For new moms, leaving your child for the first time can be a very emotional and stressful situation. It’s not uncommon for unrealistic disaster scenarios to play in your head as you prepare to leave your child with someone else, especially if this someone is not a family member. However, finding a babysitter you trust is key to living a balanced life and will allow you to run errands and spend time alone with your spouse or friends. If you’re preparing to leave your child with a babysitter for the first time, there are a few things you can do to make yourself (and your sitter) more at ease.
Don’t Be Afraid to Interview
You don’t have to go with the first sitter you meet or with someone a friend recommended. Interview as many potential sitters as you need to feel comfortable. Bring your two favorite prospects in for a paid “working interview” so you can observe them in your home and with your child while you’re there.
Make an Emergency Contact List
Provide your sitter with more information than he or she will need! Review emergency procedures specific to your child and home. Also, let them know if you want to be contacted only in case of emergency or if a fussy baby qualifies for a call.
Because every family is different, you need to give specifics for your sitter. Let him or her know when you want your child fed, changed, put to bed, etc. Make sure to have your sitter come over 15 minutes before you leave so you have plenty of time to review everything.
Let Yourself Relax
Having a sitter is pointless if you don’t allow yourself to have a good time. Trust that he or she will call if anything important comes up and that your child is in good hands.
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Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.