How Do I Bond with My Baby as a Working Mom?

If you work a full-time or part-time job as a mama, you're basically superwoman. While all mamas work hard, you really have to stay on your toes to stay productive with such a busy schedule. 

However, one of the biggest worries of working moms is how they can bond with their babies. While babies show their love differently depending on their age, there are a lot of great ways to strengthen your connection even if you're away from them a percentage of the day. 

Mom and baby bonding

Skin-to-Skin Contact

While you only usually hear about skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth, this type of care is important for all stages of babyhood. As long as your baby enjoys it, using skin-to-skin is a great way to comfort your baby. 

This close quality time is an easy way to reconnect with your child after a long day at work. It gets them familiar with your scent and your body's unique feel, helping you feel closer. Just make sure you're using baby-safe beauty products

Bond Over Bathtime

Bathtime is the perfect way for both you and your little one to unwind. Who doesn't like a warm bath after a long day at work? Throw in a glass of wine (or tea), and you've got yourself the perfect evening, mama. 

Baths not only calm your little one down for bed, but they also help with their development. Adding a milk bath like our favorite Bonding Bath soothes everyone's skin and adds another element of relaxation. 

Bathtime with baby

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Spend Mornings Together

Most working moms stick with the traditional 9-5 schedule. If this is the case for you, make your weekday mornings the time to bond before work. You can cook for your little one, enjoy a (messy) breakfast, and play all before you have to head off to work. 

If you're struggling to get enough sleep with your baby, you don't have to suffer alone. Using a sleepytime scrub or another natural solution helps send you off to dreamland faster so you can enjoy more quality time with your baby. 

Keep Work at Work

While this is easier said than done, be clear with your boundaries. It's tempting to take work home with you, especially at busy times, but this has negative impacts on your mental health. 

Instead, carve out time in your busy schedule for yourself. Let your employer know about your family time and how much it means to you. It's okay to ignore those late-night or weekend work calls when you're spending time with your baby. 

Ask for Help

Last but not least, don't be afraid to ask for help. A lot of friends and family might be willing to step in with things like childcare, but ask them for help with other chores as well.

Having your partner take over the nightly chores so you can spend quality time with your baby is the perfect way to stay close to them no matter your schedule. It's all about balancing your priorities!

Don't be afraid to ask for help when you need some time for yourself as well. Self-care is important, mama. If you need some free time to take a relaxing bath or apply your favorite morning face scrub, ask for it! 

Doing More with Less

It's not how MUCH time you have with your family that matters. It's how valuable that time is. Quality over quantity reigns supreme.

To bond with your baby while working, follow these tips above. Whether you stay at home or work outside the home, it's just a matter of time management and making the most of the limited time you do have.