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Babysitter Blues

How can I help my little one not completely freak out everytime I leave the house?

I'm flattered that my little girl does not want me to leave the house, but I wish it wasn't so difficult. Lauren is two-and-a-half now, and she has never been great about welcoming babysitters.  We've been able to skirt the issue a lot by just making our plans after Lauren goes to bed.  She's in bed by 7 p.m., so that's not a huge stretch.  However, there are those times when we need to leave Lauren with the babysitter awake, and the tears flow. 

 
I expect this is just a phase and that she will eventually come to a point where she loves having a babysitter over.  In the meantime, I try to invent fun, special things for Lauren to do with her babysitter.  She usually resists though and doesn't take the bait, preferring to cry instead.
 
We usually get a report from the sitter that she calmed down relatively quickly.  However, I am curious to see what other parents of children this age do to help their little ones not be so upset when mom and dad have to go somewhere.  Any advice? 
 
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