My son is very attached to me (his mother) and my husband has a hard time comforting him when he needs it, especially when it comes to sleep. My son is 15 months old. He wakes up at least twice a night and often more. When he wakes up he usually wants to breastfeed. However, sometimes if he wakes up a short time after going to bed, he will go back to sleep if I pick him up and cuddle him for a bit. If his Dad goes to him instead, my son will not settle and screams loudly, for a long time.
Things haven't always been this bad, my son used to accept his Dad for comfort at night at times when he didn't need to be fed. But after a series of disturbances to the routine such as a relentless attack of winter viruses, vaccinations and a short trip away, my son has become too used to me going to comfort him. He's also teething with his first molars. We've tried for a while to have my husband go to settle him but my son gets angry, screams and hits my husband away. If my husband offers expressed milk, my son hits that away too. I work full time so eventually I give in and go to him so we can all get some sleep.
During the daytime, father and son get on well and enjoy spending time together but if my son is upset and I'm around, he doesn't want his Dad to comfort him.
This isn't a huge problem in itself, although can be inconvenient, I know that small children often want their Mum, especially when breastfed and I assume he'll grow out of it eventually. The problem is, I have to go away for two nights in two week's time and we're worried how things will work out. I've never been away for even one night before. We're looking for suggestions of what we can do in the two weeks to help my son accept his Dad so the two nights away are not too stressful for both of them and so that I can relax a bit and not spend the whole time worrying about them.