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How to tell MIL no?

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BornSinner Sun 03-Dec-17 16:59:57

More a WWYD but just posting for traffic.
DD is 3 months old. Shes EBF and with me all the time (as expected).
Everytime we see MIL she pushes taking DD for a few hours so we "can have some time to ourselves" or "to help with attachment issues".
Now don't get me wrong, I know she's genuinely trying to help and I'm sure when I'm ready for someone to babysit I'll be grateful for the offers. But seriously, everytime she says it I just smile and nod or say "well we'll let you know", but she's saying it so much its actually getting awkward now.
How can I politely tell her I'm not ready to leave DD with anyone? I want to just have a quick one liner that doesn't evoke conversation or invite her to start telling me about why it's important for DD to spend time with other people.
How can I make it clear without offending her?

NB - She does get easily offended by this kind of thing, unnecessarily.

NapQueen Sun 03-Dec-17 17:01:32

"MIL I know you are keen to have dd to yourself for a couple of hours but I am not ready yet. Dont worry though, obviously you will be the first person I call when I am ready"

TrojansAreSmegheads Sun 03-Dec-17 17:03:47

fobbing her off is probably offending her.

it is better to be honest. if she chooses to get offended that isnt your fault.

you could say thanks mil i will certainly take you up on that when she is older. right now i need her with me but when she is old enough i will really appreciate your babysitting offers.

user1488794856 Sun 03-Dec-17 17:04:54

I think you just need to say something along the lines of "I'm sorry, but I'm just not ready yet. Once I am you will be the first to know"

Easier said than done I know, my dd is 10 months, I have not left her yet and have no plans to. Mil makes similar comments to me on a regular and I have now resorted to just smiling, as she clearly is not getting the message.

You will get alot of people telling you that you should leave lo, and that is fine if it's what works for them, but there are plenty of us out there who feel the same as you do. It's your lo, if you don't want to leave her then simply don't.

And as for attachment issues, perhaps you could suggest mil reads a little into attachment parenting, she might be more understanding.

EvonneGoolagong Sun 03-Dec-17 17:05:30

‘She’s a bit too little at the moment but I’m so pleased you’d like to help out. A few more months and DD will be ready’

abbsisspartacus Sun 03-Dec-17 17:06:14

Attachment issues? At three months?

OnTheRise Sun 03-Dec-17 17:11:56

Why does she think taking your baby from you for a few hours is going to help with any attachment issues? That's ridiculous.

Just be straight with her. Tell her you'll let her know if and when you want her to look after your baby but for now, you don't.

CisCucumber Sun 03-Dec-17 17:14:33

She doesn't need to worry about attachment issues. The first attachment is to the parents. As long as that goes ok everything else will follow just fine

Anatidae Sun 03-Dec-17 17:17:53

She wants to help attachment issues by taking the baby away from its main carer....? Baffling.

Just be polite but direct. ‘She’s too little to spend any significant time away right now. Once she’s a bit older you two will be great pals I’m sure - right now she needs to be near me.’

DeStijl Sun 03-Dec-17 17:18:24

What attachment issues? confused she's meant to be attached to you, she's 3 months old!
I'd go with what a pp said. You're not ready now and you'll let her know when you are.
I don't understand this obsession with having grandchildren alone.

BewareOfDragons Sun 03-Dec-17 17:47:58

Just tell her you're not leaving her with anybody yet.
Or have your DH talk to her and ask her to stop bugging you about it. It's stressing you out, as you're both obviously not ready to leave the baby with anyone.

BornSinner Sun 03-Dec-17 17:51:33

I don't understand the need to "have her" either. Shes not a toy! And surely if we felt we needed some help we'd ask!
In passing DP mentioned how DD was very attached to me - he didn't mean anything by it. Then MIL started with "and as they go through the 'attachment/detachment' stage that will only get worse, so we can start taking DD for a few hours a week so she gets used to being with other people".
I just changed the subject, but don't understand it. Quite frankly I love having DD with me all the time. When she says she can take her to "give me some time" it makes it sound as though I resent her!

HopeClearwater Sun 03-Dec-17 17:54:45

God these people

Tell your MIL she’s had her turn with her own tiny babies and to wait until you are ready. I bet you a tenner she’ll be crossing boundaries when you are ready though, so get ready to get tough.

YouCantArgueWithStupid Sun 03-Dec-17 18:29:02

We've had this for 2.5 years. When you work it out let me know

Littlelambpeep Sun 03-Dec-17 18:32:41

Your dp needs to sort this. Just the honest truth. She is a tiny baby and needs her mum. That's it. He needs to tell her not to keep on at you.

ClashCityRocker Sun 03-Dec-17 18:36:54

I don't have kids, but, um, isn't a three month old EBF (or ff for that matter) supposed to be somewhat attached to the mother.....?

It's not like we're sea turtles or anything.

Is your mil of the 'you're making a rod for your own back' school of thought?

MsHopey Sun 03-Dec-17 18:39:51

I bottle feed, so unfortunately don't have a real excuse, if you know what I mean. My little one is 4 and a half months, so far longest I've left him is 30 minutes, with his dad, while I had my smear test. I'm not happy about leaving him yet. I've had offers to take him off my hands so family can show him off or help me out. A lot of crap about doing me a favour because of helping with separation anxiety. I don't think anyone realises the only problem is I won't be able to relax without him with me.

Pengggwn Sun 03-Dec-17 18:40:21

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

blueskyinmarch Sun 03-Dec-17 18:41:50

She has the whole attachment thing all wrong. The more time your DD spends creating a strong bond with you now the better she will be able to separate from you and form attachments with others as she grows. Your MIL needs to understand that your child needs this time with you and when she is old enough your MIL can have some time alone with her. But not yet!

Takeoutyourhen Sun 03-Dec-17 18:43:31

Sounds like your MIL just wants an opportunity to tote your DD around and show her off to her own friends and neighbours/passersby and so on.
Do you go out together just you and her? Given half a chance I bet your MIL would jump for the opportunity at pushing the buggy and you can go out for a hot drink and enjoy it as MIL is holding the baby.

But as for the attachment nonsense that response sounded like she was priming your DH to do as she says. Your DH should back you up. It's a simple thing really.

RunRabbitRunRabbit Sun 03-Dec-17 18:46:01

Could you do a mini version of what she wants?

Get her to look after DD for a couple of hours a straight after a feed while you go get your hair cut or go for a run or something? Surely that would be helpful and would let her see that you are being 100% honest about it being too soon for full day care rather than a general rejection of her support.

Silverthorn Sun 03-Dec-17 18:46:52

My 2ds are attached to me. However when we go to playgroup/softplay/the woods they both happily run off to play without a backward glance. Not so good in the woods! Maybe over-confidence is the issue your mil is referring to?

WishfulThinking27 Sun 03-Dec-17 18:48:53

"I don't want to be away from DD yet I feel she's too young for it. Thanks anyway."

I genuinely don't see how that's difficult to say as it isn't rude at all.

Jessikita Sun 03-Dec-17 18:49:34

I know she’s annoying you, but honestly I think her intentions are from the nicest place. She’s just absolutely in love with the baby and is just dying for a chance to get her hands on her alone and show her off!

My MIL was never interested in either of my kids so I would have relished this.

kaytee87 Sun 03-Dec-17 18:50:18

She doesn't understand how attachment works.

Certain people can't seem to understand that actually some of us don't find it helpful to have our babies taken away from us. For some of us it just causes upset and anxiety and sore boobs.

Next time just say 'thank you for the offer however I'm not ready to leave the baby yet and am happier having her with me all the time just now. In the future when I need a baby sitter of course I will come to you'

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