For me, the transition back from maternity leave was so so. I wasn’t necessarily excited to go back to work, but I was definitely ready to get our ‘new normal’ figured out. Here are some tips that helped me transition back to work after maternity leave:
Find childcare early
If you are looking into daycare, I recommend jumping on this early, as most people only take one or two infants at a time, so they are limited. I know for us, once we found the perfect childcare situation it eased our concerns for returning to work and allowed me to really focus on our last few weeks together.
Ease into it
Going back to work after maternity leave can be hard. If you feel as though you aren’t quite ready to jump right in, set up a meeting with your boss, before you go back to work, to discuss your concerns. State your concerns, and offer solutions that will help you ease into work smoothly and efficiently.
Accept that things will be different
A lot can change in 3 months (or however long you are on leave from work). When you return, some things may have changed or will change, just go with the flow and know that you are doing the best you can.
Get your morning routine in place
Now that you have a newborn, it’s important to have a game plan so that your mornings run as smoothly as possible. I know it’s not always going to go as planned, (trust me, I’ve had some CRAZY mornings), but at least you will have somewhat of a foundation set to know what needs to get done, what you need to have in order to leave the house in somewhat of a timely manner.
Don’t take things too personal
Some people may say things to you, not knowing or understanding how it may affect you. Don’t take anything anyone says in the office personal. You do what you do, and you do it to the best of your ability. That’s all that matters.