By Natalie Fitzgerald
Let’s be honest, being a mom IS work. It’s a full time job to care for, nurture, and keep a tiny human (or a few tiny humans) alive. It is hands-down the hardest, BEST job. So, I just want to start this post with saying “Cheers!” to all of the hard working mamas out there!
For some of us, our work is at home full time with our babies, and for others our work is shared outside of the home. The many hats can be hard to juggle. Before you panic about how you’re going to manage it all, set yourself up for success with these tips on transitioning back to work after babe.
5 Tips for Transitioning Back to Work After Babe
Don’t wait until the week before you’re set to clock back in to start thinking about your work wardrobe. What time of year will you be heading back to work? Do you have the appropriate wardrobe that will be comfortable for your postpartum body? Will you be pumping at work, and if so, consider nursing friendly tops so you don’t have to completely de-robe in the Mother’s Room.
It’s hard to work on little sleep, and I’ll be the first to tell you – that doesn’t need to be your norm! Did you know babies actually need a ton of sleep for proper growth and development? And adults need adequate sleep to function on the daily as well. Do yourself and your baby a favor and give your family the gift of sleep! As a sleep consultant, I work with families all the time who are transitioning into a new routine with work. Contact me through one of the links in my bio below if you need help getting your baby and you more sleep!
Start thinking about childcare early, possibly even before you have the baby. What type of childcare is aligned with your budget and parenting style? Are there options near your home or workplace? Will you have family help, or a nanny at home? You can read more about choosing the childcare that’s right for your family here.
4. Prioritize and Set Limits
There is only so much of you to go around. Prioritize your time, where and how you spend it, and with whom. For many of us working moms, that means most of our time is spent between our family and work. Don’t overbook your weekends. Your friends who love and support you will understand.
5. Give Grace
To yourself, to your family, to your caretakers, with your job. Getting into a new routine can be an adjustment for everyone!
Natalie Fitzgerald is a Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant and Postpartum Doula. Natalie’s approach to sleep training is tailored to each family she works with, meeting them exactly where they are and developing a customized plan to help them reach their sleep goals, based on their unique baby’s needs and their parenting style. Natalie walks alongside families during the time they need the most support, encouraging parents and helping them find a rhythm that works best with their baby and lifestyle. Natalie is also a member of the Postpartum Health Alliance, a non-profit dedicated to raising awareness about Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders. She lives in San Diego with her family, including her three little ones: Connor (6yrs), Kate (3.5yrs), and Makenna (1yr).