Babysitting at Bedtime

Can someone please do this for me?

Can someone please do this for me?

Lately our “date nights” have included Frances, especially now that she’s eating solid foods and is easily entertained at restaurants. The last time we went out to dinner alone, Frances’ bedtime was pretty late and we got home before her last feeding.

Now Franci’s bedtime routine starts at 7pm and she is asleep by 8pm. By routine I mean she nurses for 40 minutes, I change her diaper and put on her pj’s, and then she nurses herself to sleep in the next 15 minutes. I would love to go out on a date with my husband and come home to a sleeping baby, but I’m not sure how to go about that.

Do I need to change our routine first?  She doesn’t take a bath or have a bedtime story before going to sleep.  My M.O. is to fill her up with as much milk as possible so she sleeps all night. I’m afraid any changes we make will affect how long she sleeps, so I haven’t made any moves yet.

We’re going to give it a try here pretty soon, and I’d love some advice on how to make our first run a little less painful for Grandma!

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