In my opinion, mamas seem to have more separation anxiety then babies do. That said, it is hard for many...
In my opinion, mamas seem to have more separation anxiety then babies do. That said, it is hard for many little ones, to be left at daycare, with a sitter, or even grandma for the first few times. You can make it easier for you and your baby with the following tips... Plan ahead: Practice going away. Allow your little one to play for a bit in a room that you're not in. Play games like peek-a-boo; where a toy vanishes, but then returns. Do some trial runs: Leaving your baby for eight long straight hours the first time is overwhelming - for both of you. Instead, do some trial runs. Leave your baby with a sitter, or at the daycare for an hour or two the first time. Each trial run, increase the length of time you're away. Plan extra time for drop-offs: Make sure to plan ten extra minutes into your drop-off (or leave-time) schedule, so that the two of you have time to get settled in the new space, say goodbye, and adjust. Don't be sad: If drop-offs and pick-ups are happy, less emotional times on your side, your baby will sense your happier mood. Don't be upset and moody about leaving your little one. Stay upbeat, positive, and make sure you leave on a happy note - even if your baby is upset and crying, stay positive and smile, it will eventually help your baby to adjust. Never be sneaky: Trust me, I had a baby in daycare part-time, and sometimes he'd be SO upset that sneaking off seemed like the best thing to do. It's not though. If you simply disappear, your baby won't learn to trust your actions. Always say goodbye, no matter how tough it is. It's also nice, in my opinion, to say "I'll be back in 5 hours" - although your little one can't tell time, it establishes a routine and your baby will learn what to expect.

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