Honestly, it can be rough trying to figure out how to celebrate Valentine’s Day as a new parent. You’re tired, your budget is dramatically smaller, and finding a babysitter can be a real bear (what babysitter wants to spend her V-day watching a baby?).
Last year, my husband and I were in the same boat. We knew we needed a little romance in our lives, but without a babysitter and enough money to buy awesome gifts, we figured our Valentine’s Day was doomed.
Now we understand that our romance wasn’t hindered by our baby. In fact, our baby taught us to love each other more efficiently. Valentine’s Day was no exception.
You may not be able to have the classic Valentine’s Day that you’re used to, but I promise it can be just as romantic. Below are some of my favorite Valentine’s Day date ideas for new parents. All of these ideas are budget and baby friendly. And the best part? Easily implementable all year!
I hope these Valentine’s Day date ideas for new parents help make your holiday memorable and romantic 🙂
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1 Relive Your Best Memory
When you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day as a new parent, it’s a good idea to get back to your roots. Really appreciate what drew you together in the first place.
Every couple has a “spot”: A location that evokes happy memories and feelings. Maybe it’s the place you first met your spouse or maybe it’s that park he proposed in. Where ever that spot is, make it a point to visit there with your spouse this year. You can even bring your camera and snap a photo with your baby.
Isn’t it funny how things come full circle?
2 Do Something Sweet for Each Other
Don’t get me wrong, spending some cash on Valentine’s Day gifts for him is an excellent way to make him feel special. But when he’s exhausted from your little bundle of joy, gifts tend to lose their impact.
This Valentine’s Day, try to focus on performing actions that make him feel loved. Those actions will range for every man, depending on his love language (this is a little term I learned from the marriage book that revolutionized our relationship, The Five Love Languages).
For example, my husband, is a quality time type of guy. So, this Valentine’s Day, my gift might be to play car video games with him all day (his favorite past time and the bane of my existence).
Think really hard about the actions that you know your husband loves. A side-effect of focusing on actions rather than gifts, is the creation of memories.
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3 Go on a Lunch Date
When you don’t have a babysitter, eating a romantic dinner out can be a little tough. That doesn’t mean that you can’t have a romantic meal out on the town!
When you have a little baby, it can be so easy to eat lunch at a fancy restaurant. We would either take our car seat or stroller into the restaurant just after our baby fell asleep. This allowed us to create a make-shift nursery that allowed us to enjoy our meal while she napped. Any time she would grow reckless, we’d simply rock and she’d drift back to sleep.
4 Go on a Sexy Shopping Trip
Before you had a baby, you probably didn’t need to be reminded that purchasing sexy lingerie was kind of essential for Valentine’s Day. And then, kids happened….
You’re exhausted and most of the time it might feel like your body is just a tool for satisfying your baby’s needs. If you can’t remember the last time you wore anything sexier than your favorite granny panties, it’s time for a little shopping trip.
You could buy something sexy by yourself. Or…
Close the cover on your stroller, and take a couple’s trip to Victoria’s Secret. Give your husband the freedom to choose whatever he likes in the store. When you include your husband in your lingerie selection, it just builds up the anticipation.
5 Have a Picnic
This is one of my favorite Valentine’s Day date ideas for new parents. Mostly, because it doesn’t kill your wallet, it burns calories, AND it’s baby-friendly.
Load your baby up in a baby carrier and hit the trail. Most babies will love the opportunity to be perpetually close to Mom. The romantic picnic at the end will make it a Valentine’s Day you’ll never forget.
6 Have a Gourmet Meal Delivered
If you can’t find a babysitter for your romantic dinner, have it brought to you!
Many of the best restaurants are set up with Door Dash or Uber Eats. Once the baby goes to bed, set the table and light some candles, and enjoy your gourmet meal in peace and quiet.
7 At-Home Fondue Party
For our last Valentine’s Day, my husband (bless his heart) decided to take my daughter and I to one of the most prestigious fondue restaurants in town. The fondue was amazing, but the date was horrible. For some reason, my daughter just could not fathom that silence was a necessity when you’re eating at a fancy restaurant.
If you’d still like to engage in glutinous amounts of chocolate consumption, why not bring the fondue to you? Amazon sells a wide variety of fondue and stickers (for example, this fondue kit has great ratings and is pretty inexpensive). Combine that with a fruit arrangement from Walmart and you can easily satisfy you and your spouse’s sugar craving (without waiting for a table or tipping your waiter!)
8 Take a Weekend Trip
Yet another of my favorite Valentine’s Day date ideas for new parents: get out of town and enjoy yourself.
My husband and I did this for our anniversary last year and it was A-Mazing. We drove a few hours to a tourist location, booked an incredible suite (yay, off-season tourist locations!), and had the time of our lives. All for the same price as a couple of fancy gifts and dinner.
If you do decide to take a trip for Valentine’s Day, I have these suggestions:
- Book a two-room suite. This will let baby sleep and give you some much-needed privacy.
- Leave on Friday and come back Sunday.
- Treat yourself! Do something you’d never do at home!
This option minimizes the stress of organizing and successfully implementing a Valentine’s Day date and creates new memories for your little family.
9 Gift Scavenger Hunt
If your husband’s love language is giving, he’s going to love this one. Hide a few gifts around the house and lead him to it with a few riddles or clues. It’s just a cute, fun way to deliver gifts!
10 Couple’s Massage
Spa day …one of the most coveted valentine’s day date ideas for new parents. It’s relaxing, intimate, and totally prepares you for any nighttime romantic festivities. If you can’t find a babysitter, check around to see if a spa near you offers childcare (this option is increasingly popular in metro-cities)
Even if you can’t find a spa with childcare, some independent masseuses offer their services on location.
My Challenge to You: Try Just One of These Valentine’s Day Date Ideas for New Parents
The most romantic day of the year doesn’t have to be a dud just because you have a baby. You can celebrate Valentine’s Day as a new parent and LOVE it. These ideas are simple, romantic, and totally budget-friendly.
My last piece of advice, please don’t worry if your Valentine’s Day doesn’t go exactly as you planned. At Blunders in Babyland, we have an overriding philosophy: things don’t have to be perfect for them to be perfect. Just enjoy the time you have with your honey and appreciate this short phase of your life. It won’t last long!
Let me know how you celebrate Valentine’s Day as a new parent. You’ll give our other readers inspiration. In the meantime, if you liked this post, check out some more like it!