My husband and I haven’t been on a date since our daughter’s been born. In fact, I couldn’t even tell you the last time we had a date night. It’s been at least 8 months.
The days of picking up and going out on a whim are behind us. Sure, we could find a babysitter and have a night out on the town but we just don’t want to. We’re not there yet, but I’m sure that one day this will change. For right now, we’re quite content staying in!
I also find that date night out options are limited, especially if you’re on a budget and want to stay local. We just can’t justify spending $30 at the movies only to sit in uncomfortable chairs while listening to people crunching on popcorn. That’s just not our jam. Netflix on the other hand is definitely something we vibe with.
This isn’t to say that date night out isn’t fun – because we all know they are. But if you’re new parents like us and struggle with the idea of leaving your baby with a sitter or if you’re just looking for some more budget-friendly date night options, keep reading!
Date night in doesn’t have to be boring at all! Change it up. Choose a theme and enjoy the following date night activities with your partner. I’d also like to mention how important it is to be in the moment during any date… so put those cell phones away! Keep those electronics hidden and enjoy some quality time together without any distractions.
1. Netflix Nights
Who doesn’t love Netflix? Am I right? What I love most about Netflix is that we can re-watch our favourites, find something new or binge watch a series. We like to take turns when it comes to picking movies or shows to watch because if it were up to my husband, we’d only watch Will Ferrell comedies or Stranger Things. It’s nice to change it up. While you’re watching a show, grab some of your favourite snacks and get cozy under a blanket.
2. Order In
Since going out for dinner isn’t such an easy feat with a baby, we like to have dinner brought to us. We tend to order from our favourite local pub and indulge in some of our favourite dishes. I love to cook, but these types of date nights are honestly my favourite. I find that we’re able to relax and just enjoy each others company. No one has to juggle pots and pans on the stove or worry about clean up and dirty dishes afterwards. It’s just simple and easy and who doesn’t love simple and easy!
3. Cook Together
This is obviously the complete opposite from the option above, but it’s a fun one too. You could try a new recipe or stick to the ones that you both love and know. For us, it’s nachos, tacos or pizza all the way. If you’ve chosen a theme for the night, make a meal that suits it or better yet… skip the meal and just enjoy some home-made finger foods and snacks!
4. Write a Letter
My husband and I have been together for close to 10 years and have made some pretty amazing memories together. But while we think that we’ll remember certain moments as they happen, we often forget about them. That’s why I LOVE this idea of writing a letter. You can write a letter to each other or write a letter to your child. Share a memory or express your love through a note. Writing letters is a lost art and I think it’s so important to bring this back! It’s also a great romantic gesture that can re-introduce that spark in your relationship!
5. Play a Game
During my first trimester, I was sick as a dog and didn’t leave the house at night. My husband would stay home to take care of me because I was essentially useless. Staying indoors can get very boring, so we took to playing card games. They were honestly so much fun! Phase 10 is one of our favourites. Pull out those cards, board games or play a good old game of Would You Rather! The options with games are endless and will be sure to bring a smile to your faces.
There you have it! No, they aren’t anything super fancy or intricate. These are simple date night options, perfect for any new parents! What I love most about these simple date night options is that they can be easily customised to suit you and your spouse! You don’t have to worry about any curfews or about your babies, because you’re home if they need you! Remember. Before you became a parent, you were a partner…. a husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend..whatever the case may be. So while your life has definitely changed and changed for the better, don’t forget to make time for one another. Enjoy each others company, have good conversation and bring the romance back into your life. Don’t over complicate it. The simplest things bring us the greatest joy in life.
Have fun and share your favourite date night in activities in the comments!