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20 Reasons Why Mom And Dad Should Go On A Babymoon

A lot of people will tell parents this and we can confirm that yes, they weren’t kidding at all: being a parent will change a couple. It will change their lives as they know it, and hopefully (in most cases) for the better. After all, being a parent is the most rewarding job in the world, and a blessing as well.

But at the same time there will be challenges, and there will be times that mom and dad don’t know what the heck they're doing, even if they feel like they’ve got everything under control. That’s parenthood, after all. The moment a mom thinks she's “got it,” the baby is there to remind her that she doesn’t, with his last lunch and spit up all over her shoulders.

Knowing that there are challenging months ahead, the best thing any mother and father-to-be can do is perhaps take a babymoon for themselves, and well before the baby is even born. After all, they might as well take advantage of all those JetBlue deals while they can. And yes, traveling as a family of three or even four down the road can get pretty expensive. That Caribbean all-inclusive resort with the turquoise beaches is not going to visit itself.

20 It's Just The Two Of You

We’d hate to be the first ones to break it to you, but yes, this might be one of those rare occasions that it will only be the two of your for the next several years. Sure, you might want to take a little mini-break with your husband after the baby is born, but you’ll be surprised at how much the two of you and your conversations will change. The Huffington Post writes, “A holiday is a great way to rekindle those reasons you decided to get pregnant with this person in the first place. You can focus on the fun you have together and how they make you feel.”

19 You Can Create Beautiful Memories With The Belly

Young pregnant woman holding vintage camera.

For a lot of mothers-to-be, being pregnant is one of the most glorious times of their lives. It’s no wonder that so many mothers love to document their baby bump progress because it truly is a fascinating and one of a kind experience. So why not give that baby bump what it deserves in the form of a nice baby moon? After all, it’s doing a lot of work for you! Everyday Family writes, “Knowing when to recharge the ol’ batteries is an essential strategy in the battlegrounds of parenting. Those early years of childrearing can be hard on a marriage and going in with a good connection can be vital.”

18 You Can Catch Up On ‘Me’ Time Before Baby Time

Here’s another little secret that we would like to let you in on: there is going to be very little “me” time after the baby. Honestly, many moms can’t remember the last time they got a pedicure or waxed their eyebrows because having “me” time isn’t as frequent as it used to be before. We’d hate to scare you, but someone’s got to tell you the cold, hard (and sometimes ugly) truth like it is. One pregnant mama for The Huffington Post writes, “We read, slept, ate and talked for seven days. Pregnant women need rest. And so do their partners.”

17 You Can Hit Up All The Good Spas

For some women, their pregnancies can feel like a dream. For other mothers, not so much. If you have any aches or pains or if you simply feel uncomfortable because of joint pain (or any other pregnancy-related pains), treat yourself to as many spa treatments as possible. You don’t have to travel very far for an appointment, either. Everyday Family suggests, “If a tropical getaway isn’t in your budget, book a hotel room close to home and enjoy some room service or an on-site spa. The point is some quality time together and connecting as a couple before you tackle diaper duty!”

16 It's All About Rest and Relaxation

Quickly after the baby is born, you will find out that parenting is an exhausting but one of the most rewarding jobs in your life. That’s why you might as well get as most rest and relaxation as you can, while you can. Because once that baby makes his or her debut, it’s going to be all about them for the next several months. That’s why you should relax, but move around while you’re at it, too. The Bump writes, “No matter how you're traveling, try to get up and move around every hour or two to aid circulation, and try not to cross your legs—you'll lessen the risk of blood clots.”

15 You Should Just Do It Because You Can

So why should you take a babymoon before the baby is born with your partner? The answer is pretty simple: it’s because you can. If you have the means to get out of town for a quick little weekend getaway, by all means, don’t hesitate! It’s a decision that you won’t regret, trust us. Your life is about to change. You might as well make the most of what little time you have left before your due date. Everyday Family makes this very good point, “The most important thing right now is that mama is happy and healthy. There’s always the chance to make your next babymoon actually with your baby, right?”

14 It Is The Real ‘Time Out’

As a parent, trust us that you will see plenty of time outs in your life. But this is one “time out” that you might want to have for yourself. And yes, it’s one that you definitely deserve. A babymoon is a great way to take a time out and reflect on your pregnancy and what’s ahead for your future. Mom.me says, “If your partner can't go away with you for some reason, you can go with a friend or your mom, which is not technically a babymoon but it's a good chance for you to relax and you can call it a babymoon.”

13 It Can Be A Special Time To Reflect

Also, a babymoon will give you time to reflect on how your life will change in the coming weeks, and that’s something you might not be able to do at home and in your own environment. You might be able to think more clearly at a resort under a shaded palm tree near the beach! The Huffington Post writes, “Throughout pregnancy, there are many places where you and your partner will start to envision your future family life. Ikea is one. And walking down a beach should definitely be another. The dreams we made with waves lapping over our feet were of an infinitively higher quality than those made near shelving units.”

12 It Is Possible For Everyone If They Budget Accordingly

Let’s be realistic here: not everyone can get up and go on a lavish or luxurious babymoon and we totally get that. But at the same time, there are different and unique ways that you can “get away” without having to really “go away.” You can consider a staycation and keep things close to home or if you budget accordingly, go on a trip that your heart desires to go on. Also, minimize travel time. The Bump writes, “Enduring a layover or a 10-hour car ride is no way to start a relaxing trip. Make sure you choose a location that won’t require too much effort.”

