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Being a mom may need you to re-arrange your schedule, and for some, it means staying at home to raise your child. Whether you are working there or not, the baby will take up a lot of your time.
You should be prepared in all ways, and the best way to do it is to plan even before the baby is born. In that regard, here are some of the things you will need if you are going to be a stay at home mom:
It is not possible to hold your baby throughout the day, especially when you are working from home. It may be easier for those whose babies simply sleep their days away, but if you have a wide-eyed leg-kicking little fellow to handle, then you might want to get them a baby seat.
The ideal baby seat will help you keep an eye on your baby as you get some work done without worrying about them.
Some even come with unique features such as room for expansion to accommodate your baby’s rapid growth. Others can convert to strollers for a quick evening walk in the park.
This way, you can check your emails, type a report, take a shower, do your laundry, etc. while keeping an eye on the baby.
A diaper bag is essential for every mom, whether they are a stay at home mom or not. Ironically though, being a stay at home mom includes a lot more movement, which makes a diaper bag indisposable.
If you work from home, you may have to meet clients and attend meetings or interviews once in a not-so-long while. If you don’t, you still have to go out to get groceries, pick up laundry, attend birthday parties, etc.
This means that you will need a diaper bag that can accommodate you and your baby’s needs adequately.
A stroller is a good idea, but sometimes, you need to be hands-free so that you can hold or carry other things besides the baby. A baby carrier will do the trick just fine, especially when you have a fussy baby who finds comfort in lying on your chest.
Trips to the grocery store will be much easier when you can carry your baby without necessarily using your hands.
No one, even the most dedicated mother, likes preparing food five times every day. The easiest solution is to prepare a lot of it, store it well then feed the baby slowly until it all runs out.
This being the case, you will need special containers to store the food as you make it. The ideal food containers should have high sanitary levels, should be easy to clean and must keep the food fresh for as long as possible. They should also have airtight sealing to keep up any contaminants.
That said, don’t forget to enjoy the experience! Children grow up really fast, and sadly, you will be missing them very soon. Trust me!
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.