New parenthood is undoubtedly tough. All of a sudden, as soon as you’ve managed to establish a routine, you face the end of your parental leave.
We’ve compiled a list of tips for returning to work after the end of your maternity leave, so read on if this sounds helpful to you.
Going back to work after paternal leave doesn’t have to be immediate. Try phasing back into your role, taking a few days off a week to spend with your baby. Not only does this help you adjust, but helps your baby adjust too. Depending on the type of childcare you opt for, you even spend time at your childcare provider on your days off. This will help you get comfortable with the people looking after your baby, resulting in the confidence that they’re safe while you’re at work.
If you’re not having family take care of your baby, ensure you research potential childcare options. You could choose a nanny, childminder or nursery, for example. When choosing childcare, weighing the pros and cons of each option is important. You could consider the distance of the provider from your workplace and home. For example, choosing a local nursery rather than one in a different town can ease some of the worry, as you can get there quickly in the event of an emergency.
To make your transition back to work easier, you can discuss with your employer plans for your return. You can chat about whether you would like to go back to full-time employment or reduce your hours. These discussions can help prepare both you and your colleagues to make reasonable adjustments where necessary. Getting used to your role again after such a change can be daunting, therefore by preparing your workplace they should be readily able to work with you.
You can rehearse what your day will look like after your return to help you prepare. Trial taking your baby to their childcare, to help both you and your baby get used to your new routine. Doing so before you return to work will mean you are available if your baby is struggling to adjust and needs extra visits, without forcing you to take time away from work.
Speaking to other parents who have been through the same process can help you gain perspective. Many local spaces will offer groups for new parents, which can help you to meet one another. It creates a space where you can get advice on how to manage both your time and worries.
Little Acorns Day Nursery can help you with your transition back into work. We have two locations, one in Eastleigh and one in Hedge End, so you can choose a child daycare conveniently distanced. If this sounds like it may be helpful for you, feel free to contact us for further information.