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A babymoon is a vacation taken by a couple either soon before, or soon after, the birth of their baby, like the honeymoon which follows a wedding. The concept was first popularized in the 1990s as a period of time that parents spend bonding with a recently born baby. In the 2000s, it also described a vacation taken by a couple that is expecting a baby, in order to allow the couple to enjoy a final trip together before the baby is born.
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Sheila Kitzinger used the term "babymoon" in her 1996 book The Year After Childbirth, "The transition to fatherhood is easier when a man can take time off to be with his partner and baby in what I call a 'Babymoon'.
In 2004, Lisa Lewis described the newer meaning of the term in the Athens Banner-Herald:
|“||I have learned a brand new word — 'babymoon' ...This is just like taking a honeymoon except you’re pregnant... the purpose is to have one last 'hurrah' as a couple... before baby arrives.||”|
- Kitzinger, Sheila (1996). The Year After Childbirth. Fireside. SBN 978-0684825205., p. 203
- Lisa Lewis (2004-12-26). "You may be entitled to a babymoon". Athens Banner-Herald.
- Hilary Howard (2007-05-13). "Babymoon: Getting Away While There Are Just Two of You". New York Times.
- Jennifer Wood and Brad Perriello (2008-05-18). "Indulge while you can". Boston Globe.