Valentine’s Day is a Hallmark holiday that often comes with high expectations for couples. To celebrate the holiday, you don’t have to do the stereotypical dinner date and one dozen red roses. For new parents, this is nearly impossible and – even if you do get a sitter to watch the kids – often the pressure of getting dressed up and going out can make the evening feel less enjoyable and more stressful.
Here are some of my favorite date ideas for new parents specifically, but these work well for ANY couple who are looking to break out of the typical Valentine’s Day routine:
Skip Dinner and Go For Brunch
If you’re too tired to get dinner, try and secure a sitter or grandparent to watch your little one while you and your loved one enjoy breakfast or brunch together. Babies and kids are usually more agreeable during the morning hours and finding a sitter for a few hours in the morning can be a little bit easier.
Sleep in Together
Depending on what age your child is, sleeping in might be just a distant memory. Getting a grandparent or trusted family friend to come over to watch your little while you sleep is the ultimate relaxation for most parents! If you don’t have family nearby, consider asking a friend to do a trade – they watch your kid one morning and you switch and watch their little one another.
Let your Partner Sleep in
This is the ultimate gift for sleep deprived parents! Especially if your partner typically has the night shift, consider giving them the night and morning off. This is better than a fancy dinner for any sleep-deprived parent!
Stay in and Cook Dinner Together
If you enjoy cooking, make a date of the whole experience – go to the grocery store, plan the meal and cook it all together! Or if you don’t have time for that, use a service like Real Home Chef to plan the menu and deliver all the ingredients you need. If that still sounds like too much work, order take out from your favorite restaurant via any of the online delivery sites, such as GrubHub or UberEats. Whatever you do, make sure it’s something YOU enjoy!
Plan a Trip Together
Even if you aren’t going anywhere right now, if you’re feeling wanderlusty, take some time to brainstorm a trip. It can be planning for an actual trip you’re taking or it can just be fun research for a potential trip in the future!
There are lots of things you can do at home to make your night at home feel special. Candles with dinner, renting a new release movie or just a simple homemade letter or card can help you and your partner honor your relationship.
Keep in mind, there may be a variety of reasons that celebrating Valentine’s Day is just not in the cards for you this year. That is okay. There is always next year, and there are 364 other days of the year to celebrate and treat your relationship. These ideas can be applied anytime. This is all about doing what works for you in the here and now!