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Big kid with hypotonia, and a newborn, need a pram?
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Posted 08 February 2007 - 09:21 PM
I have an odd problem & wondered if anyone here could point me in the right direction/s
I am expecting Baby#2 in 6mths so I need a pram suitable for a newborn BUT I also have a 4yr old who has a muscular condition called Hypotonia (amongst other things).
She's a skinny 107cm & 16.5kgs.
When tired (ie luchtime or earlier, depending on how taxing her day has been) her muscles are exhausted. she then demands picking up or being carried/pram etc. or she drops to the floor & cries in hoplessness. I used to think it was behavioural, but the specialists reassure me it's medical, she IS exhausted & really can't go any further. I can see that now myself, she's older, can explain herself better & I know her better.
I cant use one of those buggy step seats as it's too much to hold up her torso.
And toddler seats are too unstable when she does 'lol' around with her body, or chucks a 'wobbly'. & wont lay down at all for her to rest.
Does anyone have a brand & model of twin pram or other they could reccomend, with a seat suitable for a newborn, & a semi-layback seat that goes up to 20kg weight specs for my 4yr old?
ps have thought of slings & pouches for the little bubs but that will only get me thru a few months as I have sore neck problems a lot.
PS; I am really planning on only using this in shops & shop car parks, I'm not a walker "jogger" ,
but have heard the side by sides can be Bggrs to steer & push?
Posted 08 February 2007 - 11:22 PM
My Ds 5 has a wide range of problems and is unable to walk. He was only 1 1/2 yrs old when I had DD. I bought a Phil & Teds double buggy, I used this until DD was 2 1/2 yrs old. Somewhere in their we bought him a wheelchair, which I used if their was only him and the double pram if I had both of them. I found it quite good to get around as it is only a little bit wider than a normal pram and not as long as the limo style double prams. I think you would find most twin prams would be too small for your DS.
It was a liitle bit of a pain to pull to pieces and assemble every time it went in the car(I have the older model). Check out their website www.babybuggy .co.nz
Maybe you could sit your DD in some prams and see how she fits.
I bought an attatchment for Den's chair which is supposed to be able to attatch another pram to make it into a twin pram and I only used it once, it was just so wide and cumbersome.
Hope that is of some help.
Posted 10 February 2007 - 07:16 PM
I had the same issues too, big toddler with SN and a newborn. We got a Valco renegade. It has a reclining toddler seat in the front that can take up to 25kgs - back fully supported and a smaller seat in the back, fully reclines to a lay down position. It suits the kids beautifully but I found it rather heavy to push as both kids got older. Folds down OK but takes up alot of boot space. It certainly did the job - just heavy to push around.
I believe babyco have their own cheaper version of this - something....limo....hmmmm, my sister in law has it and is vey happy with it.
Posted 11 February 2007 - 09:15 AM
i have love n care brand side by side it takes 22kgs each side, my DD still sometimes gets in and shes 24kgs and still holds her weight well and steering is great love my pram. my DS has muscle issues and wont walk very long but his only 14kgs
Posted 12 February 2007 - 09:45 AM
Hey Ladies, Thanks for all your info!
Certainly gives me a head start, I'll start checking out the brands you've mentioned.
You're very helpful as Adeliade has really only got 4 decent'ish' baby stores, & they have only about 2 choices at each, & nothing's been all that suitable yet. My DD's just too long.
Funny enough BabyCo didn't have anything up to even 20kg on the weekend!
Mum picked up a BabyLove Tandem lite stroller (lite, reah right! second hand for $100. But I'm thinking it may be a tad hard on steering. Will give it a go, figured I can resell without any $'s lost if it's too hard for me. Can't do that with new...
ANY BRANDS YOUD WARN ME OFF OF? & WHY?
All hints appreciated, Ta!
Edited by vivkate, 12 February 2007 - 09:46 AM.
Posted 15 February 2007 - 07:15 PM
HI. I'm still looking...
Every one I try so far DD is too tall, I keep telling her we'll ahve to chop off her legs or something, but even then her head litterally hangs over the end onf alomst every seat as soon as you lay it back even a tad...
And her head is already touching any of the canopies that you cant fully remove..
CARMEN ; can you tell me more details about the Love n care brand side by side - it there a model name or Number?
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