You鈥檙e living the聽working-from-home-in-your-PJs dream. No more hour-long commute or ripping yourself away from your new sweet baby to head into the office. Now that you鈥檙e a work-at-home mom (WAHM), you can do it all (in yoga pants) and don鈥檛 have to pay for daycare, right? We know that you have those extra bucks slated for a family vacay, but working聽and watching your kiddo may not exactly mix. Here are five reasons聽you probably聽still need some extra help (i.e., a babysitter). After all, it takes a village, right?

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1. Baby鈥檚 not invited聽to your Skype calls.聽Even though you no longer have the traditional face-to-face weekly group strategy sessions, you may still have meetings while working at home. Technology has given you the gift of telecommuting. But it鈥檚 also raised the bar from calling into meetings on your speakerphone to聽video conferencing with your coworkers. You wouldn鈥檛 bring your baby into an in-office meeting, and you shouldn鈥檛 bring them to the video version either. Sure, you can wear sweatpants with your cute work top (they鈥檒l only see the top half of you), but you鈥檒l need a sitter to hang with your little one while you鈥檙e on camera.

2. You end up with two聽full-time jobs鈥 and burned out.聽Being a stay-at-home mom (SAHM) is a full-time job (you know it). Staying home with your newborn is much more than changing a few diapers and breastfeeding every so often. And, it鈥檚 way more than a 40-hour work week. Add on a second full-time job (the one that actually pays you), and now you鈥檙e working two jobs. Unless you have a partner who鈥檚 completely comfortable with pulling night duty and you鈥檙e all in for staying up 24/7, you need a sitter to shoulder some of the load.

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3.聽To be the best mom and coworker, you need a聽break.聽Remember those long Friday lunches that you took with coworkers that felt luxurious but actually boosted your productivity? Instead of the usual yogurt and granola bar at your desk, a few of you went to an actual sit-down restaurant 鈥 or at least the lunch room 鈥 and ate a real meal. If you hire a sitter (even part-time), you can sneak out for a lunch with friends (one that doesn鈥檛 involve formula, spit-up or toting a garage-sized baby bag along), or even treat yourself to working from your fave coffee shop. You鈥檙e a working mom who is trying to be everything to everyone 鈥 and you totally deserve a break.

4. You鈥檙e available for important in-person meetings.聽Sometimes a video call just won鈥檛 cut it. If there鈥檚 a majorly mega-important client coming into town, your boss could think it鈥檚 best for you to meet with them聽IRL. Oh yeah, and it鈥檚 all set up for 2:30pm 鈥 today! If you don鈥檛 have a sitter already lined up, you鈥檙e left scrambling to find child care at the last moment. Even if you鈥檝e got a meeting scheduled a week or a month in advance, having a babysitter who鈥檚 already part of your routine and baby鈥檚 life聽makes scheduling out-of-home meetings聽that much easier.

5. You鈥檒l be able to be present for work and baby 鈥 separately.聽You鈥檙e changing diapers, answering emails, writing reports and spoon feeding first聽solid foods 鈥 all at the same time. It鈥檚 oh-so-tempting to start a story-time session with your little love, and put your work calls on hold. At the same time, it can be awfully easy to turn your head away from baby鈥檚 playtime and quickly respond to your boss鈥檚 constant texts. Your work-life lines are seriously blurred. With a sitter, you鈥檒l have some separation between your two worlds. That means getting your work done, and then devoting the rest of your day to baby!

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