You’ve probably already noticed that babies can be pretty time consuming. You spend most of your waking hours (so all your hours then, since there’s not much sleep happening right now) tending to her needs. You are either changing nappies, feeding, soothing or entertaining. It’s all consuming, and it doesn’t leave much time for anything else.
You’re probably guilty of neglecting your relationship since the birth, after all, there isn’t much opportunity for impromptu date nights when you have a newborn in the house. The important thing to remember is that this is temporary. Your baby won’t always be a baby. Before you know it, she’ll be fighting for her independence and enjoying time away from you. In the meantime, however, you need to make sure your relationship still gets some attention.
If you have willing babysitters and would like some time away, organize a date night for the two of you. You don’t have to go far, even a dinner date at your local restaurant will be a pleasant change. And you’ll be able to eat your food before it goes cold, talk about luxury! If you don’t have babysitters to hand, or don’t feel ready to leave your baby just yet, don’t worry, there are plenty of ways you can nurture your relationship without leaving your baby behind. How about trying one of the following date night ideas for new parents:
- Go gourmet
With a newborn baby at home, you’re probably living off a very questionable diet these days. Biscuits and take away, anyone? Have a date night at home by preparing a top notch meal for you both to enjoy once the baby is asleep. Choose something that can be served as and when you’re ready to eat it, so it’s not a big deal if the baby wakes up when you’re about to eat. Set the table, light some candles and enjoy a night of adult conversation.
- Movie night
Every night is movie night when you have a baby, right? Make this movie night extra special by picking a film you’re both desperate to see, and making sure you have popcorn and movie snacks at hand. Snuggle up under a blanket, and spend some time relaxing together in front of a movie.
- Family day out
A family day out might not sound like much of a date, but you might be surprised to discover just how lovely these days can be. While your baby sleeps soundly in the pram or sling, you and your partner can enjoy a walk around some stately gardens, followed by a lunch date at your favorite eatery. Yes, there will be more diaper changes and breastfeeds than your typical date, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a lovely day to spend connecting with your partner.
- A change of scenery
Escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Get away from work, away from the dirty dishes, and spend a night away together in a hotel. There’s no need to leave your baby with someone else, your baby can go with you. Taking some time out could be just what you all need, a little break from reality to enjoy some quality family time and really appreciate each other.
- Games night
If you’re guilty of spending most of your evenings in front of the television, you may feel like you’ve not really spoken to your partner for a while. Turn the television off and get hold of some board games to spend an evening having fun together. This will give you the time and space to chat to each other, as well as providing some fun.
How are you looking after your relationship in these early days of parenthood?
Written by Fiona (@Fiona_Peacock), mother, writer and lover of all things baby related.
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