I have been looking around at what is actually available as nursery equipment. I havent much thought about this subject and the issues that arise from this until more recently so i decided to go on a search to see what is available to make life easier for parents with Spinal Cord Injury and other mobilty issues. Its very important that even with SCI a parent needs to feels that they too are able to contribute to the practical upbringing of their child. As with everything, if theres a will then there is a way!
The first step was to raise the cot base so it is high enough for a wheelchair to fit comfortably under the cot so the baby can within easy reach. This can be achieved by fitting leg extensions. The extensions can be designed to screw on and off so they can be removed at any time.
Split the drop side of the cot into two equal opening outward gates. The gates can be hinged to each end and braced at the corners to strengthen the side and prevent sagging.
For those with limited hand function choose gate openers that are easier to open.. Slide bolts such as those used on theatre doors are a good option as they allow both gates to be opened at the same time.
I looked around for a possible idea of a slide bolt that may be a good idea...and maybe one can be made from wood so it blends in with the style of the cot.
The picture below is of parent Jason who has C6 incomplete quadriplegia as a result of an accident in 1992, he uses a manual wheelchair and has limited strength in his hands.