Your due date is almost here and you’re both excited and a little stressed. Time to get away and we have some great ideas and tips for the best babymoon.
Planning a special getaway before or after a milestone event in your life creates an opportunity to make memories that will last a lifetime. Hence the “minimoon” or “honeymoon” is taken after a wedding or elopement. But, of all the “moons” you may take in your lifetime, perhaps the most exciting will be your “babymoon.” Everyone dreams of an exotic destination in which to celebrate by saying “I do.” But when it comes to where and how to mark the arrival of a newborn, you may need some help in planning your babymoon experience. Fortunately, we have seen our share of babymooners at the Captain Farris House in historic Bass River on Cape Cod. And we welcome each and every one of them. It’s a joy to share their excitement!
What is a Babymoon
If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, let us explain. A babymoon happens right before your newborn makes its way into the world. Whether it’s your first child or one of many that make up your family, taking time to enjoy the anticipation of a new arrival with a getaway for just you two makes the event extra special. Parents-to-be spend time reinforcing their own bond in preparation for meeting their newborn and getting ready to be first-time parents or parents redux.
When to Take a Babymoon
Experts agree that up to 36 weeks along it is safe to travel domestically. The sweet spot for a pre-baby getaway is after the first trimester when hopefully nausea has ebbed and you have a bit more energy. The second trimester, 14 to 28 weeks along, seems to be when most couples plan their babymoon. There is no hard and fast rule, however. Take into consideration the season, distance and mode of travel, and your planned activities to determine the best time for you and your partner to get away. Of course, if you’re having a difficult pregnancy, it’s wise to consult with your doctor before traveling. And, for peace of mind, be sure to bring along your prenatal documents.
Where to Take a Babymoon
Choose a destination that appeals to both of you. Research activities and events that you can enjoy together. Perhaps you want to return to a destination that holds significance for you, that special place where you first met, or where you got engaged. Some couples choose a new destination where they can create special memories surrounding the days or weeks just before the new baby arrives. Or choose a place that you wouldn’t consider traveling to with kids. That way you can indulge in all your favorite adult activities without worrying about how you would entertain the little ones. Whether it’s a road trip to somewhere local, or a distant dream destination on your bucket list, choose somewhere that interests you both.
What to do on a Babymoon
Most babymoon packages include a couples massage, prenatal for the mom-to-be, and deep tissue for her partner. But if you’re piecing together your own package, start with activities you enjoy doing together. A romantic dinner for two sets the stage for an intimate conversation about your parenting goals and maintaining a close personal relationship while raising your family. Be as active or relaxed as you prefer. Remember, this is most likely the last getaway for just the two of you before the baby arrives. If you’re babymooning with us here on Cape Cod, depending on the season we can help you plan a whale-watching adventure, guide you to our favorite hiking trails, recommend secluded beaches, or point you in the right direction for half a dozen ideas to get out and explore this lovely island/peninsula.
Special treats make a getaway extra special. Our Babymoon package offers special gifts for baby and parents upon arrival. Perhaps a hand-selected bouquet of seasonal flowers or a dozen roses waiting in your guest room on arrival is a surefire way to up the ante on romance. Add a reservations for our seasonal afternoon tea to soak in the relaxation and time spent together that the occasion truly deserves.
A babymoon, like a honeymoon, celebrates one of life’s most precious milestones. Take time to relax and enjoy this new adventure. We hope our ideas and tips for the best babymoon experience will help you plan the perfect getaway before your baby arrives. Call us to book your favorite room and reserve the add-ons that mean the most to you both