Let’s face it, keeping the romance alive when you’ve just had a baby isn’t easy! You’re exhausted, you’re sleep deprived and by the time baby goes to bed, all you want to do is sleep or collapse in front of the TV. It doesn’t get easier during the toddler stage either.
Not only is it exhausting being a parent, but it’s also more difficult to enjoy any time to yourself. Date nights become a lot more difficult; especially if you can’t find a babysitter. However, did you know there’s plenty of date night ideas you and your partner can enjoy which don’t require a babysitter?
Date nights are extremely important as they help to maintain the bond the two of you had before baby came along. Close and happy parent’s equal happy kids. So, if you’re looking to keep the spark alive, below you’ll discover some of the top date night ideas you won’t need a babysitter for.
Enjoy A Romantic Dessert Date
Eating together as a family is really important and delivers numerous great benefits. However, so does eating alone with your partner. Did you know, with very little planning, you can enjoy both a family and a romantic meal?
Simply serve up the main course for the whole family to enjoy, but save dessert until your toddler goes to bed. Light some candles, put on a little soft music, stick on a movie and enjoy some much needed time alone with your spouse. You could even treat yourself to a glass of wine.
Try to make a more romantic dessert to match the mood. Think along the lines of a soufflé or a fondue.
Take An Extra Vacation Day
If you’ve been on a family vacation, why not take an extra day just for you and your partner? After arriving home, arrange for your kids to go to daycare, leaving the whole day for just you and your partner.
You can do practically anything during this time together. Head to a movie, go grab some lunch together, or exercise together. Just enjoy a little couple time before everything returns back to normal.
Ideally, this date night can be done after your baby or toddler has gone to bed. However, it is possible to enjoy a date in the company of your little one. Just spending time cuddled up to your partner while your toddler is engrossed in the movie is a quality date night idea.
It doesn’t even have to be a movie. Why not get into a new TV series if you’re worried you won’t have the time for a movie? This date idea is one of the easiest on the list to do. However, that also means it’s easy to forget to change! As it’s a date idea, make sure you change into something nice. Make a little effort to look and feel good before sitting down together and don’t forget the snacks!
Go For A Family Bike Ride
Ok, so it might not sound very romantic, but it is possible to enjoy some couple time on a family bike ride. Simply let your child go a little in front of you so you and your partner can ride side by side. That way, you have plenty of time to chat and catch up, while also keeping an eye on your toddler.
It also combines exercise, which is going to leave you both feeling great. You don’t need to go far, but heading somewhere with an awesome view will really increase the romantic element as you stop to enjoy how breathtaking nature can be.
Enjoy A Hot Drink On The Porch
Don’t have a lot of time? Simply sitting on the porch with a hot drink together can help you reconnect. You’ll have chance to chat, relax and unwind. Sometimes, you don’t need anything extravagant to enjoy quality time with your partner. It’s the little things that so often make the difference.
Have A Breakfast Date
One day each week, why not aim to get up a little earlier than the kids and enjoy a nice, quiet breakfast date together? This gives you much-needed alone time, helps you to gather your thoughts before the kids get up and helps you to keep the spark alive.
You could serve up fresh orange juice and cook your partners favorite breakfast dish. Or why not make it interesting and choose a different theme each week. For example, one week you could enjoy a European style breakfast. A continental breakfast full of tempting pastries will make your breakfast date feel even more intimate and special.
Read Together In Bed
If you’re both book lovers, why not read a book together? Just one chapter a night is enough and it opens up the door for conversation. You can talk about your thoughts on what’s happened, what you think might happen and how you interpreted the story so far.
Sometimes, when you’ve been together a while, it can be difficult coming up with new things to talk about, so hosting your own couple’s book club is an excellent idea.
Wine And Massage
If you’re looking for something a little more intimate to keep the spark alive, a massage night is an excellent idea. After the kids have gone to bed, pop open the wine (or champagne if you really want to make it romantic), and give each other a couple’s massage.
If you’re not confident in your massage abilities, you can take a look online on sites such as YouTube, which provide instructional videos.
Host A Couple’s Board Or Video Game Night
Another great date idea for when the kids have gone to bed, is to host a board or video game night. This gives you something fun to do and won’t cost you a dime(unless you want to invest in a new game to play together of course).
The above are just some of the great date night ideas you and your partner can enjoy without the need for a babysitter. As you can see, many of them take place when the kids go to bed. The thing to remember is that you don’t have to spend a fortune or go anywhere exotic to enjoy some quality time with your loved one.
Do you have any of your own date night ideas? Share your ideas below!