Help Your Baby Get To Grips with Crawling

We have highlighted the importance of crawling and its benefits for your child many times.

There are lots of things that you can do to help encourage your baby to crawl and to reach this vital developmental milestone.

The best thing you can do of course is get an Easy Grip Crawl Suit. 🙂 The research that we at Creeper Crawlers have been conducting over the last 2 years would indicate and support the belief that modern floor surfaces are providing a challenge for babies trying to crawl. In fact, you guys have been generous with your feedback and continue to tell us the difference that an Easy Grip Crawl Suit is making to your little ones while crawling.

Due to the decline of carpets and the growing popularity of shiny, slippery floors babies are skipping this stage- Our Easy Grip Crawl suit aims to solve this problem with our unique gripper technology.

Creeper Crawlers Easy Grip Bug

Creeper Crawlers Easy Grip Bug

It is important to remember that all children develop at a different pace and some may reach milestones earlier than others. Usually babies begin to crawl between 6 months and 10 months, however our own research has shown that recently babies are actually crawling later, so do not be alarmed if your baby is not crawling, yet they may well reach this milestone later.

We must remember not to rush baby as he or she will crawl when they are ready to do so, however there are a few little things you can do to encourage this movement.

  1. Tummy Time

Try and place baby on their tummy from one week on. Start gently, even 10/15 seconds a couple of times a day is enough at the beginning as he may find it uncomfortable. As they get a little bit older, 6 weeks on, you can begin to increase time spent doing tummy time once he has become more comfortable and developed some muscle control.

As baby gets older he will be able to lift and support his own head and pull his knees up under himself – sure signs that he is ready to get moving.

Tummy time does not have to be on the ground – it can also be be laying on top of you or your partner- skin to skin contact is good for baby too 🙂

 

Tip: Avoid tummy time directly after a feed unless you want to see the feed again J Or when baby is tired, as it can be quite the workout! 🙂

 

  1. Get Down On It

You can encourage crawling by getting down on the ground with your baby and showing them how it’s done. Baby will think you are having fun together and will want to copy you.

This is very important for 1st babies who have no other role models to copy.

 

 

  1. Make it Fun

It is important to make learning to crawl fun for your little one. At the beginning it can be uncomfortable but as they get more used to it and grow in confidence, baby will love time spent on the ground learning how to move their body.

You can use games to make it more fun, like taking their favourite toy and leaving it just out of reach so they have to crawl to get to it.

Have pretend races to baby’s toys and if you are enjoying yourself you can be sure baby is too.

 

 

  1. Cause a Road Block

Our personal favourite involves using an obstacle course, baby is encouraged to move over different textures such as blankets and cushions and this helps develop their sense of movement, space and helps with muscle development.

 

Tip: Try using a childs tunnel for baby to crawl through- they will love it!

 

The most important thing to do is to remember to make tummy time enjoyable for baby and they will be comfortable and more confident.

 

*never leave baby unattended during tummy time

Not an Average Babygrow

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Here at Creeper Crawlers we aim to make products that are in line with our company mission- to help support and enhance natural child development.

Knowing the importance of the crawling milestone our first product was a babygrow that actually helps babies learn how to crawl effectively.

This hi-tech babygrow or as we prefer to call it our patented “Easy Grip Crawl Suit” has our unique gripper bug technology on the knees and feet that provide babies with just the right amount of traction on slippery floors so they can get to grips with crawling.

Over time we have perfected the design and we have found the optimal position for our gripper bugs in key contact areas. This allows babies to crawl naturally while not restricting or inhibiting any other movements.

Lots of parents have asked us about the positioning of our grips and why they are not on the arms or further up the legs as their baby is doing a commando crawl and trying to pull themselves along the ground. This is something that we did test but we found that doing this actually discouraged babies from trying to learn the cross crawl– which is ideal for development.

Easy Grip Crawl Suit

Easy Grip Crawl Suit

We also found that having grip in other areas restricted babies movement too much and did not allow for natural crawling – we have now perfected the grip positioning which supports and enhances healthy and natural child development. No other product better enables your baby to crawl on modern floors.

The crawl suit now comes in 4 colours and our new boxes make it the perfect unique baby gift. We even have two neutral colours mint and cream – perfect if you don’t know if the new baby is a boy or girl. Get one now.

New colours added

New colours added

New gift boxes

New gift boxes

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Why is my baby not crawling?

Crawling Develops

Many parenting books and guides say that babies should be crawling by the time they are 7 months old however, if your baby is not crawling there is no need to panic as we have found that babies today are actually beginning to crawl a little later. Our Easy Grip Crawl collections go right up to 24months.

Now in 4 colours!

Now in 4 colours!

