When you're dealing with baby spit-ups, dirty nappies, and colic, romance is the last thing on your mind. Is it even possible to have a date night as a new parent? Without a doubt! With these simple couple time ideas, you can rekindle the flame and go on a date with your husband.
Create a DIY Spa at Home
Unless you’re hiring a nanny to stay with your baby the whole day, spa day with your hubby is not going to be possible in the next few months. You can recreate the atmosphere at home by putting on relaxing music and getting some supplies such as massage oils, calming candles, face masks, bath salts, and pampering creams for your feet and hands. Soak your feet in a cooling foot bath while sipping tea, and simply enjoy the quiet time together.
Have a Special Dinner Delivered
New parents don’t have to go out to enjoy a nice steak dinner. If you’re both feeling tired and don’t have the energy to prepare dinner for two, have your favorite meal delivered to your doorsteps instead. Clear out the clutter from the dining table, bring out your best dishes, and light some aromatic candles to set the mood. Turn the lights down low and enjoy the gastronomic delight with hubby. Have the baby monitor nearby, but put your phones out of sight so you can focus on each other.
Break Out the Board Games
Need a little competition? Game night is enjoyable with friends, but for the time being, let's keep the competition between you and your hubby. Order pizza, then beer for him, and a glass of wine for you. Of course, alcohol is entirely optional! If you do decide to have a glass of wine, wait at least two to three hours before nursing your little one.
Enjoy Movie Night at Home
Can’t go to the movies because you can’t leave the baby with a sitter at night? That’s fine. Just bring the movies to you instead! You can watch new releases or even old films on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, or Disney+ if you have other kids. Make some yummy butter popcorn, grab some sodas, turn the lights down, and snuggle on the couch. If you've been feeling down lately, it's best to avoid sad movies. Make your living room into your very own movie theater. Enjoy the entire film without being tempted to get up and do some chores like laundry or dishes.
Go on a Short Day Hike
Dating doesn’t need to be confined at home, especially if your parents or in laws offered to watch your little one for a few hours. If it’s been a while since you last went on a hike, it’s time to schedule a fun day hike with hubby, explore the outdoors, and even enjoy a nice picnic on a spot with beautiful views. This will not only refresh your mind, but it will also give you some much-needed fresh air and exercise.
Most importantly, remember to pamper yourself before your date night. Take a long shower, get enough rest by using your maternity pillow for uninterrupted snoozing, and dress comfortably. Even 15 minutes spent pampering yourself will make a huge difference!