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    How do you hold your baby?

    A friend of mine teaches baby massage. She started because she had a Down Syndrome baby. It helped him so now she teaches people everywhere. She asked me how someone might do it in a wheelchair. Normally she teaches people to put the baby on the floor. Then get down there with them. She wondered what we chair users would do? I figured I'd ask the ladies here, especially any quads. Thank you.

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    Women who use chairs that I know and have children usually have a changing table set up that is wheelchair accessible... sometimes just a card table that had been elevated to wheelchair height, or a wheelchair accessible side opening crib which I would imagine could work for baby massage.

    As far as riding in the wheelchair with the baby, many use a baby sling or harness that holds the baby across their chest leaving their arms free to push or drive the chair. With toddlers you can easily put a belt around yourself and the baby with the baby sitting on your lap facing forward. I have seen some use the same type of neoprene belt that a lot of quad rugby players use when playing in their wheelchair.

    I am going to move this to the Family forum as it may be just as relevant for dads as for moms.

    (KLD)
    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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      #3
      It is really generous to share this personal experience with a wide audience. I am from a Florida zip code, and I love things like that. If you are not against it, I will share the link to this resource on my local forum. It will be really interesting for other people to read about it. I will send you the feedback once I have it. Overall, the idea is more than great. Well done.
      Last edited by electrickvasya; 2 Nov 2021, 9:42 PM.

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        Any other thoughts would be helpful.
        ckf
        The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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