Would you take your baby to work if allowed?

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 32
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Helper bee

I was/am a sham, but if not and I had the opportunity, sure. I love the idea actually. 

Post # 33
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Sugar bee

After having two kids…

 

HELLLL no! I wouldn’t be able to get anything done and it will just not be good. Newborns are all consuming. You’ll see.

Post # 33
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Bee Keeper

I’d quit my job if people started bringing their babies in.

One of our offices has a daycare center. I’d be ok with that. But babies in the office? Thats a no-no to me.

Post # 34
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Nope. I would not even consider this. 

I am definitely all for extended maternity leave. My company offers 12 weeks fully paid maternity leave with an additional optional 12 weeks of leave that you can take unpaid, or use vacation/sick to partially pay for more weeks. I will definitely be taking at least 4 months off when I have my second baby in a couple years.

I can’t even work from HOME with my son there. I wouldn’t want to try to be in a meeting, working on a project, etc, with my child there. 

When I am with my son, I am with my son 100% mentally, physically and emotionally. When I am at work, I want to give it my all. 

Post # 35
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Busy bee

I have a pretty undemanding job with a lot of downtime and a laidback office environment. So for me, it would work providing my baby was reasonably low maintenance. It vastly depends on the job duties, office atmosphere and temperament of baby. 

Post # 36
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Busy bee

Depends: I also had 12 weeks maternity leave, but actually worked from home for the most part of it and afterwards until my baby was 11 months. I wouldn’t have changed it – I would have found it very difficult to let someone else care for my baby at that time – but it is not doeable if you are on a tight schedule and have to go to meetings. For the first 4 months, baby will most likely need to either sleep on you or be bounced / rocked / sang to in order to fall asleep. You will spend a lot of time breast-feeding. God forbid it has reflux – then you cannot lay it down at all…. I was lucky – my baby loved sleeping on top of me and I could work on my laptop during those times. So I managed to get most of the things done. However, I asked someone to take care of the baby when I had meetings.

Now, if you take your baby to work, your office and meeting partners will have to witness you dance, sing, or even read your latest report to the baby (that sometimes works great!)  and listen to your baby cry – I doubt that you or they would like it.

On the other hand, there are those three week periods, where your baby is an angel, sleeps for three hours at a time 3 times a day in its crib and you can actually use that time to get a lot done (even though you would much rather take a nap yourself). This worked great for me because I was at home. Baby wearing is also good sometimes – it frees your hands and if you can pace around, it actually puts your baby to sleep.

Post # 37
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Im in an office and people bring their baby in while off on maternity to “meet” their co-workers. I come here to work and dont want to have to contend with a baby in the background. I couldnt imagine having multiple babies around all the time.

Though you said you only get 12weeks of leave so I can understand why this arrangement would be beneficial for you.

Post # 38
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

nope nope nope.

Post # 39
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m a Stay-At-Home Mom now, but at my last job my boss encouraged employees to bring their children to work rather than calling out for the day if those were the two options. So if there was a snow day and school’s were closed I would take my elementary school daughter with coloring books and her iPad. But it was very much a specific day kind of thing- so there would be 4 or 5 kids for just that one day.

Post # 40
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m curious why you’re so convinced your co-workers wouldn’t be annoyed. If my company allowed this and people actually followed through I would consider leaving. 

ETA: if my friends with babies are any indication, it doesn’t seem like a good idea to take your baby to work if you plan on being productive.

Post # 41
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Busy bee

YES! Absolutely I would take my baby to work if I had to go back to work that early. Especially if the environment was conducive to it, which it sounds like yours is. All babies are different, it’s true. However, aside from select higher-needs babies, most babies under 6 months still just nurse and sleep all day. They don’t usually need much stimulation. They also don’t fuss much if you put them on the boob at the first sign of discomfort. Nursing while using a computer or writing gets very easy with practice. If I were you I’d at least give it a shot before I write it off completely based on the opinions of women who might not have kids. 

Post # 42
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Bumble bee

I’d do it if for example care fell through on some random day. I’ve seen people bring their kids in when their nannies called in sick and nobody cares about that. But not on a regular basis. 

Post # 43
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Nope. I have an almost 3 month old and no way would I bring him to work. He’s pretty chill but when he is awake, he wants to be held/entertained, not just sit in his swing or on a play mat. I wouldn’t be able to get anything done at work. He also has some days where he doesn’t want to nap, so I *really* would not be able to get anything accomplished at work on those days.

Post # 44
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Bumble Beekeeper

Wow, your workplace is very baby friendly to welcome you to bring baby consistently for so long. It’s a neat idea, but I don’t think I could do it on a regular basis. I go back and forth from my office to other rooms, so baby would be left unattended at times. Plus, I wouldn’t want the baby exposed to more germs. 

Post # 45
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Meant2Bee :  I think it depends a lot on your office culture. This is common and supported where I work (a community nonprofit), and I am so glad I was able to take my son to work with me after maternity leave. I went back after 12 weeks, and had him with me full time until 4.5 months and part time until 6 months. He started day care part time and then transitioned into full time. Honestly, it was hard to get things done sometimes but I’ll never regret having that extra time with my son. I wore him in a baby carrier quite a bit, and was able to adapt my work tasks to accommodate him. My coworkers were fantastic about it and that made all the difference. I would definitely recommend giving it a try since you have that opportunity!

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