Re: How did Huband deal with Baby While Away?
This happened pretty quickly for us because DS was born in March, then when my maternity leave was up it was time for DH, a teacher, to stay home with DS for the summer.
Let me tell you, I was pretty nervous about how they'd get along. I knew my husband was great with the baby, but I was used to being there. The first week or so the baby was somewhat fussy because he was used to mommy being there. But we're fortunate as he didn't refuse the bottle or anything.
Long story short, daddy and baby son had a long wonderful summer together. My husband came to know baby's routine better than I did, which made me kind of jealous sometimes. They became very close and now that schools started it was hard for husband to go back to work.
As for your questions:
1. Did any of you find yourselves in a situation where you had to be away from your baby overnight? I personally haven't had that experience so I'll let someone else comment.
2. How did your husband or partner deal with this issue?
3. How did he deal with the warming the milk? I tried and tried to get DH to warm the bottles in a cup of hot water. But he ended up doing what was quickest (and fortunately not the best) by using the microwave. This worried me but DS continues to progress well and gain lots of weight so maybe it will work out ok.
4. How well was his method of putting the baby back to sleep work? His routine for putting baby down for naps was to watch for the signs of sleepiness, then put baby in the swing and he'd fall asleep pretty quick. Once asleep he'd move baby to the crib. Of course this is one of those things where people fear that the baby will get a dependency on movement to fall asleep. But now he's outgrown his swing and we can just lay him in the crib and he's fine.
Mommy to William, 4/29/09, 7 lbs 13 oz, 21 inches.
Mommy to Evan, 3/18/06. 7 lbs 3 oz, 21 1/4 inches.
Nursed both boys to 14 months