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Tips for a new parent returning to work

At Thomson Reuters, we offer twelve weeks of paid maternity and paternity leave for all full-time employees in the U.S. As a new parent, it may be difficult to go back to work after taking some time off. Taking care of a newborn baby and going back to work can be challenging, so we came up with a few tips to help with the adjustment. Being patient and setting realistic expectations is essential during this process. 

1. Prepare the night before

Having bottles prepared, bags packed, and outfits laid out can make an enormous difference for new parents. It will help avoid hectic mornings and get you out of the house smoothly.

2. Grocery shop online

By the time you leave work, you can’t wait to see your newborn baby. Save time by ordering groceries online. Whether you get them delivered to your door or have them ready for pick-up, you will save precious time after work to spend with your baby. 

3. Get as much rest as you can

You will be exhausted going back to work and juggling being a new parent. Easier said than done, but try to take advantage of any extra time you have on your hands to rest to prevent burn out. Try talking to your manager about adjusting your hours to make your work schedule more convenient for you. 

4. Do a trial of childcare before you return

Becoming comfortable with your childcare is important before coming back to the office.  You will feel at ease on your first day back if you practice leaving your baby with childcare.

5. Hang pictures of your baby at your desk

When you miss your baby, you can find comfort throughout the day by looking at pictures. Plus, it's a great way to show off your new loved one to coworkers. 

6. Take a deep breath

This is a huge adjustment period in your life. Try using a meditation app to help remind you to stop and breathe - You can do this! 

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