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    Default How old was your baby when you felt okay returning to work full time?

    I'm a stresser and a planner so I know I'm ahead of myself but it's what I do.

    Anyway, when I do fall pregnant and have a baby I will have to take maternity leave... I'm just trying to figure out when I may feel like returning to work full time.

    With my daughter I didn't work full time so it was never something I even gave thought to.

    I know anything can happen but I want to start saving some money so I have some there if we need it... But trying to figure out when most mums feel okay about returning full time so I can get some sort of very rough timeline to work with in terms of finances (also as I will need a new car so I need to figure out repayments etc).

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    I went back at 9 months and regretted it. In hindsight I think about 16-18 months as they are old enough to feed themselves confidently and communicate to an extent. Good luck

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    I went back when my son was 15 months and it was the buggest mistake i ever made. If i have another I won't be doing that again.

    ETA: i went back part time only nit full time
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    My DD is now two and I went back to full time work when she was 6months old (Management position in the accommodation industry).

    For me it was too soon and I regretted it immediately. I ended up only working full time for a further 14 months and then quit.

    I really should have had at least 12 months off with her and then gone back part time in a non management position like I am doing now.

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    With ds1 I went back to work when ds was 4mths old and dh was a SAHD for a while then he returned to work and we had a nanny for ds whom was a friend of ours then ds was 12months when he started daycare. Being my first baby I felt it was too soon for me to return to work but dh couldn't due to an accident so I had too.

    With ds2 I had 12 months off and was paid for most of it as I took my long service leave on top of my 16 weeks employer paid parental leave and annual leave and then the 18 weeks government parental leave although that was minimum pay. I was very ready to return to work after a year off.

    With ds3 I had to finish work at 34 weeks due to a back injury. I had 8 mths off then was getting bored and found some casual afternoon/evening and weekend work to tide me over until returning to my usual position and dh was able to be home with ds3 when I went to work. When he was 12 months old I returned to my usual work 5 days working school hours and started study. Ds started daycare.

    I personally didn't want my children starting daycare under 12months as I think it's too young. Everyone's different, do what you feel is right.

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    DS was 7 mo the and I went back a couple of days a week to a temp job. With DD I went back after 3 months due to us owning a business.

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    My eldest is nearly 6 and I still haven't gone back FT! She wasn't a kid to cope with FT daycare. She just managed school 5 days a week now but is in bed by 6pm.

    I think it depends on the kid.

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    My son was 7 months old when I returned to work and (after a couple of weeks of angst) that was fine, he seemed pretty happy and I got some time to myself 2 days a week. Then I went full time after a couple of months I think.

    If the parental leave gets cut then it will be 5 months this time with DS2 and back full time straight off. I am mainly concerned as pumping at work is going to be a PITA but its only for a month so I'll just have to suck it up.

    It will be easier to let go the second time around as I have a lot more faith in daycare.

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    I went back part time when dd turned 1. I still don't feel ready to go back full time and she's 20 months.

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    I don't think I'll ever go back to full time either, even if it is "good for the economy" and regardless of the incentives the government throw at me. Unless they organise someone to cook, clean and help run my household, the money is just not worth the exhaustion to me personally.


 

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