I have been at this mom thing for a little over 3 months. First of all, they weren’t kidding when they said the days are long but the years are short! How is my baby 3 months old!? During that time I have been working from home blogging full time, just like before. If you are like me and you are part SAHM and also a full time blogger you might find it kind of difficult. I wanted to share my tips on how I work from home with a baby.
How I Work From Home With A Baby
Make a schedule: I mean it sounds so simple right? We do have a pretty solid schedule in place and it works for us. I get up when Andrew gets up AKA 5:15 AM. I get dressed, make breakfast, run to Starbucks. Then I get a little work done. Liam is up at 7. He has a bottle, we play, meet friends for a walk. Then he’s down from 830-1030. He has another bottle at 11. We play, work on stuff like tummy time and sitting up. Then he naps from 1230-3. He eats at 3 and we play till 4. He naps at 4. Andrew gets home around 445 and that’s usually when that third nap ends. If I still have work to get done I usually do it right when Andrew gets home so he can be on Liam duty! I also do A LOT of batching work on the weekends which helps a lot. I take all my photos for the week, do all graphics, etc. Obviously our schedule changes some days but mostly it looks like that. *Note that during Liam’s naps I work, work out, do laundry, shower, eat, etc. Some days we have a sitter here for 3-4 hours and I get out of the house to work out and work. Other days he might go to my moms for a bit or come with me to the gym.
Prioritize: Liam comes first. Always. There is no deadline more important to me than he is. If I have a phone call or a meeting or a blog draft that needs to get done his needs are met first. I would rather be up late or get up super early and have Andrew’s help than not pay attention to my baby. I am very lucky that Andrew is home before 5 most days and also works from home one day a week. This affords me a lot of time to work on my blog. I also try to do things very far in advance. As soon as I get a sponsored post I do it. I do not wait until the day before it’s due. When I had Liam I had MONTHS of posts scheduled. This included sponsored content too. I highly suggest if you have kids getting sponsored content completed ASAP! You just never know what may come up the night before (read sick or fussy baby).
Ask For Help: I have no problem asking Andrew for help. He is Liam’s dad and perfectly capable of taking care of him if I need to get work done. We also have someone wonderful who watches Liam for us about 10 hours a week. She was my first grade teacher and we have always been very close. She is amazing with him and he adores her. They are at the house with me so I can feed him and play with him too when I need a break. It’s been great for me to have 10 hours a week to focus knowing he is taken care of.
Find Time For YOU: Working full time and being a mom is exhausting. Some days I feel like I have no time for myself. So on weekends I make sure to take some time for myself. I go to the gym, get a pedicure, run errands, etc. I also drop Liam off with my mom an hour here or there during the week if I need to. I still go work out everyday and thankfully my gym has amazing child care. I usually leave Liam in there for an hour or an hour and a half. So I am able to find a little time for myself every single day (even if it is a workout!).
This is how I work from home with a baby. It’s not easy by any means, but I love every single second.
How do you work from home? Do you have a baby to take care of too?
I don’t work from home and I don’t have a baby to tend to, but it sure does sound like hard work and like it takes a lot of organisation. You seem to have it all figured out, though!
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Good points, especially put Liam first. I especially enjoy the planning time for YOU. I think that is so important and often ignored. You DO need a break from them so you come back fresh and loving – especially as they get older and more demanding. Thanks for sharing. Today, I’m reminded It’s a Wonderful World!
Wow! This is seriously #momgoals for me. I LOVE how disciplined you are and I want to work at being that disciplined too!
I love these tips. My little girl is 9 months old and I just started blogging this month as well. Getting things ready to launch and maintaining the blog have been a challenge. It can be hard to balance everything and still be as attentive as you want to be to your little ones. Great post and great tips.
Really great tips here. I stayed home with my children when they were babies, and I also found the hardest thing to find time for myself. Great article 🙂
All great suggestions. The whole point of being able to make a living from blogging as a SAHM is to be able to have time for your children. But at the same time, if you have client work, it’s important to have someone else to take care of the child during that specific time.
