Things have been getting harder physically for a while and the biggest cause of meltdowns right now are sensory overload (when we are leaving places and going to the car) Bee doesn't realise he is leaving until he sees the car , that's when we struggle with the violent meltdowns.
Our buggy we were using was the beautiful but bulky Stokke Xplory, which
we thoroughly loved and had used for the past 6 years ever since Luke
was born! But because of Bee's size, the meltdowns and my own
hypermobility syndrome I was really struggling and we were both ending
up in tears exhausted.
I'd heard of the Maclaren major elite special needs pushchair, the
children's development center specialist health visitor had mentioned it and I
loved the fact it was an umbrella fold buggy (Bee no longer fits in
regular pushchairs that are umbrella fold!)
The only thing hovering above me was the fact it was a special needs
buggy (it's not that I can't admit that my little man has issues or
needs it for his own safety) I was worried about presenting it to the
world and being stared at - I'm happy to say that wasn't the experience
though, we test drove it to tesco and it was amazing. Bee liked it, was
comfortable, felt safe - we had less anxiety from him and no meltdowns
that trip! No one stared or even batted an eyelid and I'm so happy that
we decided to get one as it will give us more freedom to get out and
know he is safe.
My attitude is slowly changing now, things are how they are and we need
to make the best of the good things. This buggy is one of them!
It's now been a couple of months using the buggy but has given us more freedom and less stress - he still has meltdowns outside but it has helped my HMS no end. The only downside is the length and the fact it doesnt fit in my boot! We have to have it along the floor of the back seats which isn't ideal!