I love the idea of going on a baby moon. One last trip away just the two of you without worrying about any babies left at home. However with everything we need to get ready for baby to arrive there’s not a lot of cash left for a vacation. Which means it’s time to get clever.
Why bother with a baby moon? Frankly you don’t have to, baby moons are a fairly recent fad. But, it was so nice to just relax and not think too much about baby or our to do list. Also This is probably one of the last times we will be able to just pick up and go where we want on a whim, which is something I take for granted right now. I know it’s going to be harder with a little on in toe, so it’s nice to take advantage of that while we still can.
So this is what we did. I liked the cost savings on camping but the idea of sleeping on the ground at six months pregnant was not appealing. After a little research I came across these cute little cabins for only $75 per night, that had a fridge and a stove and it was within walking distance to the lake! Plus it was only a couple hours drive from home. We stopped at the grocery store on the way up and grabbed some food and drinks for the next day or so and we were on our way. It was nice just to sit in the car and chat for two hours uninterrupted. The only downside to this was the gas prices. For what we spent in gas on this trip we probably could have stayed in a hotel closer to home. Although it was totally worth it to be out in the middle of nowhere just connecting with nature and each other. We spent our time walking around and exploring and even decided to splurge on a boat rental and went on a FREEZING boat ride trying to fish but ultimately freezing our buns off. And totally had a blast.
Why spend money on a babymoon at all, when there’s so much to get for baby? Here’s the deal, it doesn’t matter if this is your first baby or 7th. No matter what you’re going to be shelling out a little extra dough on the new addition. I say take a chance to make your relationship a priority and do something fun. It doesn’t have to be pricey. Here’s a list of ideas for any budget.
FREE!!! Baby moon ideas
- Send the kids away or just make special time and “camp out” in the living room. There are tons of ideas online about living room date nights. Just set aside a night or two, turn off all the electronics and just be together. All the advantages of camping with the comforts of home.
- Bring the comforts of a hotel to your home. Put the nicest sheets on the bed, fill the fridge with yummy snacks and just chill. You could even check out some free sightseeing activities in your home town.
- If all you have is one day or even just an evening, make it special. Learn to cook something from you-tube together, play board games over a pizza and soda, or heck, just spend the night in bed together. Goodness knows alone time is hard to come by once there’s a new baby in the house.
Inexpensive Baby moons
- Go to a hotel a couple towns over and play the tourist. Not going too far from home means you can spend less in gas and pick somewhere with attractions that are within walking distance. Then just go about your activities in a leisurely manner.
- Last minute weekend cruises. Cruise ships will often deeply discount their fares a week or so before departure so you can get a serious discount on a last minute vacation.
- Do what we did and rent a cabin in the middle of nowhere. It’s easy inexpensive and totally relaxing.
Baby moons to splurge on
- Check out Disney without the kids. I know a ton of grown ups that love Disney maybe even more than their kids do. How nice would it be not to have to worry about diapers or naps while you’re at Disney?
- Check out an exotic resort. Pick one with a spa and get a couples massage. I hear massages during pregnancy are the bomb.
- Visit Europe. Take this opportunity to visit Europe stress free. You don’t have to worry about taking car seats on international flights or keeping babies or toddlers quiet. No strollers to push on cobblestone roads, just you and your love enjoying the romantic setting.
It doesn’t really matter where you decide to go, the point of a baby moon is to connect with your spouse. It’s about taking the chance to put your relationship on center stage and relax before life gets even more hectic.