Working moms are very busy individuals. Dealing with childcare, commutes, and the corporate world is enough to drive anyone a little bonkers. And this isn’t even touching on the joys of pumping breast milk in a tiny closet in the office. Thankfully, there are some great products designed to help working moms get through their day with a little less stress.
Whether you’re gearing up to pump at the office (and who doesn’t look forward to that activity?) or just trying to stay on the same page with all of your child’s caregivers, these books, planners, and snacks can help you manage your many responsibilities. Some days are just bound to be hectic, but these products can help you stay on top of everything. Or, at least on top of most things.
Armed with a sleek baby bag and an app designed to help you keep track of your child’s schedule, you can manage your day like a boss. Although you have a lot on your plate, you can find solidarity among the 70 percent working women in America with children under 18. It’s a tough job, but you are by no means alone. Make your work a little easier by trying out these products, some of which were designed by your fellow working moms.
1. Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breast Pump
If you'll need to pump at the office, the Medela Pump In Style advanced breast pump ($270) offers a quiet pump and discreet, work-appropriate tote to hold everything.
2. Baby Connect App
The Baby Connect app ($9/month) helps you and your caregivers stay in sync about your baby's feedings, medicine, and even mood. Because you can add multiple users, you can get up-to-the-minute data on your baby's routine throughout the day.
Marci Fair's Tilt ($18) draws on the author's own experiences as a working mother of four to provide tips and advice about the realities of sustaining both a family and a career. She encourages readers to let go of perfection and focus on the truly important parts of life.
4. momAgenda Desktop
With a layout that features separate spaces for you and up to four children, managing many schedules is easier with a momAgenda. The desktop version ($26) features a 17-month calendar that features weekly and monthly views.
5. NuRoo Nursing Scarf
Helping you seamlessly transition from job mode to mom mode, this NuRoo nursing scarf ($32) is both polished and useful. You can wear it as a normal scarf, or use it as a nursing or pumping cover.
6. Milkmakers Lactation Cookies
The Milkmakers lactation cookies ($25) act as a great organic snack for moms-on-the-go who want to boost their milk supply. They are the answer to your 3 p.m. slump.
7. Slow Cooker
When you're wrangling kids and corralling clients all day, the last thing you want to do when you get home is worry about dinner. With the Crock-Pot programmable slow cooker ($49), you can cook enough food for seven people and keep it warm for up to 20 hours, so dinner is ready whenever you are.
8. Turnlock Tote
Although you may cary enough stuff to fill a U-Haul during the day, the Turnlock Tote in crossgrain leather ($295) will hold everything from diapers to a laptop. You can look 100 percent professional even when your bag is filled with baby gear.
9. Signature Hands Free Pumping Bra
As a working mom, you're a master multitasker. Why not let your bra pick up some slack? This Signature hands free pumping bra ($39) gives you the chance to do other things (such as play with the baby, catch up on bills, or even just sit for a moment) while pumping.