Preparing for the parenting life when you have a disability
Welcoming a baby into the world means you’re embarking on the most rewarding journey possible. With that said, it will also be one of your most challenging journeys. And if you’re coming into a situation with a disability, you might encounter unique obstacles.
But here’s the thing: millions of people living with a disability are parenting right now. And there’s no reason you can’t be an exemplary mother or father to your child. Below, Disability Insider has listed a few simple tips for getting your home and life ready for the big change!
Be Open to Getting Help
First of all, remain open to seeking help from mental health professionals if you become overwhelmed in your caregiving duties. These days, you can easily access mental health services on the Internet. In fact, a lot of online therapists help parents navigate challenges each day.
Online therapy comes with many benefits. It’s secure, private, and convenient. And it requires less commitment than going to therapy in person. Plus, you have a wide range of licensed professionals to choose from, and you won’t have to pay as much for services.
Look for a therapist who provides free consultations so you can ensure they’re a good fit for you. And don’t see therapy as a weakness; more people than you might think could benefit from counseling or therapy!
Find the Right Equipment
Another advantage of living in this day and age is that the market is filled with products designed to help parents with disabilities. There are specific ways to keep your child safer and make life less stressful for you, and more and more companies are figuring this out.
Take time to research equipment and technologies that can assist you when you need it. For example, side-release baby beds and cribs can make it much easier to tend to your baby, while harnesses and slings can help with nursing or carrying your child. Look for an adjustable high chair and an adaptive stroller you can easily push when using a wheelchair. High-quality baby monitors and cameras can also come in handy!
Kick Out the Clutter
You might be shocked by how quickly your home fills up with stuff in the weeks after your newborn arrives. You’ll be adding lots of items to care for your child, and you probably won’t feel like tackling a lot of housekeeping responsibilities.
If possible, thoroughly declutter your leaving environment before bringing the baby home. Having free and clear pathways is crucial, especially if you live with limited mobility. Dedicate a weekend and enlist the help of friends and relatives to remove clutter and make room for the next chapter.
Take the Childproofing Up a Notch
One of the most important things you can do to prepare for parenthood is to ensure your home is as safe as possible. Change the batteries in your smoke alarms and install new carbon monoxide detectors near your child’s bedroom. Make sure you have a couple of fire extinguishers, and consider installing a home security or video surveillance system.
You’ll also need to purchase the typical baby proofing products, such as drawer and cabinet locks, furniture padding, and cord organizers. Read customer reviews on any products you’re considering to ensure you’re getting the best quality.
Living with a disability doesn’t mean you can’t be the best parent in town. As long as you take any extra measures necessary to keep your child safe and healthy, you can set the stage for a rewarding and fulfilling new chapter.
Keep the advice here in mind as you prepare your life and living environment for your new bundle of joy. And cherish every moment of the journey; there’s nothing like welcoming a baby into the world!
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