Returning to work after having a baby is always a task that parents dread. The thought of leaving your babies and spending hours away from them at a time can be difficult and it is a decision that many parents put off as long as they can.
However the time does come when it is a conversation that needs to be had with your partner and in many cases a decision on when to return to work has to be made.
Not only is there the worry about the returning to work, but there is also the worry around trying to be able to still stick to a routine and keep everything running at home as well.
When returning to work after having twins or triplets our tips below will help make the transition easier on everyone.
Finding the right daycare for twins or triplets
If you are lucky enough to have family local who are able to look after your children during the day, it does help make the transition easier as they will be with familiar people.
If you need to put your children into daycare it is important to find a daycare that both you and your children are comfortable with. It is a good idea to have a tour of the centre, get to know the staff and let your children spend a few hours at the centre before you decide if it is the one or not.
If possible, have them start at daycare a week or two before you start back at work so that you can also iron out any issues that may arise in the mornings and to get a routine in place.
Organisation when returning to work after having twins or triplets
Returning to work means that you will be spending a lot of time out of the home and it can start to affect your routines and the way the household runs.
Being organised will help you to keep sanity and not spend your evenings running around trying to catch back up on difficult tasks within the home.
Try to plan ahead and have dinners precooked so that you can come home, heat them up and not spend hours in the kitchen.
Also doing small things such as getting everyones clothes ready the night before and lunches packed ready in the fridge will help to make the mornings easier and not as hectic.
It is important that if you have a support network around you that you utilize it and not try to do everything on your own.
Split tasks of the home between you and your partner and share the workload.
If you have friends or family that offer to help you with different things, don’t turn them away. They are offering because they want to help and you should let them help where needed.
Don’t feel like a burden on them, they want to help.
Discuss your needs with your employer
It is important that you and your employer are both on the same page when it comes to the needs of both the company and your needs.
It is a good idea to have a meeting with your employer before you officially start back at work and discuss everything. Speak to them about the hours that you will be required to work, your leave entitlements and help them to understand that you have a family and at times there will emergencies that you need to attend to.
If you are still breastfeeding when you return to work, it is important that your employer also assists in giving you adequate breaks to pump.
Outsourcing is your friend when returning to work after having twins or triplets
You have a lot on your plate now and it will be difficult to try and keep on top of everything.
Where possible (and affordable) try and outsource some of your tasks to make your day to day life a little bit easier.
Whether it be a cleaner who comes to the house a couple of times per week to keep on top of the house work or buy doing your groceries online to save a trip to the shop.
These small tasks being outsourced will make your life a lot easier.
Returning to work after having twins or triplets may bring up a lot of different emotions for you as well. If you are feeling overwhelmed at all it is important to speak with a professional and be able to speak out about your feelings.
Take it one step at a time and enjoy the transition back to work and the next phase of your life.