There are many reasons why your baby may not be crawling, maybe they are just not ready yet or it could be due to factors in their environment. They could be finding it very difficult to get their body co-ordinated on the slippery floor surfaces in your homes. You must remember that babies are just finding out what parts belong to them and that they can control their own movement. When placed on a slippery floor this can cause frustration and many babies give up trying to crawl.

Slippery surfaces can put babies off crawling.

Slippery surfaces can put babies off crawling

Wooden, tiled or laminate floors present a huge challenge to your baby as they offer no traction, babies slip and slide resulting in bumped heads and this can put babies off learning to crawl. For babies this is the same as us trying to walk on ice.

It is important that you do all you can to help encourage the all-important cross crawl. Read more about how you can encourage crawling here.

 

Crawling Develops

Crawling Develops

Of course there could be other physiological or medical factors that are preventing your baby from crawling, if you are concerned about your childs development please speak with your doctor or public health nurse.

Crawling for Adults

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In January The Sunday Independent very kindly featured Creeper Crawlers. We were so delighted with the coverage and the fantastic response that we received from it. We were sent many emails of support and encouragement for our business, however there was one email in particular that really stood out to us.

While Ollwyn knows and understands the benefits of the crawling stage in child development and also uses the cross-crawl as part of her remediation programme when she is working with children, she was delighted to hear about the use of crawling and the impact it has for this adult.

We are honoured to have received permission to share part of this email with you.

The email we received was from a person who suffers from MS who wanted to share with us the impact that crawling has on day to day life and how it is of benefit to them.

They have agreed to let us use the email as a way to spread the word and to help educate how crawling can have great benefits for adults also and possibly encourage others to try it for themselves.

 

“Hi,

 

I have just read the article in the Business Section of the Sunday Independent about your business and the connection of babies crawling and overall effect it has on the whole body.  Well just to further this point, I have SP Multiple Sclerosis and my walking ability has been greatly compromised, I was only telling a physiotherapist the other day that if I crawl around my house for a short while, I can get up and walk easily after that.

 

So I totally agree with your concept about crawling and the benefits that come from it, even for an adult like me.

 

Well worth crawling.”

 

A huge thank you to this brave lady for taking the time to email us and for allowing us to use her experience to spread awareness and to help highlight the importance of crawling, it was great to hear from someone who has experienced the benefits of crawling later in life first hand.

In our blog last week we highlighted how important it is for babies to crawl and the associated link to brain functioning, we also described the benefits the cross crawl has for infants such as how it helps with muscle formation, eye sight, coordination and balance.  (Child Development- The Cross Crawl)

The Cross Crawl

The Cross Crawl

However it is important to note that crawling is not only beneficial for babies, recently crawling has been recommended to adults as a way to achieve better communication between brain hemispheres and to repair compromised brain functions.

Crawling today is viewed as a rehabilitative and restorative movement as it helps to develop healthy body and brain connections. Crawling has the ability to improve your health, mobility and strength as well as improving your ability to think and focus.

 

Through crawling, pathways are established between the left and right hemispheres of the brain. The better the brain can communicate and process information, the better the body moves.

lady ms

 

Child Development – The Cross Crawl

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Crawling is such an important stage in child development and yet many parents are not fully aware of the benefits crawling has for their child.

Crawling is a major milestone and plays a vital role in development as not only does it help to inhibit some of the primitive reflexes it also helps develop the brain, muscles, balance and visual skills.

The Cross Crawl

The Cross Crawl

There are a number of different types of crawling which you may be familiar with, such as the commando crawl, bum scooting (or bum shuffling) and even rolling to get around. However if at all possible we should do what we can to encourage the traditional “Cross Crawl”.

This is where the baby bears their weight on their hands and knees moving one arm and the opposite leg together in order to move forward.

Until a baby learns how to crawl they tend to operate homolateral (one sided). For example, right arm and right leg moving together. The cross crawl is the first time that opposite sides of the body work together to perform a deliberate task on purpose. The cross crawl helps and encourages crossing of the mid-line. The mid-line is the invisible line that runs down our centre and divides the left side from the right side of the body. Crossing of the mid-line is very important for further development and also for the two hemispheres (sides) of the brain. It indicates that the left side of the brain is working with the right side of the brain and vice versa. This development allows for more complicated process to evolve as the child develops.

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Moving one arm and the opposite leg together to move forward.

We continue to use this cross-crawl movement when we walk, run and swim. It is this movement that builds the bridge between the left and right sides of the brain allowing information to flow between the two.

