#babiesatwork

When I finished work for maternity leave (if 10 days counts as maternity leave) I didn’t plan to return to work within a matter of weeks with my new baby girl in tow.

I didn’t plan to give up working altogether – I’d studied for six years to get my degree and had worked hard at my job. I also loved working – it was (and still is) a key part of my identity.

I hadn’t decided how much time I would want off work, although I thought three months sounded about right.  My boss joked during my pregnancy that I should just bring my new baby with me to work with me. My reply was usually something along the lines of ‘An office is no place for a baby!’ How things changed!

I started working from home when my daughter was 10 days old. She was a very content newborn. Eat, sleep, poop, as they say. I was bored and work seemed like a good way to fill my time.

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Working from home with my little helpers.

When my daughter was three weeks old I started going to the office for a few hours a couple of times a week. That increased to full time for a few months before I settled (for now) on three set days.

Taking your baby to work is not common; I’m yet to meet another person who does it. Despite this, taking my daughter to work works brilliantly for us.  I plan to share more about how we make this work in the hope that I might inspire you to consider giving it a go.

29 COMMENTS

  1. mummy_bee (@_mummy_bee) | 25th Oct 16

    I would defiantly be interested in reading more about your experience of going to work with the baby as I cannot imagine taking my baby to the office with me not sure I would get any work done at all. its also really nice that you have the option to take the baby to work I wish more work places were like that. #GlobalBlogging

    • Lucy's Locket | 25th Oct 16

      Some days are a struggle that’s for sure! But on the whole, we make it work. Check back next week, i’ll get some posts up ASAP!

  2. whatudidntknow | 25th Oct 16

    Wow that’s amazing that you were able to start doing some work from home already at 10 days. Your little girl must be fairly easy to manage #globalblogging

    • Lucy's Locket | 25th Oct 16

      Yes, she’s very content and a great sleeper!

  3. ohmummymia | 26th Oct 16

    oh you are really lucky that your baby was so content as a newborn:) Sometimes I don;t know what is my name 😛 also my job is not a place for kids
    #KCACOLS

    • Lucy's Locket | 26th Oct 16

      I’m a lawyer and work in an office, but you’re right, it won’t work for everyone. Thanks for reading.

  4. mackenzieglanville | 26th Oct 16

    what a great idea for more posts, and love the pic of your helpers so adorable xx #globalblogging #KCACOLS

    • Lucy's Locket | 27th Oct 16

      Thanks! I still remember how I felt when I took that photo. I love it too!

  5. Jen Mackinnon | 26th Oct 16

    I don’t even think that is allowed here, but it sure would make a difference. However we do have maternity leave for 12 months. #KCACOLS

    • Lucy's Locket | 27th Oct 16

      Where are you located Jen? I would have thought it was up to the individual employer.

  6. Emma Plus Three | 27th Oct 16

    Very interesting. I’d love to read more about it x #KCACOLS

  7. The Mum Project | 27th Oct 16

    Oh wow this is really interesting, I think if I had my own office I would do this but we have an open floor plan (you know for good communication and all that, including very senior people) so I feel like my baby might annoy everyone lol. BUT I really like this idea and would love to read more about your experience, maybe if it was a normal thing to do at my work people wouldn’t get annoyed? Luckily my company is very progressive and I’m allowed to work from home once a week and change my hours to whatever works for me : ) Thanks for sharing with #GlobalBlogging!

    • Lucy's Locket | 27th Oct 16

      So good that your work are flexible too. It makes all the difference!
      We’re open plan too but I also have an office I can use if I need to. Open plan actually works well because there are lots of people to give me a hand if I’m on the phone or something and Lilly need me. It works while she’s still so young (7 months now) but it’s definitely not a long term solution!

  8. One Messy Mama | 27th Oct 16

    Wow, what a lovely Boss.. More could do with reading a post like this! Sometimes I REALLY miss work, but being a SAHM has been good for me too! I was a teacher and I couldn’t imagine my boss EVER allowing that! Looking forward to reading more! Thanks for sharing with #GlobalBlogging . See you next week! x

    • Lucy's Locket | 28th Oct 16

      I admire SAHMs. It takes a HUGE amount of patience and self sacrifice that is often u acknowledged.
      I can’t imagine this working for a teacher either, but you never know!

  9. The Speed Bump | 28th Oct 16

    Ooh wow, I’ll be interested to read about your experience! I hate not being busy with something so the summer in between having my daughter and going back to uni was tough for me! #KCACOLS

    • Lucy's Locket | 28th Oct 16

      Me too, I’m not very good at relaxing, always need to be doing something! Great, I have lots of things to share but need to get them down in writing. I better get on with it then! Thanks for visiting from #KCACOLS

  10. Tracey Bowden | 29th Oct 16

    What a lovely boss and how great you can take your baby in with you! I recently changed jobs and having previously worked for my boss before (before I had my daughter) he lets me take her in with me when I stuck for a babysitter and he needs me to work extra days.
    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

    • Lucy's Locket | 30th Oct 16

      It’s good that he’s understanding. A bit of give and take works for everyone. I just linked up again with #KCACOLS, thank you! 🙂

  11. theparentingjungle | 30th Oct 16

    I would love to read this its a fascinating experience, because of what I used to do I couldn’t have taken my son into the office but I returned to work when he was 6 months and did 2 distance learning degrees in my time off to keep my brain functioning and keep some small part of me sane in-between the late nights and nappies. Its only now he is older I sometimes struggle being a working mum, though now I am no longer a single working mum I think school and all the different groups etc is a lot to juggle. Glad to hear you are doing so well lovely. Thank you for sharing with #KCACOLS x

    • Lucy's Locket | 30th Oct 16

      Well done for doing TWO degrees! Good on you!
      I can imagine all the after school activities would be hard to organise as a working parent. I haven’t had to tackle that one yet. There’s always a new challenge, isn’t there!?

  12. mummymiller | 8th Nov 16

    I would love to read more about this, sadly in my job I couldn’t do this (I’m a nurse) but this would be great idea for people who worked in offices!

  13. Reuven | 11th Nov 16

    Firstly, congratulations on your beautiful baby girl, Lilly! My wife, Aliyah, and I really love what you’ve shared here in your post: how wonderful it is that you’re able to bring your daughter to work with you. Your idea for a series on #babiesatwork is terrific and we look forward to reading more of your posts.

    As a community social services director, I meet so, so many struggling parents who would benefit greatly from this privilege. And employers would benefit, too: when babies and parents are happy and thriving, workplaces thrive also. It’s still a dream for most parents but we sincerely hope we’ll be seeing more such opportunities arise in the future. Everyone would benefit.

    • Lucy's Locket | 12th Nov 16

      Thank you. It is perfect for me. I get to enjoy the best of both worlds. I hope to see more opportunities like this too. It is absolutely possible if all parties are committed.

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  16. Jackie | 19th Nov 16

    I have never heard of this before – so good to know it is actually possible 🙂 I had a very unsettled baby so that was never on the cards for us but I love the idea of taking the baby to work #thatfridaylinky

    • Lucy's Locket | 19th Nov 16

      Lilly has always been very happy and content, especially as a newborn, so that’s what made it possible for us. I just hope my next baby will be the same!

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