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Parents to-be live it up in Vegas with "Babymooning"

A "babymoon" is a last hurrah by a pregnant couple before their first child is born. Although the term has been around for a decade, babymooning leapt into the mainstream a year ago when Prince William and Kate Middleton took a headline-making pre-parenthood break on the private Caribbean island of Mustique.

Now, ever-trendy Las Vegas is all over babymooning like a onesie on a newborn. Here are some of the city's top offerings for expecting couples — all within an ankle-friendly distance from each other.

Vdara at CityCenter is babymooning central. The sleek nonsmoking and nongaming property offers prenatal treatments at its spa, including a nourishing body massage designed to target areas prone to stress during pregnancy and to reduce backache, swelling and leg cramps. Soon-to-be fathers can enjoy manly pampering with the facility's Spa Daddy facial package.

Thanks to Bar Vdara's nonalcoholic "mocktails," moms-to-be needn't miss out on world-class mixology, and the endless dining choices at both Vdara and the adjacent Aria Resort and Casino — which include the sweet-tooth-approved Jean Philippe Patisserie; sensational Asian eats at Blossom, Lemongrass, barMASA and Tetsu; and the comprehensive Buffet at ARIA — can satiate even the craziest of pregnancy cravings.

To pick up the latest designer duds for the newborn, The Shops at Crystals, which is conveniently connected to Vdara by tram, offers a luxury lineup of baby gear from the likes of Fendi, Gucci and Stella McCartney.

By night, babymooning couples can take advantage of Blue Man Group's good-value Dinner & Show Packages (from $129 per person). Blue Man's famously inventive and funny performances will enhance babymooners' pre-parenthood euphoria and are perfectly paired with a broad choice of eats from Monte Carlo Resort and Casino's multiple fine restaurants.

-Paul Rogers, Brand Publishing Writer

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