This is a collaborative post from our friends at Checkpregnancy.com.
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If you just had your baby and your maternity leave is almost over, the thought of going back to work is most likely tough. While most new moms consider their professional milestones important, they still feel guilty about leaving their little ones at home.
Of course, feeling guilty won’t make the transition more comfortable, but we hope this list will arm you with some tips to help during the process.
- Stop the Guilty Feelings
Instead of thinking about how you won’t be spending a lot of time with your baby, focus on the good your role at the office is doing your family. The reason you can afford a topnotch childcare service or educational opportunities for your child is because you earn a salary.
Don’t hesitate to ask your family and friends for help when it comes to getting the names for nannies, babysitters, and daycare centers. Once you get the references, make a list of the qualities you need the individual to possess and then make time to interview qualified childcare providers or to check out local daycares. Keep your eyes open for nannies with a history of long-term commitments to families – they usually have excellent work experience taking care of newborns.
- Plan Ahead
Your day would go a lot better if you spent the night sketching a plan for the next day’s tasks and chores. You can pack the kids’ lunches, lay out their clothes – and yours too, if possible – decide what breakfast will be, place school and work bags by the door so you can pick them up on the go.
- Work Out a Schedule
Take time to discover what your family’s priorities are and work out a schedule that includes dates when bills are due, a chore chart for the kids, a list of school and family events, extracurricular activities, birthdays, and more. You should share the calendar with your nanny, partner, and other children to avoid confusion.
- Stay Organized
You have to maintain a clean environment if you want to stay on top of your game. Experts advise that having a ‘family command station’ near an entrance, where you keep important papers and documents, along with keys, chargers, batteries and petty cash is helpful. Having this dedicated spot will save time and improve productivity in your home.
- Don’t Miss Out
Just because you are at work doesn’t mean you stay disconnected from what’s happening at home. You can make a recording of yourself talking or singing on a video or record your voice reading along to a children’s book. During lunch, you can make a video call so that you can see your baby play in his/her best affordable baby bouncer.
- Make Time
Despite your busy schedule, making time to spend with your partner and children is essential. The time spent together will help your family bond – you can achieve this through movies and game nights, breakfast or dinner. You should also plan special dates for you and your partner, so your flame doesn’t burn out.