Bid separation anxiety adieu with a little planning.
Returning to work after having a baby can be stressful. Talk to any new mommy and phrases like “I feel so guilty” and ‘Am I being selfish?” are bound to crop up. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Read on for some tips on how to make the transition from babies to balance sheets as seamless as possible.
Workday pro to evening diva
Many moms choose to continue to breastfeed their tots after returning to work because of the obvious health and immunity boosting benefits for their babies.
So if you want to do so too, plan ahead to figure out an appropriate room at your workplace for you to express milk and store it before you return from maternity leave. Since this will involve bottle feeding your infant at home while you’re away, make sure he gets used to taking expressed breast milk from a bottle or cup well before you return to work. There’s a host of products to choose from; Nykaa recommends you check out Chicco Portable Electric Breast Pump, Chicco Nature Glass Feeding Bottle Line and Pigeon Magmag Spout Cup.
Plan ahead to make the transition easy
As the time for you to return to work draws closer, start preparing your baby—and yourself—by spending some time apart. Start leaving your baby with the carer for short periods. If you’re planning to drop off your infant at a day care do a dummy run to the office at the time you’d normally leave and return to give an idea of how much time you need to add to your journey.
Returning to work after months can also be quite disconcerting; ease your return by talking to colleagues to catch up on changes that might have happened while you’ve been away. Try out a flexi work schedule if company rules permit it so that it doesn’t hit you all at once. It’s also a good idea to make alternative childcare plans in case your nanny takes an unannounced day off.
Prepare your baby
Your return to work will affect your baby too. Make the transition easy for both of you by spending a little time apart so that he can get comfortable with the child minder.
If you plan on leaving your child in a day care, then pack his belongings with some extras so you have less to take to and fro every day. Make sure you prepare his changing bag the night before to make mornings less frenzied. Remember to pack little ‘extras’ like diapers, bibs, a couple of changes, Pigeon Magmag Straw Cup and a lotion, talc and cream set like Philips Avent Babycare Must-Haves. Throw in his favorite soft toy or blanket as well to give him a sense of security.
Coping with your separation anxiety
No amount of planning can prepare you for days when your baby just won’t settle before you leave for work. It’s heart-wrenching to leave your baby crying in someone else’s care. But sometimes, you have to do just that.
Part with a quick kiss, cuddle and minimal fuss. Talk to her nanny beforehand about diverting her quickly with a toy or a book. As your baby gets older, you can develop a routine that tells her you’ll be leaving soon but coming back later. For instance, eat breakfast together and read her a story before you leave for work. Do and say the same things every day to get her used to the routine.
Look after yourself
Working and parenting can mean too few hours in the day. Long hours catching up on lost time and a clingy baby can up stress levels so it’s important you take care of yourself too. Discuss sharing responsibilities with your partner beforehand so you don’t feel overwhelmed.
Sometimes it helps to join a support group and attend some parent-toddler sessions to meet mothers in the same predicament. Get your fill of fruit, whole wheat bread, vegetables and low fat dairy products to keep up energy levels. It’s also a good time to start a multivitamin like Natrol My Favorite Multiple Take One or Nature’s Bounty Multi-Day Multivitamin Supplement. Drink plenty of water or diluted fruit juice. Catch up on sleep deficit any chance you get. Before you know it you’ll be a pro at this ‘working mom’ status quo.