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13 Things Moms Who Work From Home Need to Stay Sane

Whether you’re a veteran work-from-home mom or you’ve just been doing this for the past month-plus of quarantine, you’re having to navigate two conflicting worlds — parenthood and the workplace — at the exact same time. And that is rough. Some of us finally sit down to write and check our emails once the toddler is napping; others alternate work and childcare with a partner. Whatever the case, the life of a work-at-home mom is often stressful — it can feel like you’re expected to be everywhere, for everyone, all at once.

But the perfect product can cut into the chaos and ease the anxiety of a self-structured life. Maybe you or another work-from-home mom in your life would love a meal kit delivery service to simplify lunchtime — or maybe a back massager or a cute home-office accessory would elevate your work day to a whole new level. So whether you’re starting a WFH side hustle stuck at home with your little one, or you’re a seasoned full-time professional who works remotely, you’re sure to find something to love on this list.

Yummy gummies for focus & calm

Pollen CBD gummies

The Pollen website asks, “Why are we better at charging our phones than recharging ourselves?” and we’ve honestly got to agree. These CBD-infused gummies come in delicious flavors and are formulated with 10mg CBD from full spectrum hemp oil, to keep you energized, focused, and clear-minded.

Pollen Powerbank CBD Gummies $45.00 Buy now Sign Up

A planner that will keep her cool & collected

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Image: Erin Condren. Erin Condren.

Work-at-home parenthood is all about managing both short- and long-term goals, and a quality planner is key to mastering the balancing act. This colorful edition has plenty of room to track daily, weekly, and monthly tasks alike, and comes with fun extras like stickers to add a little celebration into every day.

Kaleidoscope Lifeplanner $55.00 Buy now Sign Up

A name plate to personalize her at-home work space

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Image: Rustic Homes Co / Etsy. Image: Rustic Homes Co / Etsy.

A work-at-home mom’s crown jewel and central hub of activity is her home office. This handmade, customizable wooden name plate will let you claim your desk as your creative haven.

Personalized Desk Nameplate $26.24 Buy now Sign Up

A sleek lap table that will allow her to work just about anywhere

Ergonomic lap desk

Working on the couch, bed, or even outside just became easier with this ergonomic lap desk. The design protects your legs from a laptop’s heat — and the screen from scratching or slipping.

HUANUO Lap Desk $26.99 on Buy now Sign Up

A mug made for drinking coffee like a boss

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Coffee is a work-at-home parent’s lifeblood, and this pink mug will remind you, “Boss Lady,” to stay motivated as you sip. The gold-lettering-embossed mug comes with a stirring spoon and matching lid.

Boss Lady Mug $19.99 on Buy now Sign Up

The healthy way to get meals on the table in 15 minutes flat

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Image: Brandy Yowell/Gobble. Brandy Yowell/Gobble.

Work-at-home parents often have to wrestle with scrounging up lunch and dinner on top of their work responsibilities. Meal kits can be a godsend, and with nutritious options that go from bag to stove to table in just 15 minutes on average, Gobble is one of the best on the market.

Gobble Gift Card $75.00 Buy now Sign Up

A mood-boosting, depression-fighting desk lamp

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Especially if you live in a wintry region or don’t get enough sleep (and what mom does?), LED light therapy is an easy way to stave off seasonal depression and beat the blues. This USB-powered desk lamp delivers 10,000-lux full-spectrum LED light with a compact, adjustable design.

Circadian Optics Light Therapy Lamp $39.99 on Buy now Sign Up

Headphones that close out the chaos

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Background noise is a major distraction when you’re trying to apply laser-focus to your work. These state-of-the-art noise-canceling headphones from SONY adapt to a specific environment, lowering the chaos in the background and adjusting music volume to help the listener focus on what’s in front of them.

Sony Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones $348.00 on Buy now Sign Up

A streamlined guide to unlocking success

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Work-from-home moms often have to be their own boss, managing their time and finances even while juggling child care and domestic tasks. Cara Alwill Leyba’s Girl Code is the perfect, motivating pick-me-up guide for every working mom or aspiring entrepreneur who needs a boost.

'Girl Code' $13.50 on Buy now Sign Up

A desk stool that lets you stay active during business hours

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Sitting at a desk all day can leave anyone lethargic, drained, and sore. This accordion-style ergonomic stool is a much more flexible alternative to a desk chair, keeping users’ cores tight and hips relaxed as they work.

ErgoErgo Ergonomic Stool $109.00 on Buy now Sign Up

The stylish way to stay in a robe all day

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Working at home comes with both pros and cons, but one of the undisputed perks is being able to work in a robe, right? This peacock-and-floral print is pretty enough to feel like a dress, but the comfortable, stretchy fabric is pure bathrobe luxury.

At Day's End Knit Robe $24.99 Buy now Sign Up

A soothing answer to laptop-induced back pain

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Back and neck pain are often a major struggle for people who work at a desk all day. This portable massage cushion plugs in anywhere and can be used at the desk, couch, or in the car, targeting trigger points in the back, legs, and neck across four massage modes.

VioTek Air Comfort Massage Cushion $34.99 on Buy now Sign Up

A way to nurse comfortably without leaving the home office

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If you’re working from home with a new baby, the Boppy Nursing Pillow is a game-changer for comfortable nursing, tummy time, and lounging. Some at-home employees say they even use it to nurse at the desk while their little one stays propped in a comfortable, safe position.

Boppy Nursing Pillow & Positioner $30.92 on Buy now Sign Up

Work From Home Mom Essentials

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A version of this story was originally published in August 2019.

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