Does Bringing Your Baby to Work, Work?

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Q: When our baby, Oscar, joined us in September, I planned on staying home for several months and eventually going back to work part-time, with my husband taking care of Oscar during those times (i.e., no child care necessary). Last month, however, a too-good-to-pass-up job opportunity appeared. I applied, had a phone interview, and the next morning, got an offer. I suddenly need childcare SOON when I hadn't planned on needing any. Our families live several states away, and we haven't lived here long enough to establish a very big network of friends who could watch him. My boss is very open to letting me bring Oscar with work with me - in fact she suggested it. (continued...)

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At first, I loved the idea of taking my baby to work, but the more I think about it, the more concerns I have. Is that best for him? Will I still be able to work with him there? What tools, policies, etc. can make having my baby at work with me a viable option? Anyone out there have experience with this? Any tips, recommendations, or ideas?

Editor: First, congratulations on Oscar's arrival and your job offer! I work part-time at home with a preschooler so have less insight on working with a baby (and in an office environment) so hopefully readers will have some good thoughts for you. For me, I much prefer working away from my son's company so I can focus on work or him instead of dividing my attention. The type of work and the working environment you'll be in, of course, make a huge difference to how viable this option is for you and your son. Readers - have you tried working out of the home with a baby? Thoughts?

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.

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