Because of this it is important to encourage your baby to use this style of crawling. You can encourage crawling by getting down on the floor with your little one and doing crawling movements that they can mimic. You can play games on the floor with their favourite toys and create obstacle courses for them using pillows and blankets. If you have fun, they will have fun.  Try to remember that slippery or cold surfaces may deter baby from wanting to crawl.

It is also important to keep in mind that babies develop at different rates and if your little one was a premature baby they may reach this and other milestones a little later than their peers. However, if you have any concerns at all about your little one arrange a visit with your public health nurse or your little ones doctor and they will be able to discuss your concerns with you.

#BabyBrain: Rocking and Rolling

Rocking and rolling exercises for babies

The balance system is located deep within the inner ear. A well-developed balance systemforms the basis for healthy brain and body connections.   Stimulation of this system is needed in order for baby to be able to cope successfully with gravity. Activities that cause this stimulation are essential for the inhibition of primitive reflexes and development of balance. They will impact on development of posture, movement, and a sense of position in space, motion, depth and self. Rocking and rolling movements can contribute to the development of balance.   Studies show that infants given regular vestibular stimulation in the first few months of life show accelerated development in motor skills as a result of increased sensory stimulation.

  • Cradle the baby in a cellular blanket with a person holding either end of the blanket. Now sway very gently and slowly from side to side. The slower the better. This slow movement will get the fluid in the inner ear moving which will in turn activate and stimulate the balance system. You may even find that he/she is soothed and calmed and may even fall asleep during this.
  • Put your baby in a seated position holding them securely under their arms. Rock him/her from side to side, gently and slowly and make sure not to go more than a 45 degree angle. This will help to develop the muscles in the neck and shoulders while causing the fluid in the inner ear to move and stimulate the balance system.
  • A variation on this is while in the same position as above rock your baby forward and backwards. Very gently and slowly and not more than a 45 degree angle. You may need to adjust your grip slightly to support baby at the front and back. Be mindful of supporting their head, the aim is to get them to support their own head but if they cannot do this then you will need to, until they can.
  • A floor time rock & roll session  when your baby is lying on his/her back will also provide good stimulation for the balance system and will provide some movements that help to inhibit primitive reflexes. Hold the baby’s hands and gently rock him/her from side to side, the head will turn accordingly.   Do not turn them more than 45 degrees.
  • As your baby gets bigger and older introduce plenty of rough and tumble play, not just for the boys. It gives so much stimulation to the brain and plays a huge role in building your baby’s brain.

Ollwyn Moran is a trained Neurological Developmental Therapist and the founder of Creeper Crawlers, a revolutionary children’s clothing brand best known for its Easy Grip Crawl Suit. Made from 100% cotton and free of harsh chemical dyes, the patent-pending and award-winning Easy Grip Crawl Suit provides developmental benefits for babies ages 6-24 months. Learn more about Creeper Crawlers here

#BabyBrain: Massage

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The sense of touch begins to develop in-utero. So mum, all those patting and swirling movements you draw on your pregnant tummy is going to benefit your baby’s brain. When you drink that glass of ice-cold water and feel your little one move around vigorously, you are building their brain through developing their sense of touch and feeling.

The sense of touch, although not fully developed at birth, it is one of the most advanced abilities at birth. They can feel at birth a lot better than they can see, hear, or even taste. Early experiences  of being touched and touching are incredibly important.   It develops motor skills and an understanding of the physical world. It also contributes to good health and emotional well-being for the future.

Early touch experiences play a hugely important role in the overall quality of brain development. Baby massage gives the brain so much sensory information which helps to develop an awareness of body parts (body-mapping). This is important because at birth the baby does not know what parts belong to them. The have come from a warm fluid filled environment to a world with gravity where everything is a completely new experience.

  • Start as soon as possible after birth
  • Do it rhythmically and slowly. The brain is getting so much sensory input from this that it needs time to absorb this information.
  • Follow your instincts
  • Sing and smile while massaging
  • Have baby naked and lying in a warm room on a warm towel/blanket, after bath time is usually a perfect time
  • If using a lotion or oil, warm it in your hands before rubbing on baby’s skin
  • Use circular clockwise movements – start on the stomach and move gradually out to the limbs, tell your little one the names of the parts of their body that you are touching – this really helps with left and right and body awareness
  • Be gentle and support the head when turning baby over.
  • From two months of age onwards you can vary the materials massage and introduce tapping with the fingers, vary intensity and strokes etc.

Ollwyn Moran is a trained Neurological Developmental Therapist and the founder of Creeper Crawlers, a revolutionary children’s clothing brand best known for its Easy Grip Crawl Suit. Made from 100% cotton and free of harsh chemical dyes, the patent-pending and award-winning Easy Grip Crawl Suit provides developmental benefits for babies ages 6-24 months. Learn more about Creeper Crawlers here