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9 Baby-Friendly Date Ideas For Valentine's Day

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If you've got a baby at home, Valentine's Day might be the furthest thing from your mind right now. But the holiday is in fact approaching, and just because you're a parent now doesn't mean you can't celebrate. If you're not ready to leave your baby at home, you don't have to. Because you don't need a babysitter to enjoy some of the baby-friendly date ideas for Valentine's Day.

You also don't have to leave your house if you don't want to. It's totally fine if you want to skip all the work that goes into planning an outing, especially if your baby is on the younger side. With a little creativity, there are plenty of ways to make a night at home just as much fun as a night out.

If you are itching to get out of the house, however, you might be surprised at some of the places where it's OK to take your little one. They are plenty of typically deemed "adult" activities are actually baby-friendly, so you have tons of choices beyond the typical dinner out.

Whether you're staying in or heading out, going low budget or ready for a splurge, there's an option here for you, your partner, and your baby on Valentine's Day.

1. Go To A Sporting Event

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If your local NBA or NHL team is in town for Valentine's Day, consider scoring tickets for a special night out with your baby. Many arenas have great changing facilities and even lactation areas, which should take away some of the stress of bringing a little one along. If you're worried about rowdiness, you may be able to sit in an alcohol-free area. And if money is tight, Babble suggested getting cheap tickets to a minor league game.

2. Head To A Concert

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You may not see a ton of other babies at a concert, but What to Expect noted it's totally doable. You'll probably want to pack some ear protection, and of course, stay out of the mosh pit.

3. Hit The Mall

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Taking a baby to the mall can make for a great date, according to Popsugar. You and your partner can grab something to eat and even shop for each other's presents together — so much easier than dropping hints about what gift you want.

4. Dinner And A Movie At Home

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This is the go-to date night in my house when there's no babysitter. On Valentine's Day, dinner at home means no lines and no crowds. You can make it feel more like a real night out by setting the table and lighting some candles for dinner, then take your pick of the hundreds of romantic movies available on streaming services.

5. Have An Indoor Picnic

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Another way to make a night in with baby special is to bust out your picnic gear, according to The Bump. Spread a blanket and make some sandwiches without worrying about bugs or bad weather.

6. Hire A Chef

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If you want a fantastic meal for Valentine's day but have no time to do it yourself, Popsugar suggested hiring a chef to cook for you. Put the baby to bed and enjoy a gourmet dinner without worrying about a babysitter.

7. Wander A Museum

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See some beautiful art or explore history by heading to a museum with your partner and your baby. This one's my own personal recommendation after having some great experiences with my husband and daughter. Museums are likely to have good changing facilities, and since you're inside you don't have to worry about the weather. Another bonus? Many are cheap or even free to get into.

8. Give Each Other Massages

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You don't have to splurge on an expensive spa treatment to get romantic on Valentine's Day. Your Tango suggested swapping massages with your partner for a romantic and relaxing evening.

9. Go For A Drive

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For stressed out and sleep deprived parents, sometimes just getting out the front door is exciting. If you feel like your baby isn't up for a night out but you're getting a little stir crazy inside, She Knows suggested going for a drive. You can plot a course to take in some beautiful scenic views, or if you live in a more urban area, find a route that'll take you past some amazing architecture.