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If you’re planning to go back to work after taking maternity leave, you may wonder what effect this could have on your baby’s development. The answer is good news for (guilt-ridden) working moms: little to none. A study of 1,000 children nationwide found that while kids of mothers who work during their first year of life score slightly lower on cognition tests through age 7, the upsides of being a working mom balance this out.
Before your baby is even born, it is very likely that you will need to make a decision about when, or if, you will be returning to work. Lots of moms return to work full time, but others opt for a part-time schedule, some work from home, and some forgo work altogether and become stay-at-home moms.
While it may seem overwhelming to prepare for your new baby and your financial future, it’s important to make sure that you and your family will be taken care of later and in case of an emergency. Here’s expert advice on planning for the future including tips for working mom's and recent health care legislation that benefits pregnant women and new moms.
Your baby screams and clings to you, wild-eyed, as if your leaving means instant peril. And in his mind, it does. “A baby doesn’t have the conceptual ability to trust that we’ll always return, so he protects our disappearance as if it’s a life-threatening event,” explains child psychologist Laura Markham, Ph.D. “His DNA programs him as if he’s living in the Stone Age; he doesn’t know he’s perfectly safe at day care. To him, when you walk out the door, he could be eaten by tigers.”
Contrary to popular belief, breastfeeding—once you get the hang of it—is the easiest way to nourish your baby.
It’s also the healthiest, proven to reduce many childhood illnesses (including ear infections) and health threats in later life (obesity, to name just one).
You also save time and money because you don’t have to buy and prepare formula, which can cost up to $1,200 a year.
But how can you breastfeed and still have a life? What if you want to go out to dinner or have to travel? What if you go back to work? We’ll show you.
You’re not quite ready to divulge your happy news, but explaining away your exhaustion and frequent bathroom trips is getting tricky. Or you’re uncertain what sort of maternity leave you’re entitled to and, more importantly, how much of it is paid. These are just a few of the common scenarios you’ll need to tackle as you navigate the next nine months on the job. Our detailed guide will see you through.
Rising food costs. The housing mess. The credit crunch. Bank collapses. Government bailouts. The sagging stock market. If it seems like the only positive news lately has been the tiny plus-sign in the window of your pregnancy test kit, we don’t blame you. If you’re like most new or expecting parents, you’re probably wondering how, exactly, you can afford to raise your baby, particularly if you live in an expensive city. But despite these fiscally turbulent times, there’s plenty you can do.
Emily and Josh DeVoll, Glendale, Ariz.
"We hope for the best for our kids but don’t dwell on it. We just kind of take care of ourselves and make the best decisions we can."
While it may seem overwhelming to prepare for your new baby and your financial future, it’s important to make sure that you and your family will be taken care of later and in case of an emergency. Here’s expert advice on what to do now and what can wait:
For many new moms, this past week has been focused on getting back to work. Maybe you're just coming back from maternity leave, or maybe you're getting back to work after a long summer break, or maybe the end of summer simply finds your thoughts shifting back to work.
I just placed my belly, aka “Baby Phillips,” on a waiting list for the day-care center near my work. I can’t imagine having my baby in the outside world yet, let alone in day care, but for me—like the 59 percent of working mothers with children younger than 1 year—finding the right child care is crucial. Indeed, with about 6 million U.S. infants and toddlers being looked after by people other than their parents, quality care is in high demand. As a result, parents are wise to start the selection process early, even before the baby is born.
Being a mom is largely a self-confidence game. I know this firsthand; my new baby tested my wits constantly, just when I needed them most. But the more confident I became, the less stressed I felt, the calmer my daughter was, the better the nursing flowed … and the smoother things went at home, the park, the store.