Monday, 13 October 2014

Baby Spa by Laura Sevenus*

When Max and I were given the opportunity to visit the Baby Spa in Kensington we jumped at the chance. Max is about to turn 6 months which is the maximum age a baby can visit, so we booked just at the right time. I think it's something to do with the baby being too attached to Mummy and Daddy to be able to fully enjoy/benefit the experience. 

As soon as you arrive you are greeted and asked to take your shoes off, you're then shown the baby feeding room. This room is so tranquil playing the softest music, a place for you and your baby to unwind and relax before you head into the spa room. The Baby Spa recommends that you arrive at the end of your baby's sleeping time and they are fully fed and happy before immersion.

You then head into the spa room and given a swimming nappy to pop on baby. Everything you need is provided, all you need is obviously your usually bits and pieces you would normally take with you in your changing bag.

Then it's time for the immersion. Depending on the age of your baby you're either in the neonatal pod or larger pool, we were obviously in the larger pool. Which was fab because Max was able to swim around and push himself to various different areas of the pool. I thought Max was going to hate the Bubby flotation device that's strapped around his neck but he didn't bat an eyelid! All the water used is purified by a reverse osmosis system and is heated to the perfect temperature for your baby.

As soon as Max started to whinge a little, the lovely spa ladies grabbed a few toys and popped them into the pool for Max to grab and play with. They were honestly fantastic and really knew what they were doing when it came to helping Max enjoy the experience.

I was told that Max was extremely lucky as it's rare a baby gets to enjoy the pool to themselves. As soon as Max was taken out of the pool there were 3 babies in there, 2 of which didn't know each other and were holding hands whilst floating. I could have cried it was so cute.

The flotation usually lasts up to 30 minutes or however long your baby can handle it. Max was in there for the full 30 minutes until he started getting restless and wanted to get out. He was then wrapped in a fluffy warm towel and given a baby massage.

The oil used is unscented grapeseed oil which is sourced from South Africa's Orange River. It's quickly absorbed so it doesn't leave a nasty sticky residue on your baby's skin but most importantly it's natural and non allergenic, so it helps with eczema and other skin conditions.

Having attended a baby massage class when Max was around 4 weeks old he was at ease with the rub down. He loves having his massage before bedtime, so when it came to this part of the spa experience I knew he'd love it.

This picture makes me laugh! After he had finished up in the spa we headed back into the feeding room where Max guzzled down a full bottle. You could see from his face he was super relaxed and ready to get back into his bugaboo for a nap, he looked so spaced out, Freddie and I couldn't stop laughing at the relaxed state he was in once he was in the pram! To be honest we both left feeling relaxed after the experience too. There's something about the smell, music and calm voices of the spa staff that really helped us all unwind.

My overall verdict is if you have a young baby you HAVE to visit the Baby Spa! Not only are there masses of benefits for your baby's development but it's also something fun to do that is completely out of the ordinary. My only regret is I wish I had taken Max sooner!

I just wanted to say thank you to Laura and her fabulous team at the Baby Spa you truly made the experience something we will always remember.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Must-Haves: 4 Month Old

Here's a look at what Max has needed since turning 4 months old.

1. Max is dribbling ALOT, damn you teething! The amount of normal bibs we go through a day is ridiculous and means my laundry basket is always full to the brim with vests and bibs. I've just placed an order with Jack and Jillaroo for some stylish dribble bibs which will hopefully save Max's outfits and also my time spent washing and drying clothes.

2. As soon as I lay Max down on his back he gets very upset, all he wants to do is sit up. Mummy has a lot to do around the house and holding Max in an upright position all day just isn't feasible so I need something that will help sit him up, that's safe and secure. That's where the Mamas and Papas Snug comes in. We had the bumbo but that was so small it didn't last very long. The snug is perfect and even lasts up to 12 months and it's brilliant for weaning too. Max also loves to sit and play with the play tray, keeping him occupied for at least 30 minutes.

3. I love reading to Max, I love the way he looks at me whilst studying my mouth. We can honestly spend a couple of hours reading books together. It's one of my favourite things to do before bedtime and during the day. Here's a previous post on Max's already expanding book collection.

4. Can we all take a moment to appreciate this Jumperoo. All mummy's everywhere probably share a sigh in relief over this baby product. It's brilliant for Max to jump around and burn some of his boisterous energy and it also frees up some time for me too. He's only ever in it for 20 minutes before he's exhausted from all the jumping and screaming!

5. We've recently enrolled in baby sensory classes every Wednesday however these sensory balls to have at home are brilliant. We take them everywhere with us, as soon as Max gets a little fussy give him one of these balls and he's a very happy bunny. He can spend hours just watching the lights and he loves the feeling of them against his hands. 

6. As we've started weaning it's really nice to have Max sitting up high in his highchair. It's brilliant to have him in the kitchen with me playing with his toys whilst I'm getting on with my mummy duties. We have the Stokke Steps highchair which I couldn't recommend enough.

7. We've had this Mamas and Papas spiral toy since Max was a newborn. It's only now that he's really interested in it. He absolutely hates his car seat so this is perfect to occupy him whilst in the car or pram. 

8. And finally the Baby Bjorn Miracle Carrier. Now that Max can hold his head up he loves facing outwards especially when I'm out and about running errands. Not only is it good for him to look around and explore new surroundings but it's brilliant for me to, carrying the extra weight means it's almost like a mini workout!

What are you 4 month old baby must-haves?