How do you prepare your child for time with the babysitter?
“My 11-month-old loves day care, but we’d like to try a babysitter on some weekend evenings. What’s the best way to introduce him to a new caregiver?”Lucky you. The fact that your little one is already accustomed to an alternate caregiver (and not just wanting all Mommy, all the time) means that introducing a new babysitter to the mix will be that much easier. Still, just as you’d probably be unhappy left to spend the evening with a perfect stranger (remember those blind dates?), expect your baby to balk when you first bring home a new babysitter. Here’s how to help your tot get used to the idea:
- Keep the focus. On your baby, that is. Try to start getting ready earlier, and use those last few minutes right before the new babysitter comes to give him your undivided attention with a story or snuggles.
- Get a head start. Ask your sitter to arrive at least a half hour before your romantic evening is scheduled to begin, so your baby has ample time to adjust to the new babysitter in his life. Instead of thrusting him right into the caregiver’s arms, make the introduction gradual. Have her engage your little one with a favorite game or toy. This won’t necessarily keep him from crying when you leave (that’s what babies do — it’s in their contracts), but it will give him and the sitter something familiar to do together once you’re gone.
- Make your good-byes casual. Long, drawn-out farewells will only make your baby pine for you more — and the sitter’s job of transitioning more difficult. But don’t skip them altogether. Sneaky retreats are bound to backfire next time you try to leave him with the new babysitter. Be up-front about backing out the front door.
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