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A place for baby to relax and unwind

Little Penyu the first baby swim spa in Sabah. - Photo by Ille Tugimin/SayangSabah
Little Penyu the first baby swim spa in Sabah. – Photo by Ille Tugimin/SayangSabah

KOTA KINABALU – If adults can have their ‘me’ time so do babies. And this is just what babies have nowadays.

The concept of Baby Spa is in-trend now in Malaysia. It is increasingly popular as parents claim the spa helps to improve the infant’s sleep quality and reduces discomfort from colic and constipation.

Little Penyu is the first baby swim spa in Sabah, owned by Norfaranina Zaki better known as Fara to family and clients. Her baby spa is the first in Malaysia that follows the principles of IAIM (International Association of Infant Message).

 

The Little Penyu founder Norfaranina Zaki. - Photo by Ille Tugimin/SayangSabah
The Little Penyu founder Norfaranina Zaki. – Photo by Ille Tugimin/SayangSabah

“In Little Penyu, we take care of your baby, and it is our mission to bring parents and baby closer together,” she said to SayangSabah during a visit to the baby spa, yesterday.

Fara said it is crucial that baby is not overstimulated.

“We will try our best to keep a calm environment for the benefit of our clients,” she said.

Little Penyu offers programmes developed for babies from 2 weeks to 6 months of age and it is open for babies up to 24 months of age.

Neonatal massage -one of the Little Penyu experience neonatal nurse guiding parents on how to massage their babies. - Photo by Ille Tugimin/SayangSabah
Neonatal massage -one of the Little Penyu experience neonatal nurse guiding parents on how to massage their babies. – Photo by Ille Tugimin/SayangSabah

Fara informed SayangSabah that they are using a Baby Swim Spa System which is a warm water-based method that strengthens and stimulates babies to improve their physical growth and mental development.

“Not only it is fun, but the hydrotherapy helps babies to strengthen muscle and bone structure,” she said.

She also said that the water that they used is double filtered and is none-chlorinated.

“This will give your baby’s skin a gentle touch as they enjoy floating in the water,” she added.

Parents bonding time with their babies. - SayangSabah
Parents bonding time with their babies. – SayangSabah

For a young mother like Joy Samantha, the baby spa creates a calm, soothing and fun experience for her and her 4 months old baby.

“The spa allows me to have some bonding time with my baby. It makes me happy to see her move around freely and have fun in the water,” she said.

Joy said that the comforting experience will also help build confidence for her daughter in the water.

Joy Samantha with her 4 months old baby, Joanne Aisyah Silver during the hydrotherapy session. - Photo by Ille Tugimin/SayangSabah
Joy Samantha with her 4 months old baby, Joanne Aisyah Silver during the hydrotherapy session. – Photo by Ille Tugimin/SayangSabah

In the baby spa, babies will have a neonatal massage performed by parents while being coached by certified neonatal nurses. The baby is placed in an individual neonatal pod or larger spa pool for up to 30 minutes of therapeutic immersion.

For more details on price and inquiries, you can go to Little Penyu website at http://www.littlepenyu.com/v1/ – By Fizah Yusof/SayangSabah

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