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    New mom--Need help!

    Hi all,

    It has been a long time since I've been on CareCure as I've been really busy with graduate school and being pregnant. In May my husband and I welcomed our son, Brady, and couldn't be happier!

    However, I'm really struggling with transporting him in my chair. My husband will be going back to work soon and I'm getting stressed about being home alone without him. I had always thought I'd use a sling to move him, but so far, he's not a big fan of it and starts fussing almost immediately.

    A few questions for those of you parents in a chair:
    -How did you transport your newborn?
    -Did you have help during the day?
    -Any other tips, ideas?

    TIA!
    Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. -Mahatma Gandhi

    #2
    Congratulations! Do you live in an area where there is a service for new moms, usually funded by a grant at no cost to the new moms, where a social worker, nurse, or someone else trained in infant/toddler type development can come in to your home? In my area it is out of the public health office and is probably locally named so wouldn't be familiar to someone out of the area, but I'm guessing similar services might be available to you...anyway, they could be helpful in assisting you in developing the techniques you are looking for in the area of your unique situation..kind of like OT probably did for you just to manage in a household situation..

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      #3
      Molly, no suggestions on caring for your baby. Just wanted to say how wonderful for you to be a new Mommy! Best wishes to you, hubby and son.

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        #4
        I used a power chair but did try a few things that might help.
        I'm assuming you've tried different slings and all? The baby trekker was my favourite but a friend loved a wrap which was basically a long piece of fabric.
        I also had a pair of overalls made with a loop on the back which the wheelchair seatbelt could go through.
        Third, http://www.babybair.com/product.html looks like it could work.

        I hauled my kids around by dragging their highchairs around too, or bassinet, whatever.... a stroller,anything with wheels.

        What about a moses type basket, you could get some straps sewn on that could secure the basket to your back canes so it doesn't fall off your lap.
        Also, it wont be long before he can sit/stand - as soon as my kids could get onto my foorplate that was their favourite place to sit.
        Emily, C-8 sensory incomplete mom to a 8 year old and a preschooler. TEN! years post.

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          #5
          molly, awesome. congrats
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            #6
            Molly: I used a Snugglie for my son for almost 18 months. He liked being close and hearing the heartbeat and all and it worked well. His dad carried him the same way. Back in the dark ages, almost 18 yrs ago, that was the only option. They have them in forward positions for as the baby gets older and more curious.

            Through the Looking Glass offers lots of ideas and suggestions--they are out of UC Berkley.

            Congrats and enjoy. The time goes so fast--mine is now entering his senior year.
            Every day I wake up is a good one

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              #7
              Nothing to offer but a congratulations & kisses for that baby. I hope you get it figured out soon.

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                #8
                My kids were all pre-sci, so don;t have any suggestions about the chair, just CONGRATULATIONS!!!

                And something that was the same chair or not ...... as soon as you think you have it figured out, everything will change!
                T7-8 since Feb 2005

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                  #9
                  Molly.......have not talked to you in a while.

                  Way cool on the little one news!!! You go girl.

                  Evonne
                  I have a spinal cord injury...a spinal cord injury DOES NOT have me!

                  walking quad-Central Cord Syndrome

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                    #10
                    Congrats on the new baby. Wow, ya know it does present a few problems, movin a baby with you. Just had to stop and think, when your with someone whose relying on you, wow it can be a real baliwick. I just worry about myself when out, or gr-kids are older. Thanks for opening a few eyes here, and presenting a pretty interesting situation. Hope you get some good ideas here.

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                      #11
                      During her first couple of months, Brian would put her in her bassinet and roll her to whatever room he was going to be in at the time. When she got a little older, he would sit her in her highchair or walker and do the same thing. He never once used a sling and he has kept her long periods of time all by himself with no trouble. Hope this helps. Congrats!
                      You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.

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                        #12
                        Congatulaions on your baby. Im sure you'll do great. I used a sling for outings - the ones with elastic hold the baby secure. In the house I laid her on my lap (with much care) with a small pillow wedging her close to me. I only did this when she was unable to roll. The sling was better once she was a few months older. What amazed me the most was how she adapted with me...and seemed to know how to help me pick her up.

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                          #13
                          Congratulations on the new addition. I'm currently solving all the same problems with an 8 month old son, Brier. I used a pillow on my lap like Ramblinfree for a long time to wedge him in close to me. I also found a memory foam pillow that was shaped in a way that it kept him in place. I found that when he was younger he enjoyed riding along and for a long time we just cruised around he house together. Now at 8 months he's a different beast but he's also adapting to me. Now he will tolerate just laying on my lap while we move around the house but only in short bursts. To diaper change etc. While his mobility was limited I would put the Baby Einstein up on the couch with the ottoman to increase the space. Having him higher made it easier to get him back on my lap. Try to create multiple stations to move her to. You get into a rhythm. Saucer, Einstein, Bumbo, nap etc. Now he's all about the floor. Get sleepers with zippers and you can just grab a handful to lift. Otherwise use overalls as she gets bigger but make sure the fasteners are solid. I also had a friend create a sling that hooks on my flip up push handles and then the front of my cushion that wedges him between my legs and on my lap for walks outside. very basic. All in all it's totally doable. My first son was 6 months when I got hurt and we solved some of the problem then but I never felt totally comfortable. this time around I was determined to do more and it's just like everything else in a chair. Adapt your environment, get creative and just roll with the punches. Most importantly don't forget the baby vibes off you so be cool. Enjoy. N
                          Last edited by 9000ft; 28 Apr 2011, 10:47 PM.
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                            #14
                            I used a boppy pillow on my lap for both my sons and fastend straps to it that went around my waist so it could not fall off. Just layed them on the pillow with there butt in the hole and it worked great, for first 6-8 months until head control is better. Congrats!

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                              #15
                              OK...let's see if any of my crazy ideas make sense to anyone but me!

                              I have a 2 year old and a 10 month old. With my son, I relied on the help of others more often. If I did transport him, I usually just hung on with one hand, and propelled my chair with the other...then switched. I still sometimes do that. But now i also use a makeshift carrier...which basically just holds the baby in my lap. You know those shirts that are tube tops, but like a dress at the bottom? I used it as a baithing suit cover-up. Like this one. I just cut off the bottom and use the tube top part to wrap around both of us. That way if she leans out, she won't fall.

                              My husband works swing shift now, so I am alone with the kids very often. It really just takes time to figure out what works for you.

                              Hope I helped
                              Candi - C5-7 (5/26/99) - Mom to Carter (10/29/08) and Brooklyn (9/10/10)

                              http://thebutchinofamily.com

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