5 Products To Avoid – Child Development

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As you know, our aim is to support and enhance the healthy development of young children.

Our first product was the Easy Grip Crawl Suit™ which was developed to help babies achieve the cross crawl vital for cognitive development.  The cross crawl helps to develop muscles, co-ordination, vision and so much more. It is the most important milestone and our Easy Grip Crawl Suit™ gives babies the confidence they need to get crawling as it has our unique gripper bugs strategically placed on the knees and feet to provide traction on slippery modern floors.

The Crawl Suit has won awards for safety as by providing traction for babies it also stops slipping and those little bumps and bruises.

Today there are a lot more challenges facing baby than there was even just a few years ago, modern living can make it more difficult for baby to reach vital milestones and to make matters worse there are now products available that actually can have a negative effect on baby development.

We have been shocked to see a number of products available and below we have listed 5 to avoid.


  • Walkers

Parents today are very keen to see their babies walking- valuing it much more than crawling- counting the days until their little one will take their first steps and hoping to catch this moment on camera.

For this reason they buy walkers to help encourage this movement and to strengthen muscles in the legs. It has been proven however that this is not the case- walkers do not help babies learn how to walk, they can actually delay development. Studies have shown that those babies that use walkers to help them learn, may actually walk a month later than those who have not.

The reason for this is because baby walkers allow babies to move around before they are ready, their legs are hanging, putting extra strain on their hips and spine. Babys legs are usually in a bowed shape which can affect how they walk when they eventually learn how to do so.  Walkers are detrimental to normal baby development, their movement is restricted and they are discouraged from undertaking the important task of crawling. Crawling is when they learn how their body works and builds the muscles in their neck, back and legs- allowing them to then undertake the task of walking.

The American Academy of Paediatrics recommends that walkers are not used as they can discourage your child from walking and because they can also be dangerous. Canada banned walkers in 2004 and if you are found in possession of a walker in Canada for your baby you can even be fined up to $100,000.


  • Bouncers- Baby Door Swings

For many of the same reasons as walkers, bouncers can also delay the development of your baby.  Being in a baby bouncer means that babies are spending less time developing floor mobility such as sitting and crawling which allows them to develop their muscles as well as spatial awareness and confidence.

Bouncers do not offer much support for babies, they are left hanging by their crotch, putting stress on their pelvis and spine. If baby spends too long in them it is thought to put un-natural and excessive strain on their back.

Bouncers are also bad for baby’s social development as interaction with their environment and others is limited.

We are not saying that they should not be used at all but that the time baby spends in these should be limited and supervised.


  • Baby Chair

Baby chairs are a very controversial product due to how dangerous it can be for baby. There have been numerous reports of babies taking a tumble and getting seriously injured.

As well as being dangerous they can also seriously delay baby development as many babies are placed in the chair before they are ready. Motor skills can be inhibited when babies are placed in a chair before they are developmentally ready to sit and support the weight of their upper body.

When placed in a baby chair their movement is restricted – they are held in an un-natural position and their legs tend to dangle. This is bad for spinal and leg development.


  • Touch Screens

Recent research has shown that more and more children are starting school with an under developed pincer grip (pointer finger and the thumb) with some even starting school unable to hold a pencil properly. Some research has indicated that this could be due to the increased popularity of touch screen products. Children are not encouraged to use their fingers and develop their fine motor skills as they just swipe a screen gently.

There have even been products introduced that are aimed at babies and infants, this increased popularity and the amount of time babies are spending in front of a screen can also have an effect on their social development as well.

We are not saying that babies should not have any access to touch screen products as it can of course be beneficial to learn this at a young age (with some parental involvement/engagement) but it is better if this time is restricted.


  • Teething products

All mums would do anything for our teething baby to help get them through this ordeal- buying any product that promises to sooth the pain. However there are some teething products out there that can negatively affect your baby’s development. When choosing a teether make sure to avoid anything that restricts baby’s movements. Forcing their little soft bones into a particular shape restricts fine motor development and natural movement.

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.

Creeper Crawlers Bamboo Baby

Bamboo Fabric

It wasn’t until we needed to choose a fabric for our new Premium Collection and started doing some research that we began to learn all about the qualities and benefits of bamboo fabric. We wanted something that was kind to baby’s skin and environmentally friendly. Bamboo was the perfect solution, it is the fastest growing plant on the planet and is even recommended by doctors for children, especially those with any skin irritation or sensitivity


Hypo Allergenic

For allergy prone or sensitive skin, bamboo is perfect, it is anti-fungal and the organic fabric is so smooth that the fibres do not cause irritation to the skin. This makes bamboo the ideal material for babies and for skin conditions such as psoriasis and even nappy rash.



Bamboo fabric is a porous material making it very breathable which is perfect for little ones. This means that  it does not cling to the skin during hot weather or if your little one is hot. When attacked by odour causing bacteria the fabric also remains odourless.

Bamboo top and leggings

Creeper Crawlers Bamboo top and Easy Grip Bamboo leggings

Thermo Regulating

Bamboo is also the perfect material for exercise as it is thermo-regulating, this also makes it ideal for your active little one. When baby is feeling warm it cools her down and when she is feeling cool it has a warming effect, making it suitable for all climates all year round.  



Bamboo is 60% more absorbent than cotton, which makes it the perfect fabric to use in our Sensory Teething Bib. It is absolutely perfect for all those little dribbles.


