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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
      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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        #4
        I was a stay at home dad with my 2 kids from the time they were babies. Using an electric chair made it possible for me. It allowed me to have one free hand and arm to hold the baby with while the other controlled the joystick. Onesies made it much easier to get them in and out of the crib.

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