The Best Packing List for a Babymoon
For those unfamiliar with the term, a babymoon is the last vacation a couple takes together before their baby arrives. It's a time for connection, pampering, and romance. Many new parents-to-be have made lasting memories on their babymoon before their little bundle of joy arrives. But traveling while pregnant can add a few complications, so it's best to be prepared. Here's the only packing list you'll need on your last truly child-free getaway.
Baby Name Book
Still haven't agreed on a baby name? "Inspired Baby Names from Around the World: 6,000 International Names and the Meaning Behind Them" has over 6,000 suggestions for boy, girl, and gender-neutral names. Each name entry provides the name’s spiritual, historical, and cultural background with options from trendy to traditional. The pronunciation guide and alternate spellings are also helpful.
Leggings are an essential clothing item, especially in the second and third trimester, when comfort is key. These maternity leggings by Spanx are designed to expand as a mother's stomach grows, and the high waist provides a smooth look without digging into the belly, making them perfect for a flight or just lounging around the hotel room.
No babymoon is complete without a reason to put on a bathing suit. Whether you're taking a dip in the ocean, pool, or (briefly, to be safe) a whirlpool, you're going to need a cute maternity swimsuit. This cute two-piece by Rimini comes in blue or pink and has a fun bow detail on the top. Low cut bottoms are designed to make way for the baby bump.
Flattering Dinner-Date Dress
Soon enough romantic dinners for two will be few and far between. So why not dress up for a quiet and intimate dinner? The Ingrid & Isabel ruched maternity tank dress is made of stretch-jersey, and has a scooped neckline and shirring details. It's the perfect base for layering jewelry, a sweater, or a wrap and comes in five fun colors.
Cozy Pajama Set
Sleeping while pregnant isn't the easiest feat, but a cozy pajama set made from breathable fabric with a bit of stretch should help matters. The Isabel Maternity set in black or gray fits the bill, and is designed to fit throughout your pregnancy and then for nursing after the baby arrives. The nursing camisole is decorated with a feminine lace trim at the neckline and has an inner shelf bra for support. The lounge pants sit comfortably below the belly.
Organic Belly Butter
Sure, there are cheaper products for preventing stretch marks, but few of them have the cult following behind Glow Organic's Belly Butter. It's 100-percent organic and free of parabens and sulfates, since it's made with just five ingredients: shea butter, cocoa butter, macadamia nut, grapeseed oil, and organic sweet almond oil. Moms swear that the skin conditioning treatment promotes skin elasticity and relieves the itch of stretching skin.
Refillable Water Bottle
It's important for pregnant women to remain hydrated, so pack a refillable water bottle and keep sipping. The Simple Modern Wave Bottle comes in over 40 colors and patterns, plus it's stainless steel, leak-proof, and insulated to keep iced drinks cold and hot drinks warm. As a bonus, 10-percent of the profits are donated to charities.
Compression socks are a pregnant woman's feet's best friend. These socks are designed to reduce swelling and fatigue while increasing blood circulation and preventing varicose veins. And nobody makes cuter compression socks than Comrad. Silver-infused fabric wicks away sweat and kills bacteria. Even better? The socks are super cute. Think: stripes, ombre, and fun patterns. They're sold individually or in packs of three.
The hiccapop Pregnancy Pillow Wedge was designed for mobility. The wedge-shape (sold in firm or soft variations) can be tucked under the belly, back, neck, or hips to provide support and relief from pain. Users have also reported that it can take some much needed pressure off the bladder, allowing for a longer night's sleep. Even better, the wedge is washable and comes with a travel pouch.
Belly Cast Kit
We can't think of a better babymoon souvenir than a cast of mom's pregnant belly. The Proudbody Deluxe Pregnancy Belly Cast Kit comes with everything you'll need to make the cast, including five rolls of casting material. It takes two people to make the cast properly. We'll leave packing your dried belly cast and getting it home up to you.