Update: As adorable as both the concept and the photos of floating babies are, experts are now raising safety concerns about these baby spas. According to Birthlight, a nonprofit family-focused organization, and the Swimming Teachers' Association, the neck rings used can cause physical, neurological, and psychological harm to infants.
"There are the potential risks linked to the frequent use of a neck device that claims total safety and apparent comfort for babies, yet deprives them of the freedom to move, which we now know can have long-term implications," Francoise Freedman, the founder of Birthlight, said in a statement. "When babies hang vertically in water with their heads supported by a semi-rigid foam structure — particularly those under five months — concern arises about compression of the soft and subtle vertebrae in their necks and strain in ligaments and muscles."
Original Story: Welcome to an inside look at Baby Spa and Float Baby, your new Instagram obsessions!
These insanely adorable spas (located in Australia and Texas) are dedicated to the youngest clientele. Newborns and babies up to 6 months old can enjoy some serious pampering thanks to everything from massages to hydrotherapy sessions for infants.
When the little ones are ready for a dip in the pool, they are put into special flotation devices, which are essentially tubes to keep a baby's head floating above the water. Each baby floats alone in their own tub of water (unless there is a special request for twins or friends to splash together) and are outfitted with special swim diapers.
Although the photos that come from these relaxing sessions are insanely adorable
, the time spent at these retreats can also be medically beneficial to little ones. According to Baby Spa, the sensation of floating in warm water puts a baby at ease while also promoting a variety of benefits including muscular and skeletal strength, increased digestion and lung capacity, and better coordination and reflexes. The massages encourage parent-child bonding, secure attachment, and improved sleep patterns.
Whether or not you think it's the new moms who deserve some pampering rather than their newborns, these insanely relaxed babies are way too cute to handle!