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    Tips for Going Back to Work After Baby

    Returning from Maternity Leave: 5 Ways to Ease the Transition

    1. Decide on child care. Bring baby when you interview caregivers to see how she connects with them. Practice the new routines together before your start date.

    2. Delegate. Decide how you and your partner will divide responsibilities — and what you can agree to let go (making the bed every day?).

    3. Suit up. Set a professional tone by keeping baby stories to a minimum or sharing mainly with your closest colleagues. It'll assure coworkers that your head is at work, not at home.

    4. Stay connected. Those first few weeks, call the sitter on breaks or go home for lunch if you can. As you adjust to your new schedule, you will find solutions that help you feel better.

    5. Embrace your new role. You're providing for your family, showing baby that moms can wear many hats, and benefiting from a sense of fulfillment that comes with your day job.

    Ariane de Bonvoisin is the author of The First 30 Days (now in paperback) and the founder of first30days.com, a Website dedicated to helping you navigate any life change. Log on for advice and to connect with others who are making transitions.

    Originally published on May 19, 2009

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