7 Top Babymoon Ideas
Before the big day, plan a getaway that brings on the romance and relaxation.
Are babymoon ideas on your brain? You've weathered morning sickness, are bearing a bountiful belly and your due date is just around the corner. Before your family of two becomes a family of three, it's time to take a romantic pre-baby trip! If you're worried about traveling while pregnant, traveling is typically easiest between weeks 14 and 28, notes the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Where should you go and what should you do when you get there? Check out these top babymoon ideas.
- Indulge In a Spa Weekend
Christine Albury, the founder of the Baby Moon Guide, says, "The main goal should be anything that promotes relaxation and reinforces your connection as a couple. His-and-hers massages (usually after the first trimester) are ideal, and many babymoon packages include extra treats for the mommy-to-be, such as a relaxing foot massage." Treatments like facials and pedicures are also ideal for pregnant women.
- Calm Down on a Cruise
Stick to what soothes you. "When choosing a cruise for your babymoon, do your research on the itinerary," says Abby Aisley, a mom and the creator of family travel blog Fresh Cruiser. "Select an itinerary that visits calmer waters such as the Caribbean rather than the North Sea. Review excursions for the ports you plan to visit. Adventurous excursions are put on hold due to pregnancy limitations -- fortunately, there are plenty of great options to choose from."
- Stay at Home
Babymoon ideas don't always have to include lengthy travel. If you have a high-risk pregnancy or simply don't want to deal with packing your luggage, you can still have a romance-packed vacation -- just at home. It's also a budget-friendly option, notes Albury.
"To make it successful, expectant couples need to treat it as a true vacation -- in other words, tell family and friends they've gone away, lock the door (and don't answer it), switch off the cell phones and ignore the chores," suggest Albury. She also recommends ordering in take-out (so you don't have to cook) and even trying an at-home couples massage.
- Conquer a City
After plane fares, hotel rooms and food, visiting a bustling metro area can get pricey with kids. Take advantage of your small family now and conquer that big city you've been meaning to see. Whether it's New York, Paris or Chicago, enjoy all-day sightseeing, fancy dinners and quiet museum tours sans kids.
- Make It a Quick Trip
Cruises aren't necessarily Love Boat-long excursions. If you're waiting until the baby arrives to take time off from work, pick a shorter option. "In planning a babymoon, maximizing your precious vacation time is key. If you are within driving distance or a quick flight to a cruise port, there are many short cruises that would make a great babymoon.
Book a three- to four-day cruise over a weekend to save your vacation days for when the baby arrives," suggests Aisley. She also notes, "There are three-day cruises that leave out of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach which require only taking a half day off of work.
After working Friday morning, head to the ship for an early evening departure. Following a fun weekend cruise, the ship docks early Monday morning which gives you the ability to go directly to work ... Don't be surprised to feel as though you've been away for a lot longer, while in reality you only had to take a half day off of work."
- Fall Inn Love
They're quaint, quiet and ideal for a couple who is looking for some alone time away from work and cell phones. "Many babymoon packages include special touches, such as chocolate-covered strawberries, fresh flowers or freshly baked cookies awaiting the arrival of the expectant couple in their rooms," says Albury. She also notes that, "Some inns offer engraved champagne flutes or personalized teddies to mark the occasion."
- Take a Nature Break
"A nature-themed break is wonderful," says Albury. "Pregnancy seems to trigger a deeper connection with nature and many resorts cater to this, with eco-friendly options including yoga therapy or breaks in areas of stunning natural beauty where parents-to-be can soak up their surroundings in comfort."
What else (other than a babymoon) should you do before your little guy or gal's big debut? Read 11 Things to Do Before Maternity Leave for ideas!
Erica Loop is a mom, parenting writer and educator with an MS in child development. When she's not teaching, she's busy creating kids' activities for her blog Mini Monets and Mommies.
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