My son is just four months old and his grandparents are practically breaking into our home to babysit him.
They’ve been begging since he was born. First, it was the polite offer to give me a break. Then it turned into questions about when did hubby and I need a date night. It’s now become an issue.
At first, I said he was too little to be away from Mum (me). Kind of a lie – I have no issue leaving him. In fact, I’ve had friends come babysit him for a couple of hours while hubby and I have gone on a date night.
Then, I used the excuse that breastfeeding made it hard. Total lie.
I have used every reason I can think of to say why they can’t babysit him just yet. But here’s the truth.
I don’t trust them.
I don't trust them to look after my precious little boy safely.
In my opinion, there is a big generational difference in looking after babies.
Back in my parent's baby days, they would sleep babies on their stomachs or sides. They would prop their little heads on pillows and wrap them with loose blankets that went over their heads to keep them warm.
They would pop their dummy in a little brandy to get them to sleep through the night and stop crying.
They would give them water thinking the baby was thirsty.
They would chug beer to increase their breast milk supply.
We now know all of the above isn't good for babies. We know pillows and loose blankets increase the risk of SIDS. So does sleeping on their tummy and side. We know that filling a baby's tummy with water instead of milk only leads to calorie loss for them and can impact their weight gain.