Working nights with a new baby

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    Hi everyone -
    I may be faced with the prospect of changing to nights (7p-7a). I'll have a newborn soon and am trying to conceive of life on the night shift while newly returned from maternity leave. I've read the advice on black out curtains and the importance of ensuring that everyone in the house understands the imperative of allowing me to sleep during daytime hours, but hoping for some comments on how functional nights have been for those new moms who either have or are working nights. How did it go/how is it going?

    I ask because I may have the chance to stress to my director that nights would create undue hardship and I'm wondering if I should go that route.

    Thank you in advance for your input.
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    Undue hardship? Hmm, considering the millions of people who do or have worked nights with a newborn, not sure that'll fly. Honestly, sometimes it's easier to work nights with a baby. If you are breast feeding, you don't miss as many meals. I would highly recommend having someone watch the baby while you sleep though.
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    I don't think they will buy that, it isn't an undue hardship, you are doing what hundreds of us have done, had a family and worked off hours. Will you have help during the day or are you going to mostly work weekends? Sleep when baby does, especially if you are breast feeding. The good thing about working nights, despite being tired, is that baby doesn't have to go to daycare.
    serenitylove14, poppycat, anotherone, and 1 other like this.
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    I have worked nights for one baby and days for the other. Really it was no different.... I loved working the nights and wish I still could, unfortunately it is the toddler that really makes night shift difficult.... Mainly when they start sleeping less and less during the day. Also might shift was less stress so it helped with my home life!! Undue hardship?? Hardly!!!
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    Day or night. Working and having a newborn isn't easy. I went back to working night shift when my baby was 10 weeks. Working nights allowed me more instances to pump.

    The sleep was/is hard because of having to pump and suplly issues but if I wasn't breastfeeding I think it may have been easier.

    I cannot compare the two because I've only ever worked nights.
    serenitylove14 likes this.
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    I've done both and neither is easy. It depends on your support system and how it gets utilized so you can sleep.
    poppycat and anotherone like this.
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    I am pregnant and on night shift. When my baby comes I want to switch to days or I am looking for another job. I have no family in the area. It is just me and my husband and my main reason for leaving nights is that I don't want to pay for 2 days of daycare to work 1 shift. On days, I Could just utilize daycare while at work. For nights, I would need someone to watch the baby while I sleep before and after a shift. I don't want my baby in daycare more than necessary.
    tmartin83 and anotherone like this.
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    Whatever shift you choose, life with a newborn means there is not a lot of difference between nights and days, especially if your baby is not a long sleeper.
    poppycat and Meriwhen like this.
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    I worked nocs when I went back to work after my first baby. If I had to go back to work again that night, I would sleep at my mom's house and she would watch the baby and wake me up when she needed to nurse. If I didn't have to go back to work the next night, I would go home and sleep when the baby slept. I don't think it matters if you work days or nights, you'll still be tired because you'll be up with the baby either way. I was working evening when I went back to work with my second baby, and I was just as tired, I didn't get home from work until midnight, would be up with the baby during the night and then my older dtr would be ready to get up at 7 am.
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    Quote from tryingtohaveitall
    Undue hardship? Hmm, considering the millions of people who do or have worked nights with a newborn, not sure that'll fly. Honestly, sometimes it's easier to work nights with a baby. If you are breast feeding, you don't miss as many meals. I would highly recommend having someone watch the baby while you sleep though.
    I agree that going the "undue hardship" won't be bought by your employer. Nor will it make you any friends among your coworkers who have to rearrange their own lives for work: just because they don't have newborns doesn't mean that night shift isn't hard for them too.

    If you do end up on nights, I also agree with hiring someone to watch the child while you sleep--it's actually a pretty common practice. Or drop back to part-time so you have fewer days to deal with. Or consider shifting your schedule to weekend nights--that way, your SO/family can be there during the day to help you out.


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