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Our Guide to Special Needs Pushchairs

Many families with one or two children who have a disability that affects their mobility require a special needs pushchair. We have a selection of single and double buggies for children with special needs, physical disability or walking problems , behavioural conditions that require restraint such as Autism or ADHD and many other disabilities. All are suitable for families looking for the freedom to get out and about with their children.

The Maclaren Major Elite Pushchair is a single stroller designed for older children with special needs and is suitable from around 2 years old to approx 10 years old and is registered with the MHRA as a Class I Medical Device for disabled children. For younger children, there are postural inserts which will fit into this buggy – see Special Tomato Liners and Sitters under Special Needs Seating & Postural Support.

The Major Elite special needs pushchair has been developed to meet the demand for an everyday buggy for a child, who as a result of a disability, has a need for a portable, parent-wheeled transport. The buggy can be supplied as a basic model or as a package, with the addition of a full pack of coordinating accessories including sun canopy, raincover, padded seat liner, footmuff, lateral supports, chest pad and shopping basket. The ‘umbrella fold’ buggy may be folded down into a compact, easy to transport size and will fit most boots. Great for travel, shopping or short outings.

The Twin Major Pushchair is a custom-built, double pushchair designed for older children who have difficulty walking and is registered. A strong. lightweight and compact double buggy which has been tested to 50kg in each seat, although when using the Specialist Flexi-Connectors, which easily ‘joins’ the two single pushchairs together, we recommend a max weight of 35kg per seat. Suitable for children from around 2 years old up to the age of approx 10 years. Suitable for families with twins or with one older child has special needs but they also need to transport a younger sibling. Mainsteam and special schools as well as other carers and organisations have also found this twin stroller useful where they need to accommodate a range of ages and disabilities.

The Joggster Trail is a sturdy, sporty looking single or double pushchair which is suitable for an older child with special needs and with an additional ‘Shuttle Seat‘ it becomes a tandem buggy for two! For most standard buggies the increased weight of the child is a limiting factor (most standard buggies max weight limit is 15kg) but not so for the superior build quality of the Joggster Trail Buggy as it has a large seat with a maximum seat capacity of 34kg (approx 5-6 years old) and the additional ‘Shuttle Seat’ has 15kg weight capacity (approx 3-4 years old). Please note: you should always measure/weigh your child/children to ensure this is a suitable option for them.

We think this buggy offers parents and children something new and exciting as its trendy looks, ergonomic design and luxuriously padded ‘Airgo’ breathable seat(s) make this all terrain pushchair stand out in the crowd…in the right way! Cool colours, sporty styling and the puncture-proof wheels (12″ rear/10″ front) all combine to make this buggy aesthetically appealing and not ‘medical’ looking. The Joggster Trail Buggy is ideal for children with physical disabilities, or who require restraint, to help them pursue an active lifestyle.

Traditional wheelchairs are far too expensive for rough and muddy roads. but these pushchairs provide a comfortable and smooth ride and people love them as they don’t look ‘medical’ but are friendly and inviting for all ages. The Joggster will bring smiles to everyone by providing the opportunity to go for long walks. hiking or even to the beach.

The Special Tomato Jogger offers an ideal special needs buggy for the family who like to be out and about. The stylish jogger provides the comfort and positioning needed for you and your child to enjoy the outdoors. A lightweight, all terrain pushchair designed for children requiring minimal to moderate positioning, suitable from early years to the older child up to approximately age 12 years old.

And for kids who need a little more positioning, the Size 1 and 2 Soft-Touch Liners and Soft-Touch Sitters can be inserted into the Special Tomato Jogger and an optional head support attached. The Soft-Touch Liner easily attaches to offer contoured body support for additional positioning and the pushchair still folds with it in place. Adding Soft-Touch Sitters will provide more trunk support for your child. Both sold separately.

Special Tomato Jogger shown with Soft Touch Liner (Seat Cushion)

The Special Tomato Jogger is a lightweight, all terrain pushchair designed for children with mild to moderate needs from early years to around 8-10 years AND with the nifty addition of a Buggypod side seat, it’s a ‘double’ buggy that makes life easier for parents of two on the go!

The Special Tomato EIO Pushchair is the best of both worlds…a special needs buggy that provides mild to moderate positioning support AND a lightweight stroller that provides all the bells and whistles that make it easier for parents and carers on the go!

The Special Tomato eio special needs buggy is an innovative mobility solution which combines a classic pushchair design with the support and functionality required by children with mild to moderate postural needs. Suitable for children from infancy up to 41kg (approx 12 yrs old), this is a buggy that’s versatile to grow with your child.

Size 1 and 2 Soft-Touch Liners and Soft-Touch Sitters can be inserted into the Special Tomato EIO. The Soft-Touch Liner easily attaches to offer contoured body support for additional positioning and the pushchair still folds with it in place. Adding Soft-Touch Sitters will provide more trunk support for your child. Both sold separately.

We’ve teamed this with the Buggypod IO, an innovative clip-on pushchair side seat and single pushchair in one! Simply attach to the side of the pushchair, transforming it into a ‘double’ buggy when needed, and folding up neatly when not. Amazing!

Special Tomato EIO Pushchair with Buggypod Lite add-on side seat

Our range of double buggies for children with special needs include larger single pushchairs, tandem and twin models for children of all ages, particularly those who may be older, taller or heavier who have outgrown their pushchair and need a larger, more robust buggy. Customised models are available too like the Axiom Endeavour Double Buggy which is for older children and can be made as a twin pushchair that splits into two singles too! We also offer funding advice on mobility equipment for disabled children, postural aids and specialist seating for children from newborns to young adults.

Axiom Endeavour Custom Double Buggy

When looking to purchase a special needs stroller for your child, it is important to do some preliminary research, as well as an evaluation of your child’s needs. Please make sure that you know the child’s height, weight and width at shoulders and hips and the key measurements are given above for guidance. If you require any assistance or advice, please call our helpline.

You can visit our Special Needs Department to see full details on our range of special needs pushchairs, car seats and accessories. If you are seeking funding, please call us as we may be able to help you by providing advice and details of charitable organisations that help parents who require financial assistance.

Helpline: 01670 458624

Email: info@freedomforkids.co.uk

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