Overnight Parenting Time For Infants And Toddlers

When it comes to overnight parenting time for an infant, challenges can arise for a noncustodial parent. Infants need to acclimate being away from their primary caregiver. On the surface, immediate overnights may sound logical, but it overlooks a basic need of the very young child which is trust and security that comes from consistent nurturing care by their primary caregiver in a familiar setting. Parents going through a divorce with an infant need to consider the implications of overnight parenting time switches on the infant.

Should You Have Overnight Parenting Time Changes for an Infant?

These “overnights” away from the primary caregiver, the primary attachment figure, will be stressful as it is impossible for anyone to explain to a child under three years of age what is going on. “I love you,” “I am not deserting you,” “I will see you again in twenty-four hours” are just concepts not yet developed in the child.

When a child of this age gets up in the middle of the night they are looking for and need comfort from their primary caregiver. Children of this age adjust to others providing care for them and they will become accustomed to spending over-nights away from their primary caregiver.

Consider the Best Interest of the Child

Regular and consistent contact is best to prepare for these overnights. The more time each parent can spend with a child, the better.

Get in Touch for Trusted Advice on How to Care for an Infant During or After a Divorce

Contact Anderson & Boback for legal advice on parenting time issues including the unique challenges that come with overnight parenting time for infants and toddlers.

THIS ARTICLE WAS PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED AT: https://illinoislawforyou.com/child-custody-visitation/overnight-parenting-time-with-an-infant/

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