Keeping Romance Alive Once Baby Arrives

Moms' Tips

Our readers' tips for keeping the romance alive.

"Instead of celebrating our anniversary once a year like most couples, my husband and I make a point of getting a sitter and going out to dinner every month on the sixth to celebrate. We just celebrated our 62-month anniversary!" --Hope, New York City

"My husband and I sneak in some time together by popping in a Barney video, giving the kids a snack, and shutting our door for a half hour. The only problem is, every time I hear the Barney theme song now, I get a little excited!" --Jennie, Los Angeles

"We've started traveling with our parents. We went to the Caribbean with my folks when our son was 3 months old and to Greece with my mother-in-law a few months later. That way we get free babysitting by people we trust, and we actually get to relax." --Monica, New York City

"Most evenings my husband and I are too tired to talk, so instead, we get up an hour before our daughter and catch up. It's one of my favorite times of day." --Rehana, Orange, New Jersey

"Whenever my husband and I actually get the house to ourselves for a little while, we give each other our special 'look.' That signals it's time to take advantage of the moment!" --Anne Cavicci, Nelson, British Columbia

"Any time I hug and kiss my 2-year-old son or snuggle up with him, I make a mental note to do the same thing with my husband once I get the chance, so he doesn't feel like I'm giving all my love and affection to the baby instead of to him." --Caryn, St. Louis, Missouri

"As a token of affection, I sometimes buy my husband a small gift. Once I saw the cuffs on his shirts had worn thin, so I bought some new shirts and put them under his pillow. He really appreciated that I cared enough to notice and get the gift." --Jennie, New Bedford, New York

Sexy Stats

American Pie?

What scents make men weak in the knees? According to a study at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, a combination of lavender and pumpkin pie increased blood flow to the penis by 40 percent. Another favorite: the highly erotic mix of black licorice and doughnuts.

Under There

29 percent of men think the thong is the sexiest piece of lingerie, according to a Maidenform/RoperASW poll. Women, on the other hand, feel sexiest in a bra or camisole.

Originally published in American Baby magazine, July 2005.

All content here, including advice from doctors and other health professionals, should be considered as opinion only. Always seek the direct advice of your own doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your own health or the health of others.

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