Oh, Baby! – Tips and Tricks for Creating the Perfect Mother’s Room
New mothers face many challenges as they come back to work. These challenges can include routine adjustments and a new necessity for private spaces. A Mother’s Room can help facilitate a comfortable and efficient return. While many employers wish to help in this regard, most have no idea where to begin. Here are some helpful tips!
Setup Guide for the Room
The room must be free of intrusions and shielded from view. Shades or blinds should be added to windows. A solid door lock, possibly one with an occupancy indicator, is vital.
The floor should be easy to clean in case of spills.
A deep sink is convenient when washing pumping equipment. A regular faucet is important because a motion-sensing faucet shuts off too often for effective cleaning.
The room should have plenty of accessible outlets that can accommodate both pumping equipment, chargers for laptops and phones, and possibly data.
Two types of lighting are useful. Lamps and wall sconces can help create a relaxing atmosphere. For mothers who choose to work while pumping, task lighting over the work area is needed. Task lighting is also helpful over the sink for equipment washing.
Soft comforting, color scheme.
Sound absorption, possibly using fabric wall panels. To add a little extra privacy!
Furniture and Equipment Needed
A refrigerator is essential, and a small one will work fine. A microwave is needed to sterilize pumping equipment.
A comfortable and supportive chair is valuable with adjustments and castors. An easily washable covering will help with spills. For some women, a reclining back might be advantageous.
One option is a side table for pumping equipment along with a laptop table for work or eating lunch. A second option is to use one table at least 24” deep that can accommodate bottles, pumping equipment, and a laptop.
Mothers need storage for the pumping equipment and bottles. Anything will do such as lockers, shelving, or even a decorative credenza.
Provide a mirror, paper towels, and sanitizing wipes.
Because mothers play a significant role within our community and business leadership, their comfort and security should be a top priority in the workplace. Hopefully, these tips will result in happy, content working mothers.