With school getting ready to start, it means many teacher parents are getting ready to go back to work as well. And that may mean getting baby ready to go to a regular babysitter for the first time. Here are a few helpful tips for making the transition a little easier.
Discuss his schedule and habits
Does your baby eat frequently in the morning and take short naps throughout the afternoon? Is she one of those babies that cannot stand a dirty diaper and needs to be changed right away? Is he prone to diaper rash? These are all things you need to discuss with your babysitter before leaving them alone together. Maybe even make up a general schedule so that your baby will have a consistent day-to-day experience on days at home and at the sitter.
Another thing to discuss with the sitter is her schedule. Will she be taking your baby along as she runs errands throughout the day? Does she have a lot of guests in her home? How many other children are in her care? Are you comfortable with all of her answers? You shouldn’t have to force yourself to feel comfortable leaving your child with someone if they are doing something you don’t agree with. Make sure there are no surprises so that you can focus on your day and not be preoccupied with worry while you are apart.
Pack a bin with items to leave at the sitters
Having to repack your diaper bag every morning can get old very quickly. Why not go ahead and pack a plastic tub full of duplicate items that can just live at the sitters. Here is a start of a list of what to pack.
- Diaper Rash Ointment
- 1 or 2 Receiving Blankets
- Extra onsies
- Small bags in which to place soiled clothes
Prepare yourself to be apart
Many parents feel guilty about leaving their child to go back to work. First of all, you shouldn’t! You are going to work to support your child and give them a better life. You are already doing what’s best for your family!
But, one way to feel better about your time apart is to build in some extra time together. Even though getting ready in the morning can already be rushed and stressful, try to get up 15 minutes early and spend it in a quiet space with your baby. Play with toys, sing a song, catch a quick snuggle – do whatever it is that feels like quality time to you before you rush out to start your day.
Just remember – time apart makes the time together that much sweeter! Good luck in your transition back to work!