Disability and parenting: The best baby products for disabled parents


by Lorna White |

Being a physically disabled mum comes with a whole host of challenges and hurdles, so having the right products to help you and your baby throughout their early years is essential.

We've rounded up some of the best baby products to help disabled parents with their new arrival, from helping you get baby in and out of their cot to making it easier to safely monitor your baby.

Bluebell Baby Monitor

Bluebell Baby Monitor

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When it's not that easy to quickly check in on your baby, you'll want to know your baby is safe and happy at all times. That's why it's such a good idea to have a monitor that allows you to monitor your baby's breathing, temperature, movement, crying, sleep and get alerts sent to your phone for your peace of mind.

Key features:

  • Parent wristband with alerts and well-being tracker
  • Smart hub with power cable
  • Free iPhone or Android mobile app
  • Alerts monitor
  • Audio monitor
  • Lullaby and white noise player
  • Nightlight u0026 temperature monitor

Read our review of the Bluebell Baby Monitor.

Nursing Sling

Nursing Sling

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If you're having to wheel yourself around or need your hands for something else, a nursing sling is super useful when it comes to giving you a helping hand when breast feeding.

Key features:

  • Load Bearing: 9kg
  • Age Range: 0-9 months
  • Strap Style: Single Shoulder
  • Machine washable
  • One size fits all: Easily adjusts to fit both parents.
  • Material: polyester, cotton, rayon

Perfect Prep™ Machine

Perfect Prepu2122 Machine

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Make and prepare your bottles with ease without having to worry about using the hot kettle or microwave with this prep machine.

Key features:

• Makes a fresh bottle, at correct temperature, in less than 2 minutes
• Filter system removes impurities present in water
• Initial ‘hot shot’ of water kills bacteria that may be present in formula
• Dispenses correct amount of water for a more accurate and consistent dilution
• Works with most powdered formula milk

Read our review of the Perfect Prep™ Machine.

Lapbaby

Lapbaby

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This carrier is brilliant for sitting baby on your lap, hands free and stopping them from falling off your knee making it ideal for when you're eating dinner or even working from home on the computer.

Key features:

  • Adjustable Velcro™ strap
  • Toy clip
  • Wipe clean
  • Waterproof
  • Includes travel bag
  • Detachable lap cloth
  • 72 x 2 x 14.5cm
  • Suitable from 3 months

Adjustable height tilting bedside baby crib

Adjustable height tilting bedside baby crib

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Not only is this crib brilliant for taking away with you when travelling, it's also perfect for putting next to your bed when baby is sleeping in the same room as you. Its height is fully adjustable making it ideal for parents in wheelchairs and the sides also collapse making it easy to get baby in and out.

Key features:

  • Detachable sidebar
  • Two mesh sides offer good ventilation and allows you to observe your baby anytime
  • Tilt angle supports babies with reflux and congestion.
  • Retractable feet make it easier to place it beside the bed and the sofa
  • The base of the cot covers a metal frame more durability and stability
  • 4 adjustable heights to meet the different needs of parents
  • Dimensions – W70 x D96 x H86cm
  • Package includes: 1 x Side sleeping cot, 1 x Carry bag, 2 x Safety harness and 1 x Instruction manual.
  • Weight 8kg
  • Suitable for kids age 0-12 months

Five self-care essentials for disabled parents

While these products might help with the physical challenges of motherhood, it's important to look after your mental health too. Mum, full-time carer and care manager Kaddy Thomas is a disabled mum to her disabled son who is now all grown up but still requires 24/7 care. She's shared her top five tips for staying well.

Resilience

'We aren’t going to be able to stop difficult times – they come with the territory – but we can control how we react to them. Being flexible, adjusting our expectations, learning how to navigate the stressful times and understanding how to pick ourselves up again after we get knocked down is how we forge a resilient mindset.'

Respite

'Taking some time in the day to sit in silence and drink a hot cuppa. You can do this in your garden or balcony, a quiet room or getting up even 10 minutes earlier to enjoy the silence before the day starts. Take a good look at your daily routine and see if there’s anywhere you could find this moment of solitude and peace. Making it a daily practice really helps you get comfortable with prioritising yourself.'

'Ask for what you need – if you need 5 minutes of quiet, make sure that everyone in the house knows you aren’t to be disturbed. It may not always work out, but be firm and share how important this is and others will (hopefully) start to respect your wishes.'

'You also need good boundaries with yourself. Prioritise the things you need and want to do, or they will forever slip down the to-do list. Be as ruthless at setting aside the time for yourself as you are about the healthcare needs of the person you look after. Invest in noise-cancelling headphones! It may not always be safe to use them, but they really do block out the noise and chaos around you so you can get an undisturbed peaceful moment.'

Relationships

'It may feel dull, but planning time for your partner or friends makes life easier and ensures you keep your human contact at a decent level. Plan date nights (even if it means staying home but having a special dinner), allocate one evening a week to calling friends and family and see if you can organise a regular group meet up/Zoom to keep you in the loop with your friends.'

'Like anything, it will take a while to make it a fully formed habit. Put your calls/social events in the diary and treat them with the gravitas of a hospital appointment that cannot be easily cancelled.'

'As above, you need a commitment to make your social life happen, but it’s not ideal if it feels like a burden or another thing on your plate. What ways can you make it easier to manage? Delegating works for me. Maybe ask friends with fewer responsibilities to be in charge of calling you or perhaps they could organise a group get-together.'

Re-evaluation

'You can have a life you are proud to live. It may not be the vision you once dreamed of (is it ever?!) but you still deserve some happiness within it. Sometimes it’s good to take stock, revisit and re-evaluate what’s working and what isn’t.'

Relaxation

'Fresh air – get outside daily if you can, even for short stints. Fresh and nature supercharge your body and mind.'

'Water – has healing powers. A bath or shower offers a quiet space to reflect and relax. Make them special, play music, or a podcast, add bubble's or essential oils.'

'Yoga or movement – If you’re able to, some kind of movement, like yoga or stretching can really help ease tired muscles, prevent strains and calm your mind. The rhythm and the quiet can act as a meditation and done first thing can set you up for the day. There are loads of online classes to follow, and even adaptations like chair yoga for anyone with more restricted movements.'

'Mindfulness – you can make anything mindful if you focus solely on the task at hand. Try it with brushing your teeth. Really focusing on brushing every part of every tooth and thinking of nothing but the brushing action. This hones your mindfulness muscle and every little step towards creating peace within, helps.'

'Creativity offers an escape from life and is an important way to let the brain rest so you can lower your stress levels. Do you have a creative outlet? Perhaps knitting, writing, baking, painting, pottery, or crochet?'

Find out more about Kaddy and her work at carers-collective.co.uk

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