Sunday, January 31, 2010

My new dilemma.....

I have a question for you all. I'm hoping you can help me find a solution to my new dilemma. MK uses a wheelchair as you all know. She cannot stand up or walk on her own, but she can hold onto things fairly well. Now that I've got the new baby, I don't know how to take both of them somewhere by myself. I can't very well push a wheelchair and carry a baby carrier by myself. So, I'm trying to come up with ideas. I tried to ask my kids. A said "that's a tough one." and walked away. MK said "I will carry baby!" (bless her heart!)

I have thought about getting one of the sit and stand strollers that have a little platform and seat attached to the back. I can snap the baby's carseat in like a regular stroller, and I think MK might be able to hold on and sit on the back...though if she can, she wouldn't be able to do it for a very long time.

I've also thought about a double stroller. Maybe even a double jogging stroller. But MK is starting to get a little big for strollers (she's almost 5) and the baby is very small.... I'm not sure how that would work. And MK can't leave the baby alone to save her life, so I'm not sure I want the baby with in her reach.

I've thought about getting one of those baby carriers that you strap to yourself so I could push the wheelchair. But then I'd have to take the baby out of the carseat every time.

So far, I've just avoided having to take them anywhere together by myself. But, that can't go on forever. Have any of you have experience with any of these scenarios? Do any of you have any other ideas?

7 comments:

Jessica said...

The closest I have come to this situation is I had a non walking one year old and a baby with oxygen. I got the sit and stand stroller. Its nice and very durable...however it is HUGE! It leaves hardley any room in my trunk.

Melissa said...

The only thing I did was use the Graco DuoGlider. The heavest or biggest child sits in front.. and the trays and sunshades are removable so the front can have extra room. My 5 year old has sat in it a few times. I just don't know how well MK can sit up... or if she gets tired after awhile. The baby can snap in back with a carseat. I know that not all stollers are as big as the duoglider, and some don't have removable trays and sunshades. That is why I liked this particular one a lot more than others. That is probably what I would do if I had your situation.

Susan said...

thank you thank you! Great advice. Good things to know. I knew this was the place to ask the question!

Brooke said...

I had back surgery last July to remove a herniated disk and was given orders that I can't lift more than 20 pounds the rest of my life. That presented me with a similar problem to yours because I had a two-and-a-half-year-old and an 8-month-old. I avoided going anywhere without my husband because I could get my kids in and out of the car by myself. If you find a good solution, let us know. My little girl is now 16 months old and still not walking, so I'm still having the dilemma.

Suzanne said...

Hi.. I hope your little one new baby is well. To answer your question... Zoe
my 7 yo was almost 5 when she started learning how to use a power wheelchair. She did better than you can imagine. There are lots
of accomodations that can be made to adapt to the drivers disabilities. Our pt got a loaner to use kept at the pt facility( united cerebal palsy) while we were cleared through insurance. Start now, because as your 5 yo grows you will have fewer options. Keep in mind adaptive accessories seat belts etc that you can buy and add to standard equipment. Fora while I used a seat belt harness with the kids carts at target , Zoe lived sitting in those but I needs
more support used a small wedge, neck pillow and harness belt. I took Zoe to target today and she zoomed away from
me in her power chair to loon at something. She got in Trouble!! I hope to contribute
to your blog again soon.. Suzanne. Special needs mom..ps check out adaptive
mall?
blog

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