Harrogate Nursery Fair

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Last weekend the Creeper Crawlers team went to England for our first trade show of 2015, the 3 day Harrogate International Nursery Fair and in true Creeper Crawlers style there was a little bit of drama.

After having spent over two hours filling the car to the brim and squeezing in all that we needed for the trade show we were ready to catch the ferry from Dublin to Holyhead. Everything went perfectly until we reached the other side.

As we were preparing to disembark for our 3 hour journey to Harrogate someone kindly pointed out that we had a flat tyre. Naturally panic set in as we had to get the car unloaded to access the spare and reloaded before the boat filled up and headed back to Dublin. With the help of the Stena Line Staff, who we can’t thank enough for their help and Creeper Crawlers own Geoffery, the car was unloaded in no time – only to find no spare tyre.

Apparently on some cars the spare tyre is under the car… whoops…. who knew?? 🙂

 

 

Stena Line staffhelping to get us on the move

Stena Line staff helping to get us on the move.

While all the drama and hard work was happening Creeper Crawlers CEO Ollwyn made sure to lend a helping hand by talking lots of pictures for our blog and facebook 🙂

 

 

Having finally arrived in Harrogate we spent the day setting up our stand, we were lucky enough to have a great location and to be beside our friends from Snooze Shade and Gummee Glove.

We had a great few days at the show, seeing some old friends and making new ones. Most importantly we had phenomenal feedback on our Easy Grip Crawl Suit and our new Premium Bamboo Collection, we even added some new international retailers.

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Creeper Crawlers at Harrogate Nursery Fair

We would be lying if we said it was all hard work though, we somehow managed to squeeze in a bit of “networking” over cocktails as well as attending the Banta Awards where the amazing Jason Manford kept us all entertained.

Why can’t all work outings end with a martini?  <3

After Show Cocktails

After Show Cocktails

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.

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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.