Wowww, you rock mama!! I can´t believe you maintained the full-time blogging with a newborn… the first months nothing came out of my hands and when my maternity leave was over it was sometimes impossible to get anything done if my baby was home as well (i work from home some days). Really admire you!
These are all such great tips! I am a little nervous that when the baby comes, my blog writing abilities and timing will go downhill.
It’s all about that weekend batching!! I’m with you 100% on that. Without my weekend batching, I’d be miles behind where I am now. Great tips!
I’m so happy for you that Liam is such a good napper! It took us many many months before Phoenix finally napped well on his own. We realized pretty early on that even though my husband can work from home while I’m at my part-time job, getting a sitter is more beneficial. Otherwise he’s working until midnight every night catching up.
When I’m home, I’ve figured out the tasks I can do easily while he’s awake and focus on the rest while he naps.
I’m up to 4 kids now at home full time plus one more that joins us on some weekends. I nursed my kids so I learned how to nurse while working to save time. The most important thing is to put your baby first which you mentioned. You don’t want to miss the growing up.
Great tips! My issue is that I haven’t monetized my blog yet, so its hard for me to justify spending much time on it (which I need to do in order to monetize!). My schedule is pretty much naptimes right now. Thanks for all the advice!
It has to be a challenge for moms. I did not start working until my youngest started preschool
You are awesome! These are great tips to maintain balance and prioritize. Keep up the great work.
I’m working from home today (I have a full-time job out of the home, as well as my blog.) My son’s preschool is closed, and my mom (my daughter’s babysitter) is out of town. Working from home is TOUGH. I’m thankful for nap times!
I have blogged full timefrom home with babies and toddlers and pretty much all age kids and I also homeschooled and I use many of the strategies that you’re using. You’re doing a great job. The gym was a great place for me to exercise. Or work while the kids played in childcare.
When my kids were little, I found that they did well on a schedule also. As long as I could get them down around the same time each day, the kids would stay in their room for a few hours. I found that if we didn’t have a sleep routine, I wouldn’t get anything done. The goal for me was to know what I was going to do before they went down for a nap. That saved me a bunch of time and I was more productive.
These are all great tips! I definitely need to work on the time for myself point. Working from home, it is so easy to forget to “clock out” sometimes! Work is always right there.
These are great tips. I am so big on making and keeping a schedule too. And also…my kids always come first too.
Love the schedule!!!! I swear by them. Even with older kids we are still on schedules. Makes life so much easier.
I’m impressed! I always had such a hard time working at home when my daughter was little.
Looks like you have it all figured out! You get lots of stuff done and with a baby to boot. I work from home most days and I still get frazzled. And that’s with no baby! Kudos to you!
I love your passion! Finding what works for you is the most important. It can be really hard if babe is feeding on demand… or when you have 2… and schedules always change. Being flexible and forging on, mama! You got this down!!!
I hope your little one sleeps well through his fourth month! That’s usually when they start waking up again in the night. But a 5:15 run to starbucks, if that works for you then keep it going. 🙂 That’s awesome that you’re still able to run your blog/business with a new baby. Props to you mamma!
Asking for help and having a schedule is so important! Those are great tips!
I salute work at home moms! You guys are amazing 🙂
What great tips. I’m sure it’s really hard,but it sound like you’ve figured out a good plan! So glad you get some help too!
I love how you get out of the house a little and make time for you! Those are two things that I need to work on! Thank you so much for sharing!
Absolutely make a schedule! It may be hard to stick to when the little ones decide they are going to change things up but absolutely helps! Biggest thing is to be flexible.
I need to make a schedule! If I got up earlier as you do, I would get so much more accomplished!
Great tips- especially asking for help. I have not been doing a very good job with that one but as summer sets in I am going to have to do a better job if I want to get anything done!
working from home with kids is a challenge. I found that I have to admit my limitations and reset my expectations.
These are great tips! I think these tips work for all occasions. Prioritizing what’s important, asking for help, and finding time for yourself are a must!
As a new blogger I love to learn ways to make it better. It is a constant journey! Thanks for sharing!…
I don’t have a baby yet but this post caught my attention because I noticed that we have the same exact planner. SO CUTE! 🙂 🙂 🙂