|Addie loves her Handy Sitt|
|The Handy Sitt just fits on any normal chair and is super portable so you can take it with you where ever you go!|
|Swinging the day away|
3. Britax Hippo Car Seat
As I mention in the blog, this has been a wonderful loaner from the hospital where Addie had her surgery. It also required customization with some memory foam, a head rest, some rolled up blankets to cushion her little arms and teething rings to tether toys to her seat for her to play with. I don't know what we would do without this car seat!
|The Hippo is made specifically for spica babes|
4. Baby Bjorn Carrier
Again, it is right up there with the Handy Sitt Chair. Addie spends close to 4 hours a day in this ingenius invention. We go for walks, do the housework, yardwork, walk the dog, stroll the shopping mall - all in this handy, light-weight carrier. The one we purchased has great back support, so it helps in that respect as well. You are never quite prepared for what a toll a babe in a spica can put on your back! Some other spica parents have given me a hard time about this carrier on the hip dysplasia message boards claiming that it is not very good for the baby, but I don't think they should judge. She loves it, our ortho has approved it and it works for us. Like anything, find one that works for you. There are a lot of great carriers out there, this one just works for us!
|Best carrier, hands down!|
5. Abdominal Pads
A great weapon of choice against diaper leakage up the back of the cast. We just stumbled across these in the hospital after Addie's cast was first put on and they do a fantastic job of keeping the mess contained within her diaper. For more on exactly how we deal with diapering, see my post on it, with pictures, here:
|8 x 10 abdominal pads, Kendall Tendersorb 9194A fit Addie's cast opening perfectly once cut in half|
6. Waterproof Tape
We petaled all around the cast opening with this stuff in an attempt to keep it dry...and so far so good. It take a bit of time to apply to the cast opening, but is really really worth it once you have your first explosive diaper!
Because the water-proof tape is not as soft as we'd like it to be against Addie's skin, we put Dr. Scholl's moleskin over the waterproof tape around the cast opening. It is so soft and provides a nice cushion against our bub's skin. We have also used it around the top of the cast where the cast was a bit sharp and chafing our lil one's arms, as well as around the ankles when the cast stuffing began to fall out and she began to rub her lil legs on the hard cast edge. Wonderful stuff!
|Waterproof tape (orange), Moleskin (tan) and Abdominal Pad stuffed in the opening all help tremendously to keep the cast diaper area clean and dry!|
Yes, that's right. It works wonders not only to dry the diaper area during a diaper change to help prevent diaper rash, Addison also gets a charge out of it simply being turned on -- it's a win-win for us and sits right beside her change table now. Firing it up always gets a giggle from Addie! Just remember, keep it on the cool setting and it works double duty to both dry the diaper area and cool baby off a bit as the diaper area tends to get quite warm with the double diapering!
9. Bean Bag Chair
Because no other chairs work for Addison, her grandma made her a very large bean bag chair we thought we would use for sleeping, but that we now use for just entertaining her. She can sit for extended periods of time in the chair quite comfortably as it just molds around her little body + cast. I discovered that it also makes a fabulous breastfeeding seat. Breastfeeding, as you can imagine, is not easy with a baby in a spica, but the bean bag chair makes it much, much easier!
|Our little hip chick got a custom made bean bag chair from grandma - with a "hippie" theme|
10. Crib Wedges
We have placed these in both her playard (which she currently sleeps in) and her crib. These wedges just help to elevate her torso and make her a bit more comfortable while she is playing in her crib or sleeping in her playard. She seems much more comfortable since we have added these to our arsenal. We also bought a smaller one (a pregnancy wedge) for her change table to do the same trick during diaper changes. Works really well.
|The crib wedge helps Addie play in her crib in comfort|
11. Memory Foam
This stuff works great for padding existing chairs, carseats, strollers to make for a cozier fit for your baby and relieve some of the pressure points they will feel in their cast. We also use it to pad under her little feet when she is lying on her back and we place it under her feet when she is in her jolly jumper to give her a bit softer landing.
12. Cast cooler
This baby works double duty -- it not only helps to keep her cool during the hot summer months, it also helps to dry up the cast and minimize odor should their be a diaper that leaks into the cast or if the cast gets wet for any reason. Addison loves the sound of the vacuum so this was a no brainer for us.
To my knowledge, these can only be purchased online via the website: http://www.castcooler.com/
|Make sure the onesies snap up at the bottom to ensure you can get them over the cast|