The first few weeks and months you spend with your baby are an exciting and exhausting time. Every day is filled with new sensory experiences.
As babies get to know their parents and the world around them, the Baby Spa is a place where they can be calmed, grow in confidence and build on critical skills and abilities.
Float Baby in Houston, Texas, has gained international attention after opening this past February. So far, 330 clients have visited the spa according to owner and founder Kristi Ison, who claims that the service improves physical and cognitive development “by as much as 50 per cent ahead of non-water peers”.
The spa has babies from two weeks old up to eight months old float for 20 minutes in a small pool while wearing waterproof swim diapers and a specially-designed (and patent-pending) donut-shaped flotation device around their necks to keep their heads above water.
Known as hydrotherapy, the inflatable ring allows the babies to move around easily, all the while strengthening muscle and bone structure, according to Ison.
Our hydrotherapy sessions (for babies as young as 2 days) provide a structured, yet natural sensory experience that supports brain and physical development and helps build an even stronger bond between parent and child.
Water activities strengthen muscles, bone structure and ultimately movement and help increase determination as they progress.
The water of the tiny pool is purified and kept at a comfortable 95-98 degrees Fahrenheit, and the pools are washed out daily. All in all the service costs Rs 4,000 approx and runs roughly an hour.
“Parents consistently report that their babies are sleeping better, eating more, and are generally happier and stronger,” she said.As of yet, there’s been no research to support claims that the water improves strength and cardiovascular health of the infants more than any other exercise. But testimonials say that parents love the service, saying that their children are eating and sleeping better.
Ison hopes to open 10 more franchises across the US in early 2015.
After the babies are taken out of the pool, they get a neonatal massage performed by their parents, who are coached by Ison, a certified instructor in infant massage.