Moving homes with a newborn

It will be several weeks before the world’s newest royal, Prince George and his parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (aka William and Kate) will be able to move into their permanent family home.

Until then, the new family are residing at Kate’s parents’ home while work is being completed on Apartment 1A, a 57-room residence at Kensington Palace once inhabited by Princess Margaret.

Media are speculating the couple will move into the apartment in September, when baby George is less than two months old.

While the royal couple are likely to have a number of helpers, for most people moving with a newborn can be a challenging experience.

However, there are some things you can do to help ease the pressure.

  • Although not always possible, it pays to be organised. Do as much packing as you can prior to the baby’s arrival.
  • Enlist as much help as you can. You may not have a team of royal aides but don’t be afraid to ask friends and family for help.
  • Label your boxes really well so that your helpers know which rooms they are going into when you get to the new place. Try and mark or separate the boxes you need to open and unpack straight away.
  • Make peace with the idea that some things will remain in boxes for a long time.
  • Hire a good removalist with the right equipment. Some removalists, like Grace, provide a range of services from packing and unpacking to cleaning your new home prior to arrival.
  • Try and get a good night’s sleep the night before.
  • If possible, have someone mind the baby for a few hours when you arrive at your new home. It will allow you to get out the things that you need, and to set up a bed.