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How to get the most out of your babymoon


    It can be challenging for new parents to give their romantic relationship the same attention they did before they entered parenthood. Consider a private dinner on the beach or an afternoon picnic in a secluded spot.

A “babymoon” — a vacation couples take in the months before they become parents — is an opportunity to spend quality time with your partner and indulge in some fun before your new arrival, said Sherry Alvarado, the experiences coordinator at Rosewood Bermuda. Alvarado has planned more than 100 babymoons over the last several years and has plenty of tips on how to make this trip one to remember.

Minimize travel time

Traveling can be especially exhausting for pregnant women, so Alvarado advised choosing a babymoon destination that is easy to reach. If you’re flying, avoid a destination that requires a layover.

Before you go, Alvarado said, make sure that you research the closest hospital to your hotel, in case you need to see a doctor. You should also carry a document that outlines anything specific a doctor should know about your pregnancy.

Book a babymoon package

Some properties, especially resorts, offer babymoon packages with inclusions like early check-in, daily nonalcoholic cocktails and prenatal spa treatments. These packages, Alvarado said, are usually attractively priced and can be a great way to save money on your getaway because they include several services and amenities for a minimal additional cost. Make sure to inquire about packages in advance.

Also, regardless of whether or not you book a babymoon package, let your hotel know in advance of your stay that you’re coming to celebrate your impending arrival — Alvarado said that some properties offer babymooners free room upgrades and tailored amenities like bibs and onesies.

Be indulgent

Babymooners should take every opportunity they can on their trip for self-care. “Your life will soon be dedicated to taking care of someone else, and now is your chance to indulge yourself without guilt,” Alvarado said. Consider, for example, booking a half- or full-day spa package with multiple treatments — particularly ones geared toward pregnant women. Enjoy several multicourse meals at upscale restaurants.

Also, let your hotel’s concierge make your restaurant reservations and book your excursions, and take advantage of any free services your hotel may offer.

Most important, because sleep may become a precious commodity once you become a parent, use your babymoon to get in as much rest as you can: sleep in, take an afternoon nap and call it an early night.

Don’t forget the romance

It can be challenging for new parents to give their romantic relationship the same attention they did before they entered parenthood, and Alvarado advised packing in a babymoon with couple-orientated activities. Consider a private dinner on the beach, an afternoon picnic in a secluded spot, a couples massage or a night when you sleep under the stars.

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