As a working woman and a first-time mom, a time will come when you will have to step out of your maternity leave and start managing both work and motherhood. It can get a little overwhelming initially. You might feel guilty for not giving your undivided attention to your child anymore. It will also take some time to get back on track and achieve that same level of productivity in the office that you had before pregnancy.
Don’t pressurize yourself to be a perfectionist, cut yourself some slack. This is just the beginning of a beautiful journey in life. Feel free to make mistakes and learn to laugh at yourself sometimes.
As much as we love going to the mall and picking out the absolute best for our kids, the online market has opened up its doors to everyone without any boundaries. Sometimes, it’s just easier to skim through the products available online on different platforms to enjoy a more diverse range of products to choose from. No more trying to carve out time between your work and caring for your child. All you need to do is, go online, choose what you like or, need like a baby feeding bottle set, and quickly checkout.
Here are a few tips to help you balance motherhood and work-life seamlessly -
Work as a Team
We know that you would like to cater to all of your child’s needs by yourself, but it is good to involve your partner at a very early stage to take care of your baby and teaching him the best way to swaddle a newborn and look after the household chores.
You can alternately shift between taking your baby for the doctor’s appointments and even waking up in the middle of the night during those unexpected crying spells. This will ensure productivity for both of you at home and work.
Don’t shy away from seeking help
Managing the role of a homemaker, a mother, an employee, or a boss all at once can get overwhelming at times. It is okay to reach out for help when needed. You can appoint a nanny or choose a good and reliable daycare center for your baby. While choosing either, take advice and recommendations from trusted sources.
Also, it is very important to build a healthy, loving, and collaborative work relationship with the caregivers or the nanny. You can appoint them one month before the end of your maternity leave, this will give you an idea of the quality of their service and it will be easier for you to leave your child with them.
Take a break when needed
One advice to working moms is to know your limits. It is essential to take some time off, outside of work and kids because when you are burnt out, both of your jobs will suffer. Working round the clock will leave you physically, mentally and emotionally drained so once in a while, take a break from all your responsibilities.
Treat yourself to a spa, get a nice meal delivered from your favorite restaurant and savor it solo, do yoga, or even read a book. A break is vital to keep you enthusiastic and energized.
Invest in a good quality breast pump. Store the milk in a refrigerator. Stock up on a good set of breast pads as well, this will prevent you from the embarrassment of unexpected leaks at work.
Last but not the least, before going to bed, don’t forget to pat yourself on the back. You’re doing great. Be proud of the ambitious, dedicated, and hardworking woman you are. From time to time, remember to stop and smell the roses at your work and with family, because at the end of the day, it is always the little things that matter.