5 Equipment Items Every Special Needs Kid Needs
Being a special needs mama is one tough job. Every special needs mom needs a tool belt of special equipment for their special needs kid. I hate to call motherhood a job, but that is what it truly is on days. I love being a mother, but it is tough work. Being a special needs mom I am always looking for things that help make life easier or that will accommodate my daughter.
If you are new here, my daughter has cerebral palsy. You can read more about her story here. She has spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy. Which means that her muscles get very tight and that it affects all four of her limbs and trunk. This makes doing many things very hard. Her right hand/arm really struggles. I have made a list of some wonderful items I have found that make our life a little better. I hope you can find them useful too.
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Munchkin Click Lock Weighted Flexi Straw Trainer cup
Seriously this cup changed our life. This cup gave my daughter the independence that she craved and deserves to have! Every two and a half-year old loves to have independence. We have used them for a while now and it helped me to cut out using bottles. As much as I enjoy the cuddles and snuggles holding her and feeding her from a bottle, I was ready for her to do something on her own. Holding her own bottle and getting it into her mouth was just too hard for her. The straw on this cup is weighted so she can hold it in ANY direction and still be able to drink from it. She likes to get silly and just have it dangle from her mouth and drink too. It has two handles to make it easier to hold.
My only complaint with this cup is that when the straw wears out, you have to buy a whole new cup. I wish you could just replace the straw. They use to leak some when the pressure builds up but they recently redesigned the cup with an air hole to release the pressure. Yay!!
AFO Interface Socks Ankle Compression socks
My baby girl has to wear AFO’s which are braces for her legs. They help give her extra stability for standing and walking. She gets hot when she is wearing her braces since kids with cerebral palsy have a hard time regulating their body temperature. Every day moving, in general, is a workout so she is sweating a lot, which makes these socks even better. They are made especially for wearing with AFO’s. These socks are nice and tall, stay in place, don’t scrunch up, and are made of a very breathable fabric which helps her feet breathe.
They are expensive but totally worth it. I have searched for so many socks to work, and these are the best! For size reference, she wears an infant small. There are different sizes and colors available. If your child wears AFO’s these are a must have!
BabyLegs Leg Warmers
I love BabyLegs leg warmers. The are one of my favorite brands of leg warmers. They really stay in place on my little girl’s legs and super cute! They are a super cute accessory for boys or girls with many colors & designs to pick from. Besides being great for adding pops of fun they are also functional to help little knees when crawling. Leg warmers are also helpful since my daughter has to wear her AFOs.
Her AFOs have extra straps that can be added for her to wear that give her ankles a really good stretch. See all the fun velcro in the picture? Wearing her AFO’s during the day for standing and walking is no problem but when we have her wear them at night for stretching she likes to become Houdini to get out of them. I don’t blame her, and the way that girl likes velcro, it’s a fun game.
I decided to try using these cute leg warmers to solve the problem and found two more ways to use them. The first way I started using them as long socks for her to wear with her AFO’s during the warmer months. Then she can wear sandals and it lets her little toes get some air so it’s not so hot. Well, then I thought why not put the leg warmers OVER her AFO’s to deter her from taking them off! Score for mom! Works like a charm and helps keep her warm on the cooler nights.
B is for Bear Board book
This book is a great book! It has been very loved by all of my kids, but especially helpful for my little girl with CP. She loves touch and feel books, which this book is and it has large colorful pictures. Both the images and the sense of touch draws your kiddo in and makes them want to reach for this book. We are working with my daughter on directing her reach and selecting items by touching. It also helps strengthen her arms and core. This book has held up very well and it’s easier for her to turn the pages since it’s a large board book. Your kids will love this book!
Dress up doll set with Personalized Carry Case and Easy Press On Outfits by Pockets Of Learning
Oh my goodness! These dress up dolls are amazing! We don’t currently own these but we have used them at therapy and my daughter loves them! They are on my Christmas List to get her for Christmas. They are great for pretend play and easy for her to manipulate. The outfits have velcro on them that stick to the doll! Unlike a regular doll that she can’t take the clothes on/off with these she can! I have always liked the wooden magnetic dolls but these are even better. The dolls are soft and the clothes have different textures for sensory. With this toy, my little girl can be a little girl and dress up her dolly.
Special Needs Moms Get Creative:
As a special needs mom, days can be challenging and busy at times. We also learn to be our child’s best advocate and find new and creative ways of doing things. We find a solution for needs that we may encounter. I love to hear stories of moms that have a need and found a way or created something to have it work for their child. I will continue to share my ideas and products that have helped us. What things have been super useful for you? If you found this post helpful please remember to comment and share this post on social media! Thanks.