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    I am a C7 Incomplete. I have both arms, rt hand and partial use of lt hand. I have a few new babies being born into my family meaning five from June to April. I have my god daughter that was born in June who is getting a little easier to move around dependant on day. But my question is how do you do different things (with around my level). Such as Carrying while going around house, changing diapers, moving onto and off of bed, etc. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. No matter what age level they are.

    A baby harness that lets the child rest on your chest facing forward is a good way to transport a baby that is not a newborn. A lot of people with disabilities I know with babies dress them in overalls. The straps make a handy handle for picking them up from the floor, etc. A card table can be easily set up as a changing table. I am sure that some people here who have children (like Emi) will have some other suggestions.

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      I use a power chair primarily so I don't know how applicable my advice is to someone using a manual chair but here it is:

      Carrying a Child:
      0-3 months (before wiggling and rolling starts): lie the baby on a firm pillow on your lap (I used a C shaped "boppy" nursing pillow) or drag them around in a bassinet, highchair, etc.
      3-12 months: use a carrier (I found the baby trekker was the easiest, most comfortable) or again drag them around in a highchair(I still use mine, an Evenflo Simplicity ALL the time)
      12-18 months: I still use the carrier most of the time that I'm out of the house due to bumps etc. and usually keep an arm around her when she rides on my lap but she is stable enough to sit unsupported on my lap now. She also stands or sits on my footplate while I move around the house.

      *someone just posted about the Adalap table in equipment forum, I could see an adptation of the hopping basket feature to carry a child.*

      Picking up a child: once Violet could hold her head up I just scooped her up with one arm (ie. my forearm/elbow hooked under her arms) pressed her to my body and pushed myself back up with my other arm. Before long (approx. 6 months) she would help by going limp and holding on. Now she climbs from her highchair onto me while I support her just in case. She also can now climb onto my lap by her self (she grabs my shirt and hauls herself up).

      Diaper Changing: 2 words-be prepared! Get everything (fresh diaper, wipes, powder etc.) ready, even pull wipes from package and unfold diaper and unfasten tabs. I have enough grip to unfasten and fasten the tabs. Since my partner is home with us he does most changes so I haven't set up a changing area, I just use her crib. Wha I had planned was a wall mounted table ( like this) with a contoured changing pad ( like this) I've also wondered about buying a change table like those ones that you see in public washrooms that fold down.

      Hmmm, I didn't mean to write a book! All I can say is physically it gets easier the older they get. Now I'm going to start a thread on disciplining a toddler from wheelchir LOL.

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      Emily, C-8 sensory incomplete mom to a 8 year old and a preschooler. TEN! years post.