Amber Macintosh, founder of Dandelion Baby, the beauty guide for mother & child, reviews Cupcake, the family members club.
Before I moved out of Fulham to settle in the country I had raced all over London in order to find places and activities to entertain a toddler and baby. Now, with the arrival of Cupcake Clubs, all your needs during pregnancy and throughout motherhood are covered under one roof. Cupcake is a new members club and spa created for mums, mums to be and their families. There are currently three Cupcake Clubs in South London; Wandsworth, Putney and Fulham, with plans to expand to ten clubs over the next five years. I can see from Twitter that North London mums are asking for the next Cupcake Club and after my visit to Cupcake Putney, I can see why.
There is a great cafe for all the family, a crèche with painting den and a soft play room for little ones. Upstairs is the gym, incredibly spacious changing area and rooms where various club activities are held. Last, but certainly not least, are the wonderful treatment rooms of the Cupcake Spa. Whilst enjoying a cappuccino before my spa treatment, I was accompanied by a group of mums heading upstairs for their baby music class, so I checked out the timetable of activities on offer and was amazed to see something every hour of every day! These ranged from Birthlight pregnancy yoga, baby ballet and toddler rugby to Lose your mummy tummy and Baby Picasso art classes. Being a member of the club entitles you to all these classes as well as special events including antenatal courses and talks from experts on subjects like breastfeeding or heading back to work. The only additional elements to your membership are the crèche and spa facilities. Like everything at Cupcake the Spa treatment menu is extensive and carries a particularly brilliant range of pregnancy massages, designed for each trimester.
I had the You’re a Mum! massage, which gently revitalises stressed out muscles and boosts circulation whilst you are lying on a delicious pillow of warm water. Helen, my therapist, explained that the Cupcake in the Oven Massage also uses this pillow of warm water, enabling a therapists hands to move efficiently under your back and neck, without you having to move position during the treatment. All your needs are discussed before each treatment so that a nagging problem can be tackled and given more focus during your massage. If you are nervous of leaving your baby for the first time, knowing that your child is just downstairs in the crèche while you enjoy a much needed pampering has to be the answer. Joining Cupcake enables you to find a community of like minded mums who can support you throughout the adventure of motherhood in a fun environment, where you can grab a coffee, attend baby classes or relax in the spa with all your childcare needs met. It won’t be long before every town outside London is clamouring for its Cupcake Club.