Cheap Babymoon Ideas
In a world of birthing classes, breastfeeding classes, baby showers, and diaper parties, one thing sticks out to me as an absolute must – no matter your budget – while you’re pregnant. You absolutely MUST take a Babymoon! Instead of spending your unborn baby’s college tuition on a trip, check out these cheap babymoon ideas.
When I was pregnant with Nugget, we were financially strapped and stressing about finances constantly, but we made it a priority to take a simple Babymoon to enjoy one last trip together before our family of two became a family of three.
Frugal Babymoons Are Possible!
Now I realize how irresponsible this sounds in the day and age of Dave Ramsey, but I’m taking a stance and will shout it from the rooftops.
Yes, you can theoretically find an excuse to spend money on just about anything when you are already in debt. A new kitchen is something that you can do anytime. A new car, a new wardrobe.
But a trip with your significant other before the baby comes is a special time that you just can’t replicate any other time…especially if you are currently expecting your first baby. Read about my journey to afford to be a stay at home mom here.
On October 30, 2014, I was about 22 weeks pregnant with Nugget.
I ended up being hospitalized for preterm labor and spending a night in the hospital. Luckily, everything ended up being fine, but it made us realize just how little time we had left as just the two of us.
The following weekend, we took an extra day off work and took a trip to Wilmington, NC. We lived in Pittsburgh at the time, so it was a decently long trip to in November with a pregnant bladder through the mountains of West Virginia.
I am SO glad we decided to go.
We found a great deal on a room with a kitchen on hotels.com and booked it for two nights.
We also found a couple of great deals on restaurant.com for local eateries that helped us save a few bucks on date nights out. We probably spent around $500 total between the room, food, and gas to and from our destination.
One thing we did that definitely isn’t a must, but was a fun splurge for us was getting a 4D ultrasound.
I remember looking at Scotty outside of the USS North Carolina and asking him if he was interested in spending some frivolous money. He looked at me with his “oh geez, what now” grin and said “Sure!”
I showed him on my phone a local ultrasound boutique and called to schedule an appointment for the next day. Since our appointment, I’ve heard some things questioning the safety of these boutique ultrasounds, so please do your homework before following in our footsteps.
We enjoyed the experience and left the appointment with a nice DVD of our session and some printed pictures of our little Nugget.
We woke up bright and early and went to watch the sunrise together for the first time.
We spent the night making chocolate covered strawberries and spending some quality time together.
The hotel actually had a pool and hot tub (which was the coolest temperature hot tub I’ve ever encountered…perfect for a pregnant mama!) which was AMAZING for my growing belly. Having the opportunity to take some pressure off of my back was such a nice treat.
At the end of the day, the main reason I believe you MUST take a Babymoon with your partner is that you have to spend that week or weekend looking at each other with new eyes.
This is still the person you fell in love with, but you’re experiencing them as all yours for the last time. They will soon also belong to a little helpless person whose needs trump your own.
You’ll be so happy when your new little bundle of joy arrives, but sometimes sad too because you remember back when you had seemingly endless hours to spend making plans and enjoying each other’s company.
In just a few short weeks or months, your time will be dictated by a tiny person who gets the final say in when (or if) you eat dinner together, when you get to go to sleep, and when you get some quality couple time alone.
Yes, I know you’re pregnant and sleeping on the ground in a cabin is the last thing you feel like doing right now. I get it.
Get creative! Either camp in a tent with a nice air mattress (I’ve done this while pregnant a few times. You make it work if you really want to) or try glamping instead!
Either rent an RV for a weekend or rent a cabin.
All the comforts of home (or at least most of them) without the high price tag.
Be flexible with your destination and amenities and you will almost definitely find a great deal!
If you have an extremely tight budget or just don’t feel like traveling, try a staycation!
With each of my pregnancies, I’ve been nauseated from start to finish. Sometimes, long car rides are the exact opposite of a vacation to me.
Check out my best tips for an awesome staycation here!
Air BNB or VRBO
Take a trip, even if it’s just to a tent in your backyard, where you turn off your cell phones (we did this!) and protect your minutes together as a couple.
Take a page out of Pam Beasley-Halpert’s book and take mental snapshots in your mind of each moment and really soak it up. Try not to talk about the pending arrival the whole time.
Be excited! But also spend your time reminiscing about how and where you fell in love, on special moments that you will always cherish, and focus on building some new memories as the excitement of a huge, impending life change fills the air!
I promise, you won’t regret it!
Did you take a Babymoon? Where did you go? What advice do you have for other expectant parents…especially those who need to Babymoon on a budget?