You’re approaching the middle of your pregnancy and you’ve discovered that in recent years, more and more expecting couples are taking a “babymoon” before their new bundles of joy arrive. You’d like to take one with your hubby yourself. The only problem is: you’re on a tight budget for baby. What to do?
British childbirth educator Sheila Kitzinger first used the term “babymoon” in 1994 when she described how parents enter a honeymoon-like phase with a baby right after a woman gives birth.
However, in recent years, the term has changed in meaning due to pop-culture magazines dubbing the trips celebrity couples were taking before their babies arrived, “babymoons.”
These days, a babymoon is a popular trend for parents-to-be to do, even if the concept may have not existed for generations past. A lot of new parents may want to take a babymoon, but, like you, might feel it is out of the question as staying on budget before baby arrives is a necessity. However, not all hope is lost!
Here are five wallet-friendly ideas for embarking on your own special babymoon before your due date.
5 Budget-Friendly Babymoon Ideas
1. Enjoy A Romantic Night Or Weekend Under The Stars
Instead of booking a night at a pricey hotel (where you’ll likely meet loads of other guests and won’t have privacy in the pool or hot tub areas), why not head into the great outdoors?
You can travel in a camper or set up a tent with cots or air mattresses to make your getaway more comfortable. There are so many positives to choosing a short and sweet camping trip as your babymoon destination – lots of one-on-one time, sleeping under the stars, romantic walks amid the beauties of nature, leaving technology behind for awhile.
2. Pamper Yourselves Together
Instead of booking a pricey hotel and massage package, why not look for spa deals locally?
3. Book A Weekend Away At A Bed-And-Breakfast
If you’d like to take a short weekend trip somewhere, a great solution is to look for a cute and romantic bed-and-breakfast.
My husband and I decided to spend our babymoon with a day trip to Galena, Illinois, followed by an overnight at The Hancock House, bed-and-breakfast in Dubuque. It was so much fun and the bed-and-breakfast was lovely, with wonderful owners and a quiet and laid-back atmosphere.
The good thing about bed-and-breakfasts is you don’t even have to leave if you don’t want to … many provide relaxing amenities on-site, such as free drinks and meals, as well as sitting areas.
Rooms also tend to be limited, so you probably won’t have to deal with noisy guests.
4. Recreate Your First Date Together
Was your first date so memorable you wish you could do it again? Well, why not recreate it? Visit the first restaurant you went to, talk about how far you’ve come since that day and share your dreams for the future.
As an added bonus, you don’t have to nervously worry about kissing at the end of the night!
5. Hit The Road For A Little While
It’s always fun to take a road trip to a place you’ve never been, even if it’s just locally. For a few days (or more) take a break from it all. Bring your camera and take lots of photos – of belly included.
These are memories you will cherish forever, and your little one will one day be happy to see photos of your babymoon adventure too.
Have Fun But Take It Slow!
Though I took my babymoon when I was around 36 weeks pregnant, it has been suggested to avoid traveling late in pregnancy, especially if you want to fly (some airlines also may not let you fly after a certain time during your pregnancy). You want to make sure you’re taking a safe babymoon, so be sure to remember not to overdo it.