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How to Juggle Work and Your Newborn

Having to work and care for your family creates many challenges. Fortunately, there are some simple ways to make it a little easier on you and allow you to juggle both your work commitments and your baby’s needs.

Prioritise self-care

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If you’re unhappy, nobody will be happy. Your stress will be noticed by people around you and your baby will react to how tense you are. Of utmost importance is for you to make quality time for yourself aside from bonding with your newborn. By paying attention to your own needs every once in a while, you’ll be more adept at meeting everyone else’s. A simple self-care practice is to stay connected to yourself. Set aside some time for you to pursue your own interests, outside of work and being a parent. It can be as simple as keeping a journal, reading the newspaper, or watching the sun set.

Compartmentalise and stick to your current priorities

When you’re at work, make a commitment to be mentally present doing your job and meeting your responsibilities in the office. Having a clear divide between work and family time can be challenging and seem impossible at first, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll see that you can do it all (albeit with some help). If you’re employed in flexiwork, make it a point to stick to a schedule so that you can get things done faster and switch to your other full-time job of being a parent. You’ll soon realise that the pull of attending to your baby’s needs will make you twice as productive.

Call in reinforcements early and plan for backups

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Another tip is to foresee last-minute cancellations and implement backups so your own plans (which took you weeks to lock down) don’t have to get canceled. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, and siblings can all be roped in. It’s a good way to get extended family to bond with the newborn and establish these relationships early. Don’t be afraid to ask for help once in a while. As the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child.

Don’t forget to delegate

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Let’s face the facts – you can’t handle everything on your own. Split the chores between you and your spouse according to what each of you prefers doing. For example, if you like to cook, let your husband handle the laundry. Your older kids can also be involved. Teenagers can help to get groceries and do the dishes as well. Don’t underestimate your toddlers and preschoolers – they are more than capable of tidying up after playtime. Make your job simpler by getting boxes with labels so that they can sort their toys with ease.

Don’t stress over the details

Being a career mum isn’t easy. And having so many things on your plate can sometimes be overwhelming. So something’s got to give. Don’t beat yourself up if you come home to a messy house, with the dishes not done and toys are strewn all over the floor. Take a step back, hold your little miracle in your arms and cut yourself some slack.