We’re taking the pressure off this Valentine’s Day, and have come up with some family-friendly date night ideas for new parents. Just call us cupid…
Spending quality alone time with your significant other can take a back seat when you’ve got a new baby to consider. Navigating your way through nappy changes, sleepless nights and 4AM feeds can take the romance out of the best of relationships. It’s why many couples turn to dedicated date nights to keep a spark alive during the foray into parenthood.
“Date nights are so important to reconnect as a couple – if anything, this is as important as being the best parent you can be,” Georgia Larsen, new mum and founder of lingerie brand Dora Larsen, explains.
However, with Valentine’s Day creeping up on us, the pressure is mounting to find an extra special way to show your loved one how much you value them. But with new babies or demanding toddlers consuming all your time and energy, it can be tough to find the time to even start thinking about a date night plan.
To alleviate some of the added Valentine’s Day pressure (and ensure you get the quality time together new parents need) we’ve come up with some parent-friendly date night ideas. You won’t even need to book a babysitter for some of them. Just call us cupid.
Valentine’s Day date night ideas
Set up an indoor picnic
Let’s start simple. If you have a newborn, trying to find the time to even make a restaurant reservation, let alone heading out for a night out, may seem like a daunting task. Take away the stresses of trying to book a babysitter on one of their busiest night’s of the year (and then the inevitable worries of leaving your baby with them for the first time) and bring the restaurant to you. Grab some blankets, a few candles and create a romantic indoor picnic set up. Plus if you really want to commit to the theme, save on time and washing up with a ready-made picnic hamper and paper plates.
“Don’t feel the pressure to go out,” Georgia adds.”It can be just as amazing putting in a real effort to make a gorgeous meal, light candles all over the house, and dress up in some Dora Larsen underwear, of course!”
Turn dinner into a games night
While we know finding even half an hour just to eat dinner alone together can be difficult with a new baby, but as parents, you should have multi-tasking mastered by now. When you do finally manage to get baby down, turn a normal evening’s meal into something a little different. Opt for quizzes or an app with a number of different party games for quickfire entertainment in-between courses or baby’s feeds. Turn things up a notch with some incentives to win.
Make tokens to cash in at a later date
Although we’re trying to ramp up the romance in honour of Valentine’s Day, the most important thing as new parents is to let each other know you’re still trying to make time for each other. This may mean being creative with your dates – and not focussing solely on the big V Day celebration. On the day, present your partner with some tokens they can cash in on a date that works better for both of you. It could be something as simple as a five-minute head massage or go the whole hog with an IOU for a romantic spa stay (once the babysitter’s secured).
Sign up for a couple’s cookery class
If you’re one of the lucky few who’ve managed to secure a babysitter around Valentine’s season, then think about trying something a little different with your well-deserved free time. A couple’s cookery class could be an ideal why spend quality time with your partner while picking up some impressive new cooking skills. La Cucina Caldesi offers a range of cookery courses, including a new parent cooking class, for all levels of culinary skills. We recommend the 1 Day Pasta Workshop, for an indulgent Italian feast. Think that spaghetti scene from Lady And The Tramp (only less canine).
Book a micro-mini-break
If you’re planning on pulling out all the stops this Valentine’s Day – and you’ve managed to lock down some childcare – why not think about jetting off on a romantic city break? But don’t fret about spending too much time away from your newborn just yet, as this new mini-break trend is all about maximising on short stays. You won’t even need to book a hotel.
Skyscanner has scoured the best of the online flight deals to bring you some of the top destinations to visit in a day on 14th February. Among other one-day deals, you could jet off from London to Copenhagen for £75 return, to Toulouse for £47 or Birmingham to Dublin for £34. And be home in time to put the baby in bed.
Organise a family-friendly outing
If jetting off a day trip without your baby still feels like a step too far, try and find a way to incorporate your little one into quality time with your partner. Family trips and outings with a newborn need not be stressful if you head to baby-friendly events or locations. Why not book in to watch a film at one of London’s baby-friendly cinema screenings? Or, for those party-loving parents, you could take a trip down memory and re-live your disco-dancings days at a baby rave.
Schedule in some time to treat yourself
There’s no better romantic gesture than you’re other half offering to take over childcare duties, is there? This Valentine’s Day, why ditch the traditional date night and instead take it in turns to schedule in some much needed ‘me time’. Afterall, sometimes a bit of alone time is the secret to a happy relationship. Ladies, if it’s some indulgent R&R you’re after, why not book in a treatment or blow dry as luxury London salon Duck & Dry team with Fentimans for a Valentine’s Cocktail party.
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