As a new mother, making the decision whether or not to go back to work after having a baby can be quite daunting, especially if you don’t yet feel quite ready to leave your child in the care of another person. Being a working mum can be quite tiring, although it is sometimes essential in order to get the bills paid, and not many mothers are able to not return to work. However, many mothers do choose to be a stay at home mum if their income allows. Which is the best choice for you?

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Money Matters

The main deciding factor for many mothers as to whether they go back to work or become a stay at home mum is the amount of income that they receive. If you’re lucky enough to be able to live off your partner’s income alone, you may wish to consider becoming a stay at home mum, at least until your child is of school age. Many stay at home mums do tend to take on a part time or working from home job once their child has started school in order to fill their day during school hours.

Childcare

If you’ve considered the option of becoming a stay at home mum but aren’t sure whether you’d be able to do it, there are many options for childcare that will allow you to go back to work whilst your child is in the care of another in the comfort of your own home. For example, you could find au pair in London with aufini.com, an option which will allow you to leave your baby in the care of an au pair at home whilst you work. There are also options for visiting nannies and childminders who will be able to care for your child in your own home, so it is a good option to consider if the thought of putting your child in a nursery is holding you back from returning to work.

State Benefits

Although you won’t be able to claim benefits to help with caring for your child if you’re able to return to work, you may be able to consider them as an option if there are circumstances involved that mean you’ll need to be a stay at home mum. For example, if you or your child is disabled, this could mean that a level of care is required that prevents you from going back to work. If you’re in this situation and are considering becoming a stay at home mum, it may be worth getting in touch with your local council or advice bureau to get some advice.

How did you make the decision to become a working mum or a stay at home mum? Do you have any advice for mothers looking to stay at home, or advice about childcare for mums planning to return to work? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.