Originally Posted by NovemberRain
If your friends are mostly with kids, couldn't you trade nights? One night you take theirs and have a giant slumber party for all the kids; and next week they take yours? That way you don't have to pay a sitter, and everybody gets a date night, and even the kids get to have fun.
This has been attempted and it doesn't work out. Because we seem to be unique in that we are the only ones without nearby family there is no incentive for the other couples to participate in this arrangement. We ask about it, they say "sure" but there never seems to be a time. In other words they are already getting their dates in but we don't. Somehow we will figure this out we've talked about and realize how important it is for us (happy parents will be better for our son too).