Returning to work after maternity leave?
Stay Home or Start Working: Problem Solved
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It’s been five years now since my delivery and as my life changed for good and the best, I never went back to my old work place again. Rather I chose my kids over my career So to help a lot more people than I would have in my original profession.
It’s always a tough choice between stay at home or start working again after maternity leave. If you are determined to work again, you are likely to face most of the following questions.
- At what age of my baby, can I leave him/her with the loved ones or at day care center?
- What happens to my baby if he/she doesn’t see me too often?
- What about my baby who is still on breast feed?
- What do I do if she starts crying suddenly?
Lets go through the answers one by one.
1) Stay home or start working?
The answer gets little complicated here. There are many factors to consider before you choose to stay home or start working after baby.
- First & foremost, financial need. If you and your partner discussed about the need for both of you working, the decision may have been driven by financial requirements for your baby, your financial obligations, cost of future education of baby etc, you may consider working again as early as three months from delivery.
- Baby’s overall Health: It is easier to start working again if your baby is healthy in terms of weight, food, sleep, good digestion system. You can check that with baby’s doctor during regular checkups to ensure baby is achieving milestones on time. Best time to start working again is after at least 6 months from delivery irrespective of your employer’s maternity leave policy.
- Family or Friend’s supporting at home: If you have your parents, in-laws or someone reliable to take care of your little one when you are working, life becomes easy.
- Good Day Care Facility for Infants: Now a days, with so many options available for a good creche for little babies as young as 3 months, you may want to consider this option. Do your research in detail before selecting any day care facility. Make sure they are willing & friendly and of course well equipped to handle small babies.
- Initial Emotional Bonding: Research has proved that very initial stage mother-baby bonding plays a vital role for baby’s mental & physical health. So you may want to discuss & consider this matter with your partner before getting ready to go back to work after baby.
- Baby on breast Feeding is more immune against illness. This plays an important role for you to decide before getting ready to go back to work after baby. Doctors recommend that baby should be kept on only breast feeding for first 6 months. Its better to stay home for at least first six months, if your flow is good, you are not in a hurry to start working so soon and baby is satisfied (not crying for milk frequently).
Consider all the above factors before returning to work after maternity leave. Also consider your baby’s special needs if any before you decide for getting ready to go back to work after baby.
2) So you are Staying Home:
Congratulations & 3 cheers to you for taking this decision. Your baby will be the most happy person even if he/she doesn’t know what is going on in your mind. Below are the tips you can use while staying home with your kid.
- Try to spend maximum time with your baby. Tell her sweet little stories, sing a song, go for a stroll every day, talk to your baby regularly.
- As you are home, try to get rest for yourself as well, especially if yours is a C-Section delivery.
- During your spare time, do some research & reading & be informed about your profession, If you are planning to start working again eventually. This will help in keeping you updated even after a gap of few months in your career.
- This may be the right time for you to start thinking about using your passion, hobby or creativity into a home based or part time business. You can put your skills into profession. Many women across the world choose this path after entering motherhood.
- Don’t forget to spend this precious moments with your partner! Its family time now!!
3) So you are ready to Work:
Congratulations & five Cheers to you for deciding to work again. YES two more cheers! It is never easy for a mother to leave the baby behind and to go for work. As your baby is doing fine and you have found good helping hands, it may be right time to start working. It is general observation that Babies of working parents are more independent and they mature faster than their peer group. It has to be a well thought and well planned action for mom who is getting Ready returning to work after maternity leave.
- Make sure you start practicing with other family members or nanny by leaving your baby with them for few hours at least before a week. This way, your baby will get tuned & the family member/nanny also gets the idea on how to handle everything.
- You can start with part time work initially if that option is available.
- Make sure you or your partner is readily available in case of any emergency.
- Keep your baby’s stuff fully organized when he/she is being taken care by some one other than you.
- You can prepare charts for regular medicine, food diaper change etc for the care taker.
- Talk to your friends and boss about the baby at home so they can also help in some cover up work & understand you when required.
- These days, cost of CCTV cameras & baby monitors are very reasonable, these can be used to monitor baby at home from your desk.
- Finally don’t forget to Make your home baby safe before you are getting ready to go back to work after baby.
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