It seems like you’ve barely had any snuggle time with your new baby and now you’re about to go back to work. The change can be difficult, but with a few helpful tips, you’ll be able to keep things running smoothly both in your home and in the office.
1. Get childcare ready
Be confident when arranging a caregiver for your baby well in advance of returning to work. You can make it easier on your baby too by bringing your baby around the people who will look after him while you’re at work. Prepare a backup plan too because some days, the daycare center will be closed or your caregiver might call in sick.
2. Master the art of time management
Make a list of things to do each day and knock everything out as quickly as possible. If you manage your time properly, you’ll find you’ll get your work done sooner and will be able to get home to your little one that much faster.
3. Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Having a baby is a huge life-changer. Going back to work on top of that plus all your hormones can be hard to handle. Don’t ever fear asking for help from friends and relatives. You’ll be able to handle things better soon, but while you feel overwhelmed get some helping hands to ease the burden.
4. Take care of yourself
In order to be the best person you can be, you need to take some time for yourself. Exercise, read a book, or meet a friend for coffee solo. In this way, you can be at your best in every area of your life if you just take a moment to be you.
5. Bring photos to work
You’ll miss your baby while you’re at work but you can still bring him with you in a way. Put up photos around your workspace. These will help you smile during difficult times and motivate you to work faster so you can go home sooner.
6. Pick up the phone
While you shouldn’t do it every hour on the hour or every single day, sometimes it can be very therapeutic for you and your baby to call and say hi. Video chat makes it even sweeter so you can see the smiles and hear the giggles at the same time.
Have you gone back to work after having a baby? What makes it easier for you to endure a day at the office without your little one?