Did you have a babymoon when your little bundle arrived? It's a relatively new idea, we believe, and one that we can really get on board with. Simply put, a babymoon is a period of time set aside after a baby's birth, in which you- the parents- focus solely on your new role as protectors and providers for the new person in your lives. How perfect is that? If we're starting to convince you, then read on for more reasons why a babymoon is a great idea...
Where the babymoon originate from?
The term 'babymoon' was coined by Sheila Kitzinger in her book, The year after Childbirth. The official description is a period of time where parents focus on establishing a bond with their new baby, and many parents choose to add their own spin on it to make it special, and to make it work for their family.
What does a babymoon mean?
For some, a babymoon is locking the doors, closing the curtains and turning off the telephone. It is curling up in bed with the new baby and focusing all energies on getting to know this tiny new person. For others, it is going away with the baby, to somewhere relaxing and calm where nobody can disturb the precious bonding process. Some couples choose to take their babymoon even before baby arrives, so that they can take some time to bond as a family before the birth. Ultimately, the result is the same- you set aside time to be with your baby, and to block out the rest of the world.
It sounds like bliss.
A new baby often brings lots of visitors and well wishers, and while it is lovely to know that people care and want to see you, it can be quite overwhelming when you are trying to establish a new way of life with a brand new person. A babymoon could just be the most perfect way to make the world pause a moment while you regather your strength for the next phase in your life!
A babymoon helps you to bond with your baby
Having a baby is an emotional time and often the hormones that come with pregnancy can make everything seem a lot more torrential than it needs to be. Add to that the whirlwind of visitors, cards and gifts, and the first few weeks with a newborn can be exhausting. In between all the well meaning people who want to see you and welcome your baby, you will be yearning to bond with your baby. That's not always easy to do when there are so many waiting to hold your precious bundle! If you're breastfeeding, the bonding process is sometimes more easily facilitated, but even still it can be hard to focus on just your baby with so much else going on.
A babymoon- where you instruct visitors to respect your wishes to stay away until a set period of time has passed- can help to eliminate all of these issues. Your baby becomes your sole focus and you have precious time to get to know your baby, uninterrupted.
A babymoon helps you to find your new routine
If you do take a babymoon, you might find it easier to find your feet when it comes to new routines for your family. No disruptions means that you can take your time getting to know what works best for your family, and taking it at a slower pace helps to keep the atmosphere calm and peaceful too.
Why take a babymoon before baby arrives?
Some couples prefer to set aside dedicated time before baby arrives, as they see it as the perfect chance to focus and channel their energies into becoming parents. Some pregnancies can be stressful, certainly emotional, and such a busy time for lots of couples. Often hospital appointments and preparations for baby's arrival means that you don't actually have a lot of time left over to prepare emotionally for it all. A babymoon means that you can take time out to choose a name, relax and unwind, eat well and get lots of sleep ahead of baby's arrival!
Did you take a babymoon? Were your visitors understanding of your reasons to keep the world at bay for a while?