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So, Spas for Newborns Are a Thing Now

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Babies really have it good. They get to eat, sleep, play and get waited on hand and foot, while parents shower them with love. As if life couldn't get any better, newborns can now also have their very own spa dayβ€”at around $65 an hour.

The concept of the baby spa was first started by competitive swimmer and swim teacher Laura Sevenus, who thought giving babies exposure to water at an early age was important and worked for over 40 years to provide a safe water-based environment for little ones. Baby Spa now has franchises in South Africa, London, Spain and, most recently, Australia.

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The Australian spa is headed by sisters Anita Yap and Kavita Kumar, who have had more than 3,500 babies, ages 2 days old to 6 months old, visit the spa in Perth so far. Each session includes about 10 minutes (at first visit) to 30 minutes (subsequent visits) of hydrotherapy for babies. They float and exercise in light, doughnut-shaped flotation devices called BUBBY, which are designed to safely support baby's neck, and in temperature-controlled water. To follow, trained nurses and staff give them and an infant massage. Baby's perfect peaceful oasis is rounded out with specially selected music and lighting throughout.

What's the point, you ask? "The warmth and pressure of the water is similar to the comfort and security of the womb. ... They once again feel as if they are back in the nurturing environment from which they came," the site says.

Yap, who is a new mom and massage expert, tells the Huffington Post that health benefits also include muscle growth, improved sleep, increased lung capacity and relieving wind and digestive discomfort.

Whether or not it's worth the cost, one thing's certain: These babies sure do look happy.

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When the lovely @misskyreeloves drops by with Baby Alaska and @bbenharvey for a swim! πŸ€—#Repost @misskyreeloves ・・・ * Spending the day with my Lovers at @babyspaperth Happy birthday Darling baby daddy @bbenharvey You are the bestest most special human I know. Love you! πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’— #babyspaperth #perthmums #infantmassage #familytime #westernaustralia #perth #hydrotherapy

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Bespoke Baby Massage Classes with your friend's and Mama Groups will be running throughout December and early 2017 which will be based on inquiry only. *Minimum of 3 and maximum of 6 babes per session. Email us to find out more. #babyspaperth #babyspa #hydrotherapy #infantdevelopment #infantmassage #babymassage #perthmum #mothersgroup #theperthcollective #perthpop #perthkids #kidsaroundperth #perthisok #pregnancy #kidsofinstagram #organicbaby #organicbabies #grapeseedoil #christmasgift #perth

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Day 40 of 365 - WATER #repost I love this pic of my little #water baby taken at @babyspaperth a couple of months ago now. She loved every minute of her baby spa trips and went every week from 10 days old up until almost 4 months old. #365mumtastic #thestoryofmum #mumlife #perthbaby #babylove #baby #instababies #instababy #proudmama #babygirl #photoaday #potd #365challenge #samsung #daughter #ericasaurusrex #cutebaby #swim #zenbaby #babyspa πŸ“Έ @bartandsonn 😍✨

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Today's Cousin Cuteness - Mila & Mason 😍😍#Repost @danielagalati ・・・ Another beautiful afternoon spent at @babyspaperth with little Mila πŸ’™ #babyspa #mandm #babycousins #bubby #floatlife #tuesday #relaxingday

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πŸ’œ | We loved having little Levi down @babyspaperth (πŸ“Έ by @katetwigley ) #babyspaperth #hydrotherapy #infantmassage #subiaco #Repost @katetwigley ・・・ Somebody enjoyed their massage yesterday @babyspaperth πŸ˜‰#babyspaperth

So ... while they pamper baby, can mom get her own spa day, too?

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