11 It’ll Be An Adventure

No matter how you look at it, the trip will definitely be an adventure and one that you will look back fondly on, especially if it’s just you and your partner. Plus, it’s a babymoon for the two of you, so think of it as another honeymoon, but with your huge baby bump, instead (something you might or might not have worked on during your honeymoon). Mom.me writes, “Your partner will probably be willing to participate in activities he might not normally do such as: High tea! Broadway musical! Diana Gabaldon book signing! Historical homes tour! Simply because he's all about indulging you.”

10 Do It While You Can Still Afford It

Here’s something else to consider: do it while you can still afford it. Because we don’t want to be the first ones to tell you this, but diapers and wipes can set you back a ton. This might be the only time in your life before baby that you can sip on a virgin drink by the pool in total peace, too. News.com.au writes, “Even if you aren’t paying your hospital bill yet, 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’re still living a hedonistic life.” Point well taken.

9 Use The Time To Observe Other Kids And Families

Another good reason to take a babymoon is that this might be the only chance that you can sit down and observe other families, while you still can – and before you become that “other family.” In other words, you get to see how other moms and dads interact with their children in public, and see if this is something that you would want for yourself. With your own child next to you, you might not be able to do that. Mom.me has this good point, “If you go to Disneyland, you can tell your baby that he/she has already been there in utero and spare yourself another trip.”

8 It Is A Necessary Time To Recharge

Regardless if you are pregnant or not, every person can benefit from having a vacation or just stepping away from their everyday realm. It’s a way to help step back from your everyday life and of course, time off to recharge your batteries. Also, it will give you an opportunity to bond with your partner and talk about your future together. The Huffington Post writes, “A babymoon gives you both the chance to share these feelings in a safe, relaxed place. And you'll leave with the secure knowledge that no matter what's on your mind, it's fine to let those thoughts out.”

7 It’s More Than Just A Vacation

Let’s face it: a babymoon is more than a vacation. It’s a celebration of what is to come ahead and having time to think about the family that you are about to have. It’s very exciting and it’s also a way to “let loose” so to speak. If you book yourself an all-inclusive vacation at a Caribbean resort, consider yourself very, very lucky. Mom.me writes, “You can eat as much as you want and not worry about gaining [...] over vacation, because you would be gaining it anyway. Might as well gorge yourself on fine foods at fancy restaurants instead of whatever is in your fridge.”

6 Travel And Family Experts Recommend it

Plus, have you ever heard of someone say that their babymoon or their vacation was a waste of time and money? That’s rarely the case, unless it was a complete disaster. If planned correctly, babymoons can be very memorable, and if not one of the best trips of your life. Family travel expert Laura Begley Bloom told Forbes, “There are so many amazing places to go, and I think taking a babymoon is an important ritual for parents-to-be. Your life is about to change - big time - so this is a great opportunity to have some bonding and alone time before the baby comes along.”

5 It Will Stay As A Reminder Of The Good Times

And yes, your babymoon will always stay as a reminder of the good times, especially when the going gets tough. It might be that one last opportunity to sleep as much as you want (on beds in four star hotels no less), order room service or watch as many reruns of your favorite primetime television programs as you’d like. The babymoon should be about you and your partner, and that’s it. Laura Bloom adds, “When you're up at 4am trying to feed and calm down a crying baby, you can pull out the photos from that last blissful trip and channel the relaxation you felt.”

4 You Can Use The Time To Think About Your Birth Plan

Also, take this opportunity to think about your birth plans, how you want things done, and what you might expect once you bring your baby home. It will also give you an opportunity to think about a Plan B, should you need one. After all, we know that anything can happen at any time. Take this time to think about the pros and cons of your birth plan an what you want. Babywise writes, “Set time aside on your babymoon, over dinner or a lounge at the pool, to get on the same page about your birth plan, and how you’ll handle things if the plan doesn’t go your way.”

3 It's A Time Where You Two Can Truly Communicate

Most importantly, communicate with your partner. Tell your partner about your feelings, how excited you might be about becoming a mother and yes, your fears. You’ll be surprised at how he might open up and do the same with you. Babywise writes, “Use your babymoon to discuss things like baby’s sleep training, feeding and diaper routines. Who will do what and how often? Be proactive as a couple and when baby arrives, you’ll be more prepared and not reactive. You can even use your babymoon time to read through the Babywise book and highlight spots that resonate for later reference.”

2 Go During Your Second Trimester

While you are free to go on your babymoon during anytime of your pregnancy, many travel experts suggest that you go during your second trimester. While traveling during your third trimester is fine too, you might not want to go anywhere far away too close to your due date. At least, not without your doctor’s approval first. Babywise writes, “Travel in the second trimester, as the chances of any complications are pretty small. On top of that, you usually feel great at that time and are still fit enough to really enjoy the trip. We visited Bali, Switzerland, and France.”

1 Remember That Traveling Will Never Be The Same

Remember, nothing will be the same. Your life is about to change, but believe is us when we say that it will change for the better. Don’t think of motherhood as a job, but as a gift and for some people, a blessing. It might take some time to get used to and yes, it might feel like a life-long internship. You will be learning along the way. But at the same time, you’ll feel so incredibly happy knowing that you’ve created a family that is full of love, understanding, happiness and good health. Book that babymoon, mama, and good luck and enjoy!

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