Long-term relationships often see couples looking for new ways to spice up their sex life. The pressures of modern life can make us tired and anxious – then throw a new baby into the mix and you’ll wonder how you’ll ever have time!
To rekindle that spark, here are our tried and tested tips for new parents on how to spice things up in the bedroom.
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- Be honest and talk to each other.
- Try a little roleplay
- Remember: intimacy doesn’t always mean sex
- Make time for sex
- Things a woman can do to spice up the bedroom
- Things a man can do to spice up the bedroom
- And finally…stop comparing yourselves to other people
Be honest and talk to each other.
According to Psychology Today, communication is one of the biggest problems couples have in the bedroom. By this point in your relationship, you’ll have seen one another at your most vulnerable – whether that’s giving birth or bursting into tears from sheer exhaustion.
You will never be able to spice up your sex life if you can’t tell each other how you feel. So start by saying what’s going through your mind – you might be too tired to try again right now, but you’re going to make the effort for one another.
Of course, you can also use these pillow talk sessions to discuss your naughtiest fantasies. You may even discover a new side to each other!
Try a little roleplay
Speaking of finding a new side to one another, what about being somebody else entirely? New parents can struggle with the feeling of ‘lost identity’, so a fantasy is a great way to try something out. As a woman, you may be feeling that your confidence is at an all-time low, so discuss your mutual fantasies and see how you can incorporate these costumes and characters into the bedroom.
Remember: intimacy doesn’t always mean sex
One of the sexiest things you can do is to leave it to the imagination. This could be something as simple as leaving your clothes on and having a more intimate hug or kiss before the baby wakes up.
Alternatively, you could tease one another in bed with skin on skin contact – but no sex. Anticipation is half the fun, so work yourselves up until a frenzy and the reward will be all the better!
Make time for sex
We all wish we could have spontaneous sex like teenagers, but the simple fact is that life gets in the way. It might not feel romantic, but setting aside a little ‘personal time’ might be just the spice your love life is looking for.
Of course, this doesn’t mean you have to keep it in the bedroom. In fact, you don’t even need to keep it in the home! For some couples, even a change of scenery from the bed to the couch is a whole lot of fun. (Bonus points if your little one is currently sleeping in your room.)
If you’re lucky enough to have access to babysitters, try to book some time away. Hotel sex has been cited as many couples’ favorite lovemaking scenarios – letting them act out their fantasies without fear of being heard.
Things a woman can do to spice up the bedroom
Want to take back control of your love life? There are some things that only a woman can do. In the bedroom, you don’t answer to Mommy: this is your chance to be super sexy, so dust off that old lingerie you’ve been hiding.
How to spice things up in the bedroom for him
You might not be feeling super confident, but look at it from your man’s perspective – he’s seen you in Mommy mode for months and likely hasn’t seen that lace in a while. You could even dial up the dominant/submissive by slipping him into a blindfold and giving him the big lingerie reveal.
Trust us – the look on his face will be all the confidence you need.
Things a man can do to spice up the bedroom
Remember ladies: it’s not just about his pleasure. Sex after children is a hugely intimate experience, and it’s something that should be enjoyed equally. While men love visual stimuli, women also have wild imaginations, so encourage your man to build up the experience slowly.
Perhaps a few texts while you’re apart to tease you into what’s going to happen later on this evening. Maybe a subtle nod to how you make him feel – and how he wishes he was with you right now so he could act on his fantasies.
If you’re not quite ready for penetrative sex yet, there are so many other ways he can pleasure you. Contrary to women’s insecurities, heterosexual men tend to be huge fans of giving oral sex – so lie back and let him enjoy the ride.
And finally…stop comparing yourselves to other people
We all have different sexual wants and needs, whether that’s sex positions, clothing, toys, or roleplay. How much sex you’re getting – or how much you want – will vary massively depending on your circumstances.
Don’t feel bad if other people (especially those without kids!) are getting more than you. What’s more important is that you and your partner are close and comfortable, fulfilling each other in every way you can. Your priorities may have changed now, but there are still so many ways that you can be intimate with each other.
And if you do want to try something new, you could always try these out behind closed doors:
- Mutual masturbation
- Phone sex
As above, remember to have conversations about all of these before you go reaching for your credit card. Set boundaries, express consent, and don’t take yourselves too seriously. Sex is meant to be fun, you know.
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