Massage is a lovely way for you to express your love and care for your baby. Massage can soothe your baby and help her to sleep. What’s more, ʀᴇsᴇᴀʀᴄʜᴇʀs are finding that massage may promote better sleeping, ʀᴇʟɪᴇᴠᴇ ᴄᴏʟɪᴄ, and perhaps even enhance an ɪɴғᴀɴᴛ’s ɪᴍᴍᴜɴᴇ sʏsᴛᴇᴍ, motor skills, and ɪɴᴛᴇʟʟᴇᴄᴛᴜᴀʟ development. New here, A mum takes her three-month-old baby to the spa on a weekly basis as she claims it helps him relax and get to sleep easier.
Shanelle Cotton, 26, is a first-time mum and says that bringing her baby to the spa has been a huge help. She and her baby Romi, who is three months old, regularly make the trip to Bridgnorth from their home in Birmingham, West Midlands. Shanelle, who runs her own business, says the spa has helped her meet other mums and pick up tips on calming Romi. She said:”Going to the spa has been so beneficial for both of us. As a new mum, it’s so helpful to have a reason to get out the house, and it means we have a bit more structure to our day. For Romi, it’s a really lovely atmosphere for him to be in, it’s so calm. He never used to want to have a bath at night, but since we’ve been going I can sort of recreating the spa at home and he loves it.” The spa, called ‘Lollitots’, is run by Lauren Edwards, 28, who offers separate baby massage classes and baby yoga sessions alongside their normal services.
Shanelle said: “Lauren has so much knowledge that she passes on to us. She’s been doing the spa treatments for years, and she also does classes on massaging and baby yoga and that kind of thing. She showed me how to massage Romi’s jaw when he starts teething. It’s mad that she knows so much even though she doesn’t have any of her own children. It’s also great to meet and chat with other mums because I can ask them questions, and make some new mum friends.”
Each spa session includes an hour and a half with the babies in the bath, with calming lighting and songs. Shanelle said: “There are all these flashing lights, and you are just spending time with your baby while they’re in the bath having a little play with them and giving them a wash. Once they’re out of the bath, Lauren shows everyone how to give them a massage. Then we do a little facial with the babies. Romi always sleeps so well after we’ve been, it makes him so relaxed. It just sets the mood for everyone, and helps him and I relax.”