6 Tips for a Great Date with Baby in Tow

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With Valentine's Day just around the corner, you may be thinking of planning a date with your significant other.  For most parents with small children the once carefree “let's go to dinner and a movie” is now a task that requires a lot of logistics.  If you are a breastfeeding mom it requires a lot more planning.  Maybe your baby doesn't even take a bottle and a date away from baby just isn't possible.  No matter what your situation, sometimes bringing your baby with you can be easier.  It certainly is cheaper!  The first time my husband and I went on a date without our baby I was totally floored at the cost of a a babysitter.  Between dinner, the movie and paying for the babysitter the entire night was close to $100.00.  Needless to say, date nights were – and still are – very few and far between.

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 Just because you have a baby doesn't mean you and your partner can't enjoy some quality date time together, even with baby in tow.  Here are some tips to turn what once was a carefree night into an enjoyable adult time with an additional tiny person tagging along.

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My absolute favorite time frame to enjoy date nights with my baby is during the first 12-14 weeks.  During this time, baby is still sleepy and for the most part requires little entertainment other than to feel safe, secure, and fed.  This is the perfect stage to enjoy a movie or live show.  If you are breastfeeding, be sure to wear easily accessible clothing for nursing and tank up baby before the show starts.  If your baby is older than 5 months, choose an activity that allows for more freedom and noise, such as bowling or mini golf.

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Just because you are sleep deprived, doesn't mean you shouldn't take the time to put on make-up and something other than your everyday clothes for a date.  Splurge before the date and get a mani or a pedi, too!    

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Don't be afraid to venture out during the weekend.  I hear moms complain that they would love to see a movie with their husbands, but there just isn't time during the week.  They also are afraid of bothering others during the weekend.  Sure the theater will be full on the weekend, but with a bit of planning you can see the latest chick flick or drama, without having to wait until it comes out on DVD.  Arrive well before the start of the show, so you can grab a seat close to the exit. 

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Use a baby carrier to keep baby close and likely asleep during your outing. Babywearing is a great way to be able to enjoy an active date night.

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Keep your expectations low for the very first date and allow extra time to get to your destination. As I'm sure you know by now, doing anything with a baby takes twice as long as you think it will!

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Here are a few other great date night ideas from other EverydayFamily contributors.

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6 Tips for a Great Date with Baby in Tow

Mindi is a working mom with three boys ages 4, 2, and an infant (born June 2013). She spent her first 8 years of her career in Speech-Language Pathology at a Children's Hospital. She currently works with adults and children in home health. The real fun for her happens when she is at home with her boys, chasing them around and pretending to be a super hero. She blogs about life as a working mom at Simply Stavish. Her weekly feature, Words in the Sand, teaches parents how to grow their child's s ... More

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  1. mommy nhoj says:

    My husband just loves to explore outside the town. Though not this valentine, we’re planning to drive and see Austin one of these days! We barely have enough time alone but we are so blessed to have our baby with us. I miss sitting on front seat but I just learned to love the view from the backseat.

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