Saturday, July 31, 2021

A Guide for Parents with Disabilities

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Prepare to Be the Perfect Parent: A Guide 

for Parents with Disabilities

Guest Post by Jenna Sherman

You’re going to be so proud and so thrilled watching your little baby grow up. It’s much more than just hearing their first words or capturing their first steps on video. There’s bonding, teaching and healing from their joy at the wonders of the world.

Of course, parenthood also comes with sleepless nights, round-the-clock diaper changes, and spit-up stains on your clothes. Parenting is hard, and you may be worried about how your disability could make it even more challenging.

The truth is, your physical limitations don’t have to be a huge problem. Twinkle Teaches outlines some ways you can prepare to become the perfect parent despite any impairment.


Master the Basics

Learn how to take care of a baby in a very practical sense. Tasks like bottle-feeding, burping and changing diapers can be more difficult than they seem. Moreover, your disability may affect how you go about them. Some mothers and fathers even recommend practicing with a doll before the big day arrives.


Make a Financial Plan

The experts at Charles Schwab recommend looking into life and disability insurance to secure your baby’s future. That goes along with enlarging your emergency fund while taking advantage of tax breaks. Those are particularly important for you, as there may be additional cash outlays due to your disability (see below).


Adapt Your Home

When you’re a parent, increased mobility becomes even more important, as you’ll often have a baby in your arms. Building a ramp at your entrance will improve matters greatly, along with widening doorways by installing expandable hinges. Don’t forget the safety benefits of skid-resistant flooring, especially in the kitchen and bathroom.

Also do what you can to remove negative energy -- which can lead to poor health -- from the home, which takes many forms. Clutter and windows or window coverings that are rarely opened can contribute to overall bad vibes in any space, and when you’re home with a new baby, it’s easier than ever for family members to tense up with one another. So declutter, open those windows, use essential oils and aromatherapy, and look into alternative, centuries-old solutions to welcome in positive energy.


Prepare for Long Nights

You may want to keep the baby in your own bedroom, especially if you have mobility issues. Doing so eliminates the need to navigate in the dark when the tyke wakes up and demands a midnight feeding. Redecorate, if necessary, to create a safe space for your new roommate and their crib.


Set Up a Bathing Space

Make sure your baby’s bathing area is easily accessible. Many mothers and fathers use the sink, but that may be too high if you’re in a wheelchair. A specially-designed baby bathtub could be a better option for you, notes The Bump, with other supplies arranged within arm’s reach nearby. That should help you keep the little one squeaky clean without too much stress and strain.


Fix the Transport Problem

There’s no reason being disabled should stop you from taking your little love for a walk on a sunny day. Romper recommends an attachment that connects their stroller to your wheelchair, if you use one. This will allow you to cruise around in comfort and style.


Build a Support Network

Every parent needs support. You’ll find family and friends who are willing to help out with some of the chores around the house. All you need to do is ask. If you’re looking for advice from someone in the same position as you, the Disabled Parenting Project has that covered.


Mind Your Own Health

You’ll find your new role as a parent to be very physically taxing, requiring immense stores of energy. Make time to eat nutritiously, and find ways to relax as often as you can. It’s possible, though you may have to get creative, such as with a warm bubble bath from time to time. Comfortable clothes are also a way to relax; your body’s going through enough without having to deal with scratchy or unforgiving (tight) materials, so invest in fabrics that stretch with you and designs that allow for easy nursing and serve multiple functions, like a nursing lounge dress from Kindred Bravely that can also be worn as a nightgown.

Our tips will help put you on the path to being a successful parent. And what does that mean? Raising a healthy child and having a wonderful time doing it.



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