Also note any comfort strategies that could help your baby to calm down, get to sleep or transition throughout the day. If he has a favorite pacifier, blanket or lullaby, your sitter needs to know! Show her how baby likes to be held, too. She’ll be glad to have the tools she needs when your wee one is fussy.
Give detailed instructions about feeding, bathing and diapering. Let your caregiver know where to find all the necessities. You might also include a few “do’s-don’ts”—don’t give baby anything to drink besides your stored breast milk, for example.
4| Check in, then chill out!
Will your sitter think you’re paranoid if you call to check on baby every hour? Probably, yes. But you’re allowed! In fact, you may want to warn her in advance: This is your first time going out without baby, and you might call a lot just to check in.
If your sitter doesn’t answer the phone or respond to texts immediately, try not to assume the worst. Give her a minute because, most likely, everything is totally fine.
Once you’ve checked in and received the reassurance that all is well, allow yourself to relax. You love baby and want the very best for him—doesn’t he deserve a rested, refreshed mama? You will be your happiest, healthiest self when you work in some time to experience adventure, decompress, let loose, or simply sit still and enjoy the peace and quiet! Taking care of yourself, mentally and physically, should top your list of priorities. Claiming this balance between personhood and parenthood will help you to become the well-rounded woman baby needs as his role model. Plus, a little time away will make you appreciate baby that much more when you return!