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The Gift Of A Date Night - The Perfect Present For New Parents

The Gift Of A Date Night - The Perfect Present For New Parents

The Gift Of A Date Night - The Perfect Present For New Parents
When someone you love is just about to welcome their new baby into the world you might be trying to think about a unique gift. There will be copious amounts of baby clothes, toys and gadgets coming their way so how lovely would it be to give a gift that is specifically for the parents?
 
So much of their time and energy will be focused on looking after the baby and quite often their own self-care is at the very bottom of their list of priorities.
 
Focusing on the baby’s care is completely normal and natural. It is such a unique time in the lives of new parents and it will feel completely right to focus on the baby. It is important to remind parents that this is not forever though.
 
That is not to say that they are steeped in misery but it is nice to know that at some point in the future they will once again return to life as a couple. Date nights will be possible again even though right now it seems completely impossible to imagine.
 
 
The very last thing anyone will want to do is to put pressure on new parents. The media has a lot to answer for when it comes to the way parents feel they must bounce back and return to normal life after their baby has come into the world. Having a baby shakes every bit of normality you have ever known and life takes a 360 degree turn.
 
Returning to “normal” life is completely unrealistic. For this reason, suggesting a date night to a couple that has just welcomed a newborn into their lives is not a good idea. However, instilling the possibility of a date night further down the line is a really nice idea.
 
Having something to look forward to is a great way to keep things moving in life. When you welcome a baby into your world, life can be magical and spectacular but at the same time, it can sometimes feel lonely and banal. It’s normal to feel that way and more than OK to admit it. It does not mean that your baby is not your everything. Having something to look forward to in the future is a powerful tool for your mental health. For this reason, we think the gift of a date night is really lovely.
 
 
So how does one gift a date night? Well, there are a number of ways that you can do this. You can do it without spending a penny by offering babysitting services free of charge. Whenever the new parents are ready and comfortable you are more than happy to babysit their child to allow them to enjoy a coffee date, cinema trip or meal out. For a lot of parents, the simple fact of a babysitter is extremely stressful. Having a straightforward offer from a loved one or close friend is very reassuring. They can use it if and when they feel ready without any time pressure.
 
Alternatively, you could physically gift the couple with a restaurant or cinema voucher. This can be a great idea because it takes some of the hard work out of planning the date night when they feel ready for it. Knowing that the venue is already determined is one less thing they will have to do. Leaving their baby, even just for an hour or two, will feel huge and every little helps when some of the stress is removed.
 
Alternatively, you can give the gift of a date night at home. What about a lovely hamper with a bottle of wine, chocolates and a scented candle? You could add a Just Eat voucher to allow them to enjoy the treat of a takeaway too.
 
Tracey is a happy mammy to four-year-old Billy. She is a breastfeeder, gentle parent and has recently lost five stone so healthy family eating is her passion! You can find her at www.loveofliving.ie.