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So you’re having a brand new baby AND planning to keep working at home. It’s totally doable, I know plenty of moms who pulled it off! Me? Well, my son was three when I started really pushing my work-at-home-career. That’s when I became a single mom and had no choice. Prior to that, though, I was a college student and an occasional freelance writer, so I DO have experience trying to occupy an infant while working.
The right baby gear makes a huge difference in helping you pull off two full-time jobs (mommyhood and working from home). Check out my top 4 must-have baby essentials for work-at-home-moms.
4 Baby Essentials for WAHMs
Caddy Hook-On Chair: Why? Because it’s sheer brilliance! Where was this when Jacob was a baby? You can take it just about everywhere since it folds up. It’s perfect trips to grandma’s or anywhere else that doesn’t have a high chair. That’s not what makes it perfect for work-at-home-moms, though. It clips right to the table, so you can keep junior super close while still getting work done. Why is it better than a high chair? When Jacob was a baby, he didn’t want to be at a separate table. He wanted to be with me. The Caddy Hook-On lets your baby feel like he’s sitting WITH you. Give him a snack or his favorite toys while you browse the internet researching your next project.
A multipurpose playard: When did they stop calling these playpens? Apparently someone decided that sounded too much like a cage? Anyway, a multipurpose playard, like Chicco’s Lullaby LX is a must for many reasons (hence the multipurpose). First, it’s a contained, safe little space for your baby to play alone while you hammer out your epic novel. Of course, babies don’t play alone for long, so that epic may be more along the lines of “See Spot Run.” It’s also the perfect place for naps and changing time. Keeping your baby close during playtime and nap-time means you don’t have to get up every 30 seconds to check on him.
Really cool toys: During the newborn stage, cool toys aren’t going to do you much good. Of course, during that stage I wasn’t doing a whole lot on the work front anyway. The goal is to find toys that keep your baby in one spot. When you’re not working, grab all those cool “explore the world” toys. But when you’re trying to focus on typing a complete sentence, the last thing you want is a wild rover. I love Chicco’s 2 In 1 Musical Band Table. Yes, it makes noise, but honestly, you need to learn to work with distractions now because kids only get louder as they grow!
A great feeding system: Whether you breastfeed and supplement with bottles or opt to go the formula route (no judgement from me, that was my personal choice), a good feeding system is vital to YOUR success too. Why? Because the right bottle and nipple means the difference between a satisfied baby and a gassy, cranky baby. Trust me, I know.
The NaturalFit® All You Need Starter Set from Chicco really IS the only bottle system you’ll ever need. It comes with three different types of nipples designed for different stages of your baby’s life. They are uniquely angled to promote proper neck positioning.
Awesome news! If you buy $150 worth of Chicco products between now and May 31st, you can get a NaturalFit Gift set free! It comes with all 3 stages in the feeding system, plus a bottle/nipple cleaning brush. You can purchase the products at any store that sells Chicco, but I highly recommend checking out ChiccoShop.com. They have an amazing selection of everything from gear to toys. Learn more about the Chicco NaturalFit Giveaway – Ends 5/31/15!
Do you have experience in this area? What were your must-have baby essentials as a work-at-home-mom?
I think mummies who manage to pull off working from home are role models it is doable and having the right equipment and tools helps. I don’t yet have kids but I have all these items for the time when I do.
great post. i have to say that i never heard about this shop. yes definatly everything you talk about in the post is essetional for momss. i am not yet a mom but i love to read these kinds of post also with the informative purpose.thanx for sharing
All these things I need to read up on, and learn about when I become pregnant. Right now it’s all over my head and I have no idea what things I “should” buy and should skip! It’s all super exciting to me 🙂 I can’t wait. Thanks for all the tips!!
These are all great ideas. It is so important to have tricks up your sleeve to soothe baby while you meet deadlines. I always found that some of the simplest toys amused my boys for the longest, such as a water bottle or empty toilet paper roll. I have no idea why, but it worked!
These things are really necessary for babies nowadays. The multipurpose playard should be present in the child’s room. Toys should be those safe and usable for the baby depending on age. One should take a good look at the label in the box before purchasing.
This is a great list for any new work at home mom! Working from home is hard and I can’t imagine the distraction that a baby adds. I think the hard part would be balance and being able to work without distraction.
Great to see a work from home mom at work! I think working from how requires a lot of commitment and dedication because working from home is such an entrepreneurial type business. When I first started making money online I think my daughter was about 7 and my son would have been about 3, this was quite similar but as long as you balance your tasks I think that making money online is no problem for work from home parents 🙂
I had the caddy for the kitchen table and a playpen. It did make things easier for a time. However, I would not say they are essential. I have worked online for years and I only have one in school currently.
I am a working mommy (out of the home) and these things are helpful even still 🙂 It’s so important to have different places to lie baby down and interact with them. I didn’t know Chicco has a line of bottles – that’s interesting! 🙂