Going back to work.

Elizabeth - posted on 06/08/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I have to go back to work soon. My baby will be 2 months old when I do. Any suggestions to make this transition easier?

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Althea - posted on 06/27/2009

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Sorry.. It is not going to be easy at all. Lots of pics and calls. U will miss your baby.

Abigail - posted on 06/27/2009

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I too just went back full time. It is helpful to have everything laid out the night before, anything you need to bring, clothes etc, at least at first. Just the other day, my daughter reached for my daycare provider as I was dropping her off. Usually she cries and reaches for me. This makes me happy and sad...I would rather her be with some one she likes...but it was hard to have her pull away from me!

Vanessa - posted on 06/27/2009

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I joined here to ask the same question, and my daughter will be two months old too! I'm a preschool teacher and luckily there is another preschool right next door so she will go there and be close enough that I (hopefully!) will be able to feed her on my lunch break, but won't be looking over my colleagues shoulders as they care for her like I probably would if she was in my centre. I recommend, if you are putting your child in a preschool but haven't enrolled yet, to choose one close to where you work instead of home - if you need to pick up your child in a hurry then you, your child and the teachers will all want you there asap. Also if possible start your child a week or so before you start back at work, that way you have time to figure out how long it all takes without having to stress about you being late, you can ease into it and you can also use the time he or she is in care to go shopping for work clothes that fit, or go to the movies or whatever. I'm trying to get into a routine that includes waking up early enough to be at work, and figuring out when she sleeps and feeds during the day so I can let the staff know. Hope it all goes well for you - cross your fingers for me!!

Heather - posted on 06/12/2009

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I agree with the other moms, prepare as much as possible the night before & plan on getting up a lot earlier. Earlier than you think you need to because you will have to have time for unexpected delays, like getting spit up on, a poopy diaper on your way out the door, etc. And on the plus side, if there are no last minute emergencies to deal with you will have more time with your baby. And yes, you will probably cry the first time or 2 when yu have to leave your little one, but I promise you it will get easier.

Keyla - posted on 06/11/2009

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It is so hard! But, you do fall into a routine. I did try to prep as much as possible the night before--getting my baggies with the supplies for the pump, etc. I did forget things once in a while, but never the most important thing like the baby's milk/formula. If you are taking him to a center, you have to keep track of how much milk/formula they have and keep tracks of the dates, too...It does take a while in the morning, so I did get up earlier than I would for work before I had him.

Hilary - posted on 06/11/2009

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I definitely agree with Jennifer. It is more traumatic for you than baby! If you have good childcare, the transition should run smoothly, too. You need someone who is supportive and able to help you out a little, ie can get the baby dressed if you are running late and don't have the time! Good luck... I'm sure you will settle into being back at work in no time.

Jennifer - posted on 06/10/2009

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To be honest, it's harder on you then the baby. If you are breastfeeding, pump and get your lil one used to that bottle. If you are bottle feeding, prep bottles and diaper bag the night before. If you can transition back it is best for you. I just went back a month ago. Day 3 was the worst. Be as organised as possible and precook things and freeze so you can eat well in a hurry or whenever you have time. Good luck! :0)

Linda - posted on 06/08/2009

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The more organised you at at home before you go to work pays off and lessens stress. Good luck x

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