More than half (55%) of mums don’t trust their mum, mother-in-law, best friend or even their partner to look after their baby, new research shows.
A study by Withings – specialists in Wi-Fi connected health and baby products – found a fifth of mums cancel plans, 45% have left an event early and a quarter (23%) have even missed a big family event such as a wedding altogether to stay with their child.
The research shows just how much having a baby takes over women’s lives as more than half of new mums (52%) admit to having only a couple of hours a week to themselves to relax away from parenting duties.
The study also shows that mums trust the babysitter more than their partner. A fifth (21%) admit to using their baby monitor to secretly check up on their partner – and 10% have used it to spy on the babysitter.
According to the research, 80% of mums use a baby monitor to look after their baby but of those only 15% of them have video monitoring capabilities.
So when did you feel comfortable leaving your little one and who did you trust with the responsibility? Did you spy on them or call several times? Did you relax and enjoy your evening or did you wish you hadn’t bothered going out? Tell us your stories:
*Research conducted between 4 September and 11 September by One Poll with 1000 mums taking part