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7 Tips for Working From Home With a Baby

So you have found yourself working from home full-time with a small baby and no one else to watch them. Welcome to one of the most rewarding but also most challenging times of your life. If you’re looking for ways to make it a little more manageable, here are 7 tips to help you out!

1. Wear your baby

Many babies find being in a carrier calming because they get to be close to you, plus it frees up your hands to do work. If you don’t have a standing desk to do your work at, improvise with a sturdy cardboard box placed on your table or desk, or use an ironing board. The downside to this is it is uncomfortable to sit down when wearing a full carrier, which brings us to Tip #2

2. Sit them on your lap

A lap sitter like this one from Amazon allows your baby to sit in your lap stably while freeing up your hands. Plus it comes with handy tethers you can attach toys to. It helps them feel connected with you and keeps you off your feet!

3. Get down on the floor

Infants, young and old, want to feel connected to you. Instead of working at a desk or on the couch, bring your laptop to the floor and do work next to them while they do tummy time or play with toys. If baby gets very distracted by your screen, check out Tip #4…

4. Consider getting a privacy screen for your laptop

If you find that your baby gets too distracted by your screen when you’re with them, invest in a privacy screen. They block the lights of your screen unless viewed from a certain angle.

5. Have a game plan for nap time

This is one of the key times you will have for being productive. If you wait until the baby is down for a nap to figure out what to do, you will most likely find yourself aimlessly scrolling social media, or responding only to the emails that are neither urgent nor important. Keep an ongoing list of tasks and refer to it as soon as you sit down.

6. Be flexible

It’s impossible to stick to a 9-5 schedule when you watch your baby full-time and work full-time. Babies are unpredictable. They don’t always take their nap when you thought they would, or they need more attention some days than others. Even laidback babies will need your attention and time because…well, they’re babies! Soak up the opportunities to have a good giggle session with them, take some time out to help them master crawling or walking. Appreciate the benefits of working from home with your baby, which is that you get more time with them! Just learn to look for the pockets of time when you can make up the work later on. Common times are after the baby has gone to the bed for the night, or during weekends.

7. Be kind to yourself

What you are doing is not easy. Don’t give in to the temptation to compare your productivity to other people’s. You’re basically juggling two full-time jobs. Cut yourself some slack!