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20 jan

New Year, New Baby: The Couple’s Guide to a Happy Family life

JennaSmithIt’s a new year, and you’ve got a new baby! You’ve undoubtedly already felt the stress, strain, and exhaustion of raising your son or daughter. You may have already asked yourself, “Can we have fun anymore? What about the baby!”

You will need to get a little creative; but you can still find ways to enjoy the company of your spouse and have a wonderful year, while caring for your newborn baby. Here are some great ideas to help you have fun this year.

Five Activities for Couples with a Newborn

1. Stay in and Watch TV

Catching up on a show you’ve wanted to watch is something very easy you can do. The baby will be all curled up at home, while you and your spouse can curl up on the couch and watch The Office. Relaxing in front of the tube will not only keep you entertained, but will also allow you and your spouse to spend quality time together (not to mention it’s really relaxing). Add a cup of hot cocoa or a glass of wine to make the night even more easygoing.

2. Enjoy a Walk

A great idea you can try out is to bundle up your baby and enjoy a stroll around the neighborhood. This is a good time to enjoy some quiet time as a couple, let the cold breeze wake you up, and show your little baby the world outside of the crib. Hold hands and enjoy your time together without worrying about putting the baby to sleep.

3. Go to a Late Movie

After your baby is fed and ready to sleep, consider taking in a late night movie. Bringing a newborn to a movie might be uncommon, but as long as the movie isn’t full of explosions and loud noises, you might just be able to sneak through it. Most of the time, if you choose a movie that’s been out for a little while, the theater won’t be as crowded and you won’t need to worry so much if your baby does wake up and make a little noise.

4. Go out to Dinner

Just because you have a newborn baby doesn’t mean you can’t go out for dinner during the holidays. You just need to make sure you plan the restaurant choice and you take everything you need. In fact, every couple should make date nights a big priority. Having a baby is a wonderful thing, but you need to make time for yourselves too.

5. Spend Time Together as a Family

Sometimes, you don’t need to do anything – no movies, no television, no going out. Simply cuddling up together in bed is relaxing, comfortable, free, and it builds an intimate relationship between the parents. Spending downtime together also helps with a solid, secure environment for the baby. Just relax. Talk about your day, read to your baby, tell each other you’re so happy to be with each other, even if life has been really hectic recently.

Just because you now have a baby to look after doesn’t mean you cannot have fun as a couple. You can use the five ideas above or you can come up with your own creative ideas. Take time out to spend with your spouse this year and make sure it’s not always just about the baby.

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Posted by Jenna Smith on January 20th, 2013 in Family | 0 comments

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