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    Hi all. I have a 4 year old daughter that cannot walk so needs a pushchair to get around in. Her existing pushchair is getting too small for her as she keeps on touching the front wheels with her feet. We have been given a Maclaren Major Elite but it is just the basic pushchair. To buy all the accessories would cost in the region of £250. Does anyone know of any other pushchairs that may be more suitable?

    Thanks

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    if the maclaren is not suitable for her needs you need to go back to your social worker/community nurse to get reassessed for a wheelchair which might suit her better. what accessories are needed that are not supplied? (they have changed slighly since my son stopped needing his buggy as that was before maclaren started supplying them and they were ugly bulky things lol)
    corinne

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    Original Poster

    All you get nowadays is the basic buggy. So to make it comfortable I am going to have to get:

    Padded seat cover £26
    Sun shade £32.50
    Raincover £27.50
    Footmuff £39.97
    Lateral supports £45
    ---------
    £170.97

    Thats without the shopping basket which the missus thinks we need as well. Might have to bite the bullet and actually buy something off fleabay.

    have u applied to family fund to see if they will help with the cost of any of the items?
    corinne

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    baby jogger looks nice but says from age 9 so lttle one would be lost in it. Also doubt it would fit in car as 135cm long! Need to win lottery I think. LOL

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    "have u applied to family fund to see if they will help with the cost of any of the items?
    corinne"

    Never heard of family fund so time to google

    martinhb;5521707

    baby jogger looks nice but says from age 9 so lttle one would be lost in … baby jogger looks nice but says from age 9 so lttle one would be lost in it. Also doubt it would fit in car as 135cm long! Need to win lottery I think. LOL



    my friend had one for her son but i remember him being in it from the age of 9 too, it looks like a normal buggy just a bit bigger, i will ask her tomorrow if she still has it

    martinhb;5521755

    "have u applied to family fund to see if they will help with the cost of … "have u applied to family fund to see if they will help with the cost of any of the items?corinne"Never heard of family fund so time to google



    and what accessories do you need? ...... sorry just read through again

    Original Poster

    Unfortunately earn too much to qualify for family fund. Think I am gonna have to tap up the bank of mum and dad. Major Elite not the best looking or most comfortable pushchair but seems to be the best on the market for a 4 year old so needs must. Thanks to all HUKD'ers that replied.

    Have you thought about applying for DLA? Disability Living Allowance? It might help you with added costs of looking after your child, and it's not means tested. Just an idea. If she can't walk, you may be able to get the higher rate mobility and you could then swap the mobility element for a new car, which you can choose from lots of different models, so you might be able to get one that is easier to transport her around and store any pushchairs etc that you might need. With the car you get your insurance paid and breakdown. Basically you only put petrol in it. Sorry if you know about it already, but thought if you are struggling to get things, it might be a help. Hope you get it sorted.

    martinhb, a special needs buggy can set you back £1000+, you need to get in contact with your local wheelchair services this can be accessed through your doctor, waiting times can be alarming and so can the chairs and buggies what they will offer you, the chair that my lad uses is a CHUNC , trendy and very practical but still maintains the correct seating position. the chunc company was set up and the chair was designed by the father of a disabled girl who was frustrated at the lack of eye pleasing chairs for kids. its so important that your daughter is in a buggy that maintains good posture. please pm if you think i can help you. our chair was paid for by our wheel chair services if you are offered something that you dont like you can request a voucher for the cost of the chair that they were going to supply to your daughter, and you can make up the difference with your money or funding from a different source.

    solarforce;5522542

    martinhb, a special needs buggy can set you back £1000+, you need to get … martinhb, a special needs buggy can set you back £1000+, you need to get in contact with your local wheelchair services this can be accessed through your doctor, waiting times can be alarming and so can the chairs and buggies what they will offer you, the chair that my lad uses is a CHUNC , trendy and very practical but still maintains the correct seating position. the chunc company was set up and the chair was designed by the father of a disabled girl who was frustrated at the lack of eye pleasing chairs for kids. its so important that your daughter is in a buggy that maintains good posture. please pm if you think i can help you. our chair was paid for by our wheel chair services if you are offered something that you dont like you can request a voucher for the cost of the chair that they were going to supply to your daughter, and you can make up the difference with your money or funding from a different source.



    i am glad that someone has done that my son stopped needing his about 10 yrs ago but it was one of the ugliest things i ever saw, i hated taking him out in it lol seen some at school that are briliant so bright and fun looking.


    if you have already got the buggy take it to a baby store to see if any standard rain covers and items will fit as they will be cheaper i know they used to be able to fit but they have changed over the years
    corinne

    To reiterate what's been said above go back to wheelchair services. Especially if your daughter cannot walk a maclaren may not be best option, although they fold up some of smallest of special buggies they are not very supportive so you may be able to get something more comfortable through the NHS. If you have to pay for accessories try contacting local lions / rotary - I know parents who have got financial support for equipment from them. Also have you heard of Whizz Kids - they provide mobility equipment. There is a waiting list but it might be worth getting on it now! Good luck!

    Original Poster

    Thanks for all the suggestions. Their are children in my daughters class at school that are in pushchairs that are more like wheelchairs than a pushchair but as she does have some mobility, kneel walks and will walk around rooms with two handed support they are probably more than we need at the minute.

    As to the Major Elite we were advised that Mothercare have a raincover making service that would be able to make a raincover for the chair but all I got were vacant looks in-store. Main thing in my mind is her comfort so just gonna buy all the bits. Can't help but feel that the major Elite is overpriced for what it is and can only wonder if thats because the NHS are the biggest buyers of them. Conspiracy theory anyone?

    Thanks all

    anything that has a special needs or disability tag is always at a cost, as a rule of thumb any equipment usually has a starting price of over £1000. my sons bike was £1700, his buggy was about £1800, house chair was £1500, his bath seat was £1000, car seat was £1300. the high costs are due to having a limited market.

    if you havent been you should go to the NAIDEX show at the nec in birmingham, gives you a better understanding of equipment that is available for your daughter.
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