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57 Date Night Ideas for New Parents

When we had our son, date night was the last thing on my mind.

All I could think about was keeping this sweet little baby fed, changed, content, and, well…alive. And any other “spare” moment was spent sleeping. Or at least thinking about sleep.

And let’s face it — diapers and spit-up aren’t all that romantic.

Bringing back date night

Starting date night as a new parent can be a little overwhelming.

Between the date preparations, finding someone you trust to take care of your baby, the anxiety of leaving your newborn for the first time, and planning how/when you need to pump if you are breastfeeding, you may start to question if date night is even worth the effort at this stage in life.

IT IS! It is absolutely worth the effort to spend time reconnecting with your spouse — especially after having a baby.

But, date night doesn’t mean you have to leave your home. Sometimes you have to find ways to sneak in a date night between feedings or with the baby sleeping next to you.

So, I’ve put together a huge list of seasonal date night ideas with that in mind. Each season is split between date nights that allow you to stay at home with the baby monitor close by and those that get you out of the house for a bit while someone cares for that precious baby.

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Fall

Stay at Home

  • Carve pumpkins together
  • Enjoy conversation over a hot cup of coffee or cider
  • Pop some popcorn and watch a scary movie
  • Make smores around a fire pit
  • Play board games (Quixx Deluxe is one of our favorites)
  • Watch a televised game of your favorite football team

Go Out

  • Explore a corn maze
  • Go for a drive to look at the beautiful foliage
  • Shop for family halloween costumes
  • Attend a local high school football game
  • Go hiking at a local state park
  • Volunteer together
  • Visit a scenic overlook and watch the sunset
  • Recreate your first date


Winter

Stay at Home

  • Make Christmas cookies together
  • Enjoy a picnic in the warmth of your living room
  • Curl up on the couch with a cup of hot cocoa and watch a movie on Netflix
  • Have a spa/massage night
  • Play video games together
  • Go indoor camping
  • Build a snowman

Go Out

  • Go for a drive once the sun has set to look at Christmas lights
  • Go shopping for fun stocking stuffers for each other
  • Watch a Christmas play or musical at a local theater
  • Shop for care packages to give to a local shelter
  • Do a progressive dinner around town


Spring

Stay at Home

  • Plan a themed evening
  • Workout together
  • Make homemade pizzas
  • Put a puzzle together
  • Enjoy a candlelit dinner at your dining table
  • Try cooking a new recipe together
  • Assemble a family photo album from the previous year
  • Put on some soft music and slow dance in your living room

Go Out

  • Explore a nursery and buy a few new plants for your home
  • Go to a local baseball game
  • Walk around a botanical garden
  • Go out to dinner at a new place
  • Visit the local farmers market
  • Browse around a local library or bookstore
  • Go to a flea market or browse around at yard sales
  • Walk to the park for a picnic


Summer

Stay at Home

  • Make ice cream sundaes
  • Enjoy a workout together
  • Setup a hammock and enjoy the sunset together
  • Make homemade popsicles
  • Have a squirt gun or nerf gun fight
  • Enjoy an outdoor movie in the backyard
  • Have a card game night on the patio

Go Out

  • Attend an outdoor concert
  • Go for a bike ride
  • Go out for ice cream
  • Go swimming at a local pool or club
  • Try different foods at a food truck festival
  • Visit a local art show
  • Go out to a movie at a local theater
  • Play mini-golf


What are some of your favorite date night ideas? Be sure to let me know in the comments below!

Jennifer Driskell

Jennifer Driskell

Hi there! I'm Jennifer, a lifestyle blogger and working mom. I help other moms find value, joy, and beauty in the middle of the everyday routines. I'd love to connect — you can find me on Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram!

11 comments

  1. Every parent needs to read this and learn to make date nights special..

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  2. These are some great ideas. One of my favorite dates is playing board games together. We love playing Ticket to Ride and Hand & Foot.

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    1. Oh, I’ve never heard of those — I’ll have to check them out. Thanks for sharing, Adree!

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  3. This is so sweet and I love how you organized these by season too. My favorites are working out, going to a baseball game and making cookies together! Great ideas mama thanks for sharing!
    xo, Nicole

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  4. I love these! I love how you categorize by season and by staying in/going out. I think we must have similar interests because many of your ideas appealed to me. 🙂 We love to stay in, drink wine, and play board games (Bananagrams is one of our faves)! And I like how you incorporated the service component.

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    1. Thanks for sharing, Ami! I’m so glad you liked it! And, I’ve never played Bananagrams — I’ll have to check that out. 🙂

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    1. Such an easy way to make a meal together even more romantic! Thanks for reading, Lauren!

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  5. These are all great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

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