How to Have a Date Night When You Don’t Have a Babysitter


It’s 5:00 pm. You are sleep-deprived from nursing the baby around the clock. Your toddler bounced around his bed during naptime, trying to convince you he’s too old for naps. The pile of dirty dishes in the sink are about to topple over. The laundry you have just spent the afternoon folding have just been tossed into the air by your children, like confetti. Tick tock, tick tock. When is Hubby coming home? You desperately need a break. Or better yet, you need a Date Night!

There’s just one little problem … you don’t have a babysitter. Ever been here before? Not to worry. It’s still possible. You won’t be dining in a 5-star restaurant, but it’s still possible. Here are some ideas.

Rent a Movie

Call up your man before he comes home from work, so he can pick up a movie at the nearest Redbox Kiosk. Now, I know it’s not the same as going out to the movies, but movie theater prices are just ridiculously expensive! There are probably better ways to spend your Date Night money, even if you’re able to get a babysitter.

Ride in the Car to the Drive-In Theater

Are you still set on going out to the movies? Try the drive-in movies. These establishments are slowly disappearing across the country, but perhaps there is a survivor located near you. Make sure to dress the kids in their pajamas before you go. Find a double feature with a kids’ movie for the first feature. When their movie is over, buckle the kids in, kiss them good night, and cuddle up with your honey to enjoy the second feature.

If you have very young children, this might work. I have friends who have done this. Unfortunately, for us, our older kids won’t just go to sleep, but the hubby and I probably will.

Relax on the Couch

After putting the kids to bed, plan a little couch time. Talk. Yes, talk, like a grown-up, discussing grown-up things. Or, read a book together. This can be something you plan to do once a week until you finish the book.

Recreate a Dish

Do you have a favorite dish at a restaurant? See if you can find a copycat recipe online, and spend the evening cooking with your husband. If you don’t want to eat so late at night, set it aside for dinner tomorrow, and you’ve just freed yourself up from having to cook the next day.

Relax with a Game

Have a nice, friendly game of classics, like Scrabble. Maybe you have other board games that you never take out anymore because Candy Land and Chutes and Ladders always seem to win out during family nights. A relaxing game for two is actually a fun way to spend a date night (unless you’re super competitive). But, really, it’s more about the conversation and company than the game itself.

Reach for the Stars

For those cool summer nights, star-gazing just sounds really romantic, doesn’t it? Fix up a snack and some drinks for you and your beloved and enjoy the beauty of the night sky. If you’re on the nerdy side, prepare ahead and find out some constellations that you can look for. Research if there’s anything noteworthy in outer space to observe during this time of year in your specific location.

So, no more excuses about not being able to find a babysitter. Go have a fun date with your spouse!

Do you have any more ideas for sitter-challenged couples, who need some one-on-one time?


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15 thoughts on “How to Have a Date Night When You Don’t Have a Babysitter

  1. Great post, Ai! I well remember those days of no babysitter and/or no money for one. But they say ‘necessity is the mother of invention’, and I believe it’s true. It’s amazing what we can come up with a big of creativity. Enjoy your dates!

  2. What fun ideas! Our new thing is tag teaming, each putting one kid to bed, so we can have some extra time together. Once both kids are down we go sit out on our deck, and since we live in a high rise apartment, we watch the sunset over the water. Romantic, intimate, and no need to pay the sitter! 🙂

  3. Ai, did you get the message I left on your contact page? It’s about joining a blog hop. Could you let me know if you’d be interested? Thanks!

    1. Yes, I sent you an email. Not sure why you didn’t receive it. But anyway, yes, I would love to join! Thank you for including me!

  4. Sometimes it can be relaxing to do some mindless task together that needs to be done. My husband and I like to shell peas together to prep them for the freezer.

    A glass of something long and cool, and some tunes make it a pleasant way to pass the time. And the kids won’t come near you if it looks like work!

    P.S. I love your category buttons!

    1. Haha! Great idea with doing something that looks like a chore to the kids! 🙂 Thanks for coming by! Oh, and I have to give credit to my daughter for the category buttons … she helped me by lending her artistic skills to make the drawings.

  5. This is great! At first, I was like, “people always re-package ideas we’ve all heard before,” but this was perfect. I have noticed a sign lately for a “movie under the stars” place in the city nearest us and it never really registered. Now I am going to have to check it out! I also have never thought about going out and laying under the stars. What!?! We have the perfect spot out here in the woods and we are a little nerdy! I think my husband even has an app on his iPad to help with figuring out the constellations.


    1. So great that this has sparked some ideas for you of some fun and romantic date nights! “Movie under the stars”? Is that a drive-in? Or a movie at the park? That sounds fun!

  6. These are great ideas! Read a BOOK together?! That would be so romantic. And we used to ALWAYS play boards games and card games together, and we should totally start back. Thanks for the suggestions! 🙂

    1. You’re welcome! We used to play Scrabble, but we would get a little competitive … well, friendly competitive. 🙂

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