Last updated on Jun 11th, 2021 at 12:06 pm

Who doesn’t love a spa treatment? Well, babies are no different, Not only is it a great bonding experience, it’s also has super relaxing effect, especially if your baby is struggling to go down at night, or is grouchy because she’s teething.

Creating a special DIY spa session with your little one takes a bit of improvisation – and preparation. But as two moms on social media have demonstrated the best thing is that you don’t need to leave the house, it can be done on a budget, and by changing up your baby’s bath time routine, you make this sometimes tedious task a little more fun for both of you!

Here’s some guidelines for starters:

The setting

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Ideally, if you have a small baby, you’d want to create the entire experience for your baby in her baby nursery (but you can improvise between the bathroom and your room too. Just make sure to shut the door, close the curtains, and make sure to put your phone on silent.

Make sure the room you’re going to us is nice and warm for your baby – the ideal temperature should be about 24 degrees Celcius.

Put on some soft, relaxing background music and dim the lights (you can also switch on a night lamp, so that the room feels all cosy.)

Besides a bath tub, you’ll need a firm surface to massage your baby after his bath. You could do this on your baby’s changing table if he’s still small, a bed or even on the floor if that’s more comfortable for both of you.


Water therapy

Prepare you baby’s bath by filling the tub half way with warm water and set out everything you’ll be needing so that it’s easy to reach. At a baby spa, the tub would be quite deep, so that the baby can freely kick his legs and arms in the water like in the womb, but we wouldn’t advise it in a home setting for safety reasons. The important thing is for your baby to enjoy the feeling of kicking and splashing in the while you are on hand to hold and watch over her.

Rub a dub dub

It will come as no surprise, but for your baby’s inhouse spa experience, you can always take it up a notch and splurge out on some new baby shampoo, a bath wash, some bubbles – just make sure that it’s formulated for babies and that it’s as gentle and natural as possible.

Warm towels

When we think of spas, one of the first things we think about are those luxurious big soft fluffy towels. So, make sure you have a few at hand. If you have a tumble dryer, you can even put them in the tumble dryer on low heat and get them nice and warm before the bath.

Gently-fragranced massage oils

Once you’ve bathed your baby, dried her off, and wrapped her in warm towel, you can give her a little mani and pedi, followed by an indulgent foot and hand massage, and a back massage with some massage oil you’ve warmed up in your hand.

There are several massage products formulated especially for baby on the market that are lovely, but you can also use coconut oil, olive oil, almond oil or sesame oil. These are easily absorbed into your baby’s skin – and easily digested if your little one happens to suck on his hands or fingers. Remember, you just need a little dab of oil.

If you have no idea how to do a baby massage, there are several great tutorials on YouTube to check out.

You’ll can also watch how this mommy vlogger on You Tube spoiled and pampered her six-month old baby Snow – it’s too adorable for words!

The benefits of baby massage

It’s well known that massage is a fantastic way to bond with and get to know your baby. It’s a soothing activity that you can do at any time of the day but it’s especially useful to promoting a healthy bedtime routine and to encourage your baby to sleep better. Here are some more benefits:

  • It helps with the process of digestion, which as we know gives babies so much grief!
  • It’s helps relieve pain, especially when you baby is teething. This is because when your baby’s body is warm and relaxed it’s better able to process pain, which means you’ll help soothe your grouchy baby.
  • It can support your baby’s physical development, including his muscle tone and coordination.
  • It regulates your baby’s heart rate, nervous system and even brain activity.

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