A professional opinion by

Dr Fiona Scheder-Bieschin
FC Psych (SA)

As a mother of three young children and a professional in the medical field I had the amazing opportunity to watch and experience the Baby Spa Floating Treatment for my two younger sons.

Theodor, now 4 years old, was just about nine days old when he started with the treatment twice a week until he graduated to baby swimming classes around 5 months of age, Matthias, now 2 years old was 14 days old.


For most mothers the first few weeks and months are an exciting but also often difficult and tiring time, getting to know a new baby, establishing a secure attachment, finding and managing their needs. Babies might present with prolonged jaundice, might be colicky, might be difficult feeders, might struggle with sleeping. It takes some time for both mother and baby to adjust and getting used to each other and one can find it not so easy to read the babies mind and response to certain ways of handling in the early weeks.
 

The most amazing experience for me during the Spa treatment was for me to watch the intense pleasure, contentment and curiosity the babies of a few days or weeks old showed as soon as they were floating in the warm water. Within a couple of sessions they figured out they could deliberately choose in which direction to float by moving their legs and arms in a certain way.
 

They could experience an intense pleasure known from floating in their mother’s tummy and yet new. They often stopped crying immediately watched and felt intensely what was happening. From my own experience the floating had also great physical benefits, lessening of jaundice through movement and influence on metabolism, easing of colic, regulating sleeping habits.
 

The brain develops with the experience of sensory information. Most young babies spend a great deal of their time wrapped in blankets or in car seats. Floating offers a unique and beautiful way of moving at a very early stage, which must have a positive influence on their brain development, if not more for handicapped babies.
 

Laura with all her knowledge and care truly created a very special atmosphere of calmness, of curiosity, balancing the needs of the babies and the mothers. Seeing her massaging the babies after the floating was another wonderful experience in seeing how a bond developed, how deep the experience was for the babies and how reassuring for the mothers.
 

As a child and adolescent psychiatrist and play therapist I clearly see the benefits of such a structured and yet natural sensory experience facilitating for the baby a gentler transition from the womb into the outer world, gaining a wonderful new quality for bonding and attachment and negotiating the fulfillment of needs.
 

To create a safe room and a space to watch and wonder, to think and to contemplate a wonderful sensory experience for the baby which is done almost independently at a very young age is truly remarkable. I am convinced it might even be beneficial for mothers with postpartum depression when the quality of bonding with the baby is difficult and painful.

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