Rekindle The Romance: Plan A Date Night At Home

With a new baby, getting out can be hard. So why not reconnect with your partner with an at-home date night?

You’ve resolved to have some one-on-one time with your partner, but you are also hesitant about leaving your new baby. Maybe she’s breastfeeding, and you find it hard to predict when she might want to eat again. Maybe you don’t have any reliable babysitters, or your budget won’t stretch to a night out. Do you have to give up the idea of a date night?

No! There are plenty of ways to have a little romance without leaving home. Try these tips:

Set a romantic scene. A pretty tablecloth, candles (out of baby’s reach!), your nicest dishes, cloth napkins, flowers in a vase.

Plan a special meal. If you like cooking, this could be the night to show off your skills, but pizza ordered in can be special if it’s a rare treat at your house. Presentation counts, so serve those pizza slices on your good plates. Add a side salad or another appetizer.

Put away your phones. Really.

Step two is planning how to manage the baby. You know your baby best: will she sleep for an hour or two after a good feeding? Will it work better to let her play on a blanket on the floor while you two eat? Would it be worthwhile to have a babysitter come for an hour to take the baby for a walk or play with her in another room so you can enjoy some time in private? Be flexible – don’t let a few little interruptions to nurse or change a diaper ruin the evening.

What about after-dinner activities? How about:

1. Yes, you could watch a movie. But really, isn’t tonight more about connecting as a couple? Don’t you have some things to talk about? Make a list of topics in advance if you need to.

2. Give each other massages—with a baby and all that baby-gear to lug around, you probably both need one. And if that leads to something else… bonus!

3. Play a game—a card game, a board game. How about Twister? Games like these give you more opportunities to talk than on-line games will.

4. Take photos of each other. Funny ones, sexy ones, beautiful portraits—whatever you like.

5. Have a wine tasting for two. Pick up some inexpensive bottles, or gather the ones you were given as gifts, and try small samples of each. You might find some new favourites.

6. Take a walk around the neighbourhood, perhaps with your baby in a carrier on your chest. Your baby will probably sleep and you can continue your conversation.

Those are just a few ideas to get you started—there’s lots you can do without spending a ton of money or heading downtown without your baby. Good thing, too, because it’s easier to keep the romance in your relationship when date nights are affordable. 

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