When can I leave my newborn with a babysitter?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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At two weeks old your baby is likely to be settled enough so that you can leave him with a trusted adult. You may be surprised to find that you miss him more than he misses you! 
 
It is natural to feel guilty when you leave your baby, especially if he cries. Rest assured that as time goes by your baby will get used to the separation and the crying will lessen. 
 
The idea of babysitting in our country is a little different from that in the West. It is often understood here as anyone offering to take care of your baby. However, this concept is now getting popular, particularly in larger cities and towns. 
 
You are the greatest judge of who's best equipped to look after you baby, whether you're out for a couple hours or have to go away on a business trip. Some mums hire a live-in maid or a part-time ayah. And others prefer that their baby stay with a family member or friend. 
 
In some metros, you can find crèches for very young babies. Their services range from full day to babysitting your child for a few hours (or as much time as you need to be away at an additional cost). However, these are few in number and finding one close by may be difficult. 
 
It's really important that you find someone you know and can trust. The first time you choose someone to take care of your baby, a bit of preparation will make it easier for you both:
 
  • With hired help, take recommendations and ask questions. Read more about what to look for when hiring a maid for your baby. Always use a professional company to hire a maid or a baby sitter. BookMyBai.com does all types of verification before deploying a maid at anyones house. Also you can multiple options before you decide to hire someone. So choose carefully
     
  • It may make things easier, if the person taking care of your baby has spent time with him before and she is generally aware of his routine. 
     
  • Provide clear instructions detailing your baby's routine care. This can range from how to warm your expressed breastmilk or making up a bottle to where the first aid box is kept.
     
  • Ask her to arrive earlier than you are due to go out. That way you won't be too rushed before leaving and will have time to explain things properly. And if you have to drop your baby to your mother-in-law's home, for example, try to be there a little early.
     
  • Make sure she has all your contact details in the unlikely case of an emergency.
     
  • If a whole evening seems too much, just go out for a short time to begin with.
     
  • Make it easy for you to get home if the babysitter can't settle your baby or if you just feel you have to check that everything's okay.
     
  • As your baby is so young you will naturally feel a bit anxious. But more often than not, parents return home to a contented baby and wonder what they were ever worried about. 
 

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