Leaving your child with a babysitter for the first time is never easy, no matter how old they are or how well behaved they are. Whether you’re leaving them with a friend or relative, or a babysitter that you’ve hired, you want to know your little ones are in the best possible hands and that you can have peace of mind when you’ve left them. In this article we take a look at some top tips for leaving your child with a babysitter for the first time and how you can ease any anxieties that you might be feeling. Keep on reading to find out more.
Ensure you enlist someone that’s trustworthy
Your child is the most precious thing in the world, so you want to make sure you’re leaving them in good hands. You could be leaving them with a relative that you trust and who knows them well, in which case you probably feel a little more relaxed. If you are hiring a babysitter, ensure they are trustworthy by checking out places such as Care.com reviews where you can see how well they are rated. This can put your mind at ease you’re leaving them with someone that other people have used and would recommend.
Don’t go somewhere too far away
This is particularly true when you first leave your little one, you don’t want to go too far away. You could start with a restaurant down the road or a short drive away and don’t drink so you can easily hop in the car if you should need to come back. While this is unlikely to nee to happen, the frst time you’re leaving them it can help if you feel a bit more in control of the situation.
Book earlier than you need so you can get them settled
If you’re leaving at 7pm for example, have your babysitter come at least half an hour before this so you have a chance to explain everything through with them. You could decide to have them put your little one to bed so they won’t be caught unaware by a stranger if they were to wake up. By leaving enough time you can explain everything to the sitter, get your little ones settled and know everything is in order when you walk out the door.f
There are a few things you can do that can help you to feel better when leaving your child with a sitter for the first time. The first time is usually the hardest and once you’re out you will feel much better than the initial anticipation! Keep your phone on you at all times and make sure it has plenty of charge, you could also tune into your baby monitor if you have one that’s got Wifi to keep a check on them and ensure everything is ok if you’re feeling concerned. What are some of your top tips for leaving your child with a babysitter for the first time? Let us know in the comments below!
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