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Babymoon Tips for Parents-to-Be

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What expectant parent wouldn’t like one last vacation before the new baby arrives? A relatively new concept, babymoons have become a hot travel trend for couples seeking one last baby-free holiday. Parents-to-be can connect, relax and enjoy each other’s company before the child is born and life changes forever. I interviewed four fellow family travel experts who are babymoon veterans to get the scoop on this unique type of romantic getaway. Here are some expert babymoon tips on the why, where, and of stealing away before your due date.

Couple time is the best part of a babymoon (Photo credit: Lillie Marshall)

Couple time is the best part of a babymoon (Photo credit: Lillie Marshall)

Why go on a babymoon?

Couples plan a babymoon for a variety of reasons. A break away from home can relieve stress for both expectant parents. For Cheryl Leung of Kids on a Plane, she and her husband wanted a relaxing vacation after all the prep getting ready for the new family member. She said, “Decorating the nursery, researching strollers, cribs, and rocking chairs…I was ready for some R&R and my husband was ready for me to stop reorganizing the pantry. My nesting instinct kicked in pretty early on in my pregnancy and it was driving him crazy.”

It can be hard to focus on each other when every minute is spent either working for your day job or planning for baby’s arrival. A babymoon provides couples with an opportunity to reconnect with each other. For Sharon Gourlay of Wheres Sharon, she wanted to embark on a babymoon to “take advantage of one last trip and spend time with my husband.” Of course you’ll still be talking about the baby (a lot), but you’ll also spend time together over romantic dinners or walks on the beach. This couple time won’t end when baby comes, but it will be different.

Use your babymoon to indulge in the things that bring you joy. For Lillie Marshall of AroundTheWorldL, her favorite babymoon memory was a romantic beachside dinner. She said, “It combined food, great scenery, and my beloved partner—three things that do a pregnant woman good!”

Babymoon: A recipe for rest & relaxation. Credit: C. Leung

Babymoon: A recipe for rest & relaxation. (Photo credit: Cheryl Leung)

Where to babymoon?

In choosing a babymoon destination, the world is your metaphoric baby registry. Cheryl advises, “choosing a location that has activities or things that appeal to both you and your partner. While it’s a chance to relax, indulge and pamper yourself, a babymoon is also about celebrating each other.”

You could pick a destination that you wouldn’t consider visiting with kids, or you may choose to be close to home. Much depends on your comfort level, as well as how much time and money you have for your vacation. If you your time is limited, consider a short road trip or flight for a mini babmoon that will maximize the time at your destination. If you have medical concerns due to your pregnancy, it can be reassuring to babymoon somewhere nearby or in a locale that has good health and medical services.

The destination decision was an easy one for Lillie. She said, “One of my best friends was getting married in Hawaii (where her family lives) right when I was 6 months pregnant—the optimal time and place for a babymoon! We couldn’t resist making half the trip our baby celebration and half about the wedding. Also, Hawaii was perfect. It’s close to the U.S., with good doctor access, so I was comfortable being there.”

Be sure to get the ‘all clear’ from your doctor before making any travel plans. You should also make sure your insurance policy covers any medical emergencies while you’re away, especially if you choose to travel abroad.

Exploring Prambanan in Yogyakarta, Indonesia (Photo credit: S. Gourlay)

Exploring Prambanan in Yogyakarta, Indonesia (Photo credit: Sharon Gourlay)

When to babymoon?

For many women, the second trimester is the optimum time to schedule a babymoon. Morning sickness tends to diminish at this point in pregnancy, energy levels peak, and you aren’t too close to your due date to worry (too much) about delivering on the road.

Sharon cautions against babymooning during the first trimester, especially if you’re not feeling well. She traveled during the early part of her pregnancy, and said she suffered from morning sickness that lasted all day throughout their vacation. This put a serious damper on her babymoon fun.

Walking on the beach in Tampa, Florida Credit: N. Wiltrout
A babymoon walk on the beach in Tampa, Florida (Photo credit: Nicole Wiltrout)

A babymoon doesn’t mark the end of your travels!

Many couples plan a babymoon for fear that they will not be able to travel again after the baby’s arrival. This simply does not have to be the case. Nicole Wiltrout of Arrows Sent Forth said,”We weren’t sure what our travel lifestyle would be once our first-born came along, so we wanted to take one last trip before life changed drastically for us. In hindsight, we probably travel just as much, if not more, now that we have kids.

The great thing about a babymoon is that it’s celebrating a new beginning. It’s not the end of your travels. It’s really the start of your greatest adventure together—parenthood!

Did you go on a babymoon when you were expecting your first child? Tell us about your experience in the comments below!

A Note from The Curious Travel Mama: Thank you to Nicole Wiltrout (@arrowsentforth), Lillie Marshall (@WorldLillie), Sharon Gourlay (@WheresSharon) and Cheryl Leung (@kidsonaplane), for sharing these great babymoon tips!

About Claudia Laroye, The Curious Travel Mama

Claudia Laroye lives in Vancouver, Canada, with her husband and two sons (ages 18 and 20). She started travelling at a very young age, and has never stopped. She’s had the fortune of visiting more than 20 countries on four continents, and has also lived abroad in Sweden. Claudia is passionate about family travel and about educating children through the travel experience. She is the author of the thetravellingmom.ca, and contributes to many online and print media publications. Connect with Claudia on Twitter as @travelling_mom.

Comments
  1. Danielle (Bubs on the Move) says

    We took our babymoon at an island resort. I went into pre-term labour and had to be evacuated in the middle of the night by helicopter. My biggest babymoon tip is to not vacation far from medical care.

  2. Sharon @ Where's Sharon? says

    Thanks for including me!! Babymoons are awesome and definitely something people expecting should consider 🙂

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Thanks much for your wonderful advice Sharon! I went on a babymoon during both of my pregnancies – a must-do!

    • Claudia Laroye says

      Thanks for participating in the babymoon roundup, Sharon! Really appreciated passing along the wisdom of your experience to expectant traveling parents.

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