We love babies and children!
In May 2009, Vicky opened the second branch of IMBS on Ritherdon Road in Tooting Bec. The original design for the second urban spa was to meet the growing demand of our spa & beauty business. In May 2010 Vicky had her son, and within her NCT group and changing needs, quickly realised that a place for mums (and dads with little ones) to go with babies was something that could work well. IMBS Mummy & baby Spa was relaunched in July 2010 with a cafe, baby change, bottle warming and feeding facilities, travel cots, play area and baby safe environment.
It was a huge success, in a beautiful tree lined residential road and busy with parents wanting a little me-time, but without the hassle and cost of childcare. IMBS developed pricing to meet the 'maternity' purse, allowing the spa at Balham to be a little more luxurious and with longer treatments etc.
In the hair salon in Balham, the staff were trained to work around parents with children, needing to feed and meet their needs. Baby changing was also installed, and both sites became a member of the Breastfeeding alliance.
Unfortunately, our site at Ritherdon road was plagued with leaks and structural issues that were beyond our control, and in 2013 we had to close the site many times due to leaks, damp and unsafe conditions. This was not resolved and was beyond our control, so in January 2014 Vicky had to make the heart-breaking decision to close the site, and re-design the Balham High Road site. This was not a decision made easily, and it was not easy to combine the perfect baby friendliness of Ritherdon Road into Balham High road.....
However, over the last year we have worked with clients and staff and tried to find the solution that works for all. We ARE baby & child friendly and strive hard to create this environment where everyone can relax and enjoy their time with us.
Babies & children are welcome into the spa, where we have travel cots in 2 rooms and safety plugs. Alternatively you can take your travel seat downstairs with you. We cannot accommodate buggies downstairs due to the practicalities of stairs and doors etc!
In the hair department we are very used to working around little people and parents! we have toys, a high chair, childrens drinks, baby change and patience :)
We hope you enjoy x