What should I bring?
All materials for baby massage are supplied.
Bring along your usual nappy bag, an extra change of clothes for baby, and a warm wrap or baby blanket.
During the classes, baby massage is done sitting on a cushion on the floor with your baby.
Little Ritual Baby Massage Packs are included or can be purchased in studio.
What should I wear?
During our classes, baby massage is done sitting on the floor or on a cushion, so we recommend wearing comfortable clothing.
We heat the room so that it is comfortable for babies to be undressed so wear a t-shirt, if you are dressed warmly, be sure you can take off your layers.
Slip on shoes are a good idea so that you can comfortably sit on the floor with bare feet (not necessary, but certainly quite comfy!)
Dress your baby in something that allows easy dressing/undressing. Baby massage is done with baby undressed.
What if I need to change my baby’s nappy?
We have changing facilities in our studios to change baby as required.
What if my baby sleeps or feeds during the class?
Responding to your baby’s needs is part of baby massage. So if feeding, cuddles, settling, or changing is what your baby needs, please feel totally free and comfortable to do that!
The classes involve some time for introductory information, sometime where the baby massage techniques are demonstrated, some time for trying the techniques with your baby, and some time at the end where the session is wrapped up.
Some babies sleep or feed through some of the class. This can be helpful to allow parents to absorb the information while baby is asleep or feeding. Then when baby wakes up, parents can try out the techniques.
On occasion, a baby will sleep for the entire session. In these instances, parents might try the techniques on an instructor doll for that week so that they don’t miss out. You can then try the massage at home before the next class.
What if my baby cries or is unsettled during class?
We love babies at The Little Rituals – so we have empathy for parents when their babies are unsettled and lots of care for crying babies!
Crying is a normal part of life with a baby – so, of course, your baby will probably become unsettled at some point during the class because they are tired, hungry, have a tummy pain, or perhaps for some unexplained reason. Remember that the other class participants have babies too, so they will understand. There is no need to leave the room with a crying baby – but if you feel that some peace and quiet might help your baby, there is always the option to step outside for a moment in our comfortable waiting area.
What if we miss a class?
We want this to be a positive experience for you and your baby and we understand that life gets busy or perhaps your baby might be having a rough morning. If you miss a parent class, we will be more than happy to organise a make-up class at a time that suits you. Please contact us if you are unable to attend one of our workshops and we will do our best to accomodate finding you a space an alternative upcoming workshop.
Always be gentle with yourself and do what is best for you and your baby.
Can more than one caregiver attend the class together?
Please feel free to bring your partner, friend or family member at no additional cost!
What if I have multiples?
The fee is the same, weather you have one baby, twins or triplets. We charge one fee per family. If you have more than one baby, it might be useful to bring an additional caregiver for support.
Many families with multiple babies prefer to organise a private class in the comfort of their own home. Please contact us if you would like to arrange a private class.
Can I bring an older child?
The baby massage classes work best when parents/caregivers can fully focus on their baby and when babies can relax and attend without distractions from bigger children – so we ask that older siblings do not attend the class.
If you are unable to arrange care for older siblings, please contact us to discuss options such as a private baby massage class in the comfort of your own home.
Should I bring a pram to the class?
Pram access and space is limited at our Morningside studio. Therefore, we ask that you don’t bring large prams to this venue. We have plenty of space for prams at our other studios.
We encourage you to bring carriers, wraps, car capsules or small folding travel prams if this is helpful for you and your baby.
How do I know I’m going to receive a quality service?
Holly is a Certified IMIS Paediatric Massage Educator, Infant Massage Instructor and has done specialised studies in infant massage and maternal mental health, breastfeeding, post touch therapy and understanding pre-term babies. She is a professional practitioner and member of the Holistic Heath Associates International (HHI) and a professional member of The Infant Massage Information Service (IMIS). Holly is dedicated in providing tailored experiences and has a passion for supporting and empowering women through every stage of their journey in life, pregnancy and parenthood.