Monday, August 10, 2009

Great Idea!

I wanted to share with you a great idea that a blogger friend of mine, Shan, came up with. She was inspired to make it for her daughter, Marie. She sent this new tool to us a couple of weeks ago and it has been such a blessing to Gavin and I!

Since Gavin is not able to sit up on his own, it is difficult to find places to 'put' him when he is not being held. I don't like to have him always laying flat on his back. And even when I put him in his stroller or seat he leans to the side a lot of the time. I used to roll up a blanket to place on his right side to prevent him from leaning so much. Now I have this wonderful invention to use instead!

Here are some pictures of it:

The first one is of the inner part. It's just a sturdy piece of foam, cut into a long rectangular cubed shape. (I don't know what kind of foam. She said it's what they use to make seats for a tractor.)

Then she sews a fabric covering that is open on one end to put the foam piece into.

Then, she puts the fabric covering on it. The covering is great because then you can wash it when needed! Plus, you can make different covers to change things up a bit, if you want to.

Here is a picture of it when it is finished.

And, here are some pictures of Gavin using them in his seat.

As you can see, Gavin leans to the right, (Joel is very proud of this by the way! Just a little joke, don't take it too seriously!) and the foam pieces help to keep him sit more upright.

Isn't Shan brilliant?! She says they are very inexpensive to make too! Thanks again Shan!

Having a special needs child, you are always looking for ways to make things easier and more comfortable for your child. I've come up with a few good ideas, but a majority of the ideas that have benefited Gavin and I, have come from other special Mommies. I am so thankful for the support of these Mommies and I don't know what I'd do without them! So, Thanks to all you fantastic Mommas out there! God has blessed me with all of you!

"The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it." Proverbs 10:22


Lacey said...

I love exchanging ideas with other moms. We could definitely use that, Jax never sits upright, he has 0 trunk control. I'll have to try that.

Hope said...

That's a great idea. I don't know what I'd do without my fellow bloggy friends. You are all amazing.

Cammie Heflin said...

He looks pretty comfy!

Ali Rae said...

You should check out, they advocate for children with DS and other disabilities to find families. These children are in Eastern Europe and the conditions there are very poor. They offer a great support group on yahoo too! Andrea, the director is so fabulous and helpful.

Lacey said...

I so know what you mean about Zoey, I called Heather last night to chat. I really have to hope its just low platelets, or they said is could be a little damage to another organ from the chemo. Just pray its that.
You know when Jax was little we questioned if albuterol was ok with his heart. They always said it was fine. The neb I'm doing right now is atrovent and albuterol together. I think one reason it doesn't work the greatest is its lung damage from hypertension and frequent intubations, not asthma. Who knows

Annette Gysen said...

It's so great that you moms of special kids have this support network. Very cool device! And Gavin looks like he likes it!

Christy said...

Very Cool! I gave you a blogger award. Check out my blog for the details!

Alicia said...

That is so great! I would have loved to have had those two years ago when we were trying to correct Marissa's posture. We were always using rolled up receiving blankets.

I love the cover with the flames and motorcycles. I just shows Gavin's rebel spirit!!