PARENT'S TALK: Day spas for babies - cute or unnecessary?

08 April 2017
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You’ve probably heard all about Baby Spa Perth thanks to this video from POPSUGAR Moms. Think massages and floatation therapy…for babies.

“Each visit to the Baby Spa involves a host of learning experiences, derived from both the water and massage,” says Baby Spa Perth’s website. “Care is given to provide the right amount of stimulation, with the baby’s age and individual sensory threshold in mind.”

We wanted to know what our readers thought of the idea. So we asked our Facebookers: “What do you think? Would you send your baby to a baby day spa?”

While some thought it was a great idea…

“How awesome would this be, haha! Our girls would love this,” said Brooke.

“Something to consider for the new addition! So cute!” Michelle agreed.

“I love this idea,” said Rachelle.

…others weren’t so sure. In particular, some thought the unique flotation devices looked a little bizarre:

“I'm sure they wouldn't use it if it was dangerous but that floaty around the neck thing just doesn't feel right to see,” said Joey.

“Not a fan of the floating devices around the neck,” agreed Anne-Maree.

A lot of our Facebookers baulked at the price:

“$85 per session…what? Do they think people with babies are made of money?” said Sue.

“OMG!” said Barbara. “What next? Really. I suppose someone out there is reaping the rewards of a bloody new trend. Who could afford $85 per hour? Really? You can do same thing at home in the bath tub at no expense, other than you spending time with your own baby and not having to pay $85 for someone else to do it.”

Jade agreed that it’s something that could be done at home for a fraction of the price:

“Baby massage has many benefits...but it can be done from home, a special time between mummy and baby with some massage oil and calming music lying on a baby rug,” said Jade. “If anyone needs a day spa it's certainly likely to be the tired mums.”

“Why would you pay for this?” added Katherine. “I used to do all this at home with my kids for free. Plenty of books at the library on baby massage and heated local pools.”

And Fifi added: “I thought I had seen it all…all this is for is yuppie mothers wanting to be seen.”

And what about the mothers of these babies? Wouldn’t they be more deserving of some time at the spa? Rach certainly seemed to think so: “Are they for real? If anyone is going for a relaxing hour session at the spa it will be me, not baby.”

Ally said: “What stresses do babies even have?! Are they pondering the fragility of life? Have they had a really hard couple of days of napping and pooping? Is their rent due but they've spent it all on milk?”

Day spas for babies, really! Next, they’ll be launching one for stressed-out pooches…oh, wait a minute ...

If all this has got you craving a spa day, check out our gallery of the best spas in Brisbane here

Photos: Facebook/BabySpaPerth

Written by

Kerry White

Kerry is the Senior Writer for Kids on the Coast and Kids in the City. Kerry moved to Australia from England in 2013 with her husband and two daughters. She worked as a sub-editor in London for seven years before she had her girls. She now calls the Sunshine Coast her home and is making the most of its glorious weather and beaches. She enjoys baking, especially when she has a glass of wine in hand, and is a part-time Psychology, Criminology and Justice student. She also shares her home with two cats and her daughters' imaginary dogs.

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