- Romper suit
The Heline romper suit develops through playing and encourages the child to cross the midline of the body and turn over.
The midline of the body runs from the top of the head through the nose, chin, sternum, and navel to the pubic bone. Practise crossing the line through playful activities, as it will make your child eager to undertake activities involving both hands. Heline will introduce you to a world of development and fun, where your touch and movement will not only build a relationship but also increase your baby’s body awareness.
The combination of the contrasting colours white and black works in two ways. On the one hand, you have an indicator of whether your child is crossing the midline of the body when exercising and, on the other hand, you help him or her to see the difference between the right and left sides. Heline is there to accompany you at this stage of development and to prepare you for the next one, which is turning over. Crossing the central body line freely is essential for a correct turn. In addition, the attachments at the cuffs will motivate your child to independently try to cross the midline and grip.
We have created our romper suit from a soft cotton knitted fabric designed by Magda, with Karolina’s original illustrations. We have included eye-catching components at the ends of the sleeves to encourage biting and pulling. The nickel-free press studs on both sides make it easy to put the garment on and also encourage symmetrical nursing, extremely important in your baby’s development.
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The midline of the body? Why is it significant?
The midline of the body is the body’s axis that divides it into two halves, right and left. It runs through the tip of the nose, the chin, the sternum, the navel and the pubic bone. It is of great importance in the formation of the body blueprint. In the first 3 months, the baby organises his body in space and strives to bring his hands together in the centre line of the body. This synchronises the body and gives a sense of symmetry so that the child is stabilised and can move on to the next stage of development. The baby initiates his first attempts to cross the midline at 20 weeks of age. Eventually, the skills involved in crossing it are fully formed around 8-9 years of age
If the child initiates this activity, it indicates normal development of the nervous system. In adulthood, this will allow for activities such as drinking, eating, drawing, writing, reading, playing, walking, running and other activities of daily living.
Turnovers? Why are they needed?
In the beginning, babies make many uncoordinated movements because their brains cannot yet manage their bodies. Over time, as more connections are established in the brain, the movements become more purposeful. Crossing the midline occurs on many levels. First toddlers cross the line with their eyes to see toys, then they extend their arms and subsequently their whole body.
Turning over is the main driver for exploring the world, during which babies are able to change their points of view. Lying on their tummies, their eyeballs are positioned horizontally, which makes it much easier for them to observe the interesting surroundings. The position on the abdomen offers the chance to move around and explore everything around. The rotation itself is a complex sequence of movements where the extensor and flexor muscles are synchronously engaged; the quality of this movement is indicative of brain activity and motor control.
Contrasting colours? Why not pastels?
Contrast allows babies to train their eyes to accommodate. This is basically zooming in on the objects being observed which then allows the eye to fine-tune itself and the child can better perceive and acknowledge the surroundings. Therefore, the placement of the observed object is very important.
A good place for a toy is above the baby’s tummy at a distance of about 20-30 cm. This direction of gaze allows active exercise of the cervical area and the retraction of the chin, or so-called head retraction. It is a very important skill that allows for the active lowering of the shoulder girdle and, in squats, for dynamic work of the upper limbs. Another good form of accommodating the toddler’s eye is for the baby to observe the object he or she is holding. Then all the conditions for proper vision and activity of the abdominal muscles are met, and the baby is encouraged to cross the midline with eyes and hands.
Parental touch, why is it so important?
Touch is a crucial form of parent-child communication. The baby’s nervous system is a dynamically developing structure, yet at this stage still very immature, so gentle touch is perceived as unpleasant. In order for the child to feel safe, it is important that the parent’s touch is firm and that the parent places the whole surface of the palm on the child’s body. This touch also teaches the baby about his or her positioning in space. With a firm touch you help the baby to learn about his or her body.
At Say Mommy, we prioritise high quality materials
Fabric composition: 100% cotton
Cotton star hand knitted by Matylda.
Caring for the Shapies equals caring for the environment. We encourage you to follow the maintenance instructions below.
- Do not iron over prints, alternatively iron on the left side.
- Wash on the left side. The black colour is sealed.
- First wash: Launder the garment separately according to the washing instruction.
- Subsequent washes: Launder the black-and-white garment according to the washing instruction with neutral colours.
- After washing, the star should be ironed out.
- Machine wash at max. 40 degrees.
- Do not bleach.
- Do not dry clean.
- Iron at max. 150 degrees.
- Do not tumble dry.
The entire collection was designed and produced in Poland