Date Night: Tips for a smooth transition with a babysitter.
Woohoo! It's date night!!!
You’re nailing this whole parent thing, but make sure that you don’t forget about the other person who helped make that baby! Dating your partner is very important for your relationship and it’s a great little break from your little one. It’s okay if you talk about the baby the whole time, just getting out and enjoying time together can really help when your knee-deep dirty diapers.
I know, leaving you little one with someone else can be scary. You hear all these horror stories said to make you weary about leaving your baby, but here are some great tips to help ease your fears so you can enjoy your night out.
First and foremost, meet with your sitter ahead of time and make sure that they are a good fit for your family. A great idea is to do a short daytime trial run. This way you can see how well your sitter meshes with the baby and how the baby does with the sitter. Also, you get an excuse to go out and have some alone time or maybe a lunch date!
To ease some fears about emergency situations, there are some great things you can do ahead of time! Make a standard print out (I recommend laminating it) that you can use for each time you have a babysitter at your home.
- Emergency numbers
- Routines and bedtime instructions
- House rules
- Meal times and plan an easy meal
- Bottle preparation instructions
- Calming strategies
- Name of favorite song to listen to on Alexa
Another thing that we do is have a box of important things. Inside this box you can include things that will make things easier for your sitter. If you have an older child, you can include things for them in there too!
Box of Essentials:
- First-Aid kit
- Favorite books
- Favorite snacks
- Baby’s Brew Bottle Warmer
Here at the Baby’s Brew, (as all moms) we understand too well the challenges of being a new parent and we have a couple extra tips for an easy transition. Don’t sneak out, make sure to say goodbye and that you’ll be back. This helps so they don’t have a fear that they have been abandoned. Make sure to plan a check in time text or call with the babysitter so you have a scheduled check in time to ease your worries.
Mostly, just try to enjoy yourself! This whole parenting thing can be exhausting and we all need a break sometimes!
Q: What information should I leave for a babysitter?
A: You should leave a printout of emergency numbers, routines and bedtime instructions, house rules, meal times and plan an easy meal, bottle preparation instructions, and list some calming strategies.
Q: How young can I leave my baby with a sitter?
A: This is all personal to you and what you are comfortable with. Most parents wait until the baby is 4-6 months old before going on a date.
Q: How can I make sure my babysitter knows how to warm breastmilk?
A: Take the guesswork out of warming your breastmilk by using The Baby’s Brew Portable Bottle Warmer! You don’t need to worry if your breastmilk will get too hot when you can set the temperature to the perfect temp! The Baby’s Brew will hold the temperature for up to 8 hours so you can always warm a little ahead of time so a bottle is ready in a moment's notice. Or it's just 5-10 minutes to a perfectly warmed bottle!
Written by: Kristen Bickel
Kristen is a mom of 4 and an employee at The Baby’s Brew.