When you think of “first in Australia,” what usually springs to mind is it is most likely located in one of the Eastern States. I am sure many Perthians would agree that major events happen on the other side of Australia before it reaches us here on the West side and frankly we are tired of being left til last. But when “Australia’s first Baby Spa” opened in Perth for the very first time, many around Australia finally shared the exact sentiments we’ve been banging on for a few years leaving them questioning, “Why Perth?”
Being the very first of it’s kind to open up in Australia, Baby Spa Perth has become a very current destination for babies offering water immersion hydrotherapy and baby massage services. Accommodating babies as young as two days old up to six months of age, these experiences are already popular in London where owners Anita Yap and Kavita Kumar trained under founder of the Baby Spa, Laura Sevenus.
As I walked into the white washed walls of the reception area, I could not contain my excitement of such a beautifully decorated space. Again, being the daughter of an interior designer and lover of design and architecture, this Spa was a lovely home perfectly refurbished to serve it’s new purpose as a luxurious pampering business. Upon arrival at the Spa, I was made welcome by Anita’s sweetly smiling mother who greeted us, explaining a bit about the business and concept. She showed us the nurture room and the waiting room where I sat with the family to complete a questionnaire formulated to better understanding your little one. This questionnaire asks detailed questions relating to you as the parent and your child’s age, growth and development ensuring your therapist can cater their treatments specifically for your baby’s needs.
We then met with our assigned qualified therapist who lead us to the room for babies 8 weeks and over. There are two rooms equipped with different sized hydrotherapy pods to create different environments catered to the baby’s age. We walked past the room for infants between 0-8 weeks old that housed individual deep-sink sized neopods. As we walked past, we saw a couple with their little bundle enjoying the spa experience and we were very eager to see where we were led to.
When we walked into the next room, what I first noticed was that the large pool spas were strategically placed nicely in the room. Around there were a few change tables that had origami like ornaments which hung from the roof. Everything was carefully positioned in order to utilise the space to it’s optimal use. Of course, décor was on par with the rest of the Spa beautifully decorated and well thought out. My son was placed on the change table underneath the ornaments, he was weighed and then into his swimmer nappies ready to immerse into the water. A special floatation device named BUBBY was placed around his neck to help him move freely in the water. Initially he was a bit apprehensive with the floatation device and since he didn’t get to have a proper nap beforehand, he was a little bit irritable and tired. This is why the Spa recommends bubs to be well rested before the session as this can impact on their experience, however unfortunately for my little one he was awoken from his nap by his brother before we left the house.
After a while the therapist helped me to hold bubs on his back after removing the BUBBY so he could float and submerge in the water a little longer. As the water swirled around him, he grew a bit more relaxed and began to enjoy the experience. Until he found he could splash the water and from there I began to realise that he is much too old to be attending a Baby Spa unluckily. Being 8 months old and far older than what was recommended, I understood why between the ages of 0-6 months old was the optimum age to experience the spa. By 8 months old babies are more mentally and physically developed and are at the age where they are interested in exploring their surroundings. I just wished I had come as early as hearing about it initially. He didn’t sit still for his massage as well since he was attempting to reach for the hanging ornaments to pull and was ready to get up and crawl. If you do plan to attend the Baby Spa, I highly recommend you read thoroughly through the information provided on their website. It is imperative your bubs is the right age and is in the right state to fully benefit from the Spa experience.
As this is most likely my last baby, I wanted him to experience the Spa before he grew over the age threshold however this in turn made me realise he was already too old for the Spa. I do have to say that although he was overly tired and a bit too old to fully enjoy the Spa, he slept so peacefully afterwards and was content after a feed in the nuture room.
We were advised before we commenced our session that afterwards we were welcome to stay as long as we needed to rest; give bubs a feed, change him, settle him and ourselves before we left without worrying about how much time we spent there. I had the opportunity to feed my baby in the comfort of another beautifully decorated room, brightly lit from the sun shining through the overcast clouds outside through the sky lights. One of the most gorgeous rooms I have seen in Perth, I really wanted to just sit there the whole day, if possible. It created a sense of ease and relaxation; it is true that cleanlisness and open spaces are therapeutic to the mind through the eyes. The room is equipped with bassinets as well as offerings of herbal teas, water or coffee.
The staff are all so friendly and helpful when it came to making you feel as comfortable as possible whilst attending the Spa. The Spa has fully qualified physiotherapists and midwives as part of their staffing team who are available to answer any questions or concerns you may have about your baby. Sessions cost $85 currently and duration of treatments can be up to an hour long. To book an appointment or to gather more information about their services, visit www.babyspaperth.com.au. Alternatively you can contact 08 9382 2490 between Monday to Saturday or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Disclaimer: I was invited to experience this treatment for review. This is not a paid post, the review and opinions are purely honest and strictly my own.
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