How to Prevent Separation Anxiety in Babies
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. Your mother, friends, or relatives can be the ones to watch your baby while you are away at work. Since your husband might also be working, he cannot be the one to do the job. Thanks to our friends and relatives, we can always rely on them to help us in this need. 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.
If a person is new to a baby, he might get separation anxiety being with that person the whole day. His anxiety can be reduced if the person taking care of him is someone familiar. Leaving him to a relative or a friend might solve the problem. If the babysitter is a stranger to the baby, then don’t leave him with the sitter. 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. You baby can be comforted with his favorite soft toy. Baby’s wrapped in baby muslin wraps get relaxed the moment they are wrapped. The item you leave behind can be used by the baby sitter to comfort your baby. They can sleep quicker if the item is placed beside them in their cot.
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. By then they will get to know the people who will take care of them.
It will not do any good if you sneak away when the baby is not looking. Say good bye to your child if it is time for you to leave so he will know that you will be away for a while. 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. Don’t forget to try the tips given above so that when you leave your baby with a sitter or with a friend or family, you will feel a lot more relaxed when you go out of the house to work.