Work IT Mommy: Smart Solutions Toolkit for Working Mothers Review & Giveaway

By on April 19, 2011

 

Information is power. As a first-time mom I remember surfing the web for maternity and baby clothing, room décor and those countdown calendars on what to expect in the different stages of the pregnancy. All were helpful but what I didn’t even realize that I was missing was information on how to balance my pregnancy with my professional life.

CEO and mother of two, Danielle Heller, created Smart Solutions Toolkit a box of materials for working moms to use from the point at which the home pregnancy test comes up positive.  The Toolkit is broken into five main areas

I. Health & Safety

  • An infant choking and CPR magnet
  • Child Immunization Card
  • Important Number Flip Card

II. Child Care

  • Assessing your child care needs chart
  • Child Care/Nanny Interviewing Forms
  • Child Care Reference Check Form
  • Daily Baby Log Tear-Offs

III. Working Mother Preparation

  • Countdown to Maternity Leave Guide
  • Countdown to Work Re-Entry Guide
  • Post Pregnancy Clothing Crisis Solutions
  • Maternity Leave Confirmation Memo Template
  • Breast Milk Pumping Space Proposal

IV. Organizational Tools

  • Menu Planner with Detachable Shopping Lists
  • Weekly Clothing Planner
  • “Don’t Leave Without” Door Hanger

V. Alternative Work Schedule

  • Alternative Work Schedule Preparation Worksheet
  • Alternative Work Schedule Template
  • Alternative Work Schedule Agreement Memo

Upon reading all the documents in the toolkit, the one I found most valuable from my own experience of working throughout my pregnancy and then returning to the workplace was the “Countdown to Maternity Leave Guide.” This guide offers monthly reminders on when to alert your supervisor and colleagues, when to nail down your company’s maternity leave policy, checking insurance coverage and disability options and taking care of final office concerns before beginning your leave.

All of the advice in this kit serves to empower working moms and allow them to remain being seen as the organized professionals they are and will continue to be in the workplace.  What really struck me is the power position many of the reminders will put the mom-to-be with the HR department and her supervisors.  The kit includes ready-made memo templates for maternity leave confirmations and proposals for breast milk pumping spaces or alternative work schedules.

I would highly recommend this as a present for a friend or family member that has just announced a pregnancy. This kit is the neatly-packaged advice I would love to pass on to a friend from my own experience but never had the time and focus to capture in one place. The entire kit can be purchase for $39.95 at www.smartsolutionstoolkit.com and they even offer a gift wrap option.



GIVEAWAY: Danielle at Smart Solutions is providing a free kit to two lucky That’s IT Mommy readers. Ends 5/4/11.

REQUIRED MAIN ENTRY – To enter,  let us know where you get your best advice on how to succeed as a working mom? Leave your comment in the reply box below this post. (Remember if this MAIN ENTRY is not followed then no other entries will count)

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THIS GIVEAWAY WILL RUN THROUGH MIDNIGHT ON MAY 4, 2011 (PST). WINNER WILL BE CHOSEN USING RANDOM.ORG FROM ALL VALID ENTRIES AND NOTIFIED VIA EMAIL. WINNER WILL HAVE 48 HOURS TO CONTACT US BEFORE ANOTHER WINNER IS CHOSEN. GIVEAWAY IS OPEN TO 48 CONTIGUOUS US STATES RESIDENTS ONLY (18+).

* WE DID NOT RECEIVE MONETARY COMPENSATION FOR THIS REVIEW. THAT’S IT MOMMY RECEIVED A KIT TO FACILITATE THIS REVIEW.
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{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

1 susanlanai April 21, 2011 at 12:09 am

I get wonderful advice from other mommy bloggers who are balancing work and home.

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2 susanlanai April 21, 2011 at 12:10 am

I’m an email subscriber.

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3 susanlanai April 21, 2011 at 12:11 am

I Like you on Facebook (susan chew).

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I follow you on Networked Blogs.

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I entered your Shains Bracelet Giveaway #1.

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I entered your Shains Bracelet Giveaway #2,

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8 susanlanai April 21, 2011 at 12:14 am
9 susanlanai April 24, 2011 at 3:27 am
10 Liza April 26, 2011 at 11:02 am

My best advice was from an older co-worker going through the process herself. It was great to get her perspective on dealing with our company’s policies.

Thanks for the chance to win!

–Liza

ejm6x (at) yahoo (dot) com

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11 domestic diva April 26, 2011 at 12:37 pm

My best advice usually comes from listening to what I say when I’m talking with my friends. If I listen to myself, I do okay.

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12 Jessica Hennings April 26, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Learn when to ask for help.

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I follow you on twitter. http://www.twitter.com/Suesbooks

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19 Lauren @ten23designs May 3, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Right now, I am getting my best advice by experience. I try something new, if it works, I keep it, if not, I ditch it. I am still going thru the motions of trying to find what works best for me.

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20 Lauren @ten23designs May 3, 2011 at 1:18 pm

I follow SS on FB… told them you send me.

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21 Lauren @ten23designs May 3, 2011 at 1:18 pm

I follow you on Twitter (@ten23designs)

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22 Lauren @ten23designs May 3, 2011 at 1:19 pm

I subscribe via Yahoo Reader

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I like you on FB ~ Lauren Sarnoff Atwaters

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24 Lauren @ten23designs May 3, 2011 at 1:20 pm

I follow you via Networked Blogs

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25 Jessica Hennings May 3, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Liked Smart Solutions on FB

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26 Jessica Hennings May 3, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Subscribe to your email
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27 Jessica Hennings May 3, 2011 at 2:37 pm

FOllow you on FB

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Follow you on Twitter

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29 susan smoaks May 4, 2011 at 10:55 am

i get my best advice from my mom

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30 Melanie May 4, 2011 at 11:15 am

I get it on parenting sites, and forums.

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31 Erin Cook May 4, 2011 at 7:42 pm

I get the best advice from my mom and other friends who are in the same boat
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32 Erin Cook May 4, 2011 at 7:42 pm

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36 valancia May 4, 2011 at 7:50 pm

always take the time for your family and children especially

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37 Gianna May 4, 2011 at 11:17 pm

Make time for your family.

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38 Gianna May 4, 2011 at 11:18 pm

I’m a GFC follower.

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