Once you're baby's on a solid feeding schedule or able to take a bottle, you'll probably start fantasizing about leaving the house sans yoga pants and (gasp) sans baby. However, hiring a sitter for the first time can be one of the scariest experiences for a new mom. If you go into it knowing you've taken all the right steps to prepare, though, there's no reason you shouldn't feel confident. There are some things you should totally do the first time you leave your baby with a sitter to help the transition and execution of this momentous day go as smoothly as possible.
I felt so overwhelmed by new motherhood, I actually counted the minutes until a babysitter came to help watch my 5-week-old baby so I could step out alone for a few hours. I was so exhausted from being up all night (not exaggerating) for weeks at a time, because my son couldn't sleep for longer than 40 minutes at a time. I probably should have handed my baby to her and jumped into bed, but I was so excited to walk into the sunlight as a free agent; not pushing a stroller and not stressed that my baby could go into full-on meltdown at any moment. I felt like a prisoner feeling sunlight on her face for the first time when I exited my apartment and walked outside alone. It was the most delicious feeling. And unlike a lot of other moms I know, I don't think I spent all that much time worried about my baby when I was out. I was too busy selfishly drinking in my freedom and getting reacquainted with a sense of agency. I have mixed feelings about this, for sure.
Luckily, the day went smoothly and that particular sitter not only worked out really well, but became one of our long-term sitters who took great care of my son. Now, as a second-time mom with much more experience, I can say that there are a few tried and true things I do when I leave my kids with babysitters, that just makes the entire process all the more easy.