Work-From-Home Essentials for Busy Moms
Working from home as a parent can be beneficial as you save money and time from not commuting. You’ll be able to spend more time with your family and this can eliminate or reduce childcare costs as well. However, it can also be difficult – the lines between work and family responsibilities are easily blurred, and taking care of children can be a handful. Fortunately, it’s also a chance to try to balance these responsibilities. And to help you do so, here are some essentials you can consider:
A baby monitor to help you multitask
While working at home takes away some of the stress of commuting and being in an office, it can easily come with its own challenges, especially for mothers. For those with young children, working from home means taking care of them and ensuring that they are happy. Yet, having a child in the room where you are working can be very distracting. In order to multitask being a mum while working you need to get a good baby monitor system. For those with a baby, the Nanit Plus has “an over-the-crib Wi-Fi camera that not only offers standard video-monitoring capabilities, but also provides data, including sleep metrics, via its app”. This will not only let you watch your baby but also let you predict when they will wake up. For those who just want an audio monitor the VTech’s DM221 lets you listen and talk to your baby, lowering the chance of having to leave your workstation and tend to them.
Noise-cancelling headphones to help you focus
Even if someone else is there to watch over the children, working at home still means a lot of distractions — from the kids playing to the TV set on. Disney Jr. Bose’s QuietComfort 35 II is one of the top noise-cancelling headphones, and they’re very comfortable as well. Bose’s Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 is a great option too, with better sound quality and performance when you need to make calls. But if complete silence doesn’t work for you, you can play some music or white noise. Noise-cancelling headphones can turn any place into a peaceful work environment so you can focus on your tasks.
A sturdy stroller for walks and running errands
If you are a work from home mum, you will likely find yourself going outside a lot to run errands or simply get fresh air. One essential all families need is a good pushchair and it is recommended to invest in a model that has multiple uses. The single pushchairs on iCandy demonstrate how the carriage of some models can be pulled out to become a carrycot or car seat. This multifunction approach gives parents more options depending on their errand and the weather, without having to purchase individual parts.
A reliable coffee-maker to help you be productive
A great cup of coffee has helped you start and continue your day when you still went to a physical office – so it makes sense to have a trusty coffee maker at home as well. The coffee machines featured on the New York Times show that there are different models depending on what kind of coffee you like. For instance, if you love cold brew, the OXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker is for you. But if you prefer French press, the Bodum Chambord is great. There are other kinds of coffee makers out there, so you’ll definitely find the right one for you.
These essentials will surely help you keep on top of everything. But as our article on “Self-Care Sunday” mentions, having time for yourself will keep you refreshed and ready to face the next work week.