Below are yet more excellent gizmos available in our shops , online and in store and it is up to individulas to decide what out of the fantastic amount of helpful gadgets might be relevant to their needs. Click on the images and you will be taken to the relevant web site.
Cots from Jojo Maman Bebe:
|Both items are expensive but this is a genuine disabled parent physical need and hence is why many of us have DLA. If you are going to be a parent, get saving for a cot now because the likelyhood will be the cheapest cot in the high street just will not be accessible to you.
Teaching your baby to walk as a physically disabled parent:Wow, of course showed my mum this who spent the best part of an afternoon busting her back to try and help our son get walking, meanwhile I was at a Dr appointment reading a parent magazine with this gadget:
Walking wings harness from Jojo Mamam
|For those with painful hands would recommend putting forearms through straps as spreads weight more evenly, we can't afford to all be running to have wrist replacements or surgery once little ones walk!
|Casemere toddler walking harness. A cheaper option to the above but you do still have to bend which may totally defeat the point of a gadget to help you assist your child in walking. From Amazon uk.
Potty training a toddler when lifting and bending is tricky for the parent.
Potty training is a challenge for every parent and child. Patience and kindness and perseverance is the key but it is no doubt going to be an arduous task for my husband and I who have every bone in our body working against us. Still we will meet the challenge just as every other parent has to. Here are some pots that look up to the job of meeting a few of the parents physical needs as well as the child's.
|I may not even bother with the potty bit and go straight to toilet is my son is not scared. This seat clips easily over toilet seat. Making the whole toilet experience feel more safe and secure for child. From Amazon uk
Bathing baby, yet more ideas:
|I know looks mad but because is inflatable it means the sides are more squashy which makes it easier to push down on and access baby a little more ease, certainly if parent has poor reach is definitely worth a try. From Bambino direct.
|Guether Aqualino bath and changing combo unit. A good low height for those parents in wheelchairs or shorter stature. From Amazon uk.
|From Asda direct, deluxe baby bath seat supports baby in adult bath leaving your hands free to wash baby. An item for those who can bend down and reach in adult bath.
For me bathing baby is absolutely a must do with two people. The reality of the situation is I am just not able bodied enough to do on my own safely. Either my partner, a grandparent or friend has to be with me. Never leave baby unattended. It is often easier to have a towel and changing mat in the bathroom so you do not need to carry slippy baby too far. Get a sturdy camping table (Go outdoors is a good camping shop), put industrial strength strips of Velcro all over table and Velcro on underside of changing mat to ensure changing mat stays on table whilst lowering your child onto it. Have a snug towel over the mat to simply wrap your child up in and dry!
|Camping table with adjustable legs, folds flat when not needed. Made by Hi Gear and sold at "Go Outdoors" online uk site.
|Another Hi Gear table sold by Go Outdoors online store. Looks more sturdy but legs non adjustable but good height me who stands at four foot ten.
IF YOU HAVE POOR GRIP DO NOT USE MOUISTURISERS OR MOUSTURISING BABY WASH ON BABY OR YOURSELF BEFORE AND AFTER BATHING BABY, THIS IS SIMPLY DANGEROUS! I nearly found this out when trying to lower my child slathered in sun cream from the sofa to the lounge floor, fortunately not a big fall or a hard fall but made me realise that I needed Banana Boat powder lotion sun cream (feels like talc on skin once dried which it does in seconds).
|Banana Boat powder dry sun cream from many retailers, I get mine from my worshiped altar of Amazon uk!
Teaching a child to ride a bike.
Gosh where has Jojo Mamam been all my parenting life, no am not endorsing every item they sell but I initially disregarded them as another baby and toddler manufacturer of clothes and thought no doubt every thing would be over priced and rubbish, I was so wrong, great clothes, great gadgets and reasonable prices:
|Balance Buddy Bike Handle" from Jojo Mamam. Saves you bending, will totally allow my very arthritic husband to help teach our son to ride a bike!
Useful Baby clubs for discounts on above items and more!
How it works:
Basically you go to individual online stores such as Jojo Mamam through KidStart site and will get an automatic discount at check out. There are over 450 stores on the KidStart site.
You also will be issued a card which you can use in high street stores to get a discount.
This site is a definite must for any parent but given that many disabled parents have to purchase more gadgets for looking after their babies it makes sense to try and get discounts if possible.
Tescos Mother and baby club. http://www.tesco.com/babyclub/
Tescos have mother and baby store events and will send you a booklet of all offers at the time along with lots of vouchers for money off baby goods. There is an event on from the 29th of Aug 2012 in Tescos and I have just received a load of great vouchers for it. From Nivea Q10 firming cream for us mums to reduced price premium nappies and vouchers of baby wash goods, snacks etc. Join now to get best value out of the scheme.
ASDA baby club.http://your.asda.com/baby-club/
Works in the same way as Tescos, they will throw a mother and baby event every so often where you can pick up cheaper nappies, vouchers off for baby goods, reduced prices of baby clothes and baby gadgets. The supermarkets are usualy in huge competition with one another so more often than not the baby events will be scheduled around similar dates, Asdas summer event is scheduled for the 27th of Aug 2012.
NCT nearly new sales. http://www.nct.org.uk/
The NCT - National Childbirth Trust, is a UK ran charity with an amazing amount of information but of course almost nothing for disabled parents on the site. However they are incredibly keen to help so check out events through the site in your area, contact them, use their help and ask their help, they are bright people chomping at the bit to do what they can.
NCT have nearly new baby clothes and equipment sales in your area, check when the next sale is and where and take a visit. You will find clothes for baby with poppers that have been worked by someone else hence loosening poppers and making them a breeze to do. Latest baby equipment brought by other parents is often sold off here so save some money and check these sales out before paying top prices. Get your midwife to help you get in touch with your local NCT leader at your first appointment and certainly before baby arrives.
I have to say if I was having a baby now never would I have felt there was a better time! The manufacturers for baby gadgets has finally twigged that pointless love hearts and smiley faces in bright colours is all very nice but any parent, fit or otherwise, just wants practicality,functional objects at the lowest prices!
Chin chin lovely parents,parents to be and curious readers x