After four kids, ten moves and nearly two decades, we are still blissfully in love (most of the time) and I found myself back in the state I was born and raised in. It has definitely been a journey. In fact, on our 18th anniversary we pulled the last of our stuff up over the pass and into Montana, leaving our surprise love, Idaho, behind. But Montana is a great place. The last best place according to some. And we fully intend to explore as much of it as we can! Join us on our continued adventure through life, love and other stuff that comes with it.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Mei tais and Spina bifida, club feet and a sub-flexed hip

Meet 4-month-old Emma. She is a doll. I met her when her mom was first looking for a baby carrier. Emma was born with Spina Bifida (L4,L5), club feet, and a sub-flexed (dislocated) right hip. Emma's Spina Bifida is considered quite mild; the major long-term effects they expect are a shunt to drain the fluid from around her brain, and the bottom of her feet may be paralyzed.

Her mom needed a carrier that worked for a baby with casts from the thigh down on both legs, and eventually a cast that went from her belly button down to her ankles and a bar between her legs at the knees.

The mei tai worked with both cast situations. When Emma had two separate casts on her legs, her mom would simply sit Emma in the carrier so both feet were out one side. She didn’t get any pictures of it, but said it worked well. The other carrier she had tried was a front-pack style, but felt that the mei tai worked better and was more comfortable.

When Emma was in the cast with the bar, the carrier also worked beautifully. Her mom used it both for facing in and facing out. For facing in, she simply placed the carrier on a flat surface, placed Emma on her back on the carrier, threaded the bottom straps through the opening above the bar, leaned down and tied the waist straps around her waist, brought Emma up and tied the shoulder straps.

Forward facing was similar, except she didn’t need a flat surface. She would tie the waist straps and tie the carrier on just like you would with a baby without a cast. Both methods worked beautifully.

It is true that this information is very situation

specific and presented simply. But I feel it is still

important even in this simple form.

Happy Babywearing!

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