If you have kids, you know how precious date nights can be with your one & only. But with a wee one still breastfeeding, it can be difficult to get away and that’s where bottle feeding comes in! I recently wrote about my most favourite bottles from Philips Avent here which I highly recommend for anyone in the same boat as me. Anyway, back to date night…
My husband and I recently returned from visiting my Mom in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia. This is her. I know… she ain’t your regular Grandma 😉
We were in Victoria for a week and had the most amazing time. There were a ton of things to celebrate!
I had just recently resigned from my day job
Mark turned 39 (sorry… did I say that out loud?)
Henry started blowing kisses and it’s literally the cutest thing ever
We had too many things to celebrate to not go out and well… celebrate! Thank goodness for Grandmas. My Mom booted us out the door for THREE separate date nights. Even though we don’t live in the same city, my Mom is involved in everything (not in the annoying way). When we’re visiting, she does everything from bathing, feeding, and walking with Henry. No questions asked. Ever. So it was no surprise that Mark and I were able to sneak out for a little fun 😉
Mark and I had so much fun exploring, dining, and just being a couple. Reconnecting with one another outside of our day-to-day routine is so important. I love the novelty of date nights, the ability to communicate without distraction, and just being able to let loose.
Grandma & the Bottle
Before heading out for a night on the town, I wanted to make my Mom’s as job as easy as possible. I made sure Henry had his dinner, his PJs were all set out and had milk set aside for him in a bottle. I pumped earlier that day while he was napping and chose to use the Philips Avent bottles again because of how much success we had last time.
My Mom was shocked to see how much he loved these bottles! She’s fed him before and was used to being dribbled on, spit up on, and everything in between. But not with these guys 😉 She said they were:
Easy to clean – they have a wide neck, just 3 parts, and can be thrown into the dishwasher
Nipple flow was perfect for him – he didn’t spill a drop and had a super secure latch
BPA free – my Mom is a freak when it comes to things in plastic and made me double & triple check that these bottles were BPA free. They are 🙂
How to go on a Date Night if you’re still Breastfeeding
Test a bottle at home with baby to make sure they are comfortable with the nipple, flow and feel
Find a sitter, preferably Grandma because she’s the best
Pump up to 6 days in advance, but the fresher the better
Keep breastmilk fresh in fridge
Warm bottle up by immersing it in warm water or using a bottle warmer
Leave baby in Grandma’s very capable hands and party like you don’t have to get up at 6am
Bottle Feeding = Adult Time
I’m the biggest advocate of breastfeeding. Aside from the obvious health benefits of breastmilk, there is also an unmatched bond between Mom & Baby. That being said, the bond between husband & wife is also super important, so leaving baby with Grandma the odd night here & there can be a really good and healthy thing.
I encourage you to step out every now and again with your significant other and reconnect. Even if its just for a evening stroll. Although, I’d highly recommend getting all dolled up for a night out on the town. Mark and I had a blast bursting out of our comfort zone (ie. working on our computers and eating frozen grapes in sweat pants after Henry goes to bed) that week. We took the opportunity to bar hop from place to place, try new foods, talk about new ideas, and even hit up a karaoke bar (Mark sings a beautiful rendition of Baby got Back).
When was your last date night?
Love, peace & date nights with Philips Avent