Every child will receive care from someone other than their parents. Having a nanny or babysitter over for the first time can be difficult for both the parent and the child.
TLC For Kids would like to share some tips to help you both through this new challenge.
1. Preparation. A few days before start talking to your child about what is going to happen. Tell your child about the sitter who is coming over to to play with them. If you have hired a new nanny have the nanny come over to visit first before she starts work.
2. Communication. Tell the new nanny or babysitter all about your child. Share routines and likes and dislikes. You can also tell the nanny about recent events that might help build a relationship.
3. Transition objects. Let your little one keep something with them that will remind them of you. This can be comforting for your child. A transition object might be a blankie, favorite stuffed animal or a picture of mom or dad.
4. Play Games. For a younger child playing games like peek-a-boo and hide-n-seek help with separation anxiety. Kids learn that things continue to exist even if they are out of sight. It also helps teach children the idea of a reunion and that objects and parents do come back.
5. Aftermath. Finally be prepared that your child may react to the separation after the fact. This may come in regression in toilet training, temper tantrums, or low levels of frustration. Remain calm and talk to your child about their feelings and reassure them that everything is going to be OK. Let the nanny or caregiver know about these new feelings too.
TLC’s nannies and babysitters have experience working with kids and come ready to help make the transition a smooth one.