We feel it is important to honor and dedicate a portion of our Develup boxes to the caregiver. After all, we understand that taking care of another human life is hard work, and sometimes they need to be reminded to take care of themselves too!
This is why in each box, we have included a “Care for the Caregiver” item. We have partnered with small, local businesses such as The Vraie Shop, Eden Wellness Company, and The Olive Branch to provide high-quality, all-natural self care items. From coffee gift cards to soaking salts and candles, we got you covered.
It is our hope that these items will help the caregiver feel loved, valued, and important as they are busy supporting and taking care of their little ones.
Check out these links below to learn more about the small businesses we work with and love!
A big part of our mission at Develup Box is to give back to our community and those in need. Thus, we have formed an agreement with the Family First Health agency, specifically the Nurse-Family Partnership, which is located in York, PA. The Nurse-Family Partnership provides moms, dads, and/or other caregivers the education and support they need during pregnancy and throughout the child’s first two years of life. A registered nurse is paired with each family and provides resources, educational materials, products, and overall support during this important season of life.
Develup Box has partnered with the
Nurse-Family Partnership to provide
new parents and caregivers with
materials and knowledge needed for
their child's development and well-being.
With this partnership, we designate a
percentage of our proceeds to supply
individuals in this program with toys,
feeding materials, books, self-care items,
and the most recent information about
How can I help?
Under our “Shop” tab, you can choose to provide a monetary donation OR become a “sponser” by buying an entire box to be given directly to a family within this program. You don’t have to have a child within the 0-2 age range to participate in this incredible opportunity, and the families you are helping to support are so grateful for your generosity!
Let's talk all things sensory! As two pediatric therapists who incorporate sensory input and play in our therapy sessions daily, we want to stress how important the development of these sensory systems are for kiddos. The development of the 8 sensory systems begins at birth and is very important for little ones as it provides the foundation for which children explore objects, food, people, and the environment. The 8 sensory systems are essential not only for survival, but also learning, thinking, higher level processing, and engagement in daily activities.
Let's start with the 5 sensory systems people are most familiar with - tactile, visual, auditory, olfactory (smell), and gustatory (taste). Here are a few ways we specifically selected toys and designed activities to assist in the development of the 5 external sensory systems:
There are 3 more sensory systems that are sometimes "overlooked" - they are proprioception, vestibular, and interoception. Below is a brief definition of each sensory system:
- Proprioception is the awareness of your body’s position in space, such as a person’s ability to close their eyes and touch their nose simultaneously or knowing how much force is required to lift an object
- Vestibular system allows for balance and equilibrium of the body, in addition to awareness of the body’s orientation and movements. A child’s vestibular system shines when they are learning to walk by activating muscles in the body to prevent falling when their body position changes suddenly
- Interoception is the awareness of the internal body and organs. This sensory system helps a child begin to process sensations such as thirst, hunger, and the need to use the bathroom (relating directly to potty training for kiddos) and so much more.
Many of our products and activities assist in the development of these sensory systems such as:
a huge role in your child's
early development. The image
to the right shows where each
sensory system is located or
processed in the brain. Our boxes
contain more information,
activities, and charts to monitor
and assist in the development
of your child's sensory systems.
Be sure to check it out and reach
out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
for any questions!