If you’re one of many parents who has traded co-workers at the office for a baby at home, you know how hard it can be to get any work done. Babies need almost constant attention and the minutes where you can actually sit at your computer uninterrupted are few and far between. While it may seem like an uphill battle, many parents do remote work with a baby. Here are six tips to help you if you’re in the same boat.
Use Their Bedtime Wisely
The good news about babies is that they nap intermittently throughout the day, allowing you a quiet time to get things done! On average, a newborn will sleep for 16 out of 24 hours — that’s time that you’ll need to make the most of every day. While they nap during the day, you can either put them in a baby sling or let them rock gently in a bassinet. If they aren’t yet tired, try placing them in an infant swing that will soothe them long enough for you to send out a few emails. Once they’ve gone to bed, you can use an hour or two before you go to sleep to get work done. Or, if you are a morning person, you can also try waking up before the baby.
Even if the only person seeing you is a newborn, it’s essential for your wellbeing to go ahead and get dressed in the morning. This could mean wearing regular business attire if you are planning to do a Zoom call, or a comfy loungewear set that makes you feel pulled together while you work in your home office. The important thing is that you don’t stay in your pajamas all day!
The only way to keep up with work while caring for a baby is to have your priorities in order. If you miss one important task or phone call, it can mess up your whole day, so take some time to get organized and write down everything that absolutely must be done each week. Put all of your appointments in your Google calendar or write them down in a place where you won’t forget them.
Ask Your Partner for Help
If your partner is also working from home, try creating shifts to watch the baby throughout the day. Splitting the responsibilities will take the burden off of one person and allow everyone in the family to feel more balanced. You can also invite your parents or sibling over once or twice a week to spend a few hours taking care of the baby to lessen your load.
It’s not ideal, but as a new mom, you know that multitasking is a part of everyday life. For example, you can actually get a lot done while you are breastfeeding or pumping. Invest in a hands-free breast pump that you can wear while you’re sitting at the computer doing work. While you breastfeed, you can check emails, make to-do lists, or catch up on the news related to your industry.
Choose Relaxation Over Social Media
It can be tempting to fill your free time with tv and scrolling Instagram and that’s fine from time to time. However, when your free time is a mere thirty minutes a day before bed, make sure you do something that will relax you, rather than keep you awake. Perhaps trade your phone for reading a book while enjoying a cup of tea. While you’ll spend most time caring for the baby, make sure to squeeze in some self-care activities for yourself as well.
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