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How to Survive Leaving Your New Baby for The First Time

How to Survive Leaving Your New Baby for The First Time

Whether you are returning to work, going for an afternoon of shopping or having dinner out with a much neglected husband, there comes a time in every new mother’s life when she is going to have to leave her baby for the first time. This is going to be an emotionally wrenching time. There are a few things you can do that will make this first parting easier for you.

Keep in Mind that This Separation is Actually Good for You and Your Baby

Though it may not seem like it now, spending a few hours away from your baby while he is young is actually good for both you and your baby. You need to have a few hours here and there to pursue your own interests and goals or you will very likely become burned out catering to the needs of your infant. Taking a few hours away will revitalize and refresh you. You will be able to return to your baby and his needs in a much less weary frame of mind.

Your child also benefits from time spent away from you. Children, even young babies need to socialize. Having someone else act as caregiver for a few hours will help them to feel comfortable in the presence of other people. Young infants can more easily accept a parent’s absence as long as they are well cared for than can an older child. Getting your child used to being away from you for short periods while you are shopping for cool baby gifts, and while they are young, will make it easier for them to make longer transitions as they get older.

Choose a Caregiver You Really Trust

It will be far easier for you to leave your child for the first time if you choose a caregiver you really trust. This can be either your or your husband’s parent, a sibling, a best friend or anyone who you know will take good care of your baby. Knowing your baby will receive the best of care while you are away even for a short time will make it easier for you take this all important step.

Check in as Often as You Need Too

We’ve all seen the movies where the new mother goes out for dinner and spends the entire night with her cell phone glued to her ear making call after call to assure herself that her child is alright. These scenes are often amusing because they are so realistic. It is only natural that you be concerned about how your baby is faring without your presence and if you need to be assured that everything is fine, then by all means check in and relieve your worries. You may call home a half dozen times the first time you leave your child but as both of you get more used to these occasions the number of times you feel the need to check in will dwindle.

While leaving your child for the first time is never easy, knowing you are doing the right thing for both your child and yourself will make the separation a lot more bearable.

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