Imagine this! You are in your classroom teaching your favorite little student and your eyes widen as you hear the sad cries of your sweet new born baby. What do you do? While this is not ideal and nobody plans on this happening while they are teaching, it does happen. Don't worry, you aren't alone! In this post you will find some helpful tips if your baby wakes up while you are teaching.
Nancy is not immune to this happening as well. Check out this video to see what happens when baby Jack wakes up during class when her husband is not home.
Now I want to tell you one thing first, give yourself time to heal and get used to life with a newborn. You will need some time to rest with all the late night feedings and constant outfit changes. Give yourself permission to slow down and/or take a break with teaching. The beauty of working for VIPKID is that your hours are very flexible so take advantage of this during this time.
Here are a few things you can do before class starts to help take some of the stress away incase baby wakes up while you are teaching.
1- Have someone else home during teaching time. Only open up classes that you know you will have someone home to take care of the baby if he wakes up. This puts a little more control over the situation and will ease your mind so you can teach.
2- Use a monitor to hear and see the baby. This will help you determine if you need to get them right away or if you can finish the class first.
2- Have a bottle, food, toys, blanket, bouncer, etc. ready in your classroom, just in case. Now you obviously can't nurse or change a poopy bum during the lesson - unless you are teaching the word "horrified" (totally kidding). But you can take care of most needs off screen without distracting from the lesson. Think of the boy scout motto and "Be prepared!"
3- Build a schedule with baby (wake up baby before classes, feed, back to sleep, teach). Newborns come with needs that vary from day to day, and even hour to hour. As your baby gets older you can start implementing a schedule while they are still feeding at night. Wake up baby before class starts, change the diaper, feed and put back to sleep. Do this at the same time each night for consistency. Eventually the night feedings will stop (I know it doesn't feel that way) and you will get to start and finish teaching before baby even opens her eyes.
Alright! You have done everything you can to prevent this from happening but now it's here. Baby has woken up during class and he is not happy. What do you do?
So baby is awake and not going back to sleep anytime soon. Shucks! Time to make it work as you finish teaching and simultaneously sooth baby. Here are some tips to help.
In addition to my baby, I have 7 and 4 year old boys. There have definitely been moments when they have woken up early to come and see me teach. Here are some things that have helped. Now, this wasn't learnt over night. Believe me! This was a lot of trial and error! But eventually we had our rules and systems in place.
And that's it. Hopefully this advice serves you will as you navigate the tricky balance of motherhood and teaching. Just remember to find joy in the journey. Crossing my fingers for each of you new mama's that baby stays asleep during class time. Bye friends!