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The Marvellous Scooot

Carolyn Voisey by Carolyn Voisey Additional Needs

Carolyn Voisey

Carolyn Voisey

Mum to one incredible little dude, I work full time in higher education and have my own small business as a jewellery designer/creator. I love noth...

It does have to be said. He is desperate to crawl but he can’t yet fully coordinate his arms and legs to get himself moving.

Due to the entire family being struck down with one lurgy or another, it has taken a while for him to actually have a go on it – I have to admit, his initial outing was not a huge success.

Sam hated it, didn’t want to lie on it, kept trying to roll off, refused utterly to put his hands on the floor… you name it, he did it.

This is, however not an uncommon situation with him; most new things are treated with the same level of utter disgust and disdain initially!

In an effort to show Sam that it really isn’t some hideous torture device, Daddy decided to join in and have some fun… by the time I came back into the front room Daddy was sitting on the Scooot and showing Sam how to move it forward… Sam was unimpressed, Daddy was very amused.

Don’t try this at home kids.

After some finger wagging from Mummy and being told he’d better not break it, Daddy relented and Sam had another go.

This time, far less resistance.

Still refusing to fully cooperate but now will at least lie on the thing and seems to enjoy the sensation of moving forward (granted, with Mummy or Daddy guiding him/it).

Our next adventure with the Scooot was far more exciting.

As Sam has the habit of rolling off it, we located a thing called a, ‘Bearhug’, – basically it’s a fabric band with Velcro, that you wrap around your middle. It supports your back and which conveniently wraps around the little dude and his scoot perfectly.

THIS time, Sam felt much more secure and had a darn good go at moving himself forward, cheered on by his (ok, possibly slight over excited) parents!

You have to remember, this is a sight we have waited YEARS to see, our little man able to move himself forward…

Its early days with our Scooot, however I suspect that with repeated use it’ll do wonders for my boy's independence and confidence.

Here’s to forward motion!


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