Becoming a parent is an exciting time, whether it is your first, second or fifth. It is also a lot of work and can come to dominate your life with great rewards. The idea of the babymoon is to have a break together, before the two years of baby-dominated chaos sets in. At first glance, it may seem like a gimmick from travel agents to get pending parents to grab one last holiday – but are there good reasons to take a babymoon?
Reasons to consider a babymoon
Family vacations are something that most parents look forward to, going somewhere with your kids and experiencing something different. But there’s something unique about a child-free break that parents come to appreciate after the opportunity has passed. That is why many couples are having a babymoon, a holiday taken before the baby comes along that allows you both a break before the busy times begin.
Having a baby also puts a lot of strain on a relationship, with the demands of the baby, of work and all those other factors leaving little time for each other. By spending some quality time together, without kids, before the baby arrives, you enter this busy time with a strong bond and good memories to work with.
Of course, the relaxation factor is another huge reason to take a babymoon. With all the preparations and the physical stress of carrying a baby, both of you are likely tired. If you have other kids, this is even more the case. So, a dedicated holiday where you relax and release all that stress acts as a kind of refresher for the good chaos to come.
Where to go?
For a lot of people, a beach holiday is the perfect babymoon. Relaxing on the sands, swimming in the pool or the sea, enjoying good food without needing to travel far, all of these factors point towards this kind of holiday. The buoyancy of the sea is a very therapeutic thing for pregnant ladies so this is another reason to vote for the beach.
However, where you go doesn’t matter too much. What you should do is check out the availability of medical care in your desired location. While you wouldn’t travel if you thought there was a problem, it never hurts to make sure help is on hand if you did need it.
Comfort is another factor in your choice. For example, some pregnant ladies find high temperatures don’t agree with them so consider the temperature of the location when you make your choice. Or you may be finding that eating is tricky so what kind of food is going to be on offer? With all the medical advice, this can be a minefield to start with and if your body is making things more complicated then choosing somewhere that has a good range of simple, well-made meals is crucial.
Getting away from it all before the big baby day is an idea many parents are adopting. It creates a break between the time before and the time of the new baby and allows the two of you to spend some time together, as well as away from all the well-meaning advice of others.