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.

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 thoughts on “#babiesatwork

  1. 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

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

  3. 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!

    1. 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!

  4. 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

  5. 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

    1. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

    1. 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!?

  8. 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.

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  11. 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

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