How to Prepare for a Date as a Single Mom


When you are single after having a baby, jumping back into the “swiping and ghosting” game of dating apps,  a land where spelling mistakes make a bigger impact on your interest than their potential moral compass…Yeah, dating sucks!

But once you actually get one, this is how to prepare for a date after having a baby.


black purse dating

Make sure to remove the backup ziplock bag of goldfish from your evening clutch and replace it with some sexy lipsticks and perfume.  Also, remember to remove any pacifiers or candy from the outside pocket before he gets the impression your next date will be at a rave.


pink push up bra sexy when trying to date after a baby

If your boobs look anything like mine, a push-up bra will help make your lopsided bean bags look more like those normal boobs you once had. No one needs to know your boobs look like a Picasso underneath your shirt. Even them out, plump them up, and show off the girls like your kid didn’t suck the life out of them. Dating after having a baby means being crafty with that one boob.


rubber duck

If you bring him home the odds are he will have to use your toilet at one point or another.  Firstly, if you have a potty trainer on your toilet… yeah… hide that, please? Also, clean up all the dinosaur toys inside the bath and remove the “I am a big boy” towel from the rack. I think being surrounded by rubber duckies while freshening might be a bit intimidating. 


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I know after having a baby leg hair is now a part of your soul since you only shave once every 6 months, but if you are going out with a man where there is a possibility of a leg graze, your fur coat has got to go! Dating after a baby means waxing, Nairing, and getting your kitchen scissors ready. Tarantula legs should not be a thing.


grannie panties after you have a baby

As much as granny panties are a hero for hiding your mom butt, they need to be buried deep in your closet before going on a date. Stick them all under those cute dresses you had to have that you have never worn and put on some of that sexy momma butt floss.


Prepare for a date by cleaning your house pick up kids stuff

Just in case your date is worthy of coming in for a nightcap, it is always good to be prepared. Get your hand vacuum and clean up all the cheerios from the floor and your bed.  Remove the cars and legos from the couch creases. Change your sheets so it doesn’t smell like your kid’s butt. Dating after having a baby means removing toy cars, stuff and animals, and any other type of toy that might be in your bed 😉


Newspaper lost after having a baby and dating

When going on a date after having kids, knowing what’s going on in the world other then you are almost out of toilet paper is a good thing. You do not need to act like some worldly philosopher,  but if you are anything like me who never even knows what day it is, keeping in tune with the rest of the world is a pretty good idea. Well, that’s unless you think he would love to hear about the toddler tantrum with red gummy bears incident that happened earlier.

Hopefully, if you are going a date first time after having a baby you feel a bit more prepared 🙂

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  1. I love it! Sexy mama butt floss and shaved legs are definitely good for date night after having a baby. I remember being single after my first son and going on a date and feeling so scared that my mom bod was gonna scare him off. Here we are 6 years later and I can finally prick him with my leg fur 😂

  2. I love this! sexy mama butt floss is something I pull out every now and then. Dating as a single mama is tough, I was there, and I remember thinking my new mom bod was gonna be a total deal breaker. Here we are 6 years later and I’m pricking him with my leg hair lol

  3. I love this article. Sometimes you are so engrossed in being a mother you forget how to go on a date! Great topic!

    1. Very true! I struggle with trying to get out there but it is important 🙂

    1. ahah thanks they make me giggle too 🙂

  4. Ah ah ah very funny, but for me the barrier is more psychological, I do not imagine having a date just after my delivery, so I would be afraid that this other man hurt me ah ah ah just a personal apprehension and without foundation

    1. that makes sense 🙂 This post was more like a year or so after the baby. I wouldnt be able to do it right away either!

  5. Ha! Yes! I will have to share this post with my single mama friend in the middle of the baby years. It’s a challenge enough for me to get ready to go out on a date with my husband with two little ones at home, let alone attempting to have real conversations with someone new. Great tips.

  6. This is too funny! I should even take some of these tips to use when my husband and I plan a date.

    1. haha yes you should! 🙂

  7. Too funny! Thanks for sharing! I had to do the whole dating after divorce thing, but my first husband and I didn’t have kids, so it was a completely different game!

  8. Love this! I always need a reminder to hide my granny panties! Haha

  9. This is a GREAT and funny read! I would even do these things for my husband1

  10. I LOL’d at this. I’m so glad I’m out of the dating scene, it sounds like a job. I’m also oldschool and feel like no great lovestory ever started with “We both swiped right.” I will have to remember these the next date night I get though.

  11. This list is awesome! I’m sure so many of these tips get skipped but do make it even more special. We’re going on 10 years after having a baby and are still waiting for that first date. Ha! Just kidding, but we haven’t had many since!

  12. haha this post is so on point. dating as a single mom is horrible… i am not ready 😂😂

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