I wrote a song when my daughter was young called “It’s So Hard To Be a Baby.” I was being sarcastic. Today’s affluent parents think their babies need spa time, reports ABC News.
No wonder babies cry: Long, hard days filled with the stress of sleeping, eating and answering nature’s call can wear down even the most mild-mannered of infants â€” so even babies need time to relax every now and again.
Baby spas are an $11 billion a year industry.
“We offer over 25 different services, ranging from baby massage, baby yoga, baby sign language, brain awakening through classical music [and] baby chakra chi,” said Jonathan Baker, the owner of Skin Spa Baby in Encino, Calif., a suburb of Los Angeles. “It’s aligning the baby’s chakras through warm towels. We play a trance-type of music. We take warm towels. We place them on the chakras and we bring them to a calmness.”
At the Play 2 Grow spa in Atlanta, mothers rub canola oil into their babies’ skin, while a string quartet’s music plays under a canopy of tiny blinking lights.
You’d think Mom could do the soft music and oil rubbing at home for a lot less.
Of course, the spas claim they’re developing physical and cognitive skills while they align Baby’s chakra.
Play 2 Grow offers a variety of sensory activates, like rolling around in warm spaghetti, dry rice or a bunch of loofahs. The sessions, which run around $20 a pop, also include sessions specifically structured to improve babies’ balance, like a workout that involves rolling around on an exercise ball.
Let’s hope the babies develop better cognitive skills than their mothers.