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16/01/2014 at 09:25
16/01/2014 at 10:38
We left M with my mum at 4.5 months, and went to a hotel about 20 mins away for our anniversary. She'd been sleeping through for weeks by then though so I felt I could leave her knowing she wasn't likely to wake in the night looking for me.
Go for it - you'll have a great time and it's good to have some non-mummy time x
16/01/2014 at 10:49
I haven't left R yet at 23 months as he's only just stopping feeding to sleep. I left F at 11 months and T was about 18 months.
16/01/2014 at 11:02
F was 8 months when I left him overnight for the first time, however I'd left him with H or mum for the odd hour or two before for things like dentist appointments.
16/01/2014 at 11:11
J was a few months old.
I had to leave C the day he was born, so it wasn't an issue leaving J.
16/01/2014 at 11:17
I left J with H for a friend's hen do for one night when he was 11 months. He was fine, I cried. We've not left him with anyone other than me or H yet, but if he starts going to sleep more regularly and sleeping through we might try to have a night away sometime before Attila arrives.
16/01/2014 at 11:30
I've not left E yet ... but I will be next week as I am away with work for one night. The chances of H and I getting away on our own overnight are slim as we have no family nearby to look after her!!
16/01/2014 at 11:54
I am expecting to leave mine pretty early. My Mum took my nephew in the 1st week for my brother, as my SIL was struggling. She had him from 9pm-8am the next day and my SIL said it took her from being on her knee's and crying constantly, to feeling fighting fit. Part of me worries I'll panic, but we'll see. I think I'd like to do it early so it doesn't become a big issue going forward.
I have a feeling she might be a lot older before it actually happens lol
16/01/2014 at 12:01
E was exactly a week off his 1st birthday and we were desperate for a decent nights sleep after a bad few months! We didn't have any real reason to leave him before then but I probably wouldn't have minded. He's 17 months now and has slept at my parents 4 times, that's it.
16/01/2014 at 12:11
Think he was 9 months. It was accidental. I won tickets on Big Breakfast to see Friends being filmed in London and they ran over time. Due to get home at midnight, got home at 6am.
This time I hope to do something with hubby overnight somewhere around baby being 9 months. There's a hen night when baby is 2 months old that I will think about at the time, but baby would still be with dad which I don't consider as 'leaving' IYSWIM.
Lamby, I would go for it. Not going and then regretting not going will linger far longer than going and then regretting going. Hope that makes sense!
16/01/2014 at 12:46
I haven't yet, but we cosleep and he feeds in the night.
We're going away for our anniversary in June so we'll be leaving him with my mum for a couple of nights. I barely consider it leaving though as he's so familiar with my mum, we stay over a couple of nights a week at their place and she has taken him in the night occasionally if he's been really bad and I'm on my knees. So I have no worries about it. If he was the kind of baby who slept through from early on I might have left him earlier. I'm actually more happy to leave him with my mum than H, because H does NOT cope well with lack of sleep/having his sleep interrupted whereas my mum can, and A will sleep better for my mum than he will for H. If A cries in the night and H picks him up he will go into meltdown, whereas if my mum picks him up he calms down straightaway.
16/01/2014 at 13:38
Thanks everyone. I can't think either when H and I will have a night away together, I doubt that will be for a while due to limited childcare options, but we don't mind that.
I will go, and the break will be nice. And the sleep, oh sweet Lord, the sleep! I guess whenever I do it will feel strange the first time, as I'm used to being with him so much. It's only an extension of the days or hours off I've had already though I know, and I've always very much enjoyed those occasions!
Saisi - Enjoy your anniversary nights off! I bet you will feel like a new woman when you get home!!
16/01/2014 at 13:44
When he was 3 months. It was for our wedding anniversary, went to a hotel and bad a nice meal for the night. I was a bit teary in night, I missed him obviously but it was also nice having us time
16/01/2014 at 13:45
Like babylonglegs, I have no children at present but when our beautiful baby arrives I intend to try and leave it fairly early on. I intend to breastfeed so it will be when I can express enough to do so. My reasons behind this are because I feel that the longer it goes on, the harder it will be, for both H & I as well as baby. Plus its the first grandchild on my side and I know they will be desperate for a sleepover! :) Of course, reading everyone's replies.... I'm wondering how much we will stick to our 'plan'!
Lamby I think you should go - you deserve some you time!
16/01/2014 at 13:48
You should definitely go Lamby! I have a girls weekend away booked for the first week of March when E will be 9 months which will be the first time I will have left him overnight. There are quite a few of us going who will be in the same boat. Am sure I will miss him but boy am I looking forward to it!!
16/01/2014 at 14:35
16/01/2014 at 14:48
S was 14 months and he was with my mum and sister at my sisters house about 20 mins away! J was 2.5 years and she was with H at home. I have never left the beans, no reason really but I have got nowhere to go and no money to go anywhere!!
16/01/2014 at 15:20
Disco was about 1 we went to london and left him with granny and grandpa, he was doing well with weaning by then so if he didn't take botle of expressed milk we knew he wouldn't be hungry all night or in the morning. As it turned out he wouldn't take the expressed milk but it was fine as he ate a good eening meal and breakfas. I could have left him with H sooner but didn't get the oportunity it would have been hard leaving him with anyone else though as he only really took expressed milk from H and wouldn't let others feed him. Oh and when he was really little he was a cluster feeder in the evenings/ night and no amount of expressed milk would have covered it.
At nearly one he and you will both be fine
16/01/2014 at 16:53
We left M at about 7 months old for our wedding anniversary - we had a lovely time too! I would say go and enjoy, it will be fine x
16/01/2014 at 17:54
I haven't had the baby yet, however my mum is keen to help us do this early on. She has suggested we go for dinner first and come home, then venture to a whole night. I'm thinking about 3 months old for this x
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