As a new parent, you may be excited by the prospect of returning to work. At the same time, however, you may also be hesitant, wondering how you’ll juggle everything. While a new baby definitely changes the way you do things, it’s still possible to achieve a satisfying work-life balance that allows you to get everything done while providing the best care possible for your little one. Below are several tips to help you manage work-life balance with a baby.
- Prep the Night Before
Mornings can be chaotic, so do what you can the night before to prepare for the day ahead. Make baby bottles with the best baby formula, ensure everyone’s outfits are prepared in advance and take a shower so you don’t need one in the morning. Try to create a routine so you’ll always know what comes next and you’ll be less apt to forget anything.
Lastly, keep in mind that babies, children, and life are unpredictable, so even the best-laid morning routine can go awry. What this adds up to is that it’s important to be flexible with your routine.
- Create a Family Schedule
The key to creating work-life balance within a family is to always know the comings and goings of each family member. You can keep up with all this by creating a family calendar that allows you to see at a glance who’s doing what and when. This is a great way to keep your babysitter up to date as well.
You can use a paper wall calendar to record all your family’s appointments. This allows you to keep it in the kitchen where everyone can see it. Alternatively, you can create a shared calendar on Google that every family member can access on a mobile device and edit as needed.
- Find a Good Babysitter
Going back to work can leave you with feelings of guilt and anxiety over leaving your little one at home. One way to alleviate these feelings is to find a babysitter you can trust.
You must do your research to be sure you’ve found a good caregiver for your baby. Ask for recommendations, check references, and drop in unannounced to put your mind at ease that the person you’ve chosen is a good fit for your baby and your family.
Once you’re sure you’ve found the right caregiver, work hard to build a good rapport with them to keep the lines of communication open and flowing.
- Share Responsibilities
It helps immensely to divide and conquer the responsibilities for your baby’s care and the household chores. If you have a partner, coordinate your schedules, and figure out ahead of time who is responsible for what before you return to work.
Babies get sick from time to time, and when this happens, parents may need to stay home to care for them. Have a plan in place to determine how this time will be divided so there’s no confusion when it happens.
- Make Time for Each Other
Life is busy, and having a new baby makes it even more so. Be sure to make time for each other so you don’t feel like you’re missing out. Whether it’s a late-night rendezvous after the kids are asleep or taking turns to give each other massages, make time for each other as often as you can. Adding decadent touches, like an aromatherapy diffuser and good quality massage oil, will make these shared moments that much more special.
It’s not easy to do it all, but you can achieve a satisfying work-life balance with a baby by following the tips above.