4 Date Night Ideas (When Staying In With The Baby)

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Looking for date night ideas? This post is especially for you busy moms (and yes dads too) out there who find it hard to make time for fun when caring for a baby. If you find this post helpful please click share!

date night ideas when staying in with the baby

If you’re a parent thinking about fun date night ideas, you probably know this scenario:

It’s Friday night.


You’re exhausted from a long week of work and mom life.

(or Dad life, we love you too Dads who read this)

And, maybe you’ve noticed one of these 20 signs.


It’s finally the end of the week.

You’ve made it!

Even though you’re tired, you’re ready to have some fun.

So is your partner in parenting.

But it’s not like you can just go out on the town like old days.

When a fun date night idea was…

Staying out late and drinking a lot. LOL

So what to do?

Well, if you’re short of ideas – this one’s for you!

Fun Date Night Idea? Cuddle and iPhone

Doesn’t this sound romantic??

I know… maybe not.

Maybe it sounds lame?

But here’s the thing.

Well, two things really.

First, there’s a reasonably good chance that you’re doing this already…

So admitting that is the FIRST step.

Second, it doesn’t need to be sooo lame. =)

Just because you’re both sipping wine and reclining on the couch doesn’t mean it can’t be relaxing or fun…

…You could watch funny video clips.

Or read the news to each other (if that’s your thing).

You get the idea.

If this sounds familiar?

Then there’s a good chance you’re doing this already!

All I’m saying is…

OWN it.

P.s. if you are, there’s an even BETTER chance that you’re already doing the next thing on this list.

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So keep reading…

Watch A Mom Centered Comedy Special

The whole “Netflix and Chill” thing is kinda old news if you’ve been around a while.

If you ask me.


It’s especially old news if you have a baby, toddler, or otherwise care for some small human creature totally dependent on you.

That’s why we want to get more specific.

We don’t want to just watch anything.

We want to LAUGH.

But, it’s not always easy to find something good…

…with our Netflix choices.

So let’s talk about one of MY favorites:

Comedy specials. 

Here’s why:

There’s so many options now of things to watch, it can be hard to decide!

But, if you’re exhausted from a long and busy week, why watch something serious?

That’s why we’ve gotten into watching comedy specials (of a certain type).

You see, we don’t just pick any comedian.

We like to find the ones who are parents.

And especially new moms!


Because they have the BEST perspective.

They tell it like it is.

They aren’t afraid to talk about the gritty details.

They go there.

(If you know what I mean).

Because let’s face it:

Nothing makes us laugh more as new parents than hearing from other parents who’ve gone through what we’re going through…

And survived.

Now, once you pick out your comedy special, if you’re anything like us and make one of the weekend days a *cheat* day with your meals, then you’re gonna want a tasty treat.

That’s why you should:

Have Your Spouse Make YOU A Special Dessert

Doesn’t that sound nice =)


Because you KNOW he (or she) has a serious sweet tooth.

All joking aside…

If you’re health conscious and try to watch what you eat (like we do), one thing that can make your time with your husband (or wife, this post is for everyone) special is by saving those special treats for those nights.

Because waiting…

…makes it even more enjoyable.

But there’s a secret to doing it right.

You can’t just have any old dessert.

Don’t just have ice cream.

Cause when you’re looking for date night ideas…

You gotta:


Go bold.

Get a double brownie fudge sundae.

Or a massive piece of pie!

Whatever is your most favorite.

But here’s the catch:

You have to do this strategically.

So you can’t be eating a bunch of junk on all the other days of the week.

Try it for 1 week if you’re skeptical.

And see what happens.

Next idea:

Look At Your Engagement Photos

When was the last time you went back and looked at your wedding photos?

Or much less your engagement photos!

I bet it’s been a while…

Aren’t married?

That’s ok.

This one’s actually for everyone. My point is this:

Take some time each evening to look back over positive photos from events in your life.

And especially do this with your significant other.


Feel good.

Remember the fun times.

Because being a parent is tough.

Really high highs, and some of the lowest of lows.

Like I said before, life’s too short to be sooo serious!

And one way to lighten things up (besides watching comedy specials) is to:

cultivate gratitude.


It’s all about getting perspective.

Practicing mindfulness. Living in the moment.

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(And reducing some stress while you’re at it).

Plus, you train your brain to be ever grateful for the present moment.

Gratitude is a skill that, like a muscle, can be trained if flexed and exercised regularly.

And if there’s one thing that’s true with life with a young baby, it’s this:

Life can be hectic.




So it pays dividends (both long and short-term) to learn to be grateful…





Cause you’ll be a better parent!

Till next time,

Creative Parenting

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