3 Tips For Working From Home With a Baby

Whether you started a business of your own, or your business has agreed to let you work remotely, working from home comes with many perks. For people with a new baby, the advantages are obvious. Being able to tend to your baby’s needs while also making a living is incredibly convenient. 

However, when you’re working at home with your baby present, there are all sorts of challenges that require your flexibility and patience. To help you stay on track, here are some of the best tips for effectively managing your work while also caring for your little one.

Stay Flexible

Ideally, your work day should be set up flexibly, so that you can step away from work as needed. After all, when you’re dealing with a small infant, you never know what can come up. They may suddenly need to be comforted, or have an explosive diaper that needs to be changed. Flexibility will allow you to juggle it all while also staying on task. 

Remember, your baby’s sleep schedule may be very irregular in the beginning stages, so staying flexible will help you work around their sleep times and get work done during these moments. In an ideal world, your work day will fit itself around your baby, rather than fitting your baby’s schedule around your work day. This is because babies are unpredictable and can change their habits from one day to the next.

Create a Baby-Frinedly Work Area

Depending on how young your baby is, you may still be breastfeeding and bottle feeding. It helps to set up a workspace that allows you to freely give feedings and also work at the same time. Equip your workspace with feeding pillows, and comfortable chairs, so that you can get your work done while also holding your baby. You should also set up things like a playpen, or a baby swing right next to your workspace so that you can have hands-free work time once in a while.

Consider a Nanny

Even though we might like to believe that we can do it all ourselves, sometimes it’s not quite as simple as we think it will be. Consider hiring a nanny so that you get as much support as possible.  At some poin, you may find that trying to handle it all is too overwhelming, and it’s costing you in both areas of your life. 

After all, when you spread yourself too thin, you’re not able to give your fall as a parent, yet you’re also not able to give your fall as an employee. If you find that it’s all too much for you, don’t hesitate to turn to a professional to help you handle it all. If a nanny isn’t in your budget, then consider asking a friend or family member to give you a hand.