Bringing a new life into the world isn’t without its challenges, but it’s vital that new parents don’t allow the romantic spark to go out in their relationship! You may only have limited time to do anything between baby care duties, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying some much-needed couple experiences.
From being spontaneous to planning an evening out, if you’re in need of some inspiration, discover a few of our top date night ideas for new parents below…
Have a picnic party
Just because the weather is cold outside, it doesn’t mean a romantic picnic is completely out of the question! Instead of taking it outdoors, take it to the living room. Asides from avoiding the need for a babysitter, you can revel in your partner’s company by rolling out a blanket on the living room floor.
If you don’t have the time to cook, simply order a handful of your favourite foods, put your favourite music on, light some candles, and pour some wine.
Who doesn’t love melted cheese? Whether you treat your loved one to a date at a fancy fondue restaurant or create your own fondue party at home, this is a great, intimate date idea. If you and your loved one have a sweet tooth, you could even swap the cheese for chocolate!
Enjoy a staycation
As a new parent, you may not be ready to leave the country without your baby just yet. A staycation on the other hand could be a great alternative. Pick your favourite hotel or somewhere new, take the grandparents up on their offer of babysitting, and enjoy some well-deserved alone time with your other half.
Plan a romantic dinner, book a couple’s massage and take advantage of the on taproom service!
Ice skating is a romantic activity and one that allows you to hold hands whilst having some nostalgic fun. Don’t forget to stop for a hot chocolate or mulled wine post skate.
If you’re an active couple (or you were pre-baby), schedule a hiking date. This fun daytime date will allow you to leave the little one with a sitter or the grandparents for an hour or two and enjoy the great outdoors together. This couple’s date is a great way to get out of the house, whilst also partaking in some much-needed exercise.
It’s also an excuse to discover some new parks and gardens, or one of Britain’s stunning National Parks if you’re lucky enough to have one close by.
Organizing a game night is a great date option for the competitive couple. Order in pizza and get your favourite games out! From a flirty game of Twister to a mindful game of Monopoly, this is another date option that requires no babysitter.
If you’re missing the days where you had time to cook, try to make time for it. Put a cooking class in the diary and embrace your inner culinary repertoire. From becoming a Mediterranean master to a sushi chef, there are a number of options to choose from.
Swap bar hopping for a night of culture and check out a handful of your local art galleries and museums. This is an ideal date idea for new parents as it doesn’t mean a late night. Keep an eye on your area’s event calendar for live performances and special exhibits so you know what’s happening locally.
Whether it’s decorating a room you’ve always dreamed of decorating or getting creative with a blank canvas, both ideas make great date options for new parents. This is also an activity you can pick up and leave off as and when you please.
Get dressed up
If you’ve been wearing the same pair of yoga pants for many weeks now, you’ll know that a newborn isn’t the cleanest of individuals to look after. So look to book the babysitter earlier to give you both a chance to get dressed up, pick a fancy restaurant and enjoy some baby-free time wearing some of your finest for a few hours.
Sit down to dinner
Instead of grabbing food on the go, or throwing a ready meal in the microwave, plan a dinner date in your home. You don’t have to pick a difficult recipe, just make sure it’s home-cooked and you pick a time that allows you to enjoy each other’s company without distraction.
If it’s your other half doing the cooking, surprise him or her by bringing home a bouquet of blooms to say thank you! Or you can order flowers online by using the online florists delivery services. Serenata Flowers offers same day and next day flower delivery all over the UK.
Plan an at-home wine tasting
Whether you do this yourself or hire a sommelier to visit, wine tasting is a fun activity that can be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home – especially if your little one is already sleeping!