(Closed) Working night shift with a baby?

posted 7 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: Which is the best option?
    Work part time nights. Have more time with the baby AND make more money, but sacrifice sleep. : (18 votes)
    78 %
    Find a full time day job and pay for full time day care. : (4 votes)
    17 %
    Other (explain below) : (1 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
    4354 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    My sister in law is a nurse also and although we get a 1 year mat leave here, she started this same schedule when she went back to work (when the baby was around 1). She managed without sleep, but I don’t know how. She sometimes sleep when baby napped but other than that, I have no clue how she managed it.

    Post # 5
    1760 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    There’s always the idea of napping when baby naps. Or would that mess up your sleep schedule/pattern more? Maybe you could talk to your mom or a friend about watching the baby for a few hours while you sleep after work?

    Post # 6
    2192 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    You are in the right career!  My mom was an RN working the night shift our entire lives.  It was great because she was always there for us during the day when we needed her and only missed out on us sleeping. 🙂  You will get into the swing of things!  Take naps when the baby sleeps even on days you are not working.  You’ll be fine!

    Post # 7
    6015 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    Do the part time.  Serioiusly you get sooo much more time with your baby and not have to pay anyone for care?  Plus it’s good that your hubs spends time with the baby too.  I have a friend who’s wife did this for a while then switched to working thurs night/friday/sat/sun.

    Post # 8
    2389 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I’m not sure that you can do a good job taking care of a baby OR caring for patients on that little sleep. It’s certainly not good for you.

    Post # 9
    753 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I have to agree with @oneofthesethings . Taking care of a baby is exhausting in general. I can’t imagine working all night and then having to come home take care of a baby and wait until that evening to get a few hours of sleep. That’s a tough decision to make because in theory it sounds good, but I imagine it could take a toll on your body and well being. 





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