If you're a new parent to a new baby, you may not realize it yet, but going out with your new baby (on a date, grocery shopping, whatever) is infinitely easier now (when they are not mobile and sleep a ton) than it will be in about 10-12 months from now. Of course, it may not feel "easy" for you -- lugging around supplies, still in physical recovery, breasts full, exhausted, etc. Considering your phase of life, we want to provide you with some new baby- and postpartum-friendly date ideas for you and your partner this Valentine's Day.
Date night in, with help. A date night in when you have a new baby is almost always going to be easier and more relaxed. To make it feel like not just another night in the house, get baby care help from someone you trust. This way, you'll be able to relax a bit more and focus on each other as a couple if you know someone is keeping a close eye on the baby, bringing baby to you only for feedings if that's what you desire. Put some thought into your date night activities to make it feel more like a date - consider game night, movie night, cooking together, painting/crafting together, make it a spa night, or something else fun.
Movie theatre. Depending on your baby's temperament (good, sound, long sleeper vs. fussy and up a lot), seeing a movie at the theatre may be a good option for date night. If baby needs to be fed, it's easy to do it right in the theatre. Worst case, baby gets too fussy and you have to leave -- it may be worth the risk for a night out!
Museum/gallery. A local museum or art gallery lends itself well to both a place that a couple can enjoy as well as a place to easily bring baby in a carrier/sling or in a stroller.
Go for a drive. If there's a scenic area near you, take a long drive and explore new and familiar sights, all from the comfort of your car and hopefully while baby sleeps in the backseat. Bring along dinner and park somewhere peaceful while you enjoy a meal in the car.
Walk and talk. Put baby in the stroller or in an age-appropriate sling or soft carrier and hit the streets, whether around your neighborhood, a nearby park, or drive to a local trail or state park. The fresh air, weather permitting of course, will do you all good. Plus, a nice walk is a great time to chat with your partner -- or enjoy each other's presence in silence.
Bowling. Bowling, in theory, is new baby friendly. So many bowling alleys now offer comfortable seating around your lane, which helps for feedings. Plus, you can usually have food ordered to your spot. The ambient noise means that a fussy baby will blend right in. Even if you only fit in one game, it's a great way to get out.
Classical music concert. Concerts aren't typically the best places to bring a new baby due to the noise level, but a classical music concert is generally more quiet and the music is more soothing for baby's sensitive ears. Again, this is an option better suited for a baby who is calm and sleeps for long stretches.
Play. If music isn't your thing, catch a local play! Try and select seats near an aisle or the back of the theatre in case you need to break away quickly if baby starts crying.
Picnic. Sometimes the simplest things are the most enjoyable. Make a picnic lunch -- or order food from your favorite sandwich shop -- and take it to a spot that offers good views and a comfortable place to lay a blanket.
How will you celebrate Valentine's Day with your partner and your new baby?
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