When you leave your baby with someone else for the first time, you may experience all sorts of feelings. It may feel tough to get away; maybe it feels freeing. The first few times can be painful, but once you are away, it usually get easier.
What can I expect when I leave my baby for the first time?
- Feeling anxious?
- Feeling freed?
- Feeling happy?
- Feeling overwhelmed?
- Feeling like yourself again?
- Not feeling ready to leave your baby yet?
- Don’t feel you can trust someone to care for your baby without you yet?
All valid. Trust your gut.
If you are leaving your baby for the first time, here are some tips to ease the separation:
Start with a short trial run – leave your baby with someone you trust for a quick local errand. Then gradually increase the time away. Perhaps try leaving your baby with someone new.
Ask for photo and videos – it is perfectly understandable to want and request some photos and videos of your baby while you’re away. Seeing your baby with the caretaker may make it easier.
First overnight – if possible, keep your baby on their routine and in a comfortable place (at home?).
Don’t let the Mom-Guilt Creep – leaving your baby’s side may be necessary at times!
What was your experience leaving your baby for the first time? Hear from other mothers about what it was like for them here.