If you want a way to spend some quality time with your partner before your little one arrives - but don't want to spend a fortune - these babymoon ideas on a budget are just what you need!
No matter the state of your bank balance, every expectant parent deserves a babymoon.
It's a special time for you to both relax and reconnect before moving on to a new and exciting stage in your lives.
It's also a nice opportunity for the mom-to-be to receive a little of the extra pampering she deserves, especially after making it through the morning sickness of the first trimester!
This is entirely up to you!
A babymoon could be an afternoon experience, an overnight stay, a weekend away or even a week of treats!
The best thing to do is design your babymoon around what you can afford, how much time you have available and how much you physically feel up to doing.
Fortunately, there are lots of lovely ways to spend special time with your partner without breaking the bank.
Here are some of my favorite ideas.
If you think that staying in a hotel close to home is a waste of money, then think again!
It's actually a very cost-effective way to take a break, as your travel costs are virtually zero and your travel time is brief.
This can actually be a real advantage in the later stages of pregnancy when traveling may become uncomfortable.
If you choose a nice hotel with amenities such as a pool and restaurant, you'll have everything you need and won't want to leave!
So really, you could be in a hotel just about anywhere.
(Check out my article Visiting a Spa When Pregnant to find out which amenities are safe for you to use).
Staying local also means you'll be near your medical care provider, if that's an important consideration for you.
Bed and breakfast accommodation can often be cheaper than staying in a hotel and tends to have a more personal and intimate atmosphere.
Lots of B&Bs offer dedicated babymoon breaks (the majority of the listings on this site are from B&Bs), but you can cut your costs further by booking at a regular room rate and adding your own special touches.
These could include fresh flowers, a visit to a local salon for a relaxing foot massage, non-alcoholic bubbly, or chocolate-covered strawberries.
You could also see if any local hotels offer pool passes, for an afternoon of blissful relaxation.
The website ResortPass.com is great for this!
Depending on the time of year, you can often get Air BnB accommodation at a fraction of the cost of hotels.
Again, you will want to think about adding those little extras to make your stay special.
And you don't even need to travel far from home - even a local Air BnB will provide a change of scenery and a break from your normal everyday life.
You can choose to go out to eat, order take out or - to save even more money - cook your own meals.
The best way to drastically cut costs is to have your babymoon at home.
With a little bit of planning, it can be just as special as a babymoon spent in a hotel or inn.
And you will feel perfectly relaxed, knowing that this special time falls within your budget.
The first step is for you and your partner to take time off work.
Let friends and family know what you are doing so that you're not disturbed during your staycation and - if possible - switch off your cell phones and disconnect from the real world.
If you can afford to, have your house professionally cleaned so you're not tempted to do any housework either!
Think about what you will do at mealtimes.
Perhaps you could go out to local restaurants for meals - after all, you've already saved on accommodation and travel costs. Or perhaps you could order food in.
Even more special, you could think about preparing elaborate meals together - something you may not have time to do when your little one comes along.
If the weather allows, plan a picnic in the park.
As a special touch, you could even order a gourmet picnic to be delivered to you.
Just don't forget a chair for the mom-to-be - a picnic blanket is not too inviting after the first trimester!
Plan a couple of special things to keep you busy during the day.
Take long walks in beautiful places, go to a movie in the afternoon, or take a day trip to a local attraction you've always meant to visit... most of us are guilty of not taking advantage of all the things there are to do in the areas in which we live.
This is your chance to enjoy them together!
Note: With any of these babymoon ideas on a budget, try to get some photos for you both to look back on in the future.
If you can afford one, a professional photographer would be ideal, but if not, just ask a friend or rely on selfies!
Your babymoon is a special time and one you will want to look back on and remember.
I also recommend sitting down together at the end of your babymoon and writing a letter to your baby, where you can share all your hopes for your lovely future ahead as a family of three.
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