan Toys doctor set 

Plan Toys doctor set

Ideal for quiet time and imaginative role play, we love the gorgeous planet-friendly doctor kit from Plan Toys. The rubber wood stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, thermometer, syringe and reflex hammer pack up neat and tidy into the red cotton case should they need to dash off on a rescue mission.

$30

Noodle and Boo instant hand sanitizer

Noodle and Boo instant hand sanitizer

Since we're buying and using hand sanitizer by the truckload these days, we're thrilled Noodle and Boo has made one we can feel good about using on little ones who cram their hands in their mouths 24/7. Not only does it kill 99.9% of germs, but it also leaves hands moisturized as well.

$10

Plan Toys natural wooden blocks set

Plan Toys natural wooden blocks set

A toy box isn't complete without a set of blocks—and this set is one of our new favorites. The sustainable, re-purposed wood is eco-friendly, comes at a relatively affordable price point and are certain to last well beyond multiple kids, hand-me-downs and even generations.

$30

Noodle and Boo family fun pack cleansing set

Noodle and Boo family fun pack cleansing set

Because their products were developed for delicate and eczema-prone skin, Noodle and Boo's full line of skin care has become a favorite among those with sensitive skin of all ages. This set is the perfect way to pamper the entire family.

$48

Mushie kids' round dinnerware bowl set

Mushie kids' round dinnerware bowl set

No need to sacrifice safety or design with the sustainable dinnerware from Mushie. Their minimalist, functional dishes are perfect for serving up meals and snacks to your tablemates who might hurl it to the floor at any point. They're made in Denmark from BPA-free polypropylene plastic mamas can feel good about and dishwasher and microwave-safe as well.

$14

Plan Toys geo stacking blocks

Plan Toys geo stacking blocks

The best engaging, open-ended toys are the ones that are left out and available, inviting little (and big!) ones to play. These beautiful gem-like blocks make for addicting coffee table play for the entire family.

$30

Plan Toys wooden green dollhouse

Plan Toys wooden green dollhouse

Energy-efficient design isn't just for grown-up real estate. This green dollhouse includes a wind turbine, a solar cell panel, electric inverter, recycling bins, a rain barrel, a biofacade and a blind that can adjust the amount of sunlight and air circulation along with minimalist furniture we'd totally love to have in our own houses.

$250

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