Post # 1
What are your plans/what did you do with your little one? I own a small boutique in a small town and I’m planning on taking baby to work. I’ve read multiple successful articles about this. I have a lot of down time during the day and adjacent to my store is a large living area (which I also own), where LO will be able to nap without commotion! I know this is not the “norm” thing to do, as most people work for others, but I’m sure there are a few of you who are in a similar situation to me.
My husband and I have decided this IS what will be happening, so keep the negative comments away–I’m wanting real-life stories about others who own an out-of-the-home business and have done this same thing!
Post # 3
Cool, I am not in this situation but I say go for it! I enjoy reading about moms and babies in the work place and I applaud them!
Post # 4
@happyface: Ah, thank you for that sweet comment! If I my store was in a large city, I don’t know if I could do it, but the slow pace of life in this small town makes me think it will work out well!
Post # 5
Darling Husband has his own business on the side which I do work with as well. Thankfully the majority of the work can be done remotely, but if something did come up and someone had to go in, we’d had to find a quick solution for the baby (like a neighbor, friend, or ILs).
The current talk is that I’ll end up quitting my normal job and doing just the consulting work, so having a solution for baby during the day if something arises will be needed. I’m just glad to have a lot of people I know local, especially onces that would probably like a little extra cash to babysit.
Now depending on the client, I may be able to take him with me. I know some of them would love to have a baby in the office to visit.
Post # 6
@Wed2Attn: This sounds perfect to me. It’s exactly what I would want to do. Be able to look after my baby while still running a small business. So long as it’s not a manic atmosphere you will be fine 🙂
Post # 7
My step-sister took her babies to work with her. They have 3 now. The first one she was able to keep at work until he was 6-8 months. Then she started working part-time. He was really a good baby. The second one didn’t cooperate with the whole office thing. So since she had an infant and a toodler (who was going to mom’s day out half the day)… she finally decided to quit and stay home with the two. Now they have the 3rd one and the two older are in school all day. So she comes in with him for a few hours.
My girlfriend just had her baby back in September. This is her first week back at work. She isn’t comfortable bringing the baby up there yet because he hasn’t had shots. So her mom is watching him this week. Then her plan is to take him up to the office and use the spare office next to her’s for his nap area etc.
I myself am due any day now. I plan to go back after 6-8 weeks. My office is large enough for the pack-play to use as a crib/changing area. I’m hoping to be able to work with him in the office with me for at least 6 months. Then I’m going to have to either put him in daycare or hire a nanny to watch him there at the office so I can work.
It can be done but I think it will all depend on the baby and how easy they are. I grew-up with my Dad owning the business and when I was sick I went to work there. It’s a neat feeling to now have my baby there.
Post # 8
Thanks for all the great input! I’m still hungry for more tales of your own personal experiences!
@vintage2010: My building is approximately 8,500 square feet, so whether or not baby is a mover or shaker like his/her mom and dad, it’s gonna have to work! And I don’t have an office job where I sit still-I’m very lucky!