Having a baby today involves a lot more celebrating than it did in previous generations. A baby shower is no longer the only ritual surrounding pregnancy and birth. Recently we have seen the birth of babymoons, gender reveal parties, and push presents.
Anticipating the arrival of your first baby is a lot of fun. For parents-to-be, the latest must-do is a babymoon! Just like a honeymoon, the babymoon is all about escaping the day to day, offering a last chance romantic getaway before two becomes three or more. More realistically, for those with pregnancy fatigue, it’s a little quiet time for couples to enjoy together, with some pampering on the side. Most parents-to-be take a babymoon in the third trimester, before flying restrictions.
Babymoons are big these days, and big business too! Type babymoon into Google and you get over 2,000,000 results. There’s an entire industry dedicated to promoting this last-minute escape. Hotels are now offering the ultimate pamper packages, and destinations are being sold as the essential ‘babymoon’ getaway.
My hubby and I did not take the traditional third trimester babymoon. We took our babymoon when we decided we wanted to try for a baby. Smart hey? We spent 3 weeks in Eastern Europe and enjoyed every precious minute of our time together as a couple. Why take a babymoon when you’re already pregnant? You want to take it when you’re planning to get pregnant, and it’s a lot more fun.
The magnificent red tiled rooftops of Dubrovnik, Croatia
There are so many benefits to taking a pre-babymoon. Here are 3 convincing reasons:
1. It’s more fun
Why take a babymoon when you’ve got swollen ankles, you’re suffering from heartburn and you’re so tired you can barely manage a waddle. Where’s the fun in that? Take it when you can really enjoy it! Mocktail, or cocktail? It’s a no brainer really.
An afternoon beer in Rovinj, Croatia
2. Carte blanche to indulge!
You want to be in good form for your babymoon and that means no restrictions on the good stuff. We ate as much soft cheese as we liked, and drank wine with almost every meal. And we enjoyed daily siestas, because that’s what you do when you’re having a pre-babymoon (I mean that’s what they do in Europe!)
The beautiful village of Rovinj
3. Take it whilst you can afford it
Having a baby is not cheap and it will burn a hole in your hip pocket before you can sip your first mock/cocktail. Even if you aren’t paying for private obstetric fees, the list of “essential items” for baby and all the other “nice to have” baby stuff will leave you broke. Take your holiday when you’ve still got the capacity to spend money on yourselves.
Kotor, the Old Town in Montenegro (meaning black mountain)
My hubby and I are discussing another twist on the babymoon phenomenon: the post babymoon holiday. Taking a holiday together, sans enfants, when our youngest is a big bigger. I suppose you could liken it to renewing wedding vows. We will renew our baby vows by acknowledging how wonderful it is to have children, by leaving them at home!
It’s never too early, or too late to take a baby moon. It shouldn’t only be about one last relaxing and romantic trip before your bundle of joy arrives. I reckon every couple deserves a relaxing and romantic holiday after the bundles have grown up a little.
Did you take a babymoon? Where did you go? What do you think about the post babymoon?