As society becomes more inclusive, more people with disability are becoming confident to be parents. Parenting with a disability is becoming easier to do, thanks to the range of equipment available now to assist them in their role.
One in five Australians has a disability, and 40% of them live independently without any form of assistance from others. More and more Australians with disability are choosing to raise families independently, too. Mobility aids and adaptive baby equipment enable them to do this effectively.
Accessible Baby Cots
Power cots are a must for wheelchair users and those with restricted mobility. Remote controlled cots allow the parent to raise the height of the mattress, so they can quickly place baby in and out of the cot. The mattress can also be set to wheelchair height.
One stroller disabled parents can’t stop talking about is the Stoke Xplory. It is height adjustable to make it easier to lift the child in and out. Parents won’t have to bend down or strain their back. The stroller doesn’t have suspension, which some parents with balance problems find destabilising.
Lap Baby is an ingenious baby-wearing device that allows parents to strap the baby on their lap and remain hands-free. It’s suitable for babies aged three months and older. While not specifically designed for disabled parents, it’s perfect for wheelchair users.
Getting a wheelchair ramp put on the house is a must for all disabled parents, whether they use a wheelchair or not. Getting strollers over doorsteps can be tricky, particularly with shopping too. A ramp will make leaving and returning home effortless. There are mobility ramps for sale at independent living stores, as well as stair lifts, power wheelchairs and other useful equipment.
High chairs with removable trays and completely front opening access mean no lifting in and out. The Joie Mimzy adjustable high chair has open-access.
Parenthood is always challenging. Adding a disability into the mix needn’t make it more difficult. Mobility aids and adaptive baby equipment make parenting more convenient for them.