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23 Sep 2019

If You're Raising Offspring And Working From 9-5, These 11 Buys Are For You

Women can have it all. There, I said it.

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I’ve had a bunch of babies and in-between said birth-giving, I’ve gone back to work.

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I love my children, but omg do I love my independence too.

No two ways about it though — if you're about to return to work for the first time since having children, it can be hard.

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You have to contend with being time poor, missing your children, feeling like you're late to the game, and the judgement.

Whether you're returning to work after a few months or a few years, here are some items I hope will make the transition easier:

First up, five products for mamas who've chosen to breastfeed.

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1. Breast pads, so you don't seep through your shirt during a meeting.

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Wish I could say it's never happened to me. This lot is made from organic bamboo and cotton (gentle for mother) and reusable (so good for Mother Nature!).

PRICE: $14.99 for a 10 pack.

2. Breastfeeding-friendly tops that ~work~ seamlessly into your 9-5 rotation.

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Would wear even if not breastfeeding tbh.

PRICE: Starting from $19.47.

3. A compact and portable electric breast pump that doesn't loudly alert everyone in the office to what you're doing.

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Light, portable and efficient — I used this model with all my babies, and have recommended it to all my breastfeeding girlfriends. Can also be used with batteries, so you don't need to go hunting for a powerpoint in an emergency.

PRICE: $194.99 for swing motor unit, breast shield, tubing, bottle, bottle stand, and connecting parts.

4. A work-friendly baby bag to properly store your precious cargo.

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Whoever invented the expression, "No use crying over spilled milk", never pumped milk, ammirite?

This sleek black, quilted number comfortably fits all your work documents and several bottles of pumped breast milk in insulated exterior pockets.

PRICE: $81.14

5. A working mum memoir to motivate you when you're doubting your ability to have it all.

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Because you can, damnit.

PRICE: $33.35 for the paperback edition and $17.99 for the Kindle edition.

Next up, mothers with school-aged children.

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6. Foldable shoes, because there's nothing quite like stacking it in heels during the morning school drop-off.

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You try taking three children to three different day care centres/schools, before work, in heels. Recipe for disaster.

Wear these during the morning rush, then when you pull your less-sensible shoes on, slip them in your bag.

PRICE: $19.95

7. A sleek umbrella that won't clash with your power suit, and will fit you and the offspring.

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I know your umbrellas are all itty-bitty things, likely with Hello Kitty all over. But no longer will you have to walk alongside the kidlets in the rain, simply because you don't fit underneath.

This one comes in five different colours, so don't stress if corporate black isn't your vibe.

PRICE: $24.99

8. A reusable coffee cup that will stand out from the many others cluttering the office kitchen counter.

JOCO Cups

You're going to need all the caffeine, because you don't clock off at 5pm, do you? Not until the youngest is in bed (and even then, they might still wake and crawl into yours).

I have the off-white Lars Huse-designed one, and it gets me all the compliments from baristas.

PRICE: $31.95

9. Dry shampoo, because if you didn't have time to shower before, you certainly don't now.

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I hate to admit the number of times I've rocked up to work with a bit more 'shine' to my hair than I'd like.

PRICE: $30.34

10. An attractive picture frame to show off the paintings your children are bringing home from school.

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Look, I know most of the paintings are ending up in the bin (there's only so much wall-space in a house!) — but your desk presents an opportunity to rescue one or two.

I may or may not have chosen this particular frame for this glorious picture.

PRICE: $16.99

11. This beautifully-illustrated hardback picture book that lets your children know where you go, while also creating an opportunity to bond.

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It can be hard to explain to preschoolers where you disappear to all day, every day. Use this book during your next bedtime routine to make the transition easier.

PRICE: $23.75

And that's it. Go get 'em, Mama.

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