I stumbled across this weeks business while enjoying a few minutes of calm with a hot cup of tea and a newspaper. Although I love getting stuck into a good newspaper, I very rarely have the opportunity these days!
While flicking through the pages trying to decide what to read (I only had 5 minutes of reading time) an article caught my eye. I am baby mad as you can tell from a few of my posts so anything to do with bumps, babies and kids instantly screams for my attention.
The article told the story behind the very clever Creeper Crawler playsuit. Creeper Crawlers grip suits were designed by Irish Mum of two boys, Ollwyn Moran.They were designed to help babies learn to crawl. Crawling is a difficult skill to learn for babies if they have to contend with super slippy wooden and tiled floors. My little girl found it really difficult to get a good grip when she was making her early attempts at moving around. We have no carpet at all in our house (except for my lovely rug) so crawling was a big challenge. If only I had known about the creeper crawlers suits a few months earlier!
I got in touch with Ollwyn to find out a little more about the suits and where the idea came from…
1. Tell us a little about yourself and what you do?
My name is Ollwyn and I am a Mum and a teacher. I have two sons Matthew and Alex. I teach science in a secondary school as my full time job and I also run Creeper Crawlers. I also work with children with learning difficulties as a neurological development therapist.
2. What gave you the idea to create Creeper Crawlers?
The idea for Creeper Crawlers came to me a long time ago and I had always wanted to develop the idea into a product to help babies learn the vital skill of crawling. The opportunity came along while I was studying for my Masters in Maynooth. I saw a poster for an entrepreneur competition and decided to go ahead and enter it. At the time I thought I could spend some of the prize money on a nice new sofa! When my idea for the playsuits won the competition, I decided it was a sign to focus my energy and the prize money on developing the Creeper Crawlers suit and bring it to market.
3. Where do you find inspiration?
From my family and my boys. I have so much support from my family, I am very lucky to have them so close to me. The boys also inspired the suits themselves, when the boys were babies I knew how important it was for them to learn how to crawl so that they would understand depth, space and balance. I had no carpets in our house so when Matthew was a baby I used to bring him to the only tiny patch of carpet that we had at the top of the stairs so that he could practice. I went to a carpet shop and bought some remnants when Alex was a baby and I would crawl around in front of him to encourage him to crawl!
4. What advice or words of wisdom would you give from your experience?
Look for the positive in every situation, and be thankful for what you have. A friend of mine once said to help look for the positives, think of it like this, pick a colour – say green and point out all of the green that you see in the room – quite a lot! Do the same with focusing on the positive. Once you focus on that you will begin to see positives everywhere!
A wise Doctor also once told me to go with your gut, you know your children better than anyone else and never feel silly if you have a question.
5. What are your favourite things to do/foods to eat/books or blogs to read?
I love running and tag rugby! The boys come and watch me play. We also love going for walks, our favourite spot is the Knocksink Woods in Enniskerry. We all put on our wellies and head into the woods for adventures, jumping in the mud and looking for tadpoles and frogs!
To find out more about the creeper crawlers suit visit Ollwyn’s website, Ollwyn also writes articles for several Irish parenting magazines and she won the Maternity and Infant business parent of the year in 2012.