Bye, Bye, Baby: 3 Tips That Will Make Moving with a Baby Easy as A, B, C

Moving is hard enough as it is, but when you move with a baby, it can make even the most seasoned of parents want to, well, cry like a baby. In honor of September being Baby Safety Month, the moving experts at Man With A Van have come up with three moving tips that will make moving with a baby easy-peasy.

Always Pack Up Non-Essential Items First

When it comes time to start packing up your old home, packing up your baby’s non-essential items first will make your life easier once you’re unpacking in your new home. Non-essential items include:

  • Back-up pacifiers
  • Extra toys
  • Additional blankets
  • Certain clothing items (such as off-season items)

Once these items are packed into your moving box, remember to clearly mark it with “Nursery” on all four sides so that you can quickly find it on moving day.

Be Sure to Pack a Baby Bag

While non-essential items can go into moving boxes, you’re going to want essential baby items on hand at all times. These items include:

  • Baby bottles
  • Pacifier
  • Diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • Bath items
  • Sippy cup
  • Favorite toys
  • Preferred baby blankets

Unlike with the non-essential items, these pieces should be put into a baby bag that you keep close to you throughout your moving day.

Confront the Nursery First With Unpacking

You’ve made it through the packing and moving, and now it’s time for unpacking in your new place! Moving with a baby means that your baby’s needs are first priority, and because of that, your baby’s nursery is the first room that needs to get set up. Since this is the first room you’ll be tackling, it’s important to remember to put those boxes into your moving vehicle last—this way they’ll be the first boxes you unload.

If you want a moving company that will move you and your loved ones with the same tender loving care that you do, then you need Man With A Van! Not only do we make your move from A to C easy as 1, 2, 3, but we also handle every move with TLC. Contact us today to get your free quote and or to schedule your move in Philadelphia and NYC!

The Dos and Don’ts to Make Moving College Students a No Brainer

Moving day is always an exciting day for college students, but it can also be stressful, emotionally and physically taxing. From having to lift heavy furniture to having to haul box after box, moving into a dorm or off-campus apartment can take away from the excitement of the big day—but it doesn’t have to be that way! The experts at Man With A Van are here to school you on the moving dos and don’ts for college kids and their families, so the big day can be memorable for all the right reasons.

Don’t Fold Clothing

For t-shirts, jeans, sweatshirts, PJs and any other pieces of clothing that you keep in a dresser, packing them by folding them into boxes is a total waste of space. Whatever the size of your moving boxes or plastic containers may be, you’ll get the most out of them by rolling these items, rather than folding.

Do Use Wardrobe Boxes

When it comes to the clothing you have hanging in your closet, simply throwing them into a duffle bag is amateur hour; this is college—you’re in the big leagues now. Instead, take advantage of wardrobe boxes. Not only are they easy to pack up (just transfer them from your closet, straight into the box, hanger and all), but they’ll also ensure that your clothes come out of the box wrinkle-free.

Don’t Fill Boxes With a Variety of Items

Packing can be stressful and time consuming, but if you fill boxes with random items that don’t go with one another, then it’ll make unpacking that much more of a pain. For instance, don’t fill a box with a couple of shoes, some clothing and a few photos. To make unpacking less of a headache, keep like items together—one box for shoes, another box for sweaters, another box for jeans, etc. This way, your dorm room or apartment feels like YOUR room in no time.

Do Label All Sides of Your Boxes

Boxes can get stuck under a pile of other items, behind pieces of furniture and end up way in the back of a moving van, so if you only label one side of a box, you’re creating an unnecessary guessing game. The chances of the labelled side not facing out are pretty good—making you panic about whether or not you remembered to pack up certain things—so it’s smart label all four sides. Sure, this may take more time at first, but because you’ll be able to clearly see the category of each box, it’ll save you time once you’re on campus.

Don’t Do It All Alone

Parents can be great helpers when it comes to college moving day, but because everyone’s emotions are a bit…on edge…hiring professionals will make everyone’s life easier. Not only will they be able to easily move the heavy furniture—so you don’t have to break a sweat—but they’ll also make the move less stressful, feel way easier and go faster. So you and your family can get a few more hours of quality time in.

Do Use a Moving Company With Vehicle Options

Some college kids are minimalists, some have 20 pairs of Nikes, and whatever team you’re on, there’s no right or wrong amount to bring to college. However, there is a right moving company to choose, and that’s a company that offers a variety of moving trucks. When you have a moving company that offers trucks of different sizes, you can opt for a sprinter van for those smaller moves or a box truck for those larger ones.

Ready to make the move to college easier than surviving pledge week? Then contact us today to book your moving appointment with the crew at Man With A Van, servicing Philadelphia, PA and New York, NY.