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Is This Your First Parent’s Night Out for Valentine’s Day?

14 Feb 2014 – 10:00 AM EST

Are you celebrating your first post baby Valentine’s Day? I know you both are probably so overworked from catering to the needs of your newborn baby bundle that the idea of planning a Valentine’s Day parents’s night out sounds exhausting. No need to worry, though, just follow these quick and easy tips for making your Valentine’s Day the best one yet!

1. Parent’s Night Out? Or In?

If your child is extremely young or if he or she is nursing nonstop and hasn’t taken a bottle, then leaving their side isn’t going to be an option. Your romantic Valentine’s Day parent’s night out could be more about “checking out” and less about “going out.” After your sweet baby goes down for the night (or at least a few hours!), forget about the pile of dishes in the kitchen or the heap of clothes in the corner and enjoy some couple time. Need ideas on what to do? Check out these 32 Stay At Home Date Ideas from Six Sisters’ Stuff!

2. Getting Prepared for Parent’s Night Out

If you are anything like me or my husband, leaving your precious new baby with a babysitter for the first time is going to be extremely stressful! Worst case scenarios will run through your imagination the entire time you’re gone. Covering your bases before you leave will help alleviate some of the stress later on. Don’t forget to leave all the information for how the babysitter can contact either of you. I’ve found it helpful to download a printable Babysitter’s List to make sure I don’t forget anything.

3. Remembering What You Love

I know it might be hard to remember (sleep exhaustion will do that!) but there was a time before your baby when you and your partner actually had hobbies or interests. A time when you could think about things other than feeding schedules or diaper changes. Why not relive those times during your parent’s night out? Were you avid rock climbers but just can’t seem to find the time after having a baby? Who says Valentine’s Day can’t be spent on the side of mountain instead of at dinner and a movie? Spend some time enjoying what you use to love doing together and I promise you, you both will be happier parents because of it!