Hello World! Welcome Friends! Tonight, I am pleased to welcome Jessica Kane to the blog. She has some wonderful tips for all of those new moms out there.
You just had a baby, and you have been spending a lot of time with your little one because you are home with them enjoying maternity leave and getting to know your baby. You planned to go back to work just a few weeks after giving birth to your newborn, and that time is just around the corner, but you don’t really feel like you are ready. Going back to work is a challenge that many new mothers face, and it is a difficult step that you need to prepare for.
Many new mothers worry about their job security and their position when they are on maternity leave, especially when their time at home is winding down. The best way to enjoy the last few days that you have to spend entirely with your little one is to cherish the time instead of bogging your mind down with things that you can think about when you actually return to work.
You may be worried that you are going to be able to handle all of your job responsibilities on top of taking care of a new baby and the other members of your family. You may simply be concerned about having your child with someone while you are at work.
The best advice for a new mother is to take things one day at a time. You will most likely feel overwhelmed when you go back to work, but trust that you have prepared enough for the transition to go smoothly.
Take Things Slow
You are not going to want to start back to work on a Monday and expect to work a full week. This is going to be a difficult and emotional transition for you, so you want to ease into the change so that you feel more comfortable with it. If you can start back to work on a Wednesday, you are going to be able to adjust to three days of work better than five. Perhaps you can work a few half days during your first full week to help you adjust.
Feel Comfortable with the Childcare Provider
It is important that you are taking your child to someone that you trust to care for them while you are at work. It can be a family member, a friend, or even a daycare provider, simply make sure that you feel comfortable leaving your child with them. This is actually something that you can begin looking for while you are pregnant, because there may be a waiting list for the best daycare providers in your neighborhood.
Don’t Feel Guilty
Many new mothers feel like they are bad parents for leaving their babies and going back to work. Simply put, don’t do this. It may be difficult to leave your baby, but you are going back to work so that they can be well taken care of. It may be difficult, but going back to work does not mean that you are abandoning your child or neglecting them in any way. It means that they have a great role model to look up too when they get older.
The first week back may be hard on you and your baby, you both may cry, but it will also help them learn to be more independent, which is important for children as they grow. You cannot spend every minute of the day with your child, so even though this process of going back to work is difficult, it is important.
Maintain a Schedule
As you start back to work, you are going to feel overwhelmed. Taking care of a newborn on top of the tasks that you have at work may feel like too much to handle at first, but with time and a daily routine, you will be able to handle anything. Here are some suggestions that could make the transition smoother:
- Remember that you need to sleep. With the new baby, you are going to have a much busier schedule than you did before you gave birth, so to keep up with the extra energy that you will need to fulfill your new role, you need to get enough sleep at night.
- Fit some me time into your schedule. Of course, your baby is going to need you during this time, but you also need some time to yourself so that you do not become too stressed. Schedule some time each week for someone to take care of your baby that you trust so that you can go enjoy some stress reducing yoga or something else that will be rejuvenating for you.
- Get your clothes and bag prepared at night. If you have everything ready to go for both you and your baby before you go to bed, getting up and ready to head out the door can be much quicker in the morning.
There will be challenges along the way, but everything will be fine. Juggling a career and a newborn can be difficult, but it is not an impossible feat. You are a strong individual, and these tips can help you be more prepared when you go back to work after maternity leave.
Jessica Kane is a professional blogger who writes for Faxage a leading company that provides Internet fax service for individuals and businesses
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