The thing about motherhood is that there is no one way to do it. Each day we have to make decisions big and small that affect our households for better or worse. And one of the first biggies as a new mom is the decision to go back to work or stay home and be a full-time caretaker for your baby. Or at least it used to be that cut and dry. More and more we’re meeting moms trying to find flexible jobs or pioneering by starting their own business, in hopes of creating a schedule that makes sense for them.
Meet the work-at-home mom. From the outside, it may seem like she’s living the dream, and she kind of is. But she’s also striving to strike that perfect balance between baby and business, and probably working her fingers to the bone before baby wakes, during naptime, after bedtime, and basically every other second she has free in her day. Basically this mama is on 24/7.
To give her a helping hand (because we sure know she can use one), we’ve partnered with Skip Hop to create a baby registry filled with the best gear to balance mom life and work life while keeping her sanity intact (most days).
We know it’s hard to put your newborn down, but when duty calls, you can feel good about unloading your little one into Skip Hop’s cozy Uplift bouncer. Use it as a traditional floor bouncer or elevate your baby to sofa (or desk!) height with just the turn of a knob. It’s got great tech features like vibration to soothing sounds, and blends in well with your living room (ahem we mean, office) decor. Buy it here.
We hate to be the ones to tell you but that thing you heard about “mommy brain” is totally real. Get in the habit of writing things down. Like, everything. From doctor’s visits to meetings, events and and more get yourself a great organizer to keep your life in order. This one by MochiThings even has enough room for you to jot down those precious baby moments you never want to forget. Buy it here.
Being a work-from-home mom doesn’t mean you’ll never leave your humble abode. Whether you’re finally ready to meet your new mom friend or need a few shots of espresso, you’ll have to get out there at some point, mama. Make sure you’re equipped with a great baby carrier before you do. This Tula carrier provides an ergonomic M-position seat supporting optimal development for baby’s body. The fact that it’s adorable is just a bonus. Buy it here.
Keep an eye on your little’s every move with this genius baby monitor by Withings. It will help you create the best sleeping environment for baby’s nap times by keeping you informed of the baby’s room temperature and humidity, it comes with 7 songs to lull your baby to sleep, and it allows you to speak to your baby with just the push of a button. Buy it here.
Once your babe is mobile (and yes, rolling counts!), you’ll need some safe and exciting activities to occupy him during that uber-important conference call. Skip Hop’s modern activity center has got you covered from four months to toddler, letting your little one sit, swivel & bounce, then cruise and play while standing, and finally use it as an activity table (it converts!). Buy it here.
As much as we believe that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to, some days you just can’t do it all. And you shouldn’t. You need to listen to your body. And when it says slow down, do it. So, once you’ve registered for your baby gear, let your friends or family spoil you by accepting a home-cooked meal, or better yet, ask for a gift card for a delicious almost home-cooked meal of your choice by Munchery. You can register for one on babylist or buy it here.
What did moms do before the internet? We suspect there were a lot of parents screaming “If only my diapers could arrive at my door every month without me having to think!” Thankfully none of us have to be subjected to that cruelty anymore. The Honest Company offers monthly diaper and wipe bundle deliveries nationwide. The diapers are adorable the wipes are top notch and all Honest Co products are healthy and sustainable. What else do you need? Buy it here.
As a working mom you’ll realize quickly that simplicity is key. And that all-purpose wipes are possibly one of the best inventions known to mankind. Yep, that’s right: you can clean just about anything with these wipes, including your baby gear, because Babyganics all-purpose wipes are made with only the safest ingredients. Buy it here.
If you’re a work-from-home mom who plans to breastfeed you might think that a pump is unnecessary, but chances are you’ll have to schedule meetings (or even long conference calls!) that don’t involve baby. And when you do, you want to be prepared with back-up breastmilk for baby to consume while you’re away. This one by Medela will be in it for the long haul. Register for it here.
When the line between work and play is blurred, your diaper bag often has to do double duty. Skip Hop’s Highline Diaper Bag has got all the functional details make Skip Hop the go-to for diaper bags (hidden bottle pockets, tucked-away changing pad, stroller clips), but it’s also smart and chic for those working mama meetings you’ll inevitably find time to squeeze in. Buy it here.
With most of your day spent working on your laptop, changing diapers, feeding, playing and more, it’s important to reset by doing something healthy for you. On some days that means a nutrient-packed lunch and on others, it’s a solid run. Even if baby has to come along. The sleek and high-design Bugaboo Runner will help you get on track. Buy it here.
Getting out with baby doesn’t mean you have to be off the grid (although you should totally be if you want to!). For those days you just have to do it all, this smartphone holder will help you keep notified at a glance while on-the-go. Buy it here.
If you plan on breastfeeding, the proper nursing bra is a must. Stay comfortable at home and confident at your coffee meetings with this body silk seamless bra by Bravado, which has full access and clips that actually stay closed. Buy it here.
One of the hardest things about being a stay at home mom is figuring out that nap/work balance so you can schedule calls accordingly. For those days the nap vibes just aren’t working in your favor, put a plug in it -- ahem, we mean soothe your baby -- with a natural pacifier like this Hevea one. Buy it here.
Keep your newborn cozy with these beautifully designed swaddles by Little Unicorn. Your instagram followers will go gaga over them. Buy it here.
*This post was sponsored by Skip Hop. Register for these Skip Hop products and others at Amazon.com, Buybuybaby.com, and Babiesrus.com.