Bringing Babies to Work

More businesses are allowing parents to take their infants to the office. Is having a cooing baby in the cubicle next door too much of a workplace distraction?

James Worrell for TIME

'I don't think a baby is more distracting than talk about Dancing with the Stars or your weekend.' -- Debra Pierson, Business Owner

Correction Appended: Jan. 7, 2008

A cooing baby in the next cubicle? It may sound like a recipe for distraction to some, but programs that allow parents to take their infants to work are growing across the country. The newly established Parenting in the Workplace Institute has a database of more than 70 U.S. companies that allow babies at work, and founder Carla Moquin says she is constantly including more. "I believe that this is actually a lot more prevalent than I've found so far," she says, adding that many companies are slow to establish formal policies but...

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