As you can tell by my pervious post I had a major change in my life recently, moving back to Australia with my son. This is the reason I wasn’t posting on my blog and barely posted on my other social media platforms. Moving can be very overwhelming! Moving houses can be stressful enough let alone moving to a different continent.
I wish I could share the reasons behind our decision to move but I want to keep my blog positive and move forward from whatever led to this. It wasn’t an easy decision because my husband isn’t able to join us straight away.
Luckily it wasn’t a huge change for me moving back, I have my family already here. They are a great support system for me, which I’m forever thankful for.
If you are moving abroad with a baby here are some things I did. You can have in mind to make settling easier for you and bub.
- Find the right nappy brand: if your toddler isn’t potty trained like baby E this is so important. Who thought it would be this hard finding the perfect nappy especially to wear overnight. I heard great reviews about Coles Comfy bots but they made changes to it and I was completely disappointed. Now we use Baby Love, which seems to be working for us so far.
- Buy lots of weather appropriate clothes for baby E because the weather is constantly changing in Melbourne. I need to make sure he’s always nice and warm in the cold and not too hot during the heat. There are plenty of affordable places to buy baby clothes you will be spoilt with options.
- Medicare: Unfortunately I misplaced our Medicare card (we share the same card) so I needed to get a replacement card; the process was quick and easy. All I had to do is call them and I had a new card within a few weeks.
- Update Baby E’s immunisation records: my son received both his 6 months and 12 months vaccinations in Kenya. I had it all recorded correctly in his green book*.On his records in Australia it only showed the vaccinations he received when he was here as a newborn. I went to our local city council with his baby book and got his vaccination records updated.* The Green Book (My Health and Development Record) is given to all parents in Victoria after the birth of their baby; it has all the important information and records. This includes MCH nurse visits and vaccinations records.
- Book an appointment with our local maternal and child health nurse (MCH) and take him for his 18 months check. Our GP doesn’t measure height or weight of the babies so I like taking him to these appointments to see where baby E is on the growth chart.
- Take Baby E to activities in our local library: this is something I wasn’t able to do in Kenya and it is a great opportunity for him to socialise with kids around his age group. You can find play groups and kids activities near you on your local council’s website.
- Adulting: I have been job hunting and trying to transition from a stay at home mum to working mum.
Everything seems to be falling into place and we settled well, the only thing missing is my husband who we terribly miss daily.
Have you moved with a baby before? What is your tip to mothers planning to make a big move soon?
You can read about our journey from Kenya to Australia and How I survived travelling with a toddler HERE
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