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No, babymoons are definitely not just for first-time parents. Veteran parents also benefit from time away to relax, rejuvenate and reconnect as a couple before welcoming their new arrival. In fact, babymoons may be especially enticing to experienced parents who know firsthand that couple-time is harder to come by once baby arrives.
The term "babymoon" was coined by British author and childbirth educator Sheila Kitzinger. Originally, it was defined as the period of time after a baby's birth that the family spends alone together to facilitate bonding between parents and baby.
In recent years, the meaning of the word "babymoon" has grown to include the pre-baby jaunts taken by expecting parents. Celebrity babymoons (think Kanye & Kim and Kate & William) have fueled the popularity of pre-baby vacations. The travel industry has jumped on the bandwagon by creating wonderful, upscale vacation packages that cater to parents-to-be.
According to a survey conducted by Liberty Travel and Babycenter.com, 59% of new parents have taken a babymoon vacation that included an overnight stay away from home. Survey results also show that more than 2 million babymoons are taken by U.S. parents-to-be each year.
Babymoons are typically two to four nights long, but there are no hard and fast rules. If you prefer a week-long getaway, then go for it. Likewise, even an overnight babymoon at a wonderful inn or spa can be rejuvenating so don't let time constraints keep you from taking a pre-baby getaway.
If you just can't get away overnight, consider a one-day babymoon. Moms and dads who are crunched for time can spend a relaxing day together at a luxurious spa, close to home.
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While babymoon packages vary greatly, they are generally geared toward providing a luxurious, relaxing experience for parents-to-be. Here is a sampling of the amenities you may find in typical babymoon packages.
Click here to see a list of everything you'll need to pack for your babymoon, whether you're taking a break close to home or futher afield.
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