5 Helpful Tips for Traveling during Your Babymoon

Pregnant couple walking on beach dunes

Most couples look forward to a honeymoon soon after their wedding, but another practice that’s become more common over the years is what’s called a “babymoon,” or a vacation before the birth of a child. Babymoons provide partners with the opportunity to bond one-on-one before their lives change and inevitably become busier and more stressful due to parenthood. At the same time, they can serve as a joyful start to a new chapter in a couple’s story—one that involves building a loving home and raising a happy family. 

Though most babymoons are planned to happen before the birth of the first child, there’s no stopping you and your partner from booking vacations for your next pregnancies. A babymoon is as flexible as a honeymoon – you can choose where to go and how long you’ll be away.

You can pull out all the stops by traveling abroad, book a modest trip to the mountains, or simply take time off work together for a staycation as a tourist in your own town. The possibilities are endless, and you and your partner are sure to enjoy the experience as long as you’re thoughtful about your planning. 

Below are a few tips for traveling safely and comfortably during your babymoon and having a fun and fulfilling celebration with your partner. 

1. Determine the Best Possible Time to Travel 

The first thing you should do before you set any babymoon plans in stone is determine when it is safest and most appropriate for you to travel. Most moms choose to go on babymoons during their second trimester or early in the third, when pregnancy symptoms are most manageable.

It’s totally possible to go on a vacation later into your third trimester, your energy levels, fatigue, and appetite may limit your options in terms of activities to do. Also, most airlines won’t let you fly after a certain point.

Regardless of where you go and how long you’ll be gone, you and your partner have to make it a point to not overdo it and exhaust yourselves! Remember, this is a trip to relax and spend time together.

Once you’ve determined an ideal date, choose a location for your babymoon. Don’t forget to consider factors like what the weather will be like and how crowded your destination may be at this time of the year, as these can impact your overall enjoyment of the trip.  

2. Make Comfort and Convenience Your Priorities While Packing

When packing for your babymoon, pick clothes that are comfy, easy to put on, and easy to wear for extended periods. Babymoon wardrobe must-haves include stretchy and stylish denim leggings, tops that don’t restrict movement, and sturdy shoes with ample support. 

You’ll also want to pack clothes and accessories that are appropriate for the weather and for your chosen babymoon activities, like a coat and thermals for a winter holiday, and boots and cushioned socks for a hiking or camping excursion. Prioritize your comfort and convenience, and try avoid overpacking – a heavy suitcase or backpack may put additional strain on your body. 

3. Eat Well and Eat Often

If there’s one thing you and your partner should thoroughly enjoy while you’re on your babymoon, it’s the food that’ll be available to you. Seek out delicious and nourishing meals in the cities or towns you’ll be visiting, and choose foods that will allow you to meet your ideal intake of protein, fluids, healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, and fiber. 

Your babymoon schedule may be filled with activities like long car rides and visits to popular tourist destinations. Knowing that, make it a point to take nutritious snacks and keep fluids with you. It’s often best to eat small but frequent portions during the day to keep your energy levels up (and that baby belly from feeling even more full!).

4. Relax and Take Breaks between Exciting Activities

You and your partner may be quite excited about having enough time to do a variety of things while you’re on vacation – especially when you know that free time will be a more limited resource once your family gets bigger.

But a babymoon doesn’t have to be as adventurous or jam-packed with activities as a honeymoon. Save a large portion of your time for low-key and relaxing bonding opportunities like a massage, a trip to the theater, or a romantic drive along a quiet road? 

In addition, be sure to bake in plenty of rest and to take lazy-time breaks in between scheduled activities. This will let you refresh yourselves and treasure the day-to-day moments of your relationship. 

5. Find Opportunities to Connect and Bond with Loved Ones 

Finally, while a babymoon is the perfect chance for you to get some private time with your partner, you don’t have to spend every minute of it alone. In fact, the trip may be even more memorable if friends or family members could join you for part of it.

Nothing beats quality time with loved ones who are all too willing to pamper you and support you in concrete ways during your pregnancy!

If your parents, in-laws, or other family members live in another city, consider planning your babymoon in their area so that you can visit them and share a meal together.

Catch up with old friends you haven’t seen in a while, and enjoy their company while you dine out or sight-see. The opportunity to meet up with them may be just what you need to start this new phase of your life on a celebratory note. 

Create Lasting Memories

Whether you’re headed out of town or just a few miles away from your home, with the right preparation, you and your partner can look forward to an unforgettable babymoon experience.

