Here it is! First blog post, postpartum! I’m sorry I went a little MIA the last few weeks, but I have been soaking up as much daughter time as I possibly can. Three months of maternity leave is going to FLY.
They are located in the Bucktown neighborhood, so it was a quick
First, Isla got into her little swim diaper and went for a float! “Water movement is a unique and soothing experience for babies. With the support from our special floating ring, babies can move freely and near weightlessly due to the buoyancy of the water. “ Isla was sooo relaxed in the pool. She even got a chance to ditch the swim diaper and do some free swim. The water reminds newborns of being in the womb, so it is generally a very calming experience for babies! Only being 2 weeks old at the time, Isla wasn’t too active yet, but for the older babes, it is a great form of exercise, too!
After her pool time, we wrapped her up in a warm towel and headed over to the massage area for some instructional baby massage! “Each session ends with a relaxing massage performed by the parents and instructed by our certified infant massage instructor. Baby massage has many amazing benefits for the baby and their parents – including improved sleep patterns, reduction of gas and colic, and lowered cortisol levels aiding in overall calmness. Through this practice, caregivers will set aside a special time to bond with their baby in a new way. This is also an opportunity for developing a deeper understanding of your baby’s cues, communication, and body language.” This was such a special bonding experience for Isla and me, and I am still using the techniques I learned here at home! I have to say, her favorite was the massage right above her little tush, lol!
Overall, the experience was so fun and unique! I didn’t know things like this even existed until now! The founder, Rachel Curran, who is an RN, has years of experience as a NICU nurse, and is a certified Instructor of Infant Massage Therapy and Tummy Time (TM), walked us through everything so thoroughly, explaining every aspect of each activity. She also told us, babies
I would give this whole experience a 10/10 and highly recommend it to anyone with a little one aged 2 weeks-6 months! For more information or to schedule your visit, go to mettababy.com or check out their Instagram, @mettababyspa!
xx, the windy city mama