How to Prepare Babies for First Time with Babysitter
Posted on by Beirut Abu Hdaib
Are you planning on leaving your precious baby with a babysitter for the first time and dreading it already? If so, then this post is definitely for you. Today, I will be sharing with you some information about dealing with leaving your child for the first time with a babysitter. It will provide you with tips that can help you and your child smoothly sail through this emotional yet much needed experience.
Make sure that the babysitter arrivesahead of time on the night you are going out. Half an hour to 45 minutes is usually good enough. (You can also ask the sitter to visit a couple of times before the night you are planning to leave). By spending time with you and the babysitter, the baby will have a smoother transition when you leave.
Begin an activity with your child and the babysitter before you leave such as reading books or playing with toys. That way, when you leave, your child will be already engaged in an activity and might not be too upset that you are leaving. (This never really worked with my son, but I have seen it work with other kids).
No matter how tempting it might be, make sure you do not sneak out and instead say good-bye to your child and give him/her a kiss and a hug assuring them, with a smile, that you will be back. Sneaking out makes it seem as if you are running away.
Rest assured that many babies cry for a few minutes after their parents leave and then they calm down. If your baby is not one of those and you are afraid that he/she will spend the night crying, instruct the babysitter to call you after a specified period of time if your baby hasn’t calm down.
Always have a list ready for the babysitter with the most important info you need her to know such as eating and sleeping habits, emergency numbers and ideas of things to do with your baby.