We brought Isaac for a swim at this hydrotherapy for babies place a coupla weeks back. He really enjoyed it! He was smiling most of the time and had a whale of a time kicking around in the water. This hydrotherapy thing became quite popular after it came out in the papers - click here for the article. It supposedly strengthens muscles and lungs and improves the sleeping patterns and bowel movements of the infant. The shop owner was also telling us that it stimulates the baby's brain and thus makes him smarter. Yeah, right. Ah well, we didn't really buy all that crap, we figured if that is all true, well and good. But if it isn't, it's alright, coz we're just taking it as Isaac's first swim.
Expensive first swim it is, though. It was $25 for a 20 minute swim (if your kid can last that long in the water - am told that some babies didn't take to the water very much, and came out after 10 minutes or so. That'd increase the effective cost per minute of the swim though!). They've a package you can sign for which is $100 for 5 swims (or "Buy 4 get 1 free"). There's also baby massage after the swim, if you want - chargeable of course - at $20 bucks a pop.
All in all, it wasn't a bad experience. The water is in the tub is lukewarm and changed after each baby. The float is also a special one for babies - comes in a few sizes. Looks kinda uncomfortable, but the babies all seem fine with it. We thought there'd be a long queue, but there wasn't, and it was quickly our turn. Check out the vid of Isaac playing in the water!
We had initially only wanted to bring Isaac to try it out for fun, just for one time. But in the end, we see him playing so happily in the water, that hubbs decided to get the package. Of course, reality sunk in once he handed the money over - some more we didn't know can just get the swim package alone and so we actually bought the swim+massage package at $180 for 5 times - i.e. Effective rate of $36 per session of swim+massage. But then, the package is transferable, so we can like bring our friends along and their baby can use our package. So, we figured, we'd already used up 1 session, so we're left with 4 more - just come twice, with another couple+baby each time, then use finish liaoz! kekeke... felt much better after that - defintely. definitely ;p
Ah well, the things we do for the kids; the money we spend on them. tsk tsk tsk. Think we should keep a running tab... and claim back from them next time! HAHAHA...