Motherhood is undeniably hard work. For those living in a wheelchair, the challenges are even greater. One company is doing its part to help parents with disabilities.
Parenting is hard enough, but for those with disabilities, parenting can be downright difficult. The parenting tasks that many of us take for granted, such as changing diapers or chasing toddlers, is only a dream for some disabled moms.
Earlier this year, PRIMO, a 26-year-old high-quality baby product company, developed the LapBaby. This hands-free seating aid allows parents to carry their baby on their lap without holding them. It didn’t take long for PRIMO to realize that the newly designed LapBaby could prove extremely beneficial for those with disabilities.
Shortly after having her first child, designer Chloe Roberts realized that sitting and eating or working was no longer as easy as it once was. With the goal of being more productive with a little one in tow, she began hand-sewing the first LapBaby while on maternity leave. Keeping her new baby close was important to Roberts, and the LapBaby allowed her to spend more intimate time with her newborn, while still being able to accomplish other tasks.
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“I hadn’t designed the LapBaby initially with disabled parents in mind, but I soon knew that I had something that could be of great help to them,” said Roberts. “I’m happy knowing that disabled parents around the world are able to more comfortably and easily engage with their babies.”
Shortly after LapBaby was produced, Roberts reached out to the founding moms of the Disabled Parents Project (DPP). The DDP is an online community offering advice, resources, and support to disabled parents and prospective parents.
DPP co-founders Erin Andrews and Robyn Powell tested and reviewed the LapBaby, both praising the product for its simplicity and sharing how helpful the product could be for the disabled community.
Powell is not yet a mom, which is understandable as she is a busy attorney and PhD student. However, she is an aunt of two little ones and has experienced firsthand the challenges of caring for little ones. She used the LapBaby to carry her niece, Riley. “In many ways, it was like a dream come true – this was the first time I felt 100% sure I would not drop her,” she writes.
While LapBaby was not specifically designed for parents with disabilities, PRIMO is thrilled that it has become a welcomed tool for parents who are wheelchair bound or those who experience neuromuscular diseases.
“We hope that the LapBaby is adopted by the disabled community as a way to engage and interact with their babies. It brings a sense of warmth to us at PRIMO when we hear that our products have made a parent and child’s life easier and more fulfilling,” PRIMO told Mothering. “We want to make a difference in how people raise their children.”
We would say that PRIMO is doing a great job fulfilling that mission.