Preparing For Surgery
A 6-month-old in a spica cast for 12 weeks. How do you even start preparing for something like that? Well, Pinterest became my best friend. I found other blogs like this one and read about people’s experiences. I researched spica tables, chairs, car seats, high chairs, sleeping positions, and diaper changing strategies. There was so much information and I was definitely feeling overwhelmed. Here are a few things we purchased ahead of time that came in handy:
- A Bumbo chair. We found one on craigslist for $20. I had seen a lot of people cut these chairs to fit the cast. We used blue duct tape to cover up the cut edges. We didn’t cut the chair until we brought Willow home from the hospital. My husband used a kitchen steak knife to cut through the foam chair and it worked perfectly! The only thing I didn’t love was that Willow seemed to be sitting back a bit in the chair, in a position that wouldn’t be comfortable for long periods of time.
- A bean bag chair. I searched high and low for a stinking bean bag. I finally found one at Walmart and it was a great purchase. No matter the position the legs are casted in a bean bag will fit perfectly!
- A Wedge Pillow. I bought a wedge pillow off of Amazon. This was another thing I had read about from other parents. Some people used it to have their kids sleep on and others used it just to prop their kids up a little to play. We use it a lot to put Willow under a play mat to play and reach her toys comfortably.
- A breakfast in bed table. This was the perfect size to set up next to the Bumbo so that Willow could reach all of her toys. The legs fold up so that is can be stored easily. I found this gem at Bed Bath and Beyond.
We were scheduled to stay one night at the hospital. We packed a small bag for all 3 of us. I knew she wasn’t going to fit into most clothes, so I just packed some bigger onesies (size 18 month) and socks. She typically was wearing 9-12 month clothing, but I had read with the cast to go up at least one size. I packed lots of baby toys, formula, and her little blanket. Basically, anything that comforted her I brought. I figured whatever would make the surgery a little less traumatizing would be worth bringing.