Before Getting Started
Before you feel like you must purchase all the items listed below because they are "must have gear," it is important to remember that some of the baby gear you already have will still work for your spica baby. Or, some of the products we mention may NOT work for you. Some of the items below, like strollers and high chairs, have multiple products listed under them. All the products mentioned have been successfully used by spica parents, and are given as different options you can try if one does not work for you.
SPICA BABY CARE ITEMS
Large diapers to go around the outside of the cast.
Small diapers to tuck inside the cast.
Note: For our one year old, size 6 outside and size 2 inside fit best.
- Poise Pads for overnight diapering.
Mustela PhysiObebe No-Rinse Cleansing Fluid to use with bathing.
Supplies for Cast Petaling
SPICA BABY CLOTHING
- Onsies large enough to go over cast. Generally, one or two sizes larger than what they wore prior to going in the cast.
- T-shirts or dresses that fit over the top of the cast. Again, one or two sizes larger than what they wore before the cast.
INSIDE SPICA BABY GEAR
- Spica Chair
Find one used through the Spica Tables/Spica Chairs/Spica Gear - DDH - Buy/Sell/Donate - USA Facebook Group.
Purchase a custom spica chair from Ivy Rose Spica Chairs.
A variety of pillows, used for tummy time, diaper changes, bath time, behind baby in stroller, etc.
Floor play mat to help entertain baby, whether lying on his or her back or on tummy time.
We use the Skip Hop Treetop Friends Activity Gym
At least one other option to allow baby to sit up
Bean Bag Chair (we used the Pottery Barn Kids Anywhere Beanbag)
Modified Bumbo Seat (Google "Modified Bumbo Seat" to see many different ways this has been done to accommodate spica babies)
Crib Wedge Pillow (confirm with your doctor they approve this sleeping arrangment)
We used the Bed Wedge Pillow from Bed Bath and Beyond
OUTSIDE SPICA BABY GEAR
- Britax Snug Seat Hippo Car Seat
- Baby Carrier
Note: Some parents have found Caroline's Carts provided in some stores work well with spica babies when a small pillow or blanket is added behind their backs.