Bringing home your new baby requires a big adjustment for couples, especially for first time parents. Your days are now filled with feeding, burping, diaper changing and let’s not forget, the countless sleepless nights.
With all these new responsibilities, romance and intimacy become less of a priority, which is understandable. However, having a baby doesn’t really mean kicking romance to the curb.
So how do you keep the romance alive while nurturing your new bundle of joy? Here are 7 ways:
1. Make date night a priority.
Date Nights are essential in every relationship… and “we just had a baby” isn’t a reason to let that pass. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a romantic dinner out, a movie date or a cozy date night at home. What’s important is that you spend “alone time” as a couple.
2. Take advantage of your child’s nap time.
Babies practically sleep all day. So take advantage of it by doing fun things together at home or going outdoors as a family. Sneak in some movie marathon while your child sleeps or take a romantic stroll with your baby during a nice afternoon.
3. Show your affection more often.
Maintain the sweetness in your relationship through the little things that show affection. Whether it’s a sweet text message, a love note or a random phone call just to say “I love you,” these little things will definitely keep the romance alive. And oh, don’t forget to pack on the PDA!
4. Don’t compete with each other.
You may play different roles as parents but remember, you are on the same team. Instead of complaining and comparing, work together as partners in building and strengthening your little family. Instead of turning your backs at each other, lean on each other for support.
5. Give your partner a day off.
Give your partner some “me time” or a time to spend with his/her friends. Spending time away from home, you and the baby even for a little bit is a great way to re-energize your relationship.
6. Keep the lines of communication open.
As always, communication is the key in maintaining any relationship. With your busy schedule and your new routine, it’s easy to lose track of what’s going on in your partner’s mind and heart. Make sure that you maintain openness in your relationship and take time to talk to each other every day.
7. Say “Thank You.”
Last but not the least, show your partner how grateful and appreciative you are of him/her. A simple “thank you” goes a long way. It shows your partner that you recognize his/her efforts and that he/she is never taken for granted.