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Leaving baby at home for a short getaway

Before you go on a vacation without baby

You have to first decide where to go and when to go, and for how long you will be gone. The duration will depend on a lot of factors, whether you’re working, if you are breastfeeding exclusively and the availability of the caregiver. Once you are ready, start small.

To overcome the guilt of going on a vacation without baby, begin by going on short dinner dates. Make sure your baby spends plenty of time with the caregiver you are planning to leave them with. This will allow your baby to become comfortable and establish a trusting relationship. Comfort and security are vital for infants, so don’t leave your child in an unfamiliar place with someone they don’t know. Ideally, the caregiver should come and stay at your house to make the transition as smooth as possible.

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Vacation without baby: He will cry

It is important to have realistic expectations. Chances are extremely likely that your baby will cry when you leave, no matter what you do. This is normal because your baby is beginning to understand the concept of being separated from you. This is only temporary, and your baby will learn that you will always come back. It only gets easier after the first time.

Once you have decided on the vacation, you need to prepare the caregiver. You will naturally want to plan everything down to the last detail, but don’t forget about the important bits.

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Vacation without baby: Prepare the caregiver

Find out how to prepare the person looking after your child on the next page…

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