You feel like the time has come spending the evening away from your child, toddler or even school-aged child for the first time.
It’s a huge moment, both exciting and terrifying at same time.
How can you be more excited and less terrified, and enjoy yourself?
I still struggle with this one myself and I have three kids aged eight and under.
Mind you, we don’t get out a lot.
Spending the Evening Away from Your Child
Know the person with your child
Whether you are leaving your child with a family member or friend make sure you are completely comfortable with them.
I recommend having someone close to you and your child, someone they are familiar with. In fact, arrange a time for the person to spend time with your child at your home with you there.
Have them at your home
Familiar surrounds will make it that much easier for your child to go to sleep.
It can feel like a burden to ask someone else to watch your child sometimes at your home, like you are putting them out, but it will help you and your child to have the person watching your child come to your house.
Write everything down
Write down your evening (or whatever time of the day you’ll be away) routine.
Kids of all ages function a lot better on a schedule, when they know what is going to be happening next.
Write down the normal meal time, bottle feedings, bed times.
Include when baby typically wakes up through the night.
No matter how well you know a person, how often you may talk on the phone, write down your phone number, the phone number of your partner in case of an emergency.
Don’t forget a health card number and other medical information that may be needed.
Something with your smell
Snuggle with one of your baby’s blankets or child’s stuffed animal.
The smell of mom can make all problems go away.