Something I’ve noticed is that every new mother has a hair cut either just before or after the arrival of their baby. It’s like the thing new mothers do. And fair enough as it’s a good way to keep up the self esteem and feeling like a normal person in the new world of sleep deprivation, breast feeding and changing nappies. What I didn’t know is that in Kensington, London there is a Spa only for babies that they can visit as early as 2 days old. Obviously, as being born and sipping on milk is pretty tiring in itself, so a Spa is absolutely appropriate.
London Baby Spa is the first of that kind in the world. Tucked away in a quiet courtyard off Kensington Church Street, it has look and feel of a spa like any other. Except it’s not – when entered, there’s a sitting room for parents to nurse or just sit with their babies. Opposite there’s the spa area with specific sink like pools for babies up to 3 months and a bigger pool for older babies where they can swim with other babies. The mothers benefit from the relaxed atmosphere and camomile tea. It’s encouraged that the babies are well fed before their “treatment.” In fact I heard very loud “give me food” screams just before ours and can imagine it not being pleasant to either of the parties. The treatment session started with the baby being put into water with a large purple ring being placed around their neck. It looks a little uncomfortable to be honest, but the baby didn’t seem to mind, floating from one side of the sink to the other paddling her little feet eventually drifting off to sleep in the water. Apparently this exercise encourages them to breathe only through their nose and being quite intense for the baby, burns a lot of energy. Some say it also makes their babies sleep through the night, but I can say it did not happen in our case. After the little paddle, the baby had a snack to be sure that she’s throughly content and was then passed to Maria – Luisa for baby massage with grape seed oil specially imported from South Africa. She absolutely loved the massage and have to say it’s useful for the parents to see how massage is performed as well for some movements to use at home. The sessions at the spa cost £60 during the week and £65 during the weekend. I see it more as an occasional treat, but I can understand that for parents whose babies are extremely temperamental, bringing them there more often can be beneficial.
Spa done, it was time for the hair.
Taylor Taylor on Portobello road captured my attention some time ago when I discovered that there’s a hairdressers with a cocktail menu and a bar. In addition to that it has the most gorgeous painting of a peacock at the hairwash area. During the 3.5 hours I spent there, I only saw highly satisfied clients depart through the door.
December is their busiest time, so I didn’t get the same level of attention as I did last times around, which was a little bit disappointing, I was however supplied with magazines and cocktails and the hair turned out great in the end, so I could exit by joining the parade of happy customers as well.