30 April 2007

Handy postpartum gadget: a reacher

Here's how Jennifer got the "third hand" we all wish for while nursing:

when i was still pregnant, i had bad hip pain which made it difficult for me to bend down and climb stairs (let alone a ladder to reach a high shelf), so i got a grabbing stick [also called a "reacher." -- Ed] - they're generally marketed to seniors (my mum got one after her stroke) and sold along with walkers and other mobility aids, but they are awesome for breastfeeding. i inevitably put things down just out of reach when i pick up the baby, so having an extra three feet of reach without moving is essential.

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My hack: The same thing is available (although not quite so fancy a model!) in kids' toy stores! There's a short version and a long version, and we use them all the time for reaching things that fell behind the couch or the dryer, or off the top shelf of the closet!

American Scientific & Surplus (http://www.sciplus.com/) has the same item in blue under item 92849 ... plus lots of other remaindered edu-toys & kits, well worth a look.

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