So I decided I need to put some tips together for anyone who might be starting the journey or is on the journey. Some of these I have found out as I go, others I found out before our monkey man was born.
Clothing- For the cast stage- depending on what kind of casts you get pants may or may not work. Our casts were not as bulky as some and with needing to size up for cloth diapers we got away with pants but pants don't keep the casts clean during diaper changes. That is where baby legs and other baby warmers/leggings (footless)come in so handy! I didn't think I would need socks at all for the first while while he was in casts but I did need a few pairs just to keep the toes warm and for after we unwrapped the casts on the way to the hospital. I definately didn't need many though. We were able to fit sleepers without feet over the casts but as he grew and the casts got bigger they didn't fit well. Mostly we used a onesie, baby legs and a sleep sack.
For shoes/ bar don't get anything with feet unless you want to cut the feet off of them (which I have done to many sleepers), snaps all the way down both legs are great (why they make them part way and then have cuffs I don't know but I had to cut through them too). As monkey man got more accepting of the shoes/bar we used stretchy pants but before that it was baby legs and shirts or outfits that go over the head. Nothing was worse than having a leak and having to take the shoes/bar off and fight with him to get them back on in those early days! The waists if you do put on regular pants have to be really stretchy otherwise they won't come down far enough to get a diaper change done with the legs spread apart by the bar. Oh for socks we were recommended to get ones that do not have the little grips on the bottom, and no fuzzy socks- inside or outside as they can cause more blisters. Also we had to turn the socks inside out so the seams wouldn't cause blisters or sores.
Equipment tips- highchairs need to not have the bar across instead need to be open to allow the baby to go in without taking the shoes off (at least with our kind of shoes and bar). While excersaucers, jumperoos and other such activity toys are great just remember they won't get much use. Monkey man was allowed a little time each day only. For baby carriers I wanted to get one with a correct position for his legs (not allow them to dangle)- well I have used three- a stretchy wrap for the cast stage but it would cut of circulation I found and his feet would turn purple and swell so only could use it for short periods, a mei tai for the shoes/bar stage, and then an ergo once he was able to have more time out.
Leggings over casts
His vibrating chair