The Perfect Baby Gift

Creeper Crawlers LA Edition Gift Boxes

What to buy for a new born baby?

 

At Creeper Crawlers we offer something very different – our gripper technology. Our little gripper bugs on the knees and feet provide baby with the traction to get crawling and to reach this vital developmental milestone.

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Creeper Crawlers Gripper Bugs

 

We are passionate about child development and our products encourage healthy crawling, helping baby with muscle and brain development.

Our Easy Grip Collections are stylish and functional- the perfect blend between baby fashion and purpose.

Original Easy Grip Crawl Suit

Original Easy Grip Crawl Suit

The Original Easy Grip Crawl Suit now comes in 4 colours and is available here. We have the ever popular pink and blue as well as neutral tones cream and our brand new mint, just in case you aren’t sure if the new arrival is a baby boy or a little baby girl. 🙂

 

 

Creeper Crawlers goes to Hollywood

Creeper Crawlers LA Edition Gift Boxes

 

The crawl suit fits perfectly into our gift boxes and you can even have one of our stylish LA Edition pink and black designs that were gifted to the stars, such as Channing Tatum and Gina Rodriguez at the Golden Globe Awards in January this year 🙂 We can even send it directly as a gift if you wish, with a little personal note included.

 

 

 

 

We have just recently launched our new premium range- our bamboo collection. Available here. This premium collection includes separates, tops and leggings and a bamboo crawl suit, as well as our popular sensory teething bib.

Sensory Teething Bib

Sensory Teething Bib

The bamboo baby clothes also have our unique gripper technology and the material is perfect for babies skin. Read all about the benefits of Bamboo for babies here.

Our Bamboo Collection is a little touch of luxury and style, with super soft material and muted tones, perfect for a modern baby.

 

The CC University Tracksuit is personally my favourite, baby tracksuits are huge right now and is the perfect gift when looking for something that nobody else would have thought of 🙂 The tracksuit comes in blue or pink, perfect for a little Miss or Mr.

Creeper Crawlers blends baby style with functionality and encourages healthy development, we are the only company in the world providing developmental clothing for babies- truly unique 🙂

New CC University Tracksuit

New CC University Tracksuit

 

 

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: 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