Buying for baby as a disabled parent- My top three purchases
Hi my name is Danielle, and I have a blog called ‘TheWheelsOnMum’. I am a Mama to a wonderful 2 year old, and due to my physical conditions, EDS, POTS and Sciatica, outside of my home I use a wheelchair to get around. When I found out I was pregnant I tried to search online about being a disabled parent and couldn’t find what I was after. So I started my blog in hopes of helping others in my situation. You can find me as ‘TheWheelsOnMum’ on Facebook or Scope’s Community.
As a first time parent, I had no idea what baby equipment was and wasn’t going to work for me; and I certainly didn’t have the budget to be able to buy everything to give it a go! So my husband and I spent more time than I care to admit, in baby stores trying out figure out what it was we needed. Inevitably we made a few purchases we regretted, so I wanted to share with you all three of the bigger baby items I found super helpful as a first time disabled Mama.
We tried out so many cots, and I struggled with all of them. I couldn’t safely, or comfortably reach over the sides. I was getting really upset wondering if I was going to be able to use a cot at all, when a sales clerk suggested a drop side cot, which allowed the side to be slid out of the way! Annoyingly I did have to order it online but I was so grateful that we did! I was able to use the cot with ease: well ‘ease’ probably isn’t the best word, as easy as it was going to get combined with a baby that didn’t want to sleep.
I was so confused when it came to car seats. There are ones that fix to the seatbelt, ones that fix to the car etc, and that’s before you take into account my additional needs. But the best car seat I could find, for any car, is a 360/Spin car seat. Now they are on the pricy side, but… what isn’t when it comes to having a baby? The seat turns so you can have baby facing you to secure them into the seat, and then you can turn them to forward/rear facing. They are like something from the future and I couldn’t recommend them enough.
Pram (and baby carriers)
Something that had always pulled at my heartstrings was that I wasn’t going to be able to push a pram around the park in the conventional way. However, we still spent a huge amount of time deliberating about the pram, as I’m sure most new parents do. The biggest piece of advice I would give is to find an adjustable handled pram, not a handle that just slides up and down, but one that pivots up and down to different angles. They go down far enough for me to comfortably push my baby, whilst someone pushes me.
The other thing I CANNOT RECOMMEND ENOUGH is a baby carrier. My personal favourite is a Mei Tai. They have baby carriers in so many styles and materials, there’s something for everyone! I could go on but that’s for another time.
So these are my top three, big baby purchases as a disabled parent but I’d love to hear from you all! What are your must have items for baby as a parent with additional needs? It would be wonderful to have all of your suggestions for other mummies and daddies to see.