Babymoons. Just like a honeymoon, the babymoon is all about escaping the day to day, offering a last chance romantic getaway before baby makes three or more. More realistically, for those with tired swollen ankles and a sore back, it's a little quiet time for parents-to-be to enjoy together.
Being pregnant is a happy — and hectic — time. Chances are you’ve been in overdrive lately — running to doctor’s appointments, shopping for baby gear, stocking up the freezer. A babymoon is a timely trip-for-two that’ll give you and your baby's daddy a chance to catch your breath and do some serious couple bonding before your bundle arrives.
Here are a few tips for planning your babymoon!
1. Time it right!!
Who wants to travel when they can barely keep down a bagel for breakfast? And who feels like hitting the road when they barely fit in the car? That’s why the sweet spot for a babymoon is during the second trimester (weeks 14 through 28), when you’re past the queasies but not too big to get around easily.
2. Make low stress travel arrangements
You might love to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef or climb Mount Kilimanjaro, but now’s not the time to head halfway around the world or tackle extreme adventures. Keep it simple, close to home and make sure medical help is close by.
3. Book the right room
Sleeping with a basketball in your belly is tough enough at home — the last thing you want is another sleep-sapper on your babymoon. When making your reservation, look for a king-sized bed and ask for extra pillows to support your body (but consider bringing your own favorite pillow for your head). Quiet is key, so ask about and pass on rooms near the elevator or overlooking the kiddie pool.
4. Choose the right spot
When picking your destination, go for a place that offers opportunities for serenity along with pregnancy-friendly activities. Obvious choices include a beachside resort or a B&B near a town with strollable sights.
Remember it's all about relaxing and taking time out for yourself and as a couple. Enjoy your babymoon!!
How can one tiny person need so many things! Use this shopping list to navigate your way through preparation for your newborn!
Natural fabrics like merino and cotton are a must for (newborn) babies. Synthethic fibres do not breathe and can cause overheating or sweating. Merino really is the safest fibre to dress your baby in as it regulates temperature and controls moisture, which means your little one is comfortable and dry.
O A bassinet, Moses basket or baby hammock
O 4x (merino) swaddle wraps
O 3x fitted bassinet sheets
O 2x merino blankets
O 1x woollen mattress protector
O Baby bath/Tummy tub
O 5x washcloths
O 2x hooded towels
O 1x bath support
O 5x full-length (merino or cotton) stretch-n-grow suits
O 3x merino onesies
O 3x cotton onesies
O 3x singlets
O 4x socks
O 4x leggings
O 2x cardies
O 8x bibs
O 2x merino beanies
O 2x cotton hats
O (cloth) nappies - when using normal nappies budget on needing around 10 a day. If you are planning to use cloth, it's recommended to buy at least 18.
O Change mat
O 20x reusable wipes
O eco friendly & natural wipes for 'on-the-go'
O a natural barrier cream
O Nappy bucket
On the move
O Nappy bag
O Baby carrier/Sling - like Ergo Carrier/Tula Baby Carrier
Happy shopping :) x
Kim is the owner of SNUGBAGS - Merino for Kids. Together with her partner James and their little girl Neeva Rose, she lives in a little beach town called Piha on the West Coast in New Zealand. They love surfing, building sandcastles and all things natural and organic.