Trying to juggle work and home life can be tough for anyone, but it is especially tricky as a work-from-home parent to a newborn. Being a new mother can be overwhelming, introducing a whole new set of responsibilities. Working at home with a newborn can be extra overwhelming. However, with these 10 tips, the turbulent transition period can go a lot smoother.
When working at home with a newborn, your workday will become very flexible. A newborn’s schedule can be unpredictable and it can take a while to develop a routine. It can seem as if your work life and home life are merging into one, so try to keep some boundaries so you don’t burn out or get extremely overwhelmed.
Have Your Own Space
Especially with a newborn, your home can seem as if it was turned on its head, with toys, bottles, and more strewn everywhere. If you can, try to create an area that is just for your work, even if it is just a desk. This way, when you have a couple of hours of free time, you can work without distraction and shut work away when you’re done.
This may seem obvious, but multitasking is the most important skill to learn when working from home with a newborn. When you can, keep one hand on your baby, and use the other hand to answer emails. Remember, something is always better than nothing, so even if you work for five minutes when your baby is napping, it’s better than nothing.
As well as being a mom and an employee, don’t forget that you are you. Although it may be hard in your already hectic day, try to find some time for yourself, making the chaos of the day a bit more manageable.
Planning ahead is key. Try to get ahead before the baby is born and plan some time after your baby has developed a routine to get some work done. This way, you can have time to spend time with what matters most: your newborn. Consider using a planner or a scheduling app to help you keep track of everything and plan ahead.
Make The Most of Childcare
If you have the option of hiring a babysitter in your budget, think about using one. Having a babysitter would give you a couple of extra hours from your very hectic schedule and catch up on your workload or even just to take a nap. This would allow you to be an even better mother for your kids.
There is also the option of hiring a night nurse, who can help take care of the baby overnight, so you can get some much needed rest.
Accept The Inevitable
Sometimes things don’t always go as planned. Even if you do everything right, you may have to pull in extra hours putting your kids to bed. Going with the flow will make your life a little less stressful, and try to accept that tricky times are all a part of having newborns at home and pursuing a career, and that it will pass. Don’t put pressure on yourself, because you are doing an amazing job, – two amazing jobs, actually!