My brother and his wife are expecting their first baby soon, so when he told me he wanted to take her on a short getaway before the baby arrives, I thought it was a great idea. “Do you have any good recommendations for a babymoon?”, he asked me. “A baby – what?”, I replied. Turns out he was asking me about a fairly new travel trend for expectant parents and, as the family travel expert, I was a bit embarrassed to tell him I hadn’t heard about it.
After a bit of research, here’s what I’ve learned: a “babymoon” is a sort of “last chance” trip for couples
who are about to enter (or re-enter) parenthood. It’s an opportunity for them to take a break from reading baby books, preparing the nursery and visiting doctor’s offices, and to spend some romantic time together, to be pampered, and to indulge themselves a bit before life as they know it changes completely. A USA Today
article reports that as many as 59 percent of parents-to-be plan a last hurrah vacation during pregnancy. Seems like this trend is here to stay!
As I checked online for some good places to recommend to my brother, I found that there are many
hotels, spas, and B&B’s that are offering Babymoon packages tailored to the needs of expectant couples. Some focus on the romance aspect and reconnection for the parents-to-be. They include a candlelit dinner for two, in-room massage and treats like sparkling cider served in crystal champagne flutes or chocolate covered strawberries. Other packages focus on fun and activities, like prenatal yoga classes and shopping for baby clothes, even an ice cream sundae greeting upon arrival. Some additional very creative offerings created just for moms-to-be include:
A late-night "cravings" room service menu
Lymphatic massage designed to relieve swelling and discomfort
Golf cart service around the hotel grounds to minimize walking
A mini-bar filled with non-alcoholic healthy drinks and snacks
For my brother and his wife, I found a place in the quaint town of Jefferson
, east of Dallas and just a few miles west of the Louisiana border. Jefferson is a historic town, with many beautiful old houses and antique shops, the perfect location for a romantic getaway. When I saw that the Hale House Inn
offered a Babymoon package, I thought it would be just right for them. They booked a weekend and are looking forward their trip in a few weeks.
And I'm looking forward to becoming “Uncle” Traveling Man!