1. Get creative
Can you make jewellery? Or Christmas decorations? Can you knit, or sew, or draw? The worldwide web has opened up a global marketplace for those with a creative streak - so why not take advantage of it? Plenty of parents have thriving online businesses selling anything from songs to serving trays. Spend a couple of hours surfing www.etsy.com for inspiration.
2. Do some dog-walking
This can be a terrific win-win type of job, giving you both exercise and income. Buy yourself a double dog lead, pop your bub in the pram and off you go. Going rates for dog walkers can vary depending on your location, but you may find many eager dog owners in your local area keen for Fido to get some fresh air while they are away at their job.
3. Go shopping
If your child is happy to be out and about, shadow-shopping (or mystery shopping) could be a great option for you. Make sure you use a reputable organisation - and do take the role seriously. Generally payment is a negotiated amount per assignment.
4. Be a babysitter
By now, chances are you have built up some solid babysitting skills - so why not put them to paid use? Again, fees will depend on where you live, but babysitters tend to earn anywhere in the vicinity of $20 per hour. Other parents may appreciate having an experienced mum (or dad) to sit for their children.
5. Set up a market stall
If you enjoy getting out on the weekends, why not do some buying and selling? You could hit all the garage sales in your local suburbs on a Saturday and have a market stall on Sundays. Buying and selling can be a lot of fun, as well as net you some handy cash.
6. Use exisiting skills
If you can, it makes sense to use the skills you have already built up. After all, skilled workers tend to receive a higher hourly rate of pay. It could be worth investigating work-from-home options with your current employer. Would it be possible for you to do one or two days a week from home? It doesn't have to be in your previous role, you may find simply having a good knowledge of the business is of value to your employer.
7. Branch out
If your previous career didn't inspire you, maternity leave can be a great time to develop skills in a new area. Have you always wanted to be a personal trainer? Or a teacher? It won't put cash in your pocket straight away, but studying at home can reap fantastic long-term rewards from a financial and lifestyle perspective. Extra income is useful, and earning it in a way that suits both you and your bub is even better.