It seems to be a rite of passage prior to the arrival of a baby, particularly your first baby: the Babymoon.
The idea of a babymoon is one last 'hurrah' as a couple. The celebration of your relationship and the farewell to your child-free status.
So what do you do on a babymoon? Here are some things to consider:
What do you want out of your babymoon?
Realistically, a babymoon is just a good excuse to plan some intentional time together as a couple. Perhaps you're already really good at making a point to do this, if so, don't stress about a babymoon (unless of course you want another excuse for more one-on-one time, in that case: go for it!). Also, if this is something you're already doing, DON'T STOP when baby arrives.
If you're like the rest of us, a babymoon is a great opportunity for you to spend some time together doing something you both want to do but might not otherwise have the chance to do. I'm thinking some deliberate relaxation, baby shopping, enjoyment of the outdoors... the options are essentially endless. The BIGGEST thing is to figure out what you BOTH want in a babymoon, this conversation will help will all the rest of the planning.
How pregnant are you?
This is going to impact planning greatly. If you're getting close to that 8/9 month mark, you're going to probably want to stay relatively close to home just in case and your mobility may be limited as well.
Ideally, if you're hoping for an action-packed babymoon, you'll want to plan for the 6/7 month mark so that you (hopefully) aren't dealing with the physical discomfort that often accompanies the third trimester.
How much do you want to spend?
Another huge factor to consider. Perhaps, you've got money to burn and a destination babymoon is right for you. That's lovely; however, this won't be the case for everyone.
There are a TON of options for every budget it just requires some creativity of you and your partner.
If plane travel is still an option for you (depending on how far along you are) and if you have a heafty budget, your options are endless. Fly somewhere amazing for a few nights and enjoy. The rest of us will be jealous.
For those looking for something a little more budget-friendly, here are some ideas:
Beach weekend - depending on where you live this could be a day trip or and overnight one. If you're close to the beach, you could plan a day trip. Sun, sand, relaxation. Partner tip: if your lady might be missing the cocktails, come up with a fun virgin drink to enjoy during your picnic!
Camping - if you like the outdoors and the weather is right, this could be the babymoon for you! Cost effective, potentially very secluded and ideally lots of peace and quiet.
Spa - think couple's massages, facials and pedicures in those fancy chairs! Yes PLEASE! You could even plan a home-spa experience if you're trying to be kinder to your bank account.
Be a tourist in your own city - every city/town has those tourist destinations that everyone knows about but that typically the 'locals' don't go to. Pretend to tour your city as if you've never seen it before. Have you been to the museum? The parks? Try a restaurant that's been around forever but that maybe you haven't been to yet.
Sports - do you love baseball? hockey? football? Get some tickets and enjoy a game-day together. Sure, you can bring babies/children to the games, but it's a little different, a little more high-maintenance if you will.
Visit a city nearby - there has to be a city within driving distance that you've never been to or haven't spent a lot of time in and that has some fun tourist things to do.
Food, food and more food - this could be as budget friendly or as extravagant as you choose. Spend a day enjoying food. Use this as an opportunity to spend some time cooking together and enjoying the finished product OR eat out a few meals and revel in having someone cook and clean after you (and you'll soon be taking on that role for a little one!).
Whatever it is you decide to do, make it special and memorable. Try and get a little relaxation in and enjoy each other's company as much as possible.
Did you take a babymoon? Any memories or regrets?
Is there an awesome babymoon option not on the list?
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