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Date night ideas for new parents at home

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You don’t need to leave for a date night

After you have kids it is really important to still connect as a couple.

You are a mom and dad now and your life changed completely.

You are a husband and wife or boyfriend and girlfriend too. It is important not to lose yourself.

Having a date night is the perfect way to reconnect.

But what if you don’t feel like getting a babysitter to go out yet?

Or simply don’t want to go anywhere because you are simply exhausted or don’t have the funds for a babysitter?

Here are Date night ideas for staying at home and still having a great time.

Plus you do not have to spend much money for these ideas and it will be good for your relationship.

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If your baby is cranky and won’t sleep you can even have a great date night with your new baby.

Date night at home

1. Takeout and Candlelight

Most people would consider a real date night to be going out to a great restaurant being dressed all fancy.

But if you are already sleep-deprived and lack of energy that does not sound very appealing. How about simply having takeout and candlelight at home?

You can order whatever you want and get it delivered to your house thanks to delivery services like grubhub or doordash.

To really set the mood you can light some candles at the dinner table.

Maybe a glass of your favorite wine and some music in the background and you’re all set.

Make sure to stock up on these great smelling candles for the most romantic dinner.

2. Wellness

Who says you have to go anywhere to get a spa day?

It is expensive and if you have bad luck you’ll and up at a place you don’t even really like and therefore don’t enjoy the time there.

All you need to transform your own home into a Spa is some candles that you most likely already have. Maybe one that smells really good.

Some massage oil, bathrobe and taking turns giving each other a relaxing massage can be a very unique and fun date night for you two. And you can just start once your baby goes to sleep.

How about adding some lavender scented massage oil to the mix?

And who knows…the relaxing massage could lead to some adult fun if you are in the mood.

Alternative to a massage you could enjoy a pedicure.

All you need for that is a bucket with warm water, some bubble bath or bath bombs, lotion, and a nail file. Soak your feet and paint the nails nice after.

You can also get a whole pedicure kit to make your feet soft as baby skin.

3. Game night

When was the last time you played a board game?

If you don’t know the answer to that it has definitely been way too long! Board games are very simple and you can just leave everything in case your baby starts crying.

Grab your favorite board game or explore a completely new one together.

Ditch the phones, grab some snacks and simply play a board game together.

That way nobody is just staring at their phones and you can actually have a conversation while playing and reconnect.

We recently bought a classic card game – Phase ten.

It is so much fun to play, competitive and you will definitely have a great time with your significant other. If you are not familiar with the game I highly recommend checking it out.

4. Cooking

This is something you can turn into a regular thing too.

Cooking together – so simple yet so fun. Make your favorite dish together or explore new flavors. Food services like the popular hello fresh are a great addition to this idea.

You get everything you need to cook a dish delivered right to your door and instructions on how to make it.

It doesn’t have to be anything crazy, a simple spaghetti with meat sauce cooked from scratch is fast and easy to make and tastes delicious.

Find out how I make spaghetti bolognese from scratch here.

mexican food

5. Picnic

Yes, you can have a picnic in the comfort of your own home.

No need to go outside somewhere to find the perfect spot while carrying a picnic basket and your baby.

To make it feel like an authentic picnic grab a blanket and throw it on the floor.

Place dishes and food on the blanket and sit down together.

Food wise you can just make some quick sandwiches and snacks.

Fresh fruits and vegetables are great too maybe with some ranch to dip. Cleaning up after is fast and easy too.

This also makes the perfect family day when it’s raining outside.

6. S’mores and Fireplace

Do you have a fireplace in your home? Yes? Perfect.

Instead of building a bonfire and waiting for the flames to start burning you can gather all the supplies needed for S’mores and enjoy them by the fireplace.

Get cozy by the fire and roast the marshmallows.

If you do not have a fireplace you can use your stove to roast the marshmallows.

This can be transformed in a family night too involving older children.

For less danger of burning your house down I can recommend this adorable S’mores maker.

We got it gifted one year for Christmas and it comes in really handy.

The heat source is flameless and you got enough space around to store all the important ingredients for S’mores making. After using the S’mores maker you can take it apart for easy cleaning.

7. Stargaze

If you have a backyard or Patio this is a great thing to do too. If it is a colder season make sure to dress warm and cozy.

Grab the baby monitor, a picnic blanket and lay down outside watching the stars at night.

You can add some snacks and drinks to enjoy together.

Try to find different shapes with the stars in the sky or look up the big star constellations and try to find them.

8. Movie night

This is probably the easiest thing to do.

Get a Redbox DVD with a new movie you both want to watch but couldn’t go to the movie theater for.

Some microwave popcorn will make your whole house smell amazing and is the perfect snack for watching movies.

Some ice cream or other candy can make it even better.

Snuggle up in a blanket together and enjoy the movie.

You can get cute Popcorn bowls at the dollar store if you don’t want to use a regular bowl.

9. Play video games

Get a game that can be played by more people at once.

Remember Mario Kart? Oh, how much fun we had as kids racing each other.

Playing split-screen while getting completely confused on what corner of the TV is your character and bumping each other off the track. So why not make a fun date night out of it?

Relive your childhood memories with the person you love the most.

Even better if you can rent or borrow an old game system with the original game from someone.

This could also be a great family night idea or an actual party with other friends and kids.

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