Posts Tagged ‘working from home’

Working at Home with a Newborn

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

WAHM 1One of the hardest decisions that parents–especially mothers– can face after baby is born is the decision of whether or not to return to work and how to manage baby with the financial needs of the household. More families are choosing to modify their work choices or schedules to integrate caring for their little one into their professional lives.

Some parents find that their work is willing to allow them to bring baby with them when they return or to adjust the workload in such a way as to allow them to work from home. This can be a good solution to meet the needs of baby while contributing to the family’s bottom line. In either situation, a bit of preparation and a few tools will make the transition as seamless as can be.

Beyond the essentials like diapers, these few things are worth gathering:

1)     A baby carrier. Babies who are worn cry less and are more content than those that are not. You also have the advantage of having your hands free to continue on with your tasks when baby in worn. A ring sling or a stretchy wrap can be a great choice with newborns. A ring sling is quick to get baby in and out of, usually has a lower learning curve, and can transition to a supported nursing position easily. It can be great with computer work or those tasks that require you to be sitting in one place. A stretchy wrap can give more long term support and comfort, and it able to be pre tied to allow for baby to be easily slipped in and out as needed. It can be great for when you need to be up and about, moving around, bending over and lifting lightweight objects.

2)     An infant swing or seat. There will be times you need to set baby down. Having a safe secure place to do so, that doesn’t require a large amount of space can be key. A travel swing that can be folded and tucked away when not in use or an infant rocker can be compact ways to provide that space.

WAHM 23)     Nursing/Pumping friendly Attire: A necessary for breastfeeding mothers. Plan your attire to provide quick, easy access for baby to nurse, especially helpful when using a carrier and nursing–a power combo! Breastfeeding tanks or tees can make discreet access readily available. Using a nursing cover can be convenient for other mothers as well. Nursing your baby on demand helps to regulate your supply, meets baby’s need for closeness and nutrition for optimal growth, and helps your little one stave off infections.

TaiLeah Madill is mama to three and lives in Phoenix, Arizona. She is passionate about volunteering with her local babywearing group and helping other families enjoy the benefits of wearing their little ones. 

Working From Home With a Mobile Baby

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Working from Home with a Mobile BabyAs I type this blog post, my 16-month-old is in my lap nursing; not the easiest way to work, but I can get the job done. I am blessed to be able to stay at home with my babies in addition to having a full time job. I would not change my situation for the world, but it can be challenging at times.

Here are a few tips for working at home with a mobile baby:

  • Take advantage of naps. This would be my number one tip. I can get so much done during nap time. I make sure I do everything I can do to prep my work area while the babies are awake so that I can go straight to work once I put them down.
  • Have office-only toys for baby to play with. This is a no brainer, but I always have a few toys ready for my babies to play with in my office while I am working. They can entertain themselves while seeing me and I can get work done. I love that I can interact with them while working. You can keep these toys separate from their regular toys, or rotate them out so whatever is in the office is always new and exciting.
  • Nurse your baby. I have gotten pretty adept at typing with one hand while nursing. If my baby is fussy and I must get some work done I will nurse. I also nurse to keep my baby quiet while I am on conference calls just in case I need to un-mute my phone and speak.
  • Have snacks ready to go. I prepare bite-sized fruit ahead of time to give my babies for their morning and afternoon snacks. I move the high chair into my office, and they get to snack while I am working. This way I do not have to take a break to get them snacks.
  • Be flexible. I think this is a must for all moms. You never know what your baby will do or need; sometimes I have to work in the afternoons or weekends when my husband is home in order to get the job done. Thankfully, my employer understands my need to be flexible and we have both benefited from me working from home.

How do you get work done with kids at home? What is your secret?

Kristen Beggs works from home while keeping up with a three-year-old and a sixteen-month old.