Working from home with a baby might sound like it’s an easy thing to do, but is it? Babies are demanding and have their own schedule, so working from home with a baby can be a bit of a challenge. Here are some tips for working at home with a baby.
Keep It Light
If you just had a baby, it will be hard to work full-time. Your best bet is to start out with a light workload and go from there. Start working a few hours here and there and then build your way back up to being a full-time or part-time work-at-home mom.
Set Work Times for Yourself
As a mom with a baby, you are going to need rest. Remember your doctor telling you to nap when baby naps? This still holds true even for work at home moms with new babies. It’s best to find times in between naps and caring for your baby that you can sit down and focus on work. Be sure to stick to that schedule as often as possible. Treat your work at home job just as you would any other job to keep the productivity alive. You will find ways to get work done while caring for your newborn. I found I was able to get e-mails taken care of on my phone while nursing my baby which really helped me keep on top of things.
Take Care of Yourself
When you are busy pleasing clients and taking care of the baby, it can be difficult to remember to take care of yourself. While you are working at home, make sure you eat right and exercise as much as you can. Not only will this help keep you healthy, it will also give your body the energy it needs to keep up with the demands of your job.
Create an Outlet for Yourself
When you’re working at home with a baby, you’ll need some sort of outlet. Whether you are reading a book, crafting, or just watching your favourite show, be sure to find a way to unwind each and every day. This will prevent you from burning out. I’ve found bedtime to be the best time to do this and reserve nap time for housework.
Set Boundaries with Your Clients
You can’t have your clients calling you every five minutes or expecting you to answer e-mails on a whim. Make sure you explain to your clients that you have a family at home and that you’ll need to set boundaries with them. If they can’t respect your parameters, then they probably aren’t a good business match for you anyways.
Keep Baby Close
You baby isn’t always going to nap when you want them to, or play quietly in a play yard or sit happily in a bouncer or swing. Trust me, baby’s know when you need to get work done and that is when they will decide that they want cuddles. This is where you will want to have invested in a baby carrier or wrap. This will keep baby up close like you are holding them but free up your arms so you can work away. Everybody is happy.
Get out of the House
I know first hand how hard it is to get out of the house, especially when you have a brand new little one. This can lead to you feeling trapped and unsatisfied with your work. As much as you want to be home with your family, it can get a bit lonely. Make a point of attending events, conferences and other local networking opportunities. You will get the chance to meet with clients and colleagues but you will also benefit from a change of scenery.
Have you worked from home with a Baby? What is your best tip?
Elizabeth Lampman is a coffee-fuelled Mom of 2 girls and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. She enjoys travelling, developing easy recipes, crafting, taking on diy projects, travelling and saving money!