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5 Ways to Incite Romance After Baby

Making time for your partner after baby

The arrival of your newest little one is an adjustment for the whole family. Suddenly your old routine gets completely flipped around by a small, sweet, snuggly baby. When it comes to romance, a new baby can actually be a great time for you and your partner to work on ways to incite romance after baby.

Talk About It

You’ve heard it before, but communication truly is key in relationships. Before baby comes, have the discussion with your partner about how you want to continue making time for them post-baby. Brainstorm some ideas that will work for you, and think through ways you can both try them when the baby gets here. If that ship has already sailed, you can still bring it up to your partner. Every couple is different, and so are solutions for finding time for romance after baby arrives.

You can bridge the conversation with things like, “how can we spend some more time romantic together?” and “let’s find a way to incorporate romance again.”

Avoid phrases like “I need you to give me more attention” or “why aren’t we romantic anymore?”. These can incite feelings of guilt and resentment in your partner. Rest assured that every couple has their period of adjustment to find new expressions of romance after baby that work for them.

Stick to the Plan

If you and your partner make plans to spend time together, at times it is going to be tempting to cancel. Things come up, it’s hard to leave the house and making time for each other takes more work than it used to. However, you need follow through, and show each other that spending quality time is important. Your relationship and well-being will benefit from the investment.

Short and Sweet

In the first few months and weeks, romance after baby can be extremely hard to achieve. Plan activities that take you and your partner out of the house for small increments of time. Taking the baby for a walk in the stroller during her nap time is a great way to check in and chat with your spouse. Enjoying a cup of coffee or a glass of wine is also a great way to reconnect without being away for too long. Take up your relatives on the offer to babysit, or hire a sitter for an hour and half. Romance after baby doesn’t have to mean dinner and a long movie.

5 Minutes a Day

Try incorporating the 5 minutes a day rule. For just 5 minutes each day, sit down and check in with your partner. Try to be completely present and listen when they speak. Use this time to speak up about any thing that’s on your mind, or even to plan your next date night. Try to do this when the baby is asleep so your attention isn’t diverted. Everyone can fit in 5 minutes of romance after baby.

Small Gestures

Is there a little something that you did for your partner pre-baby that you can bring back now? They will appreciate the thoughtfulness and reminder of the love you strongly share. Write a post-it note, give a five minute shoulder massage, cook dinner, call for no reason. It’s the little things that truly count when it comes to romance after baby.

Celebrating Baby’s First V-Day? Consider These Thoughtful and Memorable Gifts/Activities

Celebrating Baby’s First V-Day? Consider These Thoughtful and Memorable Gifts/Activities

Postpartum depression — feelings of worry, sadness, and depression after childbirth — occurs in almost 15% of births. That being said, helping out a new mother by planning an adorable and thoughtful event for baby’s first Valentine’s Day can make for some truly unforgettable memories. With a few premium baby gifts and some good friends, you can create the perfect event for baby’s first Valentine’s Day. Here are just a few gifts and activities to consider for a baby’s first Valentine’s Day celebration.

Gift Idea: Cashmere Baby Blanket

Some of the best baby gifts are those that will last for years, and a cashmere baby blanket is at the top of the list for must-have premium baby gifts. A baby cashmere set will help the baby get to sleep and stay comfortable throughout the night, allowing the mother to do the same. Plus, baby blanket sets are available in a huge array of colors and patterns, so grab one today for the perfect V-day gift.

Activity Idea: Sending Cards

Sending Valentine’s Day cards from your baby is just one way to show friends and family members that you’re thinking of them. Pull this off by gifting the supplies to the mother and helping her to make beautiful and memorable cards. Stamping the baby’s handprint or footprint is always a classic idea, but it’s also ideal to include a photograph, if possible.

“If you haven’t sent a Valentine’s Day note since you were in grade school, here’s your chance to go old-school and surprise your friends and family with an old-fashioned letter of love. Since they’re likely baby’s (and your!) biggest fan, nothing will make them smile more than getting a heart-shaped note from your little love,” writes Lindsay Tigar on FitPregnancy.

Activity And Gift: Smash Cake

That’s right — it may sound odd, but it’s a growing trend among new mothers to celebrate any number of special occasions with their newborn. A smash cake, as its name implies, is a cake that’s given to the baby for them to ‘smash’ while they eat it. For V-Day, a heart-shaped cake is best. Make sure to remember the camera!

Ultimately, it’s easy to have a memorable ‘baby’s first Valentine’s Day’ celebration with these adorable ideas. For more information about baby gifts, contact 10 to 12 Baby Lounge.

Four Galentine’s Day Activities for Mom

Four Galentine’s Day Activities for Mom

Four Galentine's Day Activities for Mom

After a seemingly endless first month of the year, February is here! And the first fun holiday after New Years is here with it, Valentine’s Day. However, the better yet lesser-known holiday is, Galentine’s Day. Galentine’s day, the day before Valentine’s Day, is a time to eat your favorite chocolate, buy something pink, and smother your mom-friends with LOVE. We like to refer to Galentine’s Day as “Valentine’s Day for Mom”. As February is the month of LOVE itself, we are giving you four ideas for Galentine’s Day Activities for Mom.

Galentine’s Day was born in 2017 from the sitcom Parks and Recreation, when fictional character Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) celebrates her annual Galentine’s Day party for all her gal-friends on February 13th. Who doesn’t love an excuse to celebrate with your girl-only squad on Galentine’s Day?

Galentine’s Idea #1

Four Galentine's Day Activities for Mom

In a true Parks and Rec fashion, grab your Galentine’s Day crew and do a traditional (as of 2017) waffle breakfast. Whether you Amazon Prime a waffle maker and host it at your house, or meet at your local brunch-ery, breakfast foods are always a sure-bet — the ideal Valentine’s Day for Mom.

#2 – Hit the Spa

Nothing says girls day like a trip to the spa. The pampering, the relaxation – it’s pure bliss. Who better to celebrate that than with your favorite girls on Galentine’s Day? Try your local spa for a quick massage, or go all out and book a few treatments at a day spa, where you can really bask in the in the art of doing absolutely nothing, for once. Facials, saunas, pedicures, we are convinced already. And then, top off the day with dinner at that place you’ve been dying to try, and you have a day for the books.

#3 for ME

Four Galentine's Day Activities for Mom

Use this February 13th for you, because self-love is true-love (we even wrote a blog about it, here). Kick everyone out of the house, grab a bottle of vino and your most indulgent snacks, and make a DIY charcuterie board for you, yourself, and you. Maybe flip on Grey’s Anatomy and get lost in McDreamy, or belly laugh to New Girl. We are in full support. Everyone needs a little me time, especially on Galentine’s Day.

#4 Host a boozy game night

Four Galentine's Day Activities for Mom

Call up your girls and have them bring their favorite adult board games. There’s tons to choose from on Amazon if you don’t have your own collection. We recommend: Cards Against Humanity, Telestrations After Dark, and The Voting Game. Get all the gals laughing with hilarious references with Cards Against Humanity. Or see what they really think of you with The Voting Game, where friends can make a vote on things like, “who would throw a birthday party for their pet”. Next, make fancy drinks, bake some carbs, and spend some quality time with the ladies in your life. Like a sleepover, but your friends can all Uber home before bed.

We hope these Four Galentine’s Day Activities for Mom inspires you to celebrate! Because it truly is the best, yet least known, holiday of the year.

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