As the party season descends upon us once again, and social calendars begin to fill up with fun festivities, for many this is the most exciting time of year.
But, according to a recent survey, new mums about to leave their baby at home for the first time could be in for a blue Christmas.
Commissioned by Cussons Mum & Me, the study has revealed new parents’ trepidation about going out without their child for the first time, with over 50% saying they felt guilty leaving their baby with someone else.
Of the 1,000 mums polled, 88% confirmed they always call or text from a night out to check up at home, while 30% admitted feeling unable to relax at all when out without their baby.
One quarter of the respondents put their concern down to the feeling that nobody could look after their baby quite like them. In fact, for 11% of the mothers, the feelings of guilt were so strong they were moved to tears on their night out.
These difficult emotions may have contributed to the relatively long period mothers wait before heading out alone, as nearly a quarter of respondents said they delayed leaving their baby with someone else for a minimum of eight months.
Of course, there are some steps mums can take to ease their worry, such as setting up a digital baby monitor on your iPhone or trying a practice run where a trusted relative holds the fort while you pop out for a quick coffee or supermarket trip.
How long did you wait before leaving your baby for the first time? Does the prospect of a night out make you excited or nervous? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below or on our Facebook page.