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After Baby: 3 Tips for a Smooth Transition Back to Work

I have offically been back to work for over a month now. As much as I was dreading it in the beginning, I am actully quite surprised at how easy it has been. It feels like I never even left and I am happy to be back! The first week I would say was the toughest. Isla was teething and battling a cold so there was little sleep to be had at our place. I spent the first few days at work trying to stay awake and thinking constantly about how Isla’s day was going. Was she sleeping, crying, happy, sad? What if she didn’t eat her lunch? After a few days at daycare and a couple of good nights sleep, things started to fall into place and the days got easier.

Here are 3 tips for a smooth transition back to work:
Try to get into the habit of doing the same things every morning at the same time. You may be thinking “How boring is that?!” but seriously, just try it for a week and see how you feel. We get up at the same time every morning, have our breakfast, get ready, play and then walk over to daycare. Not only does it help me prepare for the day but most importantly Isla knows what to expect. Babies and kids need routines. They thrive on it and secretly thank you for it.
Prepare The Night Before
I get everything ready for the following day, the night before. I get Isla’s backpack ready and lay out her clothes. Even what I am going to put in her hair gets laid out. I get breakfast prepped, lunches ready and my clothes laid out too. Anything that I can possibly do to make the morning go smoothly, I do. I am not running around like a chicken with my head cut off and I can focus on spending more time with Isla in the morning before I take her to daycare. Most importantly, I feel relaxed when I go to work. I am not thinking of things that I may have forgot and I can focus on work tasks instead of thinking about home.
Do Some Practice Runs
A couple of weeks before I headed back to work, we started getting up earlier and “practicing” if you will, what would work better for us in the mornings. We tried waking up at a few different times and seeing how long it took us to do certain things in the morning. The biggest reason for me to do this is Isla usually would sleep until 7:30 or 8am. I had to get her accustomed to waking up earlier so I feel like it was a nice gradual transition for her. This was also great for me and helped me prioritize what really needed to be done in the morning and how to get myself ready as well as a one year old!

I hope these tips have been helpful for you. It may seem rough in the beginning but I promise it does get easier and one day you will realize how great it is for you to have your own time away from home even if it is work!

How did you get prepared for going back to work?

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