Separation anxiety can be stressful, but there are a few things you can do to deal with it. Until you are patient and choose the right caregiver, these little steps will help calm your nerves.
It can be difficult to deal with your separation anxiety, but taking small, slow steps can really help. For example, if you are afraid to return to work after childcare leave, start by leaving your child for a short time with a loved one or partner. Take your time slowly and increase the time as it gets easier. When breastfeeding, bring a pump to relieve anxiety about milk. You don’t have to go cold turkey and walk for 9 hours on the first day you give birth to your baby.
Choosing a Reliable Caregiver
When you’re worried that your baby or caregiver might be having a hard time without you, know that everyone will be fine, even in different situations. When you feel uneasy, choose a caregiver you know and trust. Your partner, parents, parents-in-law, or trusted friends may be the best people from the start. If you don’t have family or friends to help with childcare, ask for a referral. Your neighbors, someone at work, or even your local pediatrician may have someone they can recommend as a babysitter.
Outings With Other Mothers
If you are afraid to say goodbye, it may be helpful to date another mother or parents. Another mother or parent probably knows how you feel and can help you survive this difficult time. Plan a little date with other mom’s friends after your baby goes to bed. Knowing that your baby is asleep may make you feel better. You can talk to your baby about anxiety while you’re out with your friends.