Where are you dreaming of going for your babymoon, and what memories of it will you want to recount to your little one? 

Trix is a full time writer who loves fashion and exploring. Whether at the beach or hiking a mountain, you can find her, her pup, and whichever nieces or nephews she can wrangle off on a great adventure!

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The lake at the walk-in campsite

The Canadian Rockies are a dream destination for many families because of the fresh air, the gorgeous views of nature, and the abundance of family-friendly activities like hiking, boating, and picnicking. But what’s meant to be a relaxing vacation can easily turn more than a little bit stressful if you’re not prepared. 

Unpredictable weather is one of the hallmarks of the Canadian Rockies, and this should be one of your primary considerations when packing a suitcase for a mountain escape there.

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Stanley Falls

For someone who doesn’t really hike I have more than my share of trail guides. Some are better than others, and I’ve developed a serious appreciation for a well researched guide book. “Stoked on Waterfalls” is up there with the best.

Stoked on Waterfalls: Volume I by Jason Walchuck is an exhaustive reference of waterfalls within a half kilometer of a public road in Alberta. Some are visible from a major highway, a few require driving down rough back roads and doing some serious bushwhacking, but they all meet the requirement of being within 500m of a non-private road.

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C & S Hiking in Banff

Going to Banff is a fun experience for the whole family but sometimes it can be hard occupying the kids all of the time. This is especially true if you’re not familiar with what there is to see and do.  We’ve got 10 kid-approved ideas on how to keep busy with the kids while visiting Banff!

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Kid-approved activities to do with kids when visiting Banff

This mix of cheap and free things to do in Banff should give you a wide range of activities in the National Park that your kids will love and talk about for years to come!

1. Kid-Friendly Hikes

Go on a kid-friendly hike at Tunnel Mountain or Fenland Trail.

2. Visit Downtown Banff

Take a walk on Banff Avenue and stop off at the iconic Banff Sweet Shoppe for some of your favourite (and even hard to find) treats.

3. Go on a Pony Ride

Kids 3-7yrs can get up close and learn the basics of horseback riding on a 15-minute Pony Lead. The cost is $20, and worth the splurge.

4. Try Bowling

Check out High Rollers Banff and bowl a couple of games! There are 6 lanes, one with bumpers, a full menu, billiards and arcade games.

5. Biking at the Banff Pump Track

Visiting Banff

Bring your bikes and check out the Banff Bike Park at Sundance Road and Cave Ave! There are elements for all skill levels! (The pump track is being renovated in 2023 and may not be available this summer.)

6. Enjoy the Hot Springs

Take some time to soak in the hot mineral water at Banff Upper Hot Springs.

7. Summit a Mountain (without hiking)

Go for a ride on the Banff Gondola and explore the top of a mountain or have lunch in their restaurant, Sky Bistro (FYI, the food is delicious).

8. Hit a playground

Burn off some energy as you explore and play at some of Banff’s Best Playgrounds.

9. Go Swimming

Visit Banff’s only Water Park at Douglas Fir Resort (for registered guests only at this time). Other options include checking out the pool at Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation or one of the mountain lakes.

10. Take a Boat Tour

Take a boat tour on Lake Minnewanka and learn about the history, geology, animals, and more.

Are there other activities that we didn’t include in this list that you like to do when you are visiting Banff with the family? Join the conversation on Instagram or Facebook and tell us what are some of the kid-approved activities that you do with your family.

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Girls in summer clothing looking away from the camera, surrounded by bushes

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annabelle hydrangeas perennial

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Lasagna roll ups in the pan

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The beauty of rolled lasagna is that it’s made up of individual portions, meaning you can control exactly how much you make and serve. This not only helps to prevent overeating, but also ensures that there will be leftovers for the next day (or two!). And lasagna is always better on day two.

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What is Ramadan?

The Holy month of Ramadan is a very spiritual month for Muslims around the world. For 30 days, Muslims will refrain from food, drink, smoking and spousal relations from sunrise to sun set. Between these hours, Muslims fast. Fasting is one of the Five Pillars of Islam.  

There are a number of reasons Muslim fast during Ramadan. The first is that it shows devotion to Allah (God). Secondly, during periods of fasting there is a heightened spirituality and closeness to God. The time of the year includes more prayers, reading of the Holy Qur’an and gathering in remembrance of God.  Next, Muslims practice self-control and finally there is a recognition of the many blessings we are granted.

At the end of Ramadan, Muslims are required to give a percentage of their wealth to those in need in an act of charity.

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