Congratulations on your bouncing bundle of joy! Being a mother is really a full-time job in itself, but there comes a time when you have to go back to work. How are you ever going to be able to leave your precious little one? This is a challenge that many new Mums face. It poses a real problem for many reasons. The feeling of guilt for leaving your newborn and the worry that they will not get the same care as you provide may loom in your mind. These are just a couple things that may have you feeling a bit down. Finding your emotional stability may take some adjustment. Please consider these 3 tips for returning to work after a baby that may help you during this time.
Get all the items you will need to care for your baby whether you decide to use a daycare facility or a babysitter. If you decide on exclusively feeding your baby with breast milk, then you will need store an excess supply of frozen milk. You may want to consider to start building this supply at least two weeks before your scheduled return to work. You may also need to test different nipple bottles to see which type and size are suitable. Getting the temperature of the milk correct may also determine if your baby will accept the bottle. If you are going to get a babysitter, then you may need at least a week to show her your routine. Also, use the time to get the baby familiar with her. If you are going to use a daycare facility, then you should consider spending at least a day at the facility to evaluate their competence. If you decide on a babysitter, you should think about installing a “nanny cam” so you can monitor the care of your baby. It is good to have a backup option to the daycare facility or babysitter in the event that something goes wrong.
Make A Plan And Practice
It is always good to be organized. You can plan how you would expect your day to go. You may have to wake up earlier to ensure you will have enough time to get yourself and the baby fed and ready. Also, think about what time you will put your baby to sleep so you can get some sleep as well. You may want to consider doing practice runs before going back to work. It will help you to test your new routine and get the baby accustomed to it. Of course, there may be times when the baby may wake up at night, so you will have to make allowances for this. It is important to spend time away from your baby during this practice so that you both can become accustomed to being apart. This exercise may help in developing coping skills. You should endeavour to unload any guilt with regards to being away from your baby as hard as it may be.
Take Care Of Yourself
Many new mothers may run themselves ragged trying to get everything done. But what happens if you get ill? This will be a problem for your baby as well as yourself. It is important to get enough food and rest. Getting a nap when your baby is sleeping is good. You can also use your breaks at work for a power nap. The first couple of months may be difficult.You can try to incorporate spending time with your baby and exercising. For example getting a jogging stroller. Please remember to consult a physician before starting any exercise regime. You may also want to consult your doctor on what added vitamins and minerals you may need or you may choose to check your local pharmacist.
Getting back to work and caring for your baby may not be easy. As you continue learning and growing, you should be able to see progress. You can reach out to your inner circle for advice and assistance whenever you are uncertain or in a tight spot. No one gets a manual with instructions when they have a baby. Do not be afraid to ask others about their experiences. Having children is a precious gift and you may want to be with them all the time. Hopefully, these tips may help you go back to work more confidently knowing that there are options that may make the transition a bit easier. Thank you for reading and have fun with your baby.