Working from home with your baby can be hard. I know because I'm working at home with my baby right now. It's not easy juggling work and parenting, but it is possible if you make the effort to find the right tools for working at home.
During the most recent epidemic, the difficulties of working from home while caring for children were made clear. Many families found themselves in a bind when they suddenly had to balance work and childcare. Working remotely with your baby, on the other hand, presents its own set of challenges. They can't be distracted by cartoons or video games; you have no one to leave them with; and working from home means you're always within earshot.
On top of that, working from home has its own challenges that can be hard to adjust to. You're working without the breaks working at an office would provide; your lunch is often just a toast-and-peanut butter break in front of Baby's show, and you're always working under the pressure of deadlines for unsupervised work.
But working from home with a baby doesn't necessarily have to thrust you into a career crisis. Read on for some tips on how to work from home with your baby and still feel like a happy, healthy working parent.
The biggest hurdle working mamas face is how to manage their time so they can tend to both working deadlines and their babies' needs.
Take a look at 10 working from home mommy tips!
- Work from a separate work space in your house - If working from the living room is too distracting, use a bedroom or home office instead. Sometimes working from another location in your own house can help distance you from baby distractions just enough to get some work done.
- Work while baby sleeps - Use your children's naps to tackle the most essential duties. You may be able to make important phone calls or focus intensely on a project when your kids are likely to be sleeping if their sleep routine is fairly regular. Working before they wake up or after they go asleep might be an excellent idea, especially if your profession allows it.
- Make a schedule for yourself - Schedule out how you will get up and what you'll accomplish each day. Having a strategy and a to-do list for the day will assist you in staying on track while facing distractions.
- Working while your children play - You may be able to accomplish little bits of business while your children play. If at all feasible, the sort of labor you do when your kids are up should be the sort that can be stopped; as a result, they'll most likely want yours.
- Share the load - If you and your spouse are both at home, it's a good idea to alternate who feeds or plays with the kids while the other gets some work done. By alternating “shifts,” you can both get things done while still caring for your children.
- Shut out the distractions - It is easier said than done but working from home requires you to be able to shut out the distractions. While working from home is wonderful, it can also intimidate some people who are not experienced working from their own homes.
- Remember to be realistic - It's important to remember that this is a temporary situation. You may need to be more flexible in how you work and more creative in how you employ your time. If you can't do everything, or if you can't do everything perfectly, don't beat yourself up! A more reasonable target for a working parent is to be effective and productive, not perfect.
- Use the weekends to your advantage - You may also choose to cook on Saturdays or Sundays so that you have lunch and snacks ready for the week. Another fantastic option for the weekend is to look up some indoor activities for your infant or toddler so that you aren't trapped on a Monday.
- Take time out for yourself - It's easy to get cabin fever if you're working from home for an extended period while also caring for your child. Take some time out to do something for yourself, such as watch a series, have a pampering bath, or exercise, during your children's daytime nap or after they've gone to bed.
- Work while breastfeeding or pumping milk - If you're pumping breast milk, you might want to use a hands-free breast pump so that you can continue working or talking on the phone. You may be able to conduct phone calls or read reports while breastfeeding your child.
By: April Carson