Baby Care

5 Things To Do To Have A Smooth Transition To Work Life After A Baby Break

My name is Ngozi, a 29 years old bank worker at a big bank in Nigeria.

I started working at 25 and I earn good money. Two years ago, I got married and I had my daughter. As soon as my baby girl was born I knew things would never be the same again for me. I had to change my plan.

You see not everyone is like me, I had colleagues who stayed on and worked while keeping a family but for me I could not handle the two together all at once. I needed to take a break to care for my family. I left my high paying job and traded money for time.

Not many women can do what I did because of the demands of caring for the home financially. Although I stopped working at the bank, I did not let caring for my child end my career. I found a way round it- make money and care for my home. I worked part time, free-lance consultation, launched a magazine, started my online business and I made money from the corner of my room.

Perhaps you are a young lady like me who desires to care for her kids but is afraid of how to get back to work life after a baby break. This is for you! Here are 5 things you can do to remain valuable and increase your chances of getting a job while you are taking time out for your family.

  1. Don’t stop working all together: Yes, you may have to leave a high paying job that lady that took almost all your time for a part-time job in your field that gives flexible hours, good income while caring for your baby. If part time working is difficult, try freelancing with your skill set.
  2. Stay in touch: More often than not, working ladies now mothers often let their former work relationship die! No don’t do that. You need to keep the connection because you will need it when you want to reenter the labour force. You also need to network through attending events, following industry trends so you are in the know of changes in your industry.
  3. Be relevant: Yes, you are not working currently but you need to still be in tune and keep being active. You can find websites, blogs that interest you then write on any topic that interest you in the light of what the purpose of the blog.
  4. Stay informed: One of the challenges that come with taking time away is the tendency for your knowledge of your industry to go rusty. You need to stay up-to-date on changes in your field. Schedule a few times during the week to read up on articles, listen to podcast in your field, taking online courses and certifications.
  5. Be Involved: You know have to go all out for an elective position but you can do something to make your community better. There is something you can do to impart people. For example you can volunteer for organization and causes, you can start a reading , cooking group to help the poor in your community. There are so many things you can do all you need is to look inward and look for that area of strength. This would be interesting to any future employer when you start looking out for jobs.


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8 Symptoms That Show When Baby Starts Teething

When it comes to teething, babies start at different ages and to be able to better cope with everything that comes with teething, it’s important that parents familiarize themselves with baby teething symptoms so it can be easier on them.

And here are the 8 symptoms of teething in babies;

1. Excessive drooling

Excessive drooling is one of the first symptoms of teething, the incoming teeth will stimulate the gum, then the water will pour. A lot of towels and bibs will come handy. Diarrhea and loose stools may follow excessive drooling.

2. Baby starts biting

Babies will bite anything they can put their mouth on, this is because of the pressure on their gum. Toys, teethers, and even their mother’s nipple is not exempted.

3. Baby cries in pain

Inflamed gum can make teething painful which will cause babies to be uncomfortable. Your baby might cry in pain and be extra fussy, just bear with them.

4. Bleeding gum

Their gum might bleed, this is called hematoma. The bleeding takes place under the gum. Watch out for a bluish lump on your baby’s gum, although it’s no cause for alarm.

5. Refusing food

Some babies are more sensitive than others in the way they feel and respond to pain, they might even refuse to eat. Feeding will be quite difficult for them when teething. Do not stop forcing food on their throat though.

6. Fever 

Fever is also another common symptom of teething, but it’s low-grade fever which is no cause for alarm or worrying. But if it lasts more than 3 days and it’s high, consult your doctor.

7. Diarrhoea 

Babies sometimes suffer diarrhea when teething, this may or may not be as a result of the large amount of drool they swallow but if it’s extreme, consult your doctor immediately to rule out other possibilities.

8. Cheek rubbing 

Your baby might rub her cheek from time to time, this is because often times, the pain from teeth may radiate to the cheeks thus her to rub the cheek and soothe the pain. Although, this might also be a symptom of an ear infection so watch out.

Finally, you can conduct a test if you suspect that your child is teething, wash your fingers, then with one clean finger rub your baby’s gum, if a tooth is on it’s way, you’ll feel it. Meanwhile, rashes, sleeplessness, and coughing are other symptoms of teething. If any of these symptoms are in the extreme, check with your doctor.

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