Simple Date Ideas for New Parents.

Simple Date Ideas for New ParentsI want to start out by sharing something I came across recently. I read a post called “To Wives, Before You Were Mommy‘” by Becky Thompson, that really touched my heart and had me thinking about the effort I may or may not be putting into my marriage now that we are new parents. Becky says it very clearly that before we were a mother to our child(ren), we were wives to our husbands, and the men too were husbands before they were fathers. It is important for us to remember this man. To remember that we are his wife. We need to remember how much we love and cherish him. How hard working he is, and how when he comes home from a long, demanding day at work he is right in there helping us with the child(ren). I urge you to go and have a read of this article. It will put everything back into perspective. We all need the little reminder every now and then.

Simple Date Ideas for New Parents

So to remember where this little family all began, I wanted to share with you eight date ideas for you and your partners that are easy, cheap and require little planning. Because, lets face it, our money is spent on the child(ren) and who really has the time to just gaze into each others eyes anymore.

  1. Pull out your mattress or a spare to put in the living room. Gather all your extra pillows and blankets. Snuggle up to your favourite movie or TV show. We like to have chocolate and strawberries on hand, but any easy, but naughty snack will do.
  2. Cook dinner together, then set up the table with your ‘classy’ dinnerware. Candles add a little more romance to the mood, so I always like to add a few. Maybe some mellow music too? If the weather is nice, you could even do this in the back courtyard under the stars.
  3. Play a game together. Board game, card game, whatever you fancy. Maybe not monopoly though, it could get interrupted.
  4. Pamper yourselves! Set up a hot bubble bath with your favourite candles and drinks. Nothing more relaxing than a conversation or two over some bubbly.
  5. Exchange foot massages. Use that massage oil that just sits in your cupboard gathering dust. I can get very ticklish, so a back rub might do the trick.
  6. Have a double date. Invite friends to bring the take out over and share some time in your home. It’s always refreshing to catch up with the outside world or even just to converse with some other adults.
  7. Take a packed picnic to the park while your little one naps in the pram beside you. Some delicious cheeses, breads, dips and crackers. Do I need to say more?
  8. And lastly, turn all your devices and gadgets off. Except perhaps the baby monitor. Just spend time together without any distractions. I like to call this a blackout night. Just you and your husband. Don’t invite the whole Facebook, Instagram and Twitter community. They can wait!

If you’ve gone and made the time to have one of these dates, let me know. I’d love to hear how it may have helped in remembering who you both were before you had your child(ren).

Simple Date Ideas for New Parents
  • Todd N Austin Parrish

    Perfect!! This is what I’m trying to work on at the moment thank for sharing these ideas I’ll definitely try a few of these xxx

    • Rachel Stokes

      Me too. I am always trying to remember this. The best thing about these though are that they don’t require much planning or even a babysitter!

  • Such a nice post this is. Very useful 🙂 Really want to add your post to my Love Link Sunday post if it’s ok?

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    • Rachel Stokes

      Thank you! I would love to be involved. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. 🙂

  • I love this reminder. We have our first (a 3.5 month old) and I feel like we’ve settled into our new routine as parents but it can’t ever hurt to get that extra reminder of how things started. And I love your date ideas… it made my heart happy that we’ve even done a few of these! #naptimenation

    • Rachel Stokes

      Oh I love that you’ve already been doing some of these! It’s so important to make the time with our man, even to just do something so simple.

      Thanks for stopping by. I am just loving #naptimenation at the moment!

  • Kim Reed

    Great post. Such a great reminder when baby comes!

    • Rachel Stokes

      Thank you! It can be hard to make the time but it is so important!

  • Kari Chalene

    Great read! After having a little one its so easy to forget the person you made that baby with. I love the ideas and especially love that they’re easy, require no babysitter, and are affordable! Great post!

    • Rachel Stokes

      It really is too easy to forget and after a full day with my toddler, the best thing is an easy to plan date night! Thank you for stopping by.

  • LOVE these and I NEED to make a point to plan dates more!
    Baths are my fav, we need to try and do that once a week because it means no tv, no phones, just us (and wine lol)

    Simply Shaunacey

    • Rachel Stokes

      I agree, ‘black out’ nights are so much more meaningful. I love to turn off our technology and just be together, the two of us!

  • Starr Weathersbee Schrenker

    #8 is the most important of all to me! Your date ideas are fun and very doable…even for us not-so-new parents. 🙂

    • Rachel Stokes

      Technology is such a big part of our lives now and turning it all off is even more satisfying! I’m so glad you found these useful! 🙂

  • Kristen Lehman

    What great ideas! We love black out night at our house too! We tend to curl up with our books, drink wine and just exist together. It’s so lovely! I love all these ideas!

    • Rachel Stokes

      Just existing together is my favourite! You are so right, in that you don’t need to plan an extravagant night. Just the company of one another is enough for me!

  • Patricia Ross

    Love this!

    • Rachel Stokes

      Thankyou! 🙂

  • Espresso Shot

    Great ideas – thanks for sharing!

    • Rachel Stokes

      Thankyou, and thanks for stopping by!

  • Lauren

    I love these ideas! My husband and I have a 13-month old; making time for dates is difficult. Looking forward to trying some of these. 🙂

    • Rachel Stokes

      You are so right. It can be so hard to make time for each other with such a young child. Hope you have fun trying these!

  • YES, these are fantastic!! And I love that you shared the mattress in the living room idea!! When we were first married we didn’t have a bed (random lol) so we pushed our sofas together in the living room to make a big bed until we finally bought one! We loved it, and now every so often we’ll do the same thing – push our sofas together and have date night in the middle of the living room, eating tasty snacks and binging on Netflix or a good movie, eating up all the snuggles. Great list mama, and FANTASTIC points! Gotta make time for your partner in life and remember that you are in this thing together – so you need TIME together!!! xo

    • Rachel Stokes

      I love that! I am all about sleepovers in the living room! It’s my favourite.. it’s all about the time together. No matter where you are, even if that’s just on a thin mattress or the uncomfortable sofas. Haha! Thank you for your kind comment.