View Poll Results: what age did you leave the kids overnight?
0-2 months 6 4.41%
2-4 months 12 8.82%
6-12 months 10 7.35%
1 year + 75 55.15%
Never left my kids overnight 33 24.26%
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Old 03-13-2013, 11:41 AM   #11
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My kids are currently 6, 4 (almost...), and 2. I voted never, but then thought of a couple of exceptions. The only time I have left my kids is when I went to the hospital to have more ( and then DH bathed and put them to bed, and my mom spent the night), and one summer I went to Maine with just Eli when he was 8-9 months old. I don't know if that one counts, though, since DH stayed home with the girls. They have never been away from home without us to spend the night.

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Old 03-13-2013, 11:43 AM   #12
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Old 03-13-2013, 11:46 AM   #13
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Re: what age did you leave child overnight?

DS didn't sleep through the night until he was about 15 months, so I figured it would be upsetting to him and just as importantly tough on a caregiver if he was waking up expecting boob. Then, it took us a couple of months to plan a weekend away, so DS was 18 months when we left him overnight at my mom's house (for two nights in a row). He was totally fine. I would love to leave DS2 overnight so I could get a good night's sleep - he is up all the time!
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Re: what age did you leave child overnight?

I left my son five days before his first birthday to go to a girls weekend in Cabo for my college roommate's 30th birthday. But, I left him at our home with my husband so he was just missing Mommy from his usual routine. I was gone for 52 hours
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Re: what age did you leave child overnight?

My oldest was 4 years old. I was having my 2nd child. It was the first time she was without either my husband or I at night.

My second I don't remember but he would have been at least 4 years of age as he didn't wean until almost 4 years old.

My youngest is now 21 months old. No way is he old enough to stay the nigh without me. He still nurses 2-3 times a night.
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Old 03-13-2013, 12:18 PM   #16
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Re: what age did you leave child overnight?

DD was 3, we only left her over night then because I was having DS.
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Re: what age did you leave child overnight?

DS1 was 2.5, I was in the hospital having DS2.
DS2 is almost 3 and never has. He still wakes up at night, to pee and snuggle and he'd freak out if I wasn't there. My mother has made it clear she wouldn't be willing to deal that and I'd feel awful making anyone else put up with it.
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Old 03-13-2013, 12:26 PM   #18
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One night at 18mo-2 years because I was at the hospital to have a sibling. Fun trips for an overnight to grandparents who live close by(8 miles) begin after they turn 3yo based on desire and readiness. I was gone for just over 24 hours last month when Fionn was born and I was very anxious to be away from Poppy who was 26mo and still nursing. She stayed at her own house with my mom and her siblings and she did great.
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DD1 was left the first time when I had DD2 and she was 21 months. DD2 was close to 2 the one time as well.
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DD is 2.5 and has never been left overnight.

Depending on what time I go into labor and how long it lasts, she may end up having us leave her overnight in April. If baby is born during the day, DH will come back home to be with her overnight.

I don't anticipate any overnight trips anytime soon.

but should qualify all of this with the fact that we're military and therefore very far from family. I think people with family nearby get comfortable leaving their children with grandparents, etc earlier than those of us who don't have that option.
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