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Old 07-25-2008, 03:05 PM   #1
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So, my sister invited me to go to the movies tonight. I can't decide if I should bring him to my mom's house and just have him spend the night there so I don't have to wake him up to bring him home or if I should have him stay home w/DH. DH said that he would watch him since he'll most likely be asleep the whole time I'm gone as his bedtime is between 6pm and 7pm. But I'm worried that he won't go to sleep or he'll wake up crying and DH won't know what to do.

WWYD? Does your DH watch the kid(s) if you want to go out somewhere?

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Old 07-25-2008, 03:07 PM   #2
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Re: Do you let your DH "babysit"?

Well, my DH doesn't "babysit". It's his child as much as mine. And yes, I do leave DS with DH frequently.
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Old 07-25-2008, 03:10 PM   #3
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Re: Do you let your DH "babysit"?

No, but he does father.

I breastfeed and usually don't leave my kids for longer than the time between nursings until they are 1.5 or so.

I definitely know that dh can calm and comfort our children if they wake up. I bet your dh could handle it too.
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Old 07-25-2008, 03:11 PM   #4
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Re: Do you let your DH "babysit"?

Wow. This post made me . I can't imagine feeling as if leaving my daughter with my husband would be like leaving her with a babysitter. Like the PP said, my daughter is not MY child, but she is OUR child. He knows how to take care of my daughter. In fact, he is great with her and does some things better than I do.

Well, to answer your question, yes, I do leave my daughter with my husband.
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Re: Do you let your DH "babysit"?

I require it! I need to go out with my friends too!
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Re: Do you let your DH "babysit"?

When I was nursing, I would never leave my kids especially Abram, he would have a fit. But now that they're no longer nursing, if I wanted to go somewhere, I would definitely leave them with DH.
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Old 07-25-2008, 03:14 PM   #7
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Re: Do you let your DH "babysit"?

Um. My husband does not babysit our children. He is their father. He parents them.

No offense to OP (love you Sarah ) but I think it's absolutely ridiculous that some mothers feel like leaving their children with their father is 'babysitting.' Shy of breastfeeding and giving birth to her, he has participated in every single facet of her life thus far. THAT is not a babysitter.

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Really? Absolutely, I leave them with him if I have somewhere to go. He has taken care of all 3 for an entire weekend (while I went to a funeral)...Sure, he didn't clean the toilet or vacuum while I was gone, but everyone was clean, fed, diapered/pottied, and very happy! He's not a babysitter--he's their daddy!!
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Old 07-25-2008, 03:15 PM   #9
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Re: Do you let your DH "babysit"?

He always freaks out if I say that I'm going to leave Sean with him. Usually it's the diapers that he complains about, well I have sposies on hand so he doesn't have to use the cloth. I don't know what his problem is, it's not like he's never been around a kid before (he has others from previous marriages) I guess maybe he's just lazy and I let him get away with it. And I was the one who wanted to have a baby...I get that a lot.
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Re: Do you let your DH "babysit"?

Of course I take MUCH better care of my kids than DH does. But I do leave them with him and (usually) don't worry when I do.

I'm sorry you have to wrestle with that Sarah. I bet once your little guy is bigger, your husband will take a more active interest and role. Moms bond with their babies so much sooner than most men do. Men sometimes aren't sure what to do with babies since they're kinda boring and can't watch sports or drink beer yet.
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