Three tips for going back to work after baby

Barbara Turvett, Executive Editor-in-Chief of Working Mother Magazine, shares tips on how to make the transition back to work easier after having a baby
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Three tips for going back to work after baby

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Going back to work after maternity leave is tough and emotional. You've been all about your baby all this time, so you probably haven't slept that much either. Do the best for yourself by planning ahead. The night before you go back to work, maybe two nights, organize your make-up and your wardrobe, and write detailed notes for your caregiver. Then on back to work eve, pack your lunch, pack your snacks and a refillable water container to put in the fridge. If you are still breastfeeding, pack your breast pump, pack your pads and that kind of thing. Big tip, go back to work on a Wednesday, if you can. A shorter work week is less overwhelming and tiring. The morning of, take a lot of time to cuddle with your baby. Maybe plan in to go late, to relieve stress. Remember, you are doing what's best for you and your family and helping to make your baby's life more comfortable. Also remember, that babies of working moms do just fine.

Barbara Turvett, Executive Editor-in-Chief of Working Mother Magazine, shares tips on how to make the transition back to work easier after having a baby

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Barbara Turvett

Working Mother Magazine Executive Editor

As Working Mother magazine’s Executive Editor, Barbara Turvett is integrally involved in the magazine’s editorial viewpoint and planning. She oversees and edits women’s, family and work life content, top edits the entire magazine and also contributes to workingmother.com. Barbara has specialized in parenting, women’s health and education topics throughout her career. She has written and edited for many national publications and websites, among them Parenting, Parents, Family Circle, Weight Watchers, Child, McCall’s, Sesame Street Parents, Healthy Kids, Men’s Fitness and American Baby magazines. Barbara has edited two award-winning early childhood education books, and she has written a health book and edited several cookbooks for Weight Watchers Publishing Group. Prior to life in publishing, she was an actress and singer and performed in film, theatre and nightclubs. Barbara enjoys life in New York City with her husband, teenage daughter and pet cockatiel.

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