Trying to use baby carriers when you are physically handicapped can be problematic. Many aspects to baby carriers that are difficult for someone with dexterity issues stem from the fact that you want your child safe so you cannot skimp on safety features that may be difficult for some people. In the past 19 or so months I have tried a variety of different baby carriers and one thing I have figured out is that each one has a learning curve to them. The first one I mastered was the Lillebaby Carrier and I wanted to share with you some tips I have for making the Lillebaby Carrier disability friendly.
I will admit that my hands are not very strong and I haven’t had much “pinching” strength since I was little and because of this buckles, snaps, and buttons can be very difficult and that is why I have taken the time to test out this carrier in multiple different fashions before actually taking it out when I was on my own with my little nugget.
Using the Lillebaby Carrier
1 Criss-Cross Straps. If you find that you cannot clip the chest clip because it is too stiff or your arms just don’t reach behind your back the way they should then you can unclip the straps and criss cross them in the back. This gives you the ability to put the panel on by slipping it over your head while sliding your arms in as well. If you loosen the webbing under the arms you can easily slip it over your head then place baby into the carrier and tighten it up.
2 Pre-Clipped Chest Clip. If you don’t like the way the carrier feels with the straps criss crossed then you can try pre-clipping the chest clip. I did need help tightening it to the right tension the first time, but it is set for you moving forward (unless your child grows or your weight changes). I loosen the webbing under the arms to help with ease of putting the carrier on over your head. I have found that with the chest clip done I need to put my son in place first and then slip it over my head. Once it is over your head you just pull the webbing tight under your arms until baby is snug and you are good to go.
3 Combination of the two above. This one you can do the first steps of 1 or 2 and instead of loosening the webbing under your arms you can actually unclip them instead. This is a great option if you can easily do the little clips and just cannot reach the chest clip behind your back. I have done this and only unclipped one strap so that I could have one arm in place before I put my son into the carrier. That way I only needed to buckle and put one strap in place. Doing it this way allows you to have both straps already adjusted so that you don’t have to adjust them every time you use the carrier.
As you can see there a lot of different ways that you can position the straps for a front carry with your child. This will greatly help you out when trying to figure out how to best use the carrier for your special needs. When doing a back carry you really don’t need to do anything special though I will admit that I have not successfully done a back carry on my own. I just don’t have good enough balance or coordination to do it safely alone.
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