Forget thriving and working from home — if you have a baby or toddler, you need tips to help you survive! That’s because being a new parent is stressful enough without also having to juggle a full-time job and deadlines. You need all of the help you can get, and Snug Bub is coming to the rescue with these work-from-home essentials that will save your sanity.
Comfy and Cute Clothes for You
Staying dressed in a suit while you try to work from home and take care of little ones is just unreasonable. Still, you’re not going to get a whole lot done if you stay in your pajamas all day. Science will back us up on this statement, which means you need to find a happy middle.
The solution? Cozy Loungewear that feels good but still looks good when you have to step into a Zoom meeting or even step out to grab essentials. Leggings should be a staple in any postpartum wardrobe. Pair those leggings with a nursing bra and cozy sweatshirt and you should have everything you need to look and feel your best, even when the temperature dips outside.
Stain-Proof Clothing for Them
Having to change a baby or toddler in and out of outfits all day can also take a toll on your productivity. The solution? Invest in stain-proof clothing that keeps your little one dry. Check out our Snug Bug shop for adorable rompers, jumpsuits, and dresses that can take your child from naps to playtime in no time.
Stain-proof outfits are also perfect for when you need to keep your little one busy indoors on colder winter days. Arts and crafts are always fun and entertaining projects for kids to work on while you work from home, and with stain-proof clothing, you won’t have to stress about the mess.
A Routine for Your Mornings
While rolling out of bed and straight into work may seem like a good way to save time, this habit is actually hurting your productivity. Dressing for the day sends a message to your brain that it’s time to get to work. You can pack more power into this message by reworking other parts of your morning routine as well.
Need some inspiration? Take a page from some of the most successful people on the planet — all of whom credit at least part of this success to their morning rituals. Oprah Winfrey swears by a morning workout and caffeine to get her day started, while Shonda Rhimes wakes up an hour and a half before her little ones so she has some solo time.
You just need to find what works well for you. If you have a baby or a busy toddler, you may need to make some adjustments. For instance, instead of an hour-long workout in a home gym, you could try a quick 15-minute HIIT or yoga workout to get your energy up.
Boundaries for Everyone
Boundaries are the one work from home hack that no parent should be without. Without clear boundaries, your child, pets, or spouse are all bound to barge into the office with random questions and demands. That can make staying focused so difficult. It can also lead to arguments and tension, but boundaries can prevent problems before they happen.
A written schedule can provide visual boundaries that can be important for little ones, but physical boundaries can also be enormously helpful. If you have extra room in your home, try to set up a dedicated area that can serve as an office. Having a door is desirable, but facing your desk towards a wall or window can also work. You just need some separation from other living areas to signal to family members that you are not to be interrupted.
Survival Tips for Sleep Deprivation
Losing out on sleep may seem like a must when you’re a busy parent. But keep in mind that doing so can also take a toll on your health and well-being — not to mention your performance at work.
Thankfully, there are some truly useful hacks you can use to survive on less than eight hours of sleep each night. One is to take a nap whenever and wherever you can. Use one of those breaks you penciled in to shut your eyes for just 20 to 30 minutes for some needed relief — it can go a long way.
All of the hacks above can help you avoid added stress. But the real secret to staying sane while working from home with small children is to have patience and compassion. Patience for them and compassion for yourself. You’re doing the best you can and that’s all anyone can ask. And if you’re looking for chemical-free kids’ clothing that will last, look no further than Snug Bub USA’s selection of expandable and stain-proof clothing!
Janice Russell believes the only way to survive parenthood is to find the humor in it. She created Parenting Disasters so that parents would have a go-to resource whenever they needed a laugh, but also to show parents they aren’t alone. She wants every frazzled parent out there to remember that for every kid stuck in a toilet, there’s another one out there somewhere who’s just graced their parents’ walls with some Sharpie artwork!
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