After your wedding, chances are you went on a honeymoon. This romantic getaway helped bring you and your partner closer together before starting your new marriage with a relaxing vacation after the stress of wedding plans and celebrations. A babymoon is similar vacation. New parents take time to enjoy each other as partners before or after they are busy raising their new child. The difference between the two vacations is that you can choose to take this vacation before or after the baby arrives.
A babymoon can be a vacation or a preparatory experience. Some choose to take time before childbirth to relax. When a child is born, parents will experience a whole new set of responsibilities. Before this new exciting and stressful time, some couples choose to take time before the baby’s due date to relax and strengthen their relationship as partners so that they are fully prepared for the arrival of the child. Taking a relaxing vacation during this period can also be beneficial to the mother during the final term of her pregnancy, keeping the baby relaxed as safe before birth as well. When the child arrives you will both be able to make the most out of the first days of your child’s life.
There are also programs designed to help couples prepare to be parents. Couple’s retreats are facilities where soon-to-be parents can have a space to share feelings and have important discussions in a calm, non-judgemental environment. You will have guidance and support by professionals and other couples. This can deepen your relationship as a couple and prepare you for your new role as parent. Studies show that the first few weeks after childbirth is crucial time to create the bonds between mother and child and the bonds for the complete family unit. To be completely ready, you may choose to take a babymoon to feel comfortable and confident as new parents.
For other couples, once a baby is born and the bonds have been established, it can be difficult to find time to enjoy time together as partners during the first few months of a baby’s life. A newborn requires 24/7 care and attention and the two of you will be sharing the responsibility of raising your new child. To take time brief time away from this overwhelming responsibility, many couples choose to take a babymoon after the baby is born. Leaving the child with a family member or at-home nurse, couples can take a romantic weekend or week away from the responsibilities of parenthood can help recharge your relationship. Most parents may want to wait to have this getaway at least three months if not six months into the child’s life as breast-feeding during this time will be a crucial part of the child’s development.
Whether you choose to plan you babymoon before or after your child is born, it is important that you and your partner maintain a strong relationship to sustain each other as romantic partners and strong parents.