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#1410177 - 06/01/17 01:50 AM tips on starting tent time process with someone wheelchair bound
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hello parents,

I've read a lot about people doing tent time in a actual tent or going into a tub, and those options unfortunately won't work with me and wanted to know what would the next place to have tent time with them?

I feel that tent time is coming very soon, but also don't want them to run away from me and me not be able to get them. The only other place I could think of would be the bathroom I have. it's very small, but there's no tub. I could sit in my chair or transfer to the toilet seat with the lid down and have them play in there is my only valid option i think I have. I'd probably have to have put some towel down by the door floor (i'll have to measure and see if it's more than 1/2 inch gap.)

any other suggestions would be great. if anyone knows of some product I could throw over me that would be like a tent or any options that might work, please let me know and thanks!

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#1410179 - 06/01/17 07:58 AM Re: tips on starting tent time process with someone wheelchair bound [Re: drum]
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#1410197 - 06/02/17 07:32 AM Re: tips on starting tent time process with someone wheelchair bound [Re: drum]
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Hi Drum, I'm sorry I forgot...

Bathroom time might be the easiest for you. However, I would recommend for you at first to maybe do this in early morning. Before they are asleep for the day. Take them with their sleeping pouch, that way when they are sleepy, they will come back to the pouch.

Having said that, these guys are tree dwellers and will climb as high as they can get. Im not sure what kind of climbing things you have in your bathroom, but they could get out of your reach.

Low lighting in bathroom helps with their activity.

A Genji pop up tent however may be the way to go for these reasons:

It is self supporting. You can roll over the opening, there is plenty of room for your chair to turn around in (motorized, might be a challenge).


The ceiling height is reachable for you to retrieve gliders if necessary.

I will set my tent up and try to explain further with pics. I will be back soon.
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#1410202 - 06/02/17 10:33 AM Re: tips on starting tent time process with someone wheelchair bound [Re: drum]
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Ok, I'm back.

Here are pics of my tent with my available models using an office chair on carpet getting in and out of the tent. It's the best example I can come up with.

The opening doesn't have a hard frame to roll over, and the tent itself will 'give' while trying to enter and exit. My model is holding a yardstick up at the opening.

Please ignore the mess around tent. I have have had many grandkids come and go this week. I play instead of clean while they are here.

This is where I bought my tent:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00183N8S...amp;ref=plSrch#

And here are my pics. My models were patient with me, and of course, while I am typing, they are now happy to play in tent with their "play" sugar gliders.

https://www.dropbox.com/sc/ep65aoqo55onyna/AAB4iVEVMRgbAtiDJnO8aQBUa

I hope this demonstration has been helpful. If you have any other concerns, please ask away.....

Oh, and in pics, I rolled office chair in and out without fixing floor of tent so you could see how it moved around.

Forgot to add hubby and I both fit inside with kitchen chairs. We have watched TV inside tent too. They like us high in tent too.


Edited by Ladymagyver (06/02/17 10:51 AM)
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#1410213 - 06/02/17 03:48 PM Re: tips on starting tent time process with someone wheelchair bound [Re: drum]
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Drum, if you go the tent route, I suggest you get a cup good and put it on a long stick so that you can zip and unzip the tent.
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#1410215 - 06/02/17 06:57 PM Re: tips on starting tent time process with someone wheelchair bound [Re: Feather]
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You've gotten great suggestions already, I'd just like to add a little bit more.

First, as for the tub, that really isn't necessary for out of cage play, that's used more for intros, and it's till not a requirement.

Second, if you do the bathroom time in the morning before your gliders go to sleep, as suggested, your small bathroom would be perfect for that. Also, goes for the tent as well.

You can hang fleece from your towel bars, they should be able to climb right up that easily. My gliders love doing that.
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