A babymoon is an opportunity for expecting moms, couples, or adoptive parents to go for a relaxing vacation before their baby arrives. As all seasoned parents know, the arrival of a newborn is a whirlwind of activity and doctor visits. Babymoons are a great way for mothers to take some time to themselves before welcoming a new family member.
You can choose to take a babymoon by yourself or with your partner, spouse, or coparenter. The important thing to consider is what — and who — will make you feel relaxed and allow you to unwind.
When to Take a Babymoon
Timing really is everything. If you’ve recently become pregnant, you’re likely wondering when the optimal time to go for a babymoon is. The second trimester is ideal — between 14 and 28 weeks. This is because the worst of morning sickness has typically passed by now. Additionally, your bump won’t be large enough to hinder you from engaging in the activities you love. During the third trimester, you may be too tired to really enjoy traveling. You also risk being away from home in the case of an unexpected early delivery.
How to Plan a Babymoon
When planning your babymoon, it’s crucial that you communicate with your doctor to ensure all activities are safe during pregnancy. You may also need some vaccinations (if they’re safe for pregnant women) depending on where you’ll be traveling.
When deciding where to take your babymoon, you’ll want to consider a few things:
- Is my destination somewhere relaxing, or is it a noisy and bustling urban setting?
- Will I have access to a hospital or emergency room nearby?
- If I’m driving, is the destination within a reasonable distance (ideally less than six hours)?
- Have there been any recent contagious disease outbreaks in this area?
- Will my room include a spacious bed with plenty of pillows for supported sleep?
You’ll also want to ensure you’re taking the necessary precautions to ensure safe travel. If you’re flying to your destination rather than driving, some airlines require a doctor’s note. Ask your airline ahead of time if they have any restrictions for pregnant women — the cutoff is usually 35 weeks. Ideally, you’ll want to book an aisle seat so that it’s easier to get up to use the restroom and stretch out your legs if your back starts to hurt. And don’t forget to bring plenty of water and healthy snacks on board.
Once you’ve arrived at your destination, consider the best method of transportation. You may want to opt for a rental car for maximum flexibility, but in some cities, public transportation is easy and affordable.
What to Do on Your Babymoon
Once you’ve ironed out all the logistics, you may be wondering what to do on your babymoon getaway. That’s why we’ve come up with 36 activities for every mom and every budget.
For the Mom on a Budget
When you’re planning for a new addition to your family, budgeting is key. There are various expenses that come with a baby, from diapers and feeding supplies to daycare and doctor visits. If you’re babymooning on a budget, these ideas will help you save money while still having fun:
- Craft a baby budget. Include food, formula, childcare, toys, clothing, diapers, life insurance, and anything else you can plan for.
- Go on a shopping spree. Treat yourself to a maternity shopping spree by scouting out local sales and deals on maternity clothing and baby gear.
- Catch a movie at a dollar theater. See if there are any discount theaters and watch a flick you’ve been wanting to see.
- Listen to a podcast on pregnancy or parenting. Popular options include “40 Weeks Pregnancy Podcast” and “Spawned.”
- Set up a college savings fund, like a 529 plan, for your future scholar. The sooner you start, the more you’ll save.
- Consider enrolling in life insurance if you haven’t already. This will ensure your baby is taken care of, no matter what.
- Look for companies that offer free sample boxes when you sign up for a baby registry or subscription service. You can start with our list here
- FaceTime a loved one who has been pregnant before for support, advice and answers to your burning questions.
- Write a letter to your baby using the template below — because sometimes the best activities are free! Read it to your child when they’re old enough.
For the Staycationing Mom
Sometimes life events get in the way of travel plans. Uncontrollable outside factors shouldn’t prevent you from having a relaxing and memorable babymoon! Plan a staycation and relax within the safe and cozy confines of the best place on earth — home sweet home.
- Brew a pregnancy-friendly cup of tea, such as rooibos for antioxidants or ginger and mint for morning sickness.
- Curate a playlist of your favorite artists and take full credit for your child’s excellent music taste in 20 years.
- Pamper yourself! You’ve probably experienced some level of discomfort during your pregnancy, so paint your nails or recruit your partner for a massage.
- Start a new audiobook. Once the baby comes, audiobooks are a great way to enjoy a story hands-free.
- Book a professional cleaning for your home. You likely won’t have time or energy to clean once the baby is here.
- Host a cooking party. Invite friends over to cook double batches of your favorite meals and stockpile your freezer. It’s easier than asking them for a favor after the baby comes.
- Decorate your nursery. You’ll be spending a lot of time here, so give it those special finishing touches.
- Stream a motherhood movie — favorites include Baby Mama, Nine Months, and What to Expect When You’re Expecting.
- Print out these conversation starters for expecting parents to hash out all the details with your partner.
Maybe neither of these options fit the type of babymoon that you want to have. That’s okay! Just like with every pregnancy being different, you need to personalize your babymoon so that it’s perfectly tailored for you. Maybe you’re more a Foodie mom or an Active mom. Don’t fret! There are 18 more ideas available plus free downloadable goodies available. Click here to get inspired and create your perfect babymoon!
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