When my first son was born I had an amazing employer who told me I could bring my son to work for the first year of his life. Once my son was about 6 months old I realized it was going to be too difficult to work with him for much longer.
At 7 months old our son started daycare and at 15 months he returned home due to the COVID-19 lock down. For 3 months my husband and I were both working full time and trying to take care of our busy toddler.
While I don’t recommend working from home with a toddler, it’s possible to work from home during the newborn stage! Here’s some of our best tips and tricks to navigate the working mom life!
- Don’t rush back to work: Try to take as much time off as you can. You don’t get this time back so enjoy it as much as you can without the pressure of work. However, I know not everyone gets great paid leave so you may have to return sooner than you want to.
- Be prepared: Set up your home office to help you be as efficient as possible. Have a diaper changing station, burp cloths, and extra outfits ready so you don’t have to run between rooms all day. If you are formula feeding get bottles set up the night before filled with the amount of water your baby will need so you can streamline the bottle process during your work day.
- Set up a routine: While newborns can be relatively unpredictable, hopefully by the time you go back to work you’ll have a loose schedule for baby to follow. Try to schedule meetings (if applicable) during baby’s nap time and avoid them during baby’s feeding times.
- Playpen: If you have a roller or a crawler then adding a playpen with toys in your office will help keep your baby safe and entertained without you holding them or worrying about them!
- Baby Carrier: Baby carriers are great for keeping baby close and happy while still being able to use both hands.
- Bouncer: This amazing tool saved my sanity as I worked with my little guy at the office. I would send emails, do research, and write content while bouncing my little guy with my foot. He was so content! Now, they make even better ones that bounce on their own!
- Pacifier: The infant pacifier is the best tool for work from home success. Keeping baby calm and collected is key for a successful work day. Newborn pacifiers are great options for self-soothing. However, it can be very challenging to get any work done when the newborn pacifier keeps falling out. A pacifier clip is usually the solution to this problem, but research has found that a baby can’t use this on their own until they are about 8 months old.
The Ingy Bingy Band cuts this time in half! The Ingy Bingy Band is a pacifier wristband that velcros around baby’s wrist allowing them to self-soothe from as early as 4 months! This pacifier wristband is the key to work from home success! This pacifier bracelet attaches to any newborn pacifier on the market so no matter what paci your baby loves, it will work with the Ingy Bingy Band!
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