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Back After Baby: 8 Tips for Making the Transition

Most moms find that going back to work after the birth of a baby presents some new challenges. Not the least of which might be, how the heck are you going to be ready to leave the house at 7:00am? Balancing work and family can be overwhelming, leading to high stress levels along with a hefty dose of “mommy guilt.” No matter what your situation is, following are eight tips that will make the transition a little less stressful.

1. If you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of anyone else. You are not being selfish by making “me-time” a priority. Many moms find that their morning exercise routine is crucial to their sanity. If that isn’t for you, take a walk during your lunch break. Carve out time every day — even if it is only 15 minutes — to do whatever it takes to recharge your batteries. Sometimes it’s as simple as savoring a cup of coffee (or glass of wine?) in peace and quiet with no interruptions!


2. Guilt goes hand in hand with being a mom. Doesn’t matter if you are a working mom, stay-at-home mom, or work-from-home mom, guilt is “mommyversal.” Just because you feel guilty doesn’t mean you are. Whether you're missing your baby, not missing your baby, or missing one of your baby's milestones, feeling guilty is a useless emotion that isn't going to help you focus on your job or get you home any sooner. So, do yourself and your baby a favor and let go of the guilt. Make sure that you have child care you can trust! Then know that you’ve made the right choice for you and your family.

3. Plan, plan, plan. Plan meals a week at a time, make only one weekly trip to the grocery store and rediscover your crock-pot. Decide on Sunday what clothes you will wear for the whole week. This avoids the last minute scramble to fix a torn seam or find that matching scarf. Organize and pack the diaper bag each evening.

4. Make life easier. Consider ways that you can simplify your responsibilities to free up some valuable time. Maybe it’s worth it to pay someone to clean your house. Could a neighbor’s child walk the dog or mow the grass? Do you really need to change the sheets every week? Think outside the box to find dependable ways to give yourself more time in your day to spend with your family.

5. Establish a routine. It’s often impossible to have any sort of routine during those first few weeks and months after birth because babies don’t usually have any routine! This is one reason why most moms agree that the traditional six-week maternity leave is simply not long enough. If possible, try to take at least eight to 12 weeks leave. Those extra couple of weeks can make a dramatic difference. Establish your routine as much as possible and remember that babies like routine and structure too.

6. Decide on baby’s feeding plan. According to a survey conducted online by Harris Interactive, 42 percent of moms returning to work are stressed about how they will feed their baby. If you are breastfeeding, some moms find that substituting or supplementing breast milk with formula can make the transition into a working mom much easier. Familiarize yourself with accommodations at work for pumping during the day. If your schedule allows, you can leave work during lunch and breast feed your baby at day care.

7. Celebrate the benefits. Having a conversation that doesn't revolve around the consistency or color of poop, being able to go to an actual restaurant over your lunch break, writing TGIF as your Facebook status update and appreciating that you know what day it is.

8. Go shopping. Chances are, you won't be fitting perfectly into your pre-pregnancy wardrobe by the time you head back to work, leaving you with two choices: 1. Rock the maternity outfits your co-workers saw you in all those months ago, or 2. Wear your mom uniform of stained, black yoga pants and an oversized shirt to the office. However, there is a third choice, and that is to go shopping. Getting new clothes that actually fit will do wonders for your self-esteem. Just be sure to check your shoulders before you leave the house, as spit up can be more prominent on a black business suit than a ratty old T-shirt.

    There will undoubtedly be a few bumps along the way as you transition back to work, but one of the best things about returning to work is the joy on your child’s face when you pick her up at the end of the day.
Best of luck, fellow mom.
You can do it.

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