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A Unique Aquatherapy Experience at Baby’s Castle


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Aquatherapy at Baby's Castle

I’m sure many of you have come across this viral video of babies chilling at a water spa in Australia. Did you know that this is available in India too? Baby’s Castle is the first-of-its-kind in India – Mother and Baby Wellness Center – that offers aquatherapy and infant massage, in addition to a host of ante-natal and post-natal spa services as well. The center was founded in Mumbai by Dr. Priyanka Bhoir, who is herself a qualified doctor and an internationally certified and authorized trainer for relaxation aqua therapy and infant massage.

Baby N and I were invited to try out the aquatherapy session and here is our experience.

 

Firstly, Can Babies Really Swim?

I had done some research on this when my baby was born. It seems to be true that newborns are naturally comfortable in water as they are acclimatized to being in a fluid environment in the womb. However babies cannot technically “swim”, they only have instinctive reflexes that allow them to kick and cycle in water just as we would while swimming. This reflex is known to last for about 6 months after birth.

 

What is Aquatherapy for Babies?

Aquatherapy takes advantage of this reflex to help babies move about in the water (something they are unable to do on the ground due to gravity) and exercise key muscles. This helps in improving muscle tone, developing motor skills, encouraging co-ordination and balance and controlling hand and leg movements.

 

My Aquatherapy Session

We have been taking Baby N in the pool since he was 6 months old (even before that we used to fill up his bathtub). We put him in a float and he just enjoys splashing about. Now he is already 16 months old, so I was skeptical about whether the aquatherapy session would have anything new to offer for him.

 

In fact the session was actually more structured than just splashing around. The whole session was for about 40-45 mins. (For smaller babies they also include an infant massage).

 

My little Piscean is a total water baby. He hopped into the pool with the instructor even before I was changed and ready. In the first half of the session, the instructor held Baby N and moved him about in the water.

 

 

Once he was comfortable, she encouraged him to reach out for the toys. He especially enjoyed a game of basketball – catching the balls and tossing them into a basket.

 

Aquatherapy - A game of aqua-basketball

game of aqua-basketball

 

The last 15 minutes of the session were reserved for flotation therapy where babies get to explore the water environment with the help of a specially designed float. Unfortunately Baby N was not too comfortable in the float, so we let him be. 

 

Aquatherapy - Baby's Castle - Floats

Floatation device to allow independent movement. Image sourced from BabyChakra

 

Instead I held him afloat on this stomach and helped him kick and cycle his legs. By the end of the session he was trying to propel himself forward on his own.

 

Aquatherapy - Learning to kick and stay afloat

Learning to kick and stay afloat

 

About the Facility

The session is conducted in a small, private pool with up to 2 babies at a time with one parent (optional) and one trainer per baby. To my surprise, the water was maintained at a warm and comfortable temperature.

Baby’s Castle provided everything I would need for the session – swim diaper, towels etc. They also had a nanny available to help me out with getting Baby N ready. They have a separate massage room for moms and one for babies. They also have a well-equipped play area to keep kids occupied while moms get some much-needed pampering.

 

Price

At an average of Rs. 2,000 per session (+/- depending on the duration and inclusion of spa services) this is a bit steeper than your average pool. But it comes with the advantages of a private indoor heated pool, certified trainers and all the end-to-end facilities listed above.

 

Disclaimer: This session was conducted under the guidance of qualified and certified trainers. Please take the time to understand safety measures and exercise your own discretion before trying out any of these activities.

I was invited by Baby’s Castle to try out their aquatherapy session and share my honest, independent feedback. I have not been compensated for this post in any way.

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Comments
  1. Pooja Sharma said on July 10, 2017 12:22 am:

    Yess, I have heard about it and obviously seen the video that was so widely circulated! I am so excited that it’s in India now. and yes, babies can swim even I have herd this. But this seems so fun

  2. Prisha Lalwani said on July 10, 2017 10:32 pm:

    I have never heard about the before!! Loved to read this 🙂

  3. Bushra said on July 11, 2017 4:54 pm:

    Kids look so comfortable and cozy at an aqua therapy session. Never thought they can swim and play at pool so easily this post is myth buster

  4. Bushra Khan said on July 11, 2017 5:48 pm:

    Looks like the baby enjoyed more time being with you! This is amazing!

  5. Monika Sehdev said on July 11, 2017 8:02 pm:

    Very Pretty Pictures of yours ..

    1. Baby & Beyond said on July 14, 2017 11:44 am:

      Thank you <3

  6. Srishti said on July 11, 2017 9:36 pm:

    Will be sharing this with my sis

  7. Preetjyot Kaur said on July 12, 2017 12:57 am:

    This place is so so interesting..Would live to take my girls there soon..Thanks for sharing your experience with us

  8. Elina Dawoodani said on July 12, 2017 1:22 am:

    Such a lovely concept! Now I know what to gift my baby on her half birthday ❤️️

    1. Baby & Beyond said on July 14, 2017 11:44 am:

      Yes great idea!

  9. Zainab said on July 12, 2017 7:41 am:

    This is a new thing to me and will share details with my sister as her baby is small!:)

  10. Afsha Galar said on July 13, 2017 3:49 pm:

    I so wish they had something like this in Bangalore

  11. Ms Meehnia said on July 21, 2017 4:23 pm:

    This sounds like an amazing experience. Where exactly is this facility?

    1. Baby & Beyond said on July 23, 2017 8:57 pm:

      Yes it was! This is at Santacruz, Mumbai.