Baby contact time with father – what is appropriate? Any experience?

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    Hello forum!

    My son is 19 months old. We left his dad when my b baby was 8 weeks old. Since then contact has been every other Saturday for a few hours. The father took me to court in January – who ordered overnights start in April, then two overnights from August.

    IS this similar contact time others have experienced? I was trying for overnights not to start until my son was 2, but we lost. I was granted primary carer.

    My son hides whenever he sees his dad approaching and screams when he takes him. I know this will become easier for him when he’s oder and can understand, but at the moment he is still bewildered.

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    my experience with courts is they allowed overnights when child turned 2 and a half. but I have heard of cases like yours, where overnights are being given earlier. yes it will take a bit of time for your child to adjust to spending nights with dad.

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    Thank you – the court allowed overnights to begin when my son was just 16 months old and still breastfeeding. I was shocked how early, as I was suggesting wait until he was 2 years old.


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    Has your ex consistently been seeing his son every other Saturday since child was 8 weeks old? Has he had hands on experience with nappy changing, bathing, naps, etc?
    I imagine all those things are taken into account when a court decide on arrangements.

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