Children grow fast! Before you know it, they have outgrown their clothes, shoes and even their wheelchair. For this reason, many parents select a wheelchair that is one size larger than needed in anticipation of future growth. But, an oversized wheelchair does not provide the proper positioning your child needs.
Many funding bodies only allow for a new wheelchair every five years. For an adult, that may be acceptable, but a child can grow a huge amount in five years. The natural and common solution is to buy oversized equipment and make due until the child grows. Parents have been doing this for years. The idea of “filling the gaps” produced by oversized equipment has been around as long as children have been in wheelchairs, but rolled up towels and bunched up blankets have a serious down side. They are hot, lumpy, they won’t stay in position, and they look improvised.