Life parenting a child in a spica cast for hip dysplasia is not easy. Us parents need to be creative to find solutions to everyday problems like sitting at a table. The cast positions the child in a frog position which limits how and where they can sit.
As soon as I was told Erin was going to be spending some considerable time in a spica cast the lovely people over at Hippychick were in touch offering me two products that they knew would make life that bit easier for us. I reviewed both the totseat and the hip seat. However, I wanted to share this picture of Erin in her Totseat. Without the Totseat Erin would be unable to eat with us as a family as she would have to be at her separate table with her beanbag for support.
It means the world to me that she will be sitting us at the table on Christmas Day and as you can see from her grin she enjoys the social side of sitting at the table with her siblings.
It is often the small things that make a world of difference and for us, the Totseat has been a hero product. It fits into my handbag and allows Erin to sit at a table when she is out. As she cannot stand or walk this is a huge thing and allows us to get out of the house and join in with age-appropriate activities at mother and baby groups. I can also take her to coffee shops etc which stops us from being quite so isolated.
The Totseat works with standard dining chairs and is adjustable. Made of cloth it is strong yet can work with kids in a spica cast. A conventional highchair doesn’t work as the spica cast is set wide.