25 Things to Do before Maternity Leave Ends Checklist

Taking care of a newborn is no joke, and doing it 24/7 is more than a full-time job, so you need to plan before your maternal leave ends.

The most important thing is to be gentle on yourself if it didn’t go exactly according to your plan. checkout the things to do before you maternity leave ends checklist:

Create a flexible plan on how transitioning out and back will work.

Try making a spreadsheet of all your responsibilities and show how they will be handled while you’re out — and how you can ease back into them once you return.

  Know your rights

  1. Know ahead of time what type of financial compensation to expect from your company.
  2. Save your vacations and sick leaves.
  3. Ask if the law allows mothers to leave an hour earlier. 
 know about your family budget
Keep a thorough account of your current monthly expenses and make a decision about how long you can comfortably stay at home after birth, based on what your company will allow, your own financial comfort, and a new family budget.
 Plan your Childcare
Who will watch over your baby when you go back to work? 
If you decided to put your baby at a day care, try to look for something close to the house of the one who is responsible to pick the baby in case of emergency.

Things you should know before paying the deposit for the day care:


  1. Check the internet and read about the daycare
  2. Check Facebook groups for reviews and number of likes their page has
  3. Visit the center by yourself and pay attention to how the staff interacts with the children
  4. Ask about the staff’s qualifications
  5. Ask about the day care licensing
  6.  Check out their premises and check play grounds, rooms, hallways, toilets if they are safe and clean.
  7. Ask about drop-off and pick-up times, to make sure they align with you and your partner’s schedules.


Take Time for Yourself

Try to leave baby with someone for just a couple hours at some point.
  1. Go for a drive. 
  2. Get your nails done.
  3. Get a new hair style.
  4. Do some shopping
  5. Grab a coffee 


Find a Work Ally

Keep in touch or even go out for coffee with a colleague who recently came back from maternity leave herself.


Bond with your baby

Take time to bond with your baby and make it your number one goal even if you will be back to work in few weeks.


Stay in the Loop

Try to contact your employer or meet him/her, if you do want to stay on top of a project during the gap.


Join a Working Parents Group

See what you can learn from their advice. And together, see if you can make some changes within your organization.


Keep Your Health Insurance Company Up to Speed

Check with your provider to determine if your baby will be added as an individual to your plan, or if you need to change to a family plan after birth. Keep a paper trail and follow up in order to avoid a lapse in coverage.


Create a List of Resources 

Create a list that you can use in case of emergency.
List contains phone number of who will
  1. Clean the house
  2. Take care of the baby in an emergency
  3. Take care of the dog
  4. Person who knows everything about colic
  5. Pediatrician
  6. Day care


Schedule make things easier

Mention the time you go to work and you leave. How much time it takes you to reach to day care to pick up baby.


Plan your recipe

Try to cook two meals on Sunday, so you eat throughout the week and let Fridays and Saturdays for takeout.


Plan your housework so not to pile up on off days

Try to start a new habit to do chores day by day so your day off doesn’t get consumed by house load.
Try not to pile up laundry and dirty dishes.
Try to sweep as needed throughout the week and do  major cleaning on Friday evenings after work to be able to enjoy your weekends.


Seek happiness not perfection

It’s okay to have a messy house and to eat simple. It’s all about the
  1. happiness in the house and not the house itself
  2. happiness of being able to support your family
  3. happiness of bonding with your children
  4. happiness of building a successful career


Speak with your employer for flexibility at work

  1. To leave sharp from work by 4 or 5 sharp
  2. If you can work from home in case of emergency
  3. If your employer values you, don’t be afraid to ask for what you need.


Talk to your partner and set duties

  1. Set family meeting on Sundays to go through the schedule for the upcoming week to prevent some surprises
  2. Negotiate chores with your spouse


Worth Every Penny

If you can try to pay someone to clean the house every other week so you can have more time and energy to bond with your baby


Nighttime Is Prep Time

Train yourself to do everything the night before
  1. prep day care bottles
  2. Day care food
  3. Day care supplies,
  4. lay out clothes for everyone
  5. pack work bags and know who is on point for drop-off and pickup
  6. prepare what will you wear for the next day.


Early to Bed, Early to Rise keep you healthy and wise

Adjust your own bedtime and wake-up time so you get enough rest.


Mornings Equal Me-Time

Try to get up before the baby
  1. Workout
  2. Shower
  3. Get ready for work


Look for support

  1. Family support
  2. parents-in-law support
  3. Friends support


Buy some new work clothes

Do your old work clothes still fit you?
I Doubt!
Try to pick yourself a couple of new outfits that make you look and feel great.


Soak up every moment with your baby

Every little smile, every bath-time, every game you play. Take photos and prepare an album.



  1. Life comes in phases and try to relax about this piece of parenting.
  2. No one is better qualified than you are to be your child’s mother.
  3. Build in time to rest, read, breathe and enjoy life.
  4. Becoming a working mom may be challenging (and exhausting!),  but it can also be rewarding, interesting and meaningful.
  5. Even employers usually have families. They understand that you’re doing your best and doing a great job at work the majority of the time.
  6. Try to be positive and view things at a high level. Your baby comes first so trust in your ability to figure out solutions.
  7. When push comes to shove, you can get another job if you have to.

If you still have doubts comment below and tell us about your fears and we’ll help you.


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