Having a baby is a huge decision that will impact your whole life. And part of that impact will be taking some time away from work so you can recover and spend time bonding with your newborn. But when it is time for you to go back to work, it can be difficult for you to leave your little one and to get used to working while having to go home to take care of a baby. You are not alone in feeling overwhelmed about what your life will be like now at work. We have come up with 10 tips that you need to know to make going back to work a little easier after your maternity leave. So keep reading to discover these ten tips!
10 Prep Meals
Being a new parent is exhausting. You are now not just taking care of yourself and your house you are now taking care of a baby that relies on you for everything. So when you are getting ready in the morning the last thing on your mind is trying to figure out what you want to make to bring to work for lunch.
So meal planning is going to become your new favorite thing. All you would need to take some time out of your day before going back to work to prepare some healthy lunches and dinners that will last in the fridge and freezer for a few days
9 Plan Ahead For Breastfeeding
If you are breastfeeding your baby then you are going to want to plan ahead. This could mean if your body is able to produce more milk to try to pump more often before you go back to work. Also, make a plan and figure out where you can pump when you are at work. If you know that there is a certain time that you have been pumping then you'll want to keep that routine so your body can easily produce milk. So make sure to write down that time you are going to need so you can talk to your boss about taking a break during that time frame.
8 Talk With Other Moms
Even though it may not feel this way, you are not alone when it comes to needing to leave your baby to go back to work. Many moms have been where you are and there are also several moms who are in the same situation as you are in right now.
Talking to your friends who are also mothers who know the struggles that you are having can give you helpful tips and comforting words when it comes time for you to go back to work. This will also help you build a support system of like-minded women who will be there for you if you need to talk.
7 Pack Snacks
When you are back at work you are going to be tired. You are not working all day and taking care of a newborn so you are going to need to eat more when you are at work. This is why you need to pack healthy snacks so you don’t find yourself wasting money at the vending machines in the break room. Some great snacks for you to pack for work are fruit, veggies, granola bars, and even hummus and crackers. These types of snacks are perfect for eating at work since they are small and do not make a mess.
6 Set Up A New Routine
When you have a newborn, most parents figure out their roles and their new routine. As the baby grows, that routine changes but its a routine all the same.
Similarly, once a mom goes back to work, she'll need to figure out a brand new routine. It can be scary and stressful at first but with time and help from others, she'll handle it like a boss.
5 Ask For Help If You Need It
You can't do everything alone and that is going to be hard for you to realize. But one of the best things you can do for you and your family is to ask for help when you need it. This could be from anything big or small like asking a neighbor to help you around the yard to even asking your parents to help pick up your baby from daycare. You will be surprised by how many people are willing to help you. And since many people have been where you are they are going to be very understanding and will gladly support you and your baby.
4 Don’t Take On More Than You Can Handle
Once you get back into the swing of things at work and in your personal life you might want to take on more responsibility. But we would recommend waiting to really see if you can handle more.
This is could be not volunteering to take on a bigger project on work or even just not bringing something to the church bake sale. People will understand that right now you are just trying to make it through your day and don’t have the extra free time that you once had. So don’t spread yourself too thin and focus on what you can do.
3 Meet With Your Boss
The best thing you can do before you go back to work after your maternity leave is to meet with your boss. Meeting with your boss or even just setting up a phone call with them will give you an opportunity to see what your responsibilities are going to be like when you get back. This is great to do so you are not thrown off to any changes or new projects you are working on since the company kept running while you were gone. And this is a great opportunity to bring up anything that might concern you, like days you will need to take off for any follow-up appointments your baby has.
2 Bring A Photo Of Your Baby To Work
We know that since your little one has arrived you have taken hundreds of pictures of them. These might be on your phone or professionally done. And one of the best things to do when you get back to work is to bring pictures of your little one with you to have in your office or in your locker.
Having a picture of your baby will remind you that you are at work to be able to provide a good life for them. And we know if you are having a bad day that just looking at that picture can make you feel better.
1 Remember No One Is Perfect
You are not perfect. And if this is your first baby you have a huge learning curve to overcome when it comes to juggling work and your personal life. So if you do make a mistake you need to remember that it is okay.
People at work will understand if you need more time on a project if you give them a heads up. Or even if you are late picking up your little one from daycare or their nanny you will just need to realize you might need to take a different route to get there on time or extended care providers hours to help you. So take things one day at a time and do your best and everyone will be understanding and supportive.