Welcoming a child into your home is one of the most magical experiences you could ask for. The opportunity to grow a family together with your partner is a profound one and one that presents new joys and challenges in equal measure.
But the ‘challenge’ aspect of new parenthood has given birth to a new form of pre-childbirth ritual, and a trend which has caught on amongst new and expecting parents around the world: the babymoon.
What is a Babymoon?
A babymoon shares much in common with the concept of the honeymoon – which is, of course, the holiday a newly-married couple takes immediately after their wedding to enjoy the first weeks of their new life together in bliss. The babymoon is less of a ‘first’, though, and more of a ‘last’.
A babymoon is the last holiday an expecting couple takes before the birth of their first child. It is a getaway to celebrate a new phase in life together, and also a chance to savour the last moments before what will be an inevitably stressful shift to new responsibilities.
Why Have a Babymoon
A babymoon is a fantastic idea for a number of reasons. First and foremost, a babymoon is a beautiful way to make memories around the birth of your child. It is a chance to reflect on the pregnancy or surrogacy journey thus far, and to dream big about the future without concerning yourself too heavily with the logistics of childbirth.
The babymoon is also a chance to find the right headspace for your new lives as parents. The final weeks before you receive your new child are often fraught with anxiety, as you organise your leave from work and the buying of various items to prepare your home for the new arrival. Taking a pre-child holiday is just the stress reliever you might need to centre yourself before your life changes completely and utterly.
Tips for Planning the Perfect Babymoon
No two babymoons will ever necessarily look the same. Rather, your babymoon should be personal to you and your partner, for you both to enjoy before your family dynamic changes forever. If you or your partner are pregnant with your child, you might want to consider a place with connections to a quality healthcare service in case of premature delivery. Otherwise, though, the sky is the limit!
Speaking of which, a babymoon might seem an unnecessary expense – especially in times of relative economic strife. But there are ways in which you can mitigate the cost of your holiday, and make it all the more worthwhile. For example, if you work for the NHS you could use a TUI discount for a cheaper flight, or even a package holiday deal.
Your babymoon should not be a holiday chock-full of action and activities, mind. This is your last chance to enjoy one another as you are, and your last opportunity to properly think about your joint future as co-parents. Bearing this in mind might impact your choice of destination; the more tranquil, the better you may find your holiday.
Are you planning or considering a babymoon?
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Judith Allen says
Does sound a lovely idea, but who has the money for it? Okay, so I’m sounding a bit of a wet blanket here, but a babymoon seems like a marketing drive to get us to buy more.