any tips?

Candace - posted on 12/19/2008 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I am returning to work full time on jan 2, I will be working shift work 2 10 hour days and 2 14 hour nights 4 on 4 off rotation. My husband also works shifts and we have a home business. My little girl is 10 months old is going through seperation issues right now. I think mostly it is because I have been leaving her with my sister ( who will be watching her) for short bursts. I am a little worried about her routines and schedules because of our irratic schedule. Some mornings she will have to be at 530am most she can sleep till her normal time of 800am. Anybody have tips to make the transition smoother and help keep her on track. I am stressing out a little about having to be away from her.

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I went back to work when Christopher was 9 weeks old doing shift work. I think it is harder on the mother than the child. I eventually nearly a year and a half later been able to get a less erratic roster that has allowed me to take better care of myself. Babies and toddlers routines are changing all the time as their needs change so don't worry she will probably adapt a lot better than you think. It's hard being away from them but you know why you have to be and in the end it is all for them. Just make sure that you and your husband are well organised and in your hectic life remember to enjoy some quality family time and some quality alone time. it all has a funny way of working out.

Lacey - posted on 12/20/2008

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I went back to work when my son was 9 1/2 months old. I thought it would be horrible, because he was in a routine for all those months. My husband works shift work two, but crazy hours, all 12 hour shifts, days and nights, with 2-4 days off in between then 7 days off at a time. CRAZY schedule. I also work 12 hour days 2 days a week and the rest are 6 hour shifts. The good thing about routines, is that even though she is going to be getting up at 5:30, she will still be tired, and most likely, fall right back to sleep once she gets to her aunties! But if the transition is a little rocky, it will get better. Don't stress out about it. She will just have a new routine. and just because it is shift work, and it doesnt stay the same, that still is a routine to her. Good luck. I hope I could help.

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