Thalasso Baby Bath with Sonia Rochel of Thalasso Baby Bath.
Sonia Rochel, the French newborn baby nurse who developed the amazingly tender Thalasso Baby Bath, her amazing techniques are wonderful to watch and we thought we would share some of her tips. She can calm baby through a special bathing technique.
This has got to be one of the most wonderful videos I've ever seen! "Cute alert" If it doesn't get have you aw-ing out loud, I'm not sure what will!
Although the bath Sonia offers is especially geared to just-born babies, the wisdom about bathing and general baby caring is timeless and will benefit parents and children of all ages. The video shows Sonia tenderly bathing and massaging a new born baby, I have never seen a baby so calm and relaxed it is a truly special experience, it is difficult to stop watching.
During a recent interview Sonia spoke passionately about her work:
Sonia told the interviewer.....
So I started observing babies really well … I've listened to them a lot because I realised that a baby tells us a lot of things … but most of us aren't used to listening to that. We hear many sounds as background sounds. We hear it – but we don't really hear it.
So after going through this process, I told myself that I needed to do something for these babies. I saw how birth for these babies was actually a beautiful experience and I wanted them to experience something equally beautiful once they were born.
That's how I developed this special bathing technique who is there to welcome baby in all softness ... it is like a welcome gift, my gift to them to welcome them into this world.
Sonia was asked if it is safe for parents to try this technique at home, and which bathing tips do you give?
"What I try to do, with the parents that I meet, I observe if they are very worried, or if they are quite relaxed and comfortable with bathing. I will try and give them a few simple things they can do.
First of all I give them the basic rules, first of all it's never to give a bath when baby is hungry, because then he needs a feed, and has no interest at all in a bath …
Second, it's about not being afraid to immerse baby, to have some water in her ears and over her eyes. It is very good, and even more it will reassure them later on when they get water in their eyes. So pour water over their eyes.Also I advise them to use a gentle baby shower head, so the water can softly stream over their head, which will give the softest cranial massage, that is really great too for the bath.
It's mostly giving them ideas, and take away all fear from the bath, which many parents still have.
I do give some guidelines for safety though. Mainly because a baby moves during the bath. It's their reflex for example when they touch the side of the bath, to “jump up”. I know that that happens so I always have my hands ready, because I know that at any moment, baby can do this and make a sudden movement.
So that is the main safety guideline: be ready for sudden movements, just keep your hands close and ready.
Most of all it's about changing the whole idea of a bath, so that it becomes less strict, more about fun than about hygiene. I really want to change the definition of the word bath for a baby: it's not about cleaning everywhere, under the arms, the feet, the ears, … a bath is first of all about taking the time, relaxing, feeling good, … and to me that would be amazing if we could use that as the new definition for a bath."
Finally Sonia was asked, what is your best baby sleep advice?
: My sleep advice … would be … for the bath is to bathe at night of course. To take a lot of time to bathe baby. We need to give baby to release the tension of the day. In two minutes it can't be done. We need to give baby the time to get rid of that tension in their body. We all accumulate tension but as adults we are busy we can run we can shout we can do things to get rid of the stress of the day. But a young baby is just lying around, she accumulate quite a bit of tension.
So my first sleep advice is to start with taking the time for a real bath.
And also … to really have quality time, before going to bed. It seems natural but in practice it just does not always happen like that. It's really important to have a huge quality in what you do, whether it's really taking her in your arms, reassure her, change her really gently, just do everything with explicit love and care. All those things will effectively help them sleep better.
A truly incredible woman!