Help me feel better about leaving my baby for a business trip
February 9, 2011 3:09 PM Subscribe
I am going to be away from my baby for five days. Help me know that he will be OK without me.
posted by bq to human relations (18 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My first child is seven and a half months old. In two weeks I am going on a non-optional five day business trip. I am nervous about being away from my son for so long. Intellectually I know that he will be well cared for in my absence by his father, his nanny, and a set of grandparents. But he has just in the past two weeks started to develop attachment/separation anxiety issues - crying when I leave, etc. All the time this trip was planned I wasn't worried about it, because he has a very happy personality and loves everyone - and now just before I leave he has started to notice when I am gone!
I am pumping and freezing a stash of breast milk that he can drink when I am gone. He takes a bottle and formula fine. We will be maintaining his usual routine, to the extent possible. I've planned for baby food, diapers, all the practical stuff. And we're in the middle of sleep training in the hopes of making that easier on all concerned as well. Dad has taken over the night-time ritual when possible in order to get the little one used to that change.
If you have any ideas of stuff I can do to make this easier on me, baby, and adults, please let me know.
And most importantly, if you've had a similar experience where you had to be away from your kid, please tell me that it's going to be OK and I'm not permanently warping his emotional/psychological development.