My 10.5 month old is exclusively breastfed and has never taken a bottle. My husband and I have not been on a date night since before she was born and have been wanting to get out and enjoy eachothers company! My mother has offered many times to watch our little one while we go out on a date night and we are going to take her up on her offer..finally! My concerns are how my mother will feed and put our little one to sleep. My little one has refused the bottle a couple of times that we have offered and the last time we offered was when she was 3 months old. She eats solids pretty good now and still nurses quite a bit during the day about 6-8 times plus about 3-4 times during the night (i'm thinking its mostly comfort nursing), we co-sleep. She drinks water out of a sippy cup with a straw and loves it. Would you recommend that my mother offer breastmilk in a bottle or her sippy cup with a straw? I know she could go 3-4 hours without nursing but we are planning on going out a night and she will need to eat before she goes to bed. Also, putting her to sleep is quite the challenge. She co-sleeps with us and I usually nurse her down to sleep, it's really sometimes the only way she will fall asleep! My concerns are that my mother won't be able to put her to sleep since she won't be able to nurse. She does love my mother so i'm not worried about her being uncoomfortable with someone she doesn't know. Also, she usually wakes up 2-3 times before 8-11pm and I have to nurse her back to sleep. She is not the best sleeper as you can tell. Has anyone had this problem and had success with babysitters? My husband and I agree that we are ready to venture out now that she is getting older but are concerned that she won't be able to sleep or eat without me!!! Any suggestions or recommendations on what we can do to help her transition to a babysitter??
Thank you so so much!!