Tips for Balancing Working at Home with Baby

Occupying your baby while you work

The number one question I get from readers, friends, and family is “How do you do it?”… and by that they mean how do I throw dinner parties, keep a clean home, get dressed with makeup and ironed hair, and overall just seem to have it together when having a baby under the age of one and minimal help. Well, first let me say IT AIN’T EASY!!! Setting a table for a dinner party when you have a little nugget climbing up your leg, getting into dangerous shelves, or just whining for your attention can be stressful and difficult but I have found ways to persevere and get it all done! It starts with a relaxed positive attitude and some creativity along the way. So read along for some tips that have really worked to making me a successful hostess week after week!

Fashionable Hostess Table SettingBaby GluckBaby Bows

My first trick to organizing my table and house for guests is coming up with a decor plan and literally speaking these ideas out loud to the baby. Example – “Reese, don’t you think beige linen napkins will look perfect on the table?” I will accentuate the word ‘beige’ like it’s a very exciting concept. Sometimes I even sing my ideas {good thing she is too young to notice I have a terrible voice}. I then walk around the house assessing my inventory while pointing to things along the way. Example – “I need 8 glasses, aren’t these pretty ’1,2,3,4…’,” making it like a game. You are bound to get some giggles when you do a dance over how many knives and forks you need.

Baby Gluck sucking thumbMommy + Baby - The Fashionable Hostess

When safe, I totally get the baby in on the action. This day specifically I must have spent 15 minutes debating between napkin choices for my table so Reese had an absolute blast pulling the various options down off the shelf. In this instance who really cares that you have some extra napkins to re-fold once they are done destroying. In this case, this “playtime” in the napkin cabinet ended up distracting her for a full ten minutes allowing me to carry heavy plates and glasses over to the table uninterrupted. If you are cutting it close and the party starts in an hour, just shove the items back in the cabinet and re-fold/ organize in the morning! Remember it’s NO BIG DEAL!

Baby + MommyBaby AssistantReese Ella GluckLinen Printed napkins

The toughest part by far is when you get to the table and really need to focus… I have found that by calling Reese from chair to chair, it becomes like a fun game and even excercise! Example – “Crawl over here baby,” “Climb up on this chair baby”. I will make sure to peak at her from different sides of the table occasionally so she feels like it’s a game of peekaboo.

Baby StandingBaby HelperBaby and Mommy bondingFashionable Hostess Table Setting

When the job is done, you need to give your baby some much deserved FULL ON ATTENTION for being so well behaved. That means put away the cell phone and go somewhere where THEY can have some fun. In this case I was in Miami {ugh – I miss that warm weather!!} so we went outside by the pool with some of Reese’s favorite toys. She was so thrilled to have some much focus on her… not to mention it totally wore her out so by bedtime she was ready to pass out!!

Amanda Saiontz Gluck + Baby Gluck + ValentinoBaby Learns to WalkHappy BabyMonkey Toys for BabyTired Baby

Lastly be smart about the time of your party! If baby’s bedtime is at 7:30, don’t even think about inviting guests over before 8:15. Post bed-time routine you will still want to clean up, freshen up your outfit, put on makeup, and get any finishing touches done! By the time your party starts, you want to be relaxed and ready to have some adult conversation because come morning, it’s back to the swing of it!!

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  • Robin

    I mean, let’s be real. You don’t have a real job.

    • fashionablehostess

      Writing a full time website with Ads and collaborations with some of the biggest Lifestyle brands as well as working as a freelance event planner/ designer sure feels like a big work load to me! If you have even more on your plate, hats off to you! I am always inspired by women who can do it all and would love to hear more about how you manage to balance!

  • Gina

    you do realize that your “job” allows you to multi task at home so that integrating child care is possible. but do you also realize that there are a million moms— single moms at that— who work out of the house with new babies/family responsibilities and THEY still get it done, making what you do look ACTUALLY easy. So your “advice” only goes as far as those moms lucky enough not to have a real job. Get a reality check

    • Sonia

      Amen.

  • Anca

    lovely setting …did you change your chairs? or is this a different location?

    • fashionablehostess

      Good catch! We were actually down in Miami so I was using my mom’s dining table. It was so fun to have a fresh room to work with!

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