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Disabled parents develop adaptive crib to be able to reach their baby

Shared by Ana Ribeiro on 2021-01-29 18:15

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When they were about to become parents, Christina Mills and her husband had a hard time finding a baby crib that would fit their needs. Christina and her husband are both short stature and Christina uses a wheelchair so it would be very hard for them to use a common crib, with high frames that requires babies to be picked up and put down from a height. Searching the market, they found only one product that could be a good fit but it was overpriced and they couldn’t afford it.

So, they had to come up with their own solution. The couple bought a regular crib and figured out how they could adapt it but turning one of the side-frames of the crib into a door. They sawed the side in half and re-attached the pieces to the head and foot section of the crib using piano hinges. Then, they secured the two pieces by adding two locks in the middle. This way, they can open the side of the crib like French doors, having direct access to baby at the level of the
mattress, being able to pick her up with having to lift her over the frame.

More information: http://atnetworkblog.blogspot.com/2012/08/creating-accessible-crib-for-p...

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Christina Mills and her husband created an adaptive baby crib that allowed them to easily reach their baby daughter. As short stature people and with Christina being a wheelchair user, common cribs were not an option for these parents.

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