Life Style

Working From Home and Raising a Newborn

You’re Going to Be Up Late

WFH is the abbreviation for “Work From Home”, and it defines something like 1 in 4 working moms today, at minimum. That’s because 20 to 25% of the total workforce has become decentralized in a remote capacity from 2020’s difficulties.

The good news is, you can make money and stay home with your newborn. The bad news is, your newborn doesn’t care that you need to make money. Your newborn can’t speak English or think critically. All your new son or daughter knows is joy, fear, hunger, and fatigue; all of which are expressed through emotive cries at inconvenient times.

Also, newborns don’t always sleep in long chunks; sometimes they’ll be down for a few hours, up for half the day, down for a few hours, and so on. Every newborn has their own idiosyncrasies here, though there are some general similarities. The point is, you’re probably going to lose sleep and have trouble sleeping longer than a few hours.

Thankfully, babies do need more sleep than adults, so there’s a definite balance that can be achieved, and between feeding, washing, cleaning, burping, and changing the diaper of your baby, you’ll be able to get a little work done here and there. That said, you do want to be strategic about it.

Remote Options Save Hours Upon Hours

If you’ve got to find an office for lactation consultation, you’ve got to get the newborn ready, lock the house, walk the dog, get in the car, contend with traffic, wait in the waiting room, have your appointment, drive back, stop at a gas station or fast food place for either yourself or the newborn, then finally return home.

Do you think you can do all that inside an hour? Can you do it inside three? Meanwhile, if you simply go with a modern option, like virtual breastfeeding consultation, you lose five minutes waiting for the digital conference to start (probably less), and the actual time of the meeting before you log off. You can save yourself at least an hour, maybe more.

If going the digital route saves you two hours a week, that’s eight hours a month. You’ll probably save a lot more time than that. Here’s what makes sense: find all remote options you’re able to, and incorporate them into your WFH life as a new mom.

This will allow you to do more with less, more affordably. Accordingly, you can devote more time to being a mom, and continue to be productive anyway.

Preparation is Half the Battle

The first few months tend to be the hardest, after the first year you’ll find your rhythm, then the next big transition point comes as the baby becomes a toddler. By then, you’ll be more balanced. If you’re a WFH mom, the key is maximizing available resources and finding the perfect work-life balance that works for you. Just as you work remotely, find ways of getting other errands done remotely, too.

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