Going back to work is something that will happen sooner or later after you have spend some months on giving birth and taking care of your new born. And when this happens, baby stays with someone else, perhaps, a friend, your mother, or a relative. Since your husband might also be working, he cannot be the one to do the job. The good thing is that we can always find someone willing to take care of our little one while we are away at work. Good for you, someone is willing to take your role, but what about your baby? He can suffer separation anxiety when you leave him with someone Else.
Below are some of the ways parents can help their children avoid separation anxiety.
Never leave you baby to someone he has never met before. His anxiety can be reduced if the person taking care of him is someone familiar. If you leave him with a relative or a friend, it should not be much of a problem. Leaving him with a babysitter is like leaving him with a stranger. To solve this problem, introduce your baby to the sitter when you are and your husband are at home. This will be a good chance for your baby to get to know the babysitter.
Another way is to leave something that comforts your baby. You can leave him his blanket or a t-shirt with their scent on it. With a favorite soft toy, the baby can be comforted. You can also buy baby muslin wraps that can help the baby relax when they are wrapped in them. The item you leave behind can be used by the baby sitter to comfort your baby. Placing the item beside the baby will help them to sleep fast.
Give the baby time to adjust and be comfortable in the place where you are going to leave them. It is best to stay for a few minutes to half an hour before you go out. He will then be familiar with the people with whom your will leave him.
Sneaking away when the baby is not watching is not a good idea. It is important that you let your baby know that you are about to leave, then say good bye to make him know that you are already leaving. In this way the baby will not get surprised to find out that you are no longer in the room and get distressed in the process.
You need to be patient with your baby since separation anxiety does not disappear overnight and it might take awhile before your baby can overcome it. These tips will really help your baby overcome separation anxiety and for you, you feel have a more relaxed feeling going to the office having prepared your baby to stay with someone else during the day.