Working Mom Tips for First Time Mothers
8 Weeks have passed, you’ve bonded with your baby, established a routine and POOF, its time to return to work!
As a Working Mom we cry the first day we drop them at daycare, the first day they don’t cry when we drop them off and the mornings you are running late covered in milk. I’m not sure there is ever a perfect day, but there sure are great days! There are some first time tricks every first time mom needs up her sleeve to help achieve those great days!
I had this perception I could handle anything. Reality set in after I dropped David at daycare on day 4 and it took me a month to successfully adjust. The time spent with your baby is precious and the only time you now have available you’re looking around the house wondering how you will get it all done, and a pedicure!
Here’s how I made the first 90 days work with limited finances.
Planning for your Mornings
- Pack the Diaper bag the night before – wondering what to pack? Here are the top items to include!
- Set out your clothes the night before – this includes ironing or steaming. I know you are tired, but I promise this helps!
- Create a routine for yourself that is simple. Things you can consider, showering the night before, apply make up in the car or even simple hair styling.
Don’t try to accomplish it all at once. Spending your day cleaning when you miss your baby or just need the rest doesn’t help revive you for attacking the dreaded Monday Morning!
This is an example I try to follow;
- Daily Morning – Unpack dishwasher, Load washing machine, Unload dryer
- Daily Evening – Pack and Run dishwasher, Load dryer, Pack Diaper Bag
- Before Bed – Pack the diaper bag, fold 1 load of clothes, pick up around the house, wipe down the kitchen
- Monday’s – 1 Bathroom
- Wednesday’s – 1 Bathroom
- Thursday’s – Mop kitchen floor and any additional floors (entry way) before bed
- Saturday – Change the sheets, deep clean the kitchen, dust, vacuum
- Sunday Afternoon – Grocery shopping. Two words – Walmart Pickup.
- Sunday Night – Finish all laundry, fold, sort and set out all outfits for the week
Stock up on household essentials
Running to the store when you are out of toilet paper isn’t as easy anymore. Even Amazon takes a few hours to get to your door. Taking your lunch break to grocery shop is rushed and never fun.
Here are a few of the things I order from Amazon in bulk. It makes life so much easier!
- Paper products – Toilet paper, Paper towels, Paper plates, Plastic Cups
- Baby products – Diapers, Wipes, Baby food (Rice Cereal)
- Household essentials – Dish Soap, Laundry Detergent, Dryer Sheets
- Snacks – If you are breastfeeding you know how crucial this is, there are multiple protein snacks on Amazon that you can keep on hand
- Beverages – Any sodas, waters, juice
- Pet products – Cat Litter, Cat/dog food, Doggie bags
- Packed lunch products – Make sure you have good lunch bags, Tupperware such as Bistro Boxes and Salad boxes
Personally I can only handle so many crock-pot recipes. If you haven’t started searching Pinterest for easy meal ideas then you are missing out! Here are a few examples of meals we love to cook around here.
- Crock-pot meals – Eggplant Parmesan, Boneless ribs, Chicken breasts (think about adding fajita veggies to this to make a complete meal)
- One sheet bake dinner – Shake n Bake, chicken tenders, veggies and a starch can be cooked all at once!
- Foil Packets – I did this a lot with veggies and fish
- Rice cooker – Couldn’t have lived without this
- Steamer – Always a great go to for healthy food and veggies you have prepped or in the freezer
Some of my best tricks are for car rides and what you need to keep on hand! We will always be on the go, don’t get caught off guard!
Parenting is a blessing. Enjoy the moments and don’t forget to get lots of pictures of the baby with you, not just of the baby!