Babymoons: 7 Travel Tips for Expecting Parents by Maisie Knowles

Today’s post on the rising babymoon travel trend comes from guest blogger, Maisie Knowles.Babymoons: Travel Tips for Expecting Parents by Maisie Knowles

I realize that welcoming another human into the world means that your travel style will change – some could argue for the better.

How amazing to show the world to someone else for the first time. (I’ll never forget my first vacation with my parents – Disneyworld when I was 3-years-old. I saw my friends, my favorite cartoon characters, come to life. I believed anything was possible.)

Personally, I’m not in the babymoon market – my travel style still resembles a 21st birthday party. But these days it seems like my fellow twentysomething friends have been busy baking buns in the oven. So here you go, prego friends!

Babymoons: Travel Tips for Expecting Parents

Dear Expecting Parents: Before you dive into the world of dirty diapers and sleepless nights, take advantage of your current freedom and go on a babymoon!

This pre-baby vacation helps you connect as a couple while relaxing and rejuvenating before the stress of parenthood hits.

If you’re planning on having more than one child, make sure you take an extra long babymoon, since you may not have the luxury of traveling sans children for many more years.

Consider the following tips to ensure comfort, value and fun as you plan this important getaway –

1. Travel During Your Second Trimester
This is the most comfortable part of your pregnancy. Hopefully morning sickness has passed and your growing belly isn’t making you feel like you’re coming apart at the seams. Keep in mind, however, that some cruise lines won’t sell tickets to women who are pregnant beyond 24 weeks, so check out this comprehensive list of cruise line policies before booking.

2. Visit Child-unfriendly Locations
Find a location you won’t visit when children are part of your family. For example, a Disney Cruise is easy to do with little ones, but a spa and shopping mall is next to impossible with a toddler. A two-hour flight is relatively easy with children, but a flight to Hawaii or overseas will bring parents to their breaking point.

3. Eat Together
Plan plenty of quiet meals with your partner and cherish those uninterrupted adult conversations. It gets significantly harder to have a relaxing meal when a toddler is throwing food and screaming at the dinner table.

4. Visit a Spa
During your second trimester, you can again indulge in a relaxing massage and planning this during the beginning of your babymoon will help set the tone for the rest of your trip. Pedicures are also great, since it will soon be increasingly difficult for you to reach your toes.

5. Use Gift Cards
Save on your babymoon costs and buy gift cards at a discounted rate for your airfare, hotel stay, dining, car rental and spa treatments. Sites like GiftCardGranny.com have hundreds of travel-related discount gift cards for purchase, from airlines to bed and breakfast websites. Remember to buy your gift cards a couple weeks in advance to account for order processing and mailing time.

6. Be Adult-only Active
Participate in adult-only activities, such as going to a movie, dancing the night away, visiting museums, catching a theater show, going to a sporting event, or eating in a nice restaurant. Basically, think of everything you would not do with a squirmy toddler in tow, then plan on doing those things. Read “8 Best Babymoon Trips” from Parents Magazine for destination ideas.

7. HAVE FUN!
Delight in being adults; you have plenty of years ahead to enjoy being a kid with your kid. Take advantage of this time to do grown-up activities.

Maisie Knowles

Maisie Knowles is a working mother of two with three-year’s experience writing on parenting and partner issues. You can find her at www.topofahill.com and www.bestbabystuff.com.

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  • Heather

    There wasn’t a name for it at the time, but that is technically what I did at 7 1/2 months pregnant with my son. A cruise with all the trimmings!

    Tough to find that swimsuit and evening wear to make it work with the big bump, but worth it.

    – H

  • John Rewolinski

    When my wife and I made a trip to a family wedding the doctor told us the ideal time to travel during pregnancy is the second trimester. You definitely want to get your doctor’s okay on any kind of travel during this time. There are other things to consider like making sure you have an aisle seat when flying which will allow your pregnant wife to get up more easily to reach the restroom or just to stretch her legs and back. You should also only fly on major airlines with pressurized cabins and avoid smaller private planes. If you must ride in smaller planes, avoid altitudes above 7,000 feet. These are all things you should discuss with a doctor along with how many pillows is she going to need to stay comfortable.

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  • Traveling is how I got pregnant with my husband! lol

    I love traveling with my son, but now that he is a teenager he wants to stay around his friends. Babymoon is a cute idea.

    Cath