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TRILLE

TRILLE highchair mounted on a chair with casters.

DESCRIPTION

The g highchair comes with straps to attach the chair. I strapped Trille onto a chair with casters. The office chair has a lever that serves as a brake.

TIPSTER’S COMMENTS

First I attached Trille to an ordinary kitchen chair on which I had mounted casters. There were brakes on the two rear wheels, but I was not really able to safely put the brake on the kitchen chair, which is why I feel the office chair works much better with TRILLE.

PRODUCT

TRILLE Highchair + an office chair with casters

PURCHASED

Ordinary children’s store

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HIGHCHAIR WITH OPENING FROM THE SIDE

Highchair appropriate for children whose parents sit in a wheelchair.

DESCRIPTION

The highchair opens from the side. The height of the wheelchair and the highchair are about the same. A parent who sits in a wheelchair and has the child on his or her lap can slide the child sideways into the highchair and avoid heavy lifting.

The chair is called “Stokke Sitti” and can be used and adjusted as the child grows. The stomach support and fabric strap on the side can be removed and the chair is washable.

TIPSTER’S COMMENTS

The chair can be opened from the side which makes it easier to use, since the user does not have to lift up the child. Used the chair since the child was about 6 months or from the time that the child can sit.

The buckle can be a bit difficult to open for a person with impaired hand strength or function.

If the chair seems expensive it can probably be purchased second-hand.

PRODUCT

Stokke Sitti from Stokke

PURCHASED

Children’s store

EDITOR’S COMMENTS

This tip is from 2007 and unfortunately this chair is no longer sold, but a used chair can probably be found. BabyBjörn sells a model that opens from the side (written 2015).

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HIGHCHAIR WITH FIXED CHEST SUPPORT

A good solution for people with good upper body strength.

DESCRIPTION

To place the baby in the highchair, the user positions the wheelchair diagonally behind the highchair with one of the rear legs of the highchair between the wheelchair wheels. Then he lifts the child into the chair.

PRODUCT

Tripp Trapp chair from Stokke

PURCHASED

Children’s store

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INFANT CARRIER ON WHEELS

Infant carrier on wheels – makes it easier for parents with disabilities to have their children with them.

DESCRIPTION

An infant carrier is attached to the frame of a desk chair.

TIPSTER’S COMMENTS

The user is very pleased with the mobile infant carrier on wheels and the baby is happy that she does not need to be in the baby carriage as much.

PRODUCT

Infant carrier + frame of an office chair

PURCHASED

The infant carrier was purchased at an ordinary children’s store and the assistive technology center provided the office chair.

INSTRUCTIONS

The user and her occupational therapist came up with the idea and a technician at the assistive technology center built it.

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BABYSITTER SEAT ON TABLE

Babysitter seat mounted on table with castors, suitable for parents who use a wheelchair.

DESCRIPTION

An ordinary babysitter seat was used together with a table from IKEA. Easy to move to and from the parent’s lap and easy to get close to the baby.

Before the baby was big enough to sit in the babysitter the tipster used a portable plastic crib on castors borrowed from the maternity ward. However, this crib was relatively high and deep, and more difficult for a person sitting in a wheelchair to move the baby.

Both the crib borrowed from the hospital and the babysitter seat on the table were used when the user needed to move to and from the bed, to the toilet, or to the couch to nurse the baby, and the user could not hold the baby at the same time. Since both the bed and the table are portable the baby could also always be there and have a good view of the surroundings.

TIPSTER’S COMMENTS

This modification worked very well when the baby was small.

PRODUCT

Babysitter seat, table, castors

PURCHASED

Table and castors from IKEA, babysitter seat from children’s stores

INSTRUCTIONS

The legs of a table from IKEA were cut to the appropriate height. Castors were attached to each table leg. Five small holes were drilled into the table top through which the babysitter was attached. Five strips of stiff material were cut to serve as straps (photo 3). The straps were placed in each corner (photo 4) of the babysitter frame and an extra attachment was placed in the middle of the loop.

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