The Scootee has been designed in consultation with Spinabifida Qld & other Occupational Therapists to assist young children who struggle to or are unable to crawl but have the use of their arms.
Babies and small children reach different milestones at different times. They gain strength and learn how to move around by army crawling or bottom shuffling, usually progressing to regular crawling (as early as 7 months old). Eventually with lots of falls they progress to wobbly walking and eventually running.
For children with disabilities, this progression can be rapidly slowed due to physical impairments. Floor play and early mobility are vital for a child’s cognitive and social development. A child who is unable to explore their small world, or unable to follow and play with their siblings, will fall behind more mobile children their age developmentally. Eventually they will be old enough and big enough for a wheelchair but until then the Scootee fills the gap and allows your child to play and explore independently.
The Scootee is designed to be used with a Bumbo™ Baby Seat, Boosti™ Seat or Ingenuity™ 2 in 1 Baby Base Seat. The seat simply slots into position on the Scootee chassis without modifying or damaging the seat. The seat can be quickly removed from the chassis to be used in other seating situations and for easy cleaning. Once your child grows out of the booster seat, the Scootee can be fitted with our conventional bucket seat. The Scootee utilises Strider™ Ultralite foam filled rims so there is no need to keep them inflated. For stability, the Scootee has three 40mm stabilizing castors to keep it low but enables it to easily transition from hard floors to carpets. There are also options to aid posture in the bucket seat with a Pommel and Lap Belts available.
The Scootee kit comes as an assembled base chassis with wheels and castors and with a chassis extension that can be added as your child grows. The base chassis measures 350mm from the seat back to the chassis front. The chassis extension takes the length to 500mm.
We can supply the Scootee with the bucket seat, a new Bumbo™ Seat or Ingenuity™ Seat or we have preloved seats at reasonable prices. Alternatively all booster seats brands are readily available on Ebay or Gumtree.
The chassis comes in Black food grade plastic and the Strider™ wheels come in Black, Red, Green or Pink.
You can also personalise your Scootee with some stickers for the chassis extension. Choose from flowers or a racing number.
Of course if you want a longer chassis or a custom Scootee to suit your situation we can do that too.
Scootee is now only available with black wheels due to supply problems.