If you’re looking for babymoon ideas, you’ve come to the right place!
Whether you’re expecting you first of fifth baby, the months to come are bound to be a mixture of excitement and overwhelm. The internet is filled with checklists to ensure baby’s nursery is stocked with everything you’ll need once you bring him or her home from the hospital, but many baby books and online resources fail to mention the importance of taking the time to prepare you mind and body for what’s to come. While you may be counting down the minutes until you get to meet your bundle of joy, you want to ensure you and your partner are well-rested and ready to take on all of the changes that are about to come your way.
Enter: the babymoon.
Similar to a honeymoon, many couples organize a celebratory pre-baby vacation as a sort of last hurrah before the birth of their child, allowing them to grab a little R&R and spend some uninterrupted, quality time together. We’ve curated our favorite babymoon ideas below to suit different lifestyles and budgets!
What is a ‘babymoon’?
Similar to a honeymoon, a babymoon is a time for couples to enjoy some one-on-one time together before their newborn baby arrives. Whether you choose to organize an elaborate, weeks-long babymoon or a simple weekend getaway, the point is to rest, relax, and soak up some much-needed quality time as a couple before the birth of your new child.
Some couples only take a babymoon before their first child is born, while others organize a getaway for each of their pregnancies. Couples who already have kids sometimes organize a family babymoon, and sometimes the parents-to-be decide to enjoy a little time completely by themselves before the birth of each of their children. There’s no ‘right’ way to take a babymoon – as long as you leave feeling refreshed and ready for the next chapter in your lives, that’s all that matters!
When should you take a babymoon?
Before you start considering the babymoon ideas below, you should give some thought to the timing of everything. Most couples opt to organize a babymoon during the second trimester when morning sickness has (hopefully) decreased and third trimester discomfort hasn’t set in. Your ability to travel also plays an important role in deciding where and when to go. Most OB/GYNs advise against air travel after 36 weeks of pregnancy, but be sure to speak to your own doctor as he or she may advise against traveling sooner.
45 Babymoon Ideas For Soon-To-Be Parents
Whether you intend on organizing an extravagant babymoon or want to find a budget-friendly option you can enjoy closer to home, there are tons of great babymoon ideas you can consider to help you plan a celebration that is right for you and yours! We’ve included broad ideas below to help you determine which babymoon ideas appeal to you the most, with destinations for each to help inspire you.
9 International Babymoon Ideas
If you love to experience new cultures, an overseas getaway is a great option to consider for your babymoon since long-distance travel may not be in the cards for a while once baby arrives. You’ll want to consider things like travel time, preferred climate, whether you want your babymoon to be relaxing or full of adventure, and potential health risks of your destination.
Here are some popular international babymoon ideas:
- Sri Lanka
- Northern Europe (Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark)
- Southern Europe (France, Italy, Greece, Portugal, Spain)
- New Zealand
9 Beach Babymoon Ideas
If you’re looking for relaxing babymoon ideas, a beach vacay may be just what you need. Beach vacations are perfect for babymoons as they allow you to be lazy and soak up some Vitamin D, and if you get too hot, you can quickly plunge into the ocean or pool to cool off. There are so many beautiful beach destinations around the world to suit your travel and budget preferences, and we’ve listed some popular spots for you to consider below.
- Santorini, Greece
- The Bahamas
- The Cayman Islands
- Turks and Caicos
- The Florida Keys
- Cannon Beach, Oregon
9 Snow Babymoon Ideas
Whether you love the snow or simply can’t travel far enough away from it for your babymoon, there are lots of fun winter babymoon ideas to consider. We often associate snowy vacations with skiing, but there are lots of other ways you can enjoy a winter getaway. From snowshoeing, to horse-drawn carriage rides, to taking advantage of the hotel spa, to curling up with a good book next to a fireplace, the winter babymoon destinations below offer lots of options!
- Keystone, Colorado
- Park City, Utah
- Stowe, Vermont
- Olympic Valley, California
- Mont Tremblant, Canada
- Whistler, Canada
- Banff, Canada
- Granada, Spain
- St. Moritz, Switzerland
9 Weekend Babymoon Ideas
Not everyone has the time or financial means to take a long and luxurious babymoon to the Maldives or Bermuda, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still take advantage of a little R&R with your significant other. Depending on where you live, there are lots of vacation spots that make the perfect 3-5 day getaway. We’ve included some of our favorite ideas below to help you relax and unwind!
- New Orleans, Louisiana
- Miami, Florida
- New York City, New York
- Scottsdale, Arizona
- Las Vegas, Nevada
- Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
- Monterey, California
- Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
- Quebec City, Canada
9 Staycation Babymoon Ideas
While many of these babymoon ideas sound dreamy, travel may simply be out of the cards for a variety of reasons (hello, global pandemic!). If you’re looking for staycation babymoon ideas, there are so many things you can do to help you recharge and spend quality time with your partner from the comfort of your hometown. My only advice is to ensure you schedule the time off so you can truly unplug, and to plan activities to help you fully take advantage of your time together. Here are some staycation babymoon ideas to inspire you!
- Go camping or glamping
- Stay a night (or 2) in a hotel and order room service
- Organize a day of pampering at your local spa
- Be a tourist in your own city
- Have a TV and/or movie marathon complete with takeout and snacks
- Take an online class
- Complete a household project
- Organize a day trip
- Go to the theater
If you’re a parent-to-be, I hope this collection of babymoon ideas inspires you to find a way to take some time with your signifiant other in the months leading up to the birth of your child!