Fun Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day with Your New Baby -- Get Inspired!

If you've got a new baby, this may not be the hottest Valentine’s Day you've ever celebrated -- but it may be one of the most sentimental. Let’s face it, what could be sweeter than looking into those cherubic eyes and realizing what you and your sweetheart have created? To celebrate, here's how to enjoy Valentine’s Day with both of your "Be Mine" babes:

Make a special meal. If you don't want to leave your baby with a sitter just yet, you can still have a special meal -- just make it at home. If you're strapped for time or just sleep-deprived, order in or pick up dinner from your favorite restaurant.

Get crafty. You don't have to be Martha Stewart -- or have her supply closet -- to create sweet-looking crafts. Try something as simple as tracing hearts onto a piece of colored construction paper, cutting them out and placing them in unexpected places, like inside the medicine cabinet or tucked away in his coat pocket.

Dress up. Before your honey comes home, put on a special outfit: Sweats and a tee may be comfy, but a push-up bra and some heels will spice up the evening even more.

Set the mood. Don’t forget about ambiance. Dim the lights and light up the room with candles, so you and your man can stare into each other’s (glassy, overtired) eyes. 

Play a little night music. Babies love music and movement -- and once your newest honey is down for the count, you and your man can tango right into the bedroom. It's not just for sleeping, remember?

Make it a movie night. Pop in your favorite film and take a few minutes to reminisce about how you got here. With babies, you can watch R-rated movies even when they’re awake. This ability only lasts about a year, so take advantage of it now.

Need more inspiration? Here’s what some of our iVillage mamas are doing on V-Day with the new baby:

"This year will be our first with the new baby. We are going to try and take him to dinner at 9… fingers crossed." -- Susan79

"We will have a candlelight dinner with the baby." -- Beth

"A bottle of wine and a quiet dinner after bedtime is good enough for me -- assuming I don't fall asleep in the bedtime process." -- Allyson 

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