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#1 of 4 Old 06-19-2012, 06:30 AM - Thread Starter
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Looking for a way to wear my 7-year-old disabled son on the side but facing forward


I am a dad of a 7-year-old physically disabled boy with cerebral palsy and profound deafness.

I am looking for a solution to wear him on my left hip, but with him facing forward.
Only in this position am I able to communicate to him via sign language.  This is also the best position for him to communicate to me via eye gaze and facial expression.

The nature of his CP is that his muscles can suddenly go very stiff, or suddenly go very loose (he is not able to sit up on him own, walk or crawl).  Thus, I need a support system that is able to accommodate these motions and keep him safe without him slipping out of the sling.

I have tried several slings (Mai Tai, Ring sling), and I'm finding that the side-facing position doesn't work well for us.

Any help / ideas would be appreciated

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I know that Rachel Coleman of Signing Times has a daughter with cerebral palsy and has been wearing her for hike and stuff. You might check her blog http://www.rachelcoleman.com/.

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If you send in an email, or even post on her facebook page, i'm sure she would respond. 

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I was going to suggest posting on the babywearer.com but I see you just did !

Best wishes, I hope you find a suitable position smile.gif

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