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Im wondering if any of you can tell me how you go about shopping with your child with special needs? My child is 15 month, she doesn't sit and has poor trunk control. As of now I still have her in her infant carrier but I really need to move her into a rear facing 'toddler' seat because she's getting too big and too heavy to lug around in that thing!
What Im trying to figure out is how do I go shopping with her? I have 2 other kids-5 and 2 and 95% of the time its just me with all 3 of them. Do any of you know of any adaptive seating systems that can be purchased that will fit into/on a standard shopping cart?
I have seen all kinds of stroller systems but I do not think I could push both a shopping cart and a stroller. Im really really stumped on what to do here. I borrowed one of those baby bejour things from a friend..but thats a very temporary solution as she will soon be too large to carry in that as well.
Do any of you have any ideas/suggestions/experiance you could pass on to me? I know it probably seems like such a small thing to be stressed about but Im really not sure what to do here!
It's not a small thing. It seems that having a child with special needs turns everything into a big thing. Nothing is easy anymore. ((Hugs))
I don't personally know of anything (other that babywearing), but I'd check adaptivemall.com and abilitations.
I was going to suggest a kidcart.
I hope one of our other mommies will have some ideas. Your girls are beautiful!
I honestly don't know of any systems that would help... If you are open to wearing her, you might look into something like an Ergo; I know ladies who carry their toddlers on their back perfectly comfortably in one.
My first suggestion would be to ask your 5 year old to push the baby in a stroller while you push the 2 year old in the cart. Dont treat it like a job, but a fun thing to do. and no you dont have to worry about trunk control with the ergo, babywearing constantly didnt work for us, but could be a great thing for the times when you just cant do anything else
Kyle ws on oxygen and up to two monitors for the first two years - so any trip required a bit of creativity. Plus, Kyle was 3.5 before he walked, and it was 2 before I could really prop him in the cart right without him slumping bad (low-tone/ataxic CP, limited trunk control, etc).
We had a few options for shopping.. We had a great stroller that had a wide open access, extremely large basket underneath that I would put groceries in. Plus I used toy rings/stroller hooks for bags on the handle (even while shopping -use the cloth ones, and just tell the store clerk when you get there, if need be). For bigger trips, I pulled the stroller and pushed a cart. For holidays (huge trips), I've asked customer service, to have a bagger/clerk shop with me. Most union or small local grocery stores offer that as a special service - I've never seen it at non-U places (like walmart), but it doesn't hurt to ask.
I have a Maya Wrap I use. I was using it with my 3 yr old for a while but now I use it just for Joey, its the ONLY way to keep a face mask on him. When he doesn't need a mask I have David (6) push the stroller and put Melanie in the cart. Most Ring Slings go up to 35 lbs and I have not had a problem with him being too heavy (23 lbs) for my back, plus it provides full support for his body on his more tired days and keeps him warm.
Carter has low muscle tone, but he does hold up his head, so I am not sure I relate on that level but I LOVE LOVE LOVE our Ergo carrier, I use it ALL the time! It really is comfortable and goes up to a pretty high weight limit, it seems you could support her head depending on how you positioned her.
I got mine used on Diaper Swappers website.
And I do think your question is important and a big deal, it's tough for any mommy to shop with 3 kids and when you have special needs on top of that, it's tough. When I read your title I was thinking shopping, ya right! I don't do much of that anymore. I usually get a babysitter once a week for 4 hours and do all the grocery/Target/etc stuff out of the way, but it requires a lot of planning which stinks.