Sensory Teething Bib
Creeper Crawlers Sensory Teething Bib TM


Eco Friendly

Bamboo is an incredibly eco-friendly source for fabric. When growing, bamboo does not require any pesticides, irrigation or fertilisers to enhance its growth. It has a natural anti-bacterial that grows within it. It is 100% biodegradable and is the fastest growing plant on the planet, with some records showing a growth of almost 48 inches in a 24hr period.

Bamboo fabric is one of the most ecological and economical products available today and many believe that because bamboo is long lasting, super soft, aesthetically pleasing, economical and ecological, that it is the “Fabric of the Future” – and we at Creeper Crawlers have it available for your little one now.

Click here to see our new Premium Bamboo Collection and place your pre-order. Shipping in May.





Bamboo Easy Grip Crawl Suit

Creeper Crawlers Premium Bamboo Crawl Suit TM

#BabyBrain: Building Baby’s Brain

5 ways to promote neurological development

Have you ever heard a parent proudly state ‘Oh my child didn’t need to crawl, they went straight to walking!’?

Well, when I hear this statement my heart sinks. As a Neurological Developmental Therapist I know that skipping a crucial stage in development actually does nothing to benefit the child. In fact, it may well result in learning or behavioural problems.

Neurological development is how the brain develops and builds connections throughout the body, going from basic brain stem functioning to the more complex higher brain functioning. This process is sequential and from the moment of conception the brain is being constructed. However in order to have good healthy brain development each stage must be transitioned before moving on to the next stage.

I always say that building the brain is like building a house. The foundations must be firmly established in order for the rest of it to be stable and successful.

Remember, there is a reason for every stage of development. Every movement has a learning function for the child and helps to build their brain in preparation for the next stages yet to emerge. Movement is the key to learning.

What does this mean? Well, to give an example of this, and one that we are all familiar with, when an object is placed in the palm of an infant they will immediately close their fingers around it and grasp it. This movement helps to ‘wire’ the brain. Doing this many times allows baby to understand and learn how to control the muscles in their arm and hand.

The closing of the fingers and grasping of the object is caused by a ‘reflex’. A reflex is an involuntary response to a stimulus. Developmentally, there are two main types of reflexes, primitive reflexes and postural reflexes.

Primitive reflexes begin to develop at nine weeks in utero. They are the survival reflexes and should be fully finished with by the age of twelve months. They help baby to go through the early developmental milestones by causing movements in response to certain stimuli.

Once they are inhibited (switched off) the Postural Reflexes emerge. Once these reflexes emerge it is said that higher brain functioning has begun. The postural reflexes allow for control over the body and are long term retained reflexes. We need these for day to day functioning such as; playing sports (kicking, catching, throwing, swinging etc.), riding bicycles, running, writing, reading, balance and many more activities. However, these cannot form correctly if some primitive reflexes are still present or if they were never developed properly in the first instance.

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: What is a Reflex?


As a Neurological Developmental Therapist, I generally work with children (and sometimes adults) with learning challenges and/or behavioural difficulties.


However, over the past 18 months I have been meeting more and more with parents and parents-to-be and I am overwhelmed by the positive response and continued requests for more information about the different types of developmental reflexes and how they relate to and are needed for later life.


I want give an overview of the two main types of developmental reflexes that we use as indicators to help determine the brain functioning development from basic brain stem control to the more complex higher brain functioning: the Primitive Reflexes and the Postural Reflexes.


What is a reflex?

A reflex is an automatic involuntary response to a stimulus – one that occurs without having to think about it or initiate the movement.


What is a primitive reflex?

The Primitive Reflexes are very basic reflexes and are known as the survival reflexes. They begin to develop after conception and should be inhibited (‘switched off’) within the first year of life.

For example, the Rooting Reflex we are all familiar with. When baby turns their head in the direction of a stimulus such as part of the lip or cheek being touched. They automatically begin making sucking motions. This reflex helps to ensures that baby achieves successful feeding.

They help the baby to go through early developmental milestones by causing movements in response to certain stimuli and are controlled by the primitive part of the brain, the brain stem.


What is a postural reflex?

Once the primitive reflexes are inhibited the Postural Reflexes emerge. These reflexes allow for control over the body and are long-term retained reflexes. We need these for day-to-day functioning, such as playing sports (kicking, catching, throwing, swinging etc.), riding bicycles, writing, reading, balance and many more activities. Theses reflexes are controlled by higher brain functioning and indicate brain maturation.


All of these developments are sequential. However, if some of the primitive reflexes are still present or if they were never developed properly in the first place they can impede this development.


Not only that, retained Primitive Reflexes can interfere with balance, motor control, eye functioning, hand-eye coordination and perceptual skills.

They can result in behavioural symptoms such as frustration, hyperactivity and hypersensitivity, and failure to match performance to ability.


So over the coming posts I will be writing about Primitive and Postural Reflexes in more detail and give hints, tips and techniques that you can use with your little one to enhance and support your baby’s brain development, naturally and at their own pace.


I created the Creeper Crawlers Easy Grip Crawl Suit because I wanted to help parents and their children along in the journey of hitting these developmental reflex milestones. Crawling is essential part of childhood development and allows children to foster healthy brain and body connections—including primitive and postural reflexes.


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