Date night is important for new parents to connect! Here are some tips to make the most of parents night out.
Tonight my husband and I treated ourselves to a fabulous dinner out by ourselves. It's the first we have had in what feels like years! But, in reality, it has only been a few months.
Tips for having a great Parents Night Out
Date night has always been important to my husband and I. Since our son joined our lives last year, we've tried our best to make sure we do get a parents nights out when we can. It helps us reconnect and, I believe, it helps make us better parents.
Here are some tips that can help ensure you all have a great night!
Arrange for a babysitter
The first step in ensuring parents night out goes off without a hitch is finding the right babysitter. As many parents know, this is often a more challenging task than one might think. It helps to have a list of several individuals whom you trust to watch your baby. For us, this includes my parents, my brother and his wife, and a few close friends.
Choose your night out location wisely
When we go out, we like to try new places. But, that can sometimes come with uncertainty. What if it's still too new, and the service is rocky? What if the food isn't great? We check restaurant reviews like crazy before settling on a spot. We also try to stay within a relatively quick drive from home, just in case we need to head back suddenly.
If you're in Portland, Oregon looking for best date night restaurants nearby, check out my post on Top 10 Date Night Restaurants in Portland.
Our dinner on this particular parents night out was incredible. We ate at a new-to-us Cajun/Creole restaurant in town. It was cozy, casual, and the food was AMAZING.
Relax and enjoy your time together
It was so nice to get out of the house and enjoy a few hours full of lively conversation with my favorite grownup in the world: my hubby. It's so important for us to have time to reconnect, just us, without threat of toddler interrupting.
I know that sometimes it's hard, especially for new parents, to go out and not stress about the baby. But remember why you are going out: to reconnect with the person you love, to remind each other of who you are outside of your titles of Mom/Husband/Parent.
Get the full story when you get home
Part of hiring the right babysitter, is hiring someone who understands how deeply you love your child. And how, as much as you love being away, you want to hear how the night without you went.
We weren't sure how it was going to work out on this particular parents night out, since our son hasn't spent much time with this babysitter. And, he had never been alone with anyone but us, my parents, my brother and his wife, or his daycare. To our delight, the night went swimmingly for all.
According to our friend, our son was a little angel all night! He played and laughed, told her a bunch of his new words. Then he ate his dinner, read, and followed our babysitter's directions when she asked him to lay down for a diaper change.
It's comforting to hear that your child does well without you. After all, that's what part of this parenting thing is all about. Raising them to eventually be responsible, capable beings on their own.
Plan Your Next Parents Night Out!
We had such a great time that we're nabbing the grandparents in a couple of weeks and having another date night - two in one month!
And this is another tip that has helped us in the past: as soon as you wrap up one date night, plan the next. Don't let too much time pass by before your next parents night out!
This post was first published on December 11, 2005. It was updated January 29, 2020 with new content and photos.