Liam’s Helmet Progress

August 16, 2013 by
Filed under: Liam Finn 

I am pretty impressed with how well Liam’s Starband is working.  Liam has about 5 weeks left and we are all ready to be done.  He has been wearing it since April (about 3 1/2 months), which just happens to correspond with the hottest months of the year.  Liam adjusted to it well and it has honestly been pretty helpful since he just started walking about a month ago.  I know he looks precious in his helmet but I missing kissing all over his little head and being able to cuddle without the fear of being hit in the face on accident.

Starband Tip:  Since Liam has been wearing his helmet during this hot Mississippi summer, we have had an odor issue.  You can’t smell it so much when he is wearing it but as soon as you take it off, his poor head and the helmet smell like a gym shoe.  My husband and I have found that the best way to control the odor is to put his helmet out in the sun whenever possible.  It really works and for that matter would work with stinky shoes as well.  Liam gets an hour out of his helmet a night, so I usually take it off right after we get home from daycare and put his helmet in the sun before I feed him dinner.  Even the afternoon sun works but of course on weekends we put it outside when the sun is more direct.  We also clean it out every night with rubbing alcohol per the Starband instructions.

Liam’s precious name decal is from Bling Your Band and I love it.  Also Coree from Bling Your Band was so friendly and easy to deal with, which I appreciate.

Liam’s cute dinosaurs and stars and stripes are from Davet Designs.  Almost everywhere we go Liam gets compliments on his dinosaurs.

Another thing I have learned from Liam’s helmet wearing experience is that people have no shame in asking questions about his helmet.  I know part of the reason is because people don’t know how to react to seeing a baby wearing a helmet, so they just ask questions.  I found it helpful to A.  Have a stock response for Adults and Children   and B. Having the name decal right on the front of his helmet really helped because instead of asking questions, I found that some people would just smile and say “hey Liam” which Liam of course loved.

My stock response for children is  “he is wearing the helmet to make his head nice and round like yours.”  Before we had a stock response for adults, we would try to explain plagiocephaly or sometimes tell people that he spent a lot of time laying down after his open heart surgery and other hospital visits  and that his doctor used vacuum extraction when he was born.  Although all of these things are true, it is quite a long answer and many people just stare at you and like I told my husband, if you say vacuum extraction it just makes people think about my vagina and I prefer to avoid that in general.  My stock response to adults is “he has plagiocephaly which means his head is misshapen.”  People usually accept that answer and move on to telling me how cool his helmet is or how cute he looks in it.

My favorite response so far was from a little boy who was probably about 5 or 6 that we passed by at the children’s hospital.  When he saw Liam’s helmet, he got really excited and smiled so big and said “Does he ride motorcycles?”  I looked at him and smiled and said “He does.”

by Selena Faye

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4 Comments on Liam’s Helmet Progress

  1. Angie
    on Fri, Aug 16th 2013 @ 4:16 pm

    I always love reading your Liam stories. And I totally agree with not wanting people to picture a vacuum and your va-jay-jay right in front of you, lol. I need to come get a Liam hug soon. =)

    • Faye
      on Fri, Aug 16th 2013 @ 4:45 pm

      Thanks Angie. You are welcome to stop by anytime. Ben brought up vacuum extraction at the farmer’s market of all places.

  2. Joe
    on Fri, Aug 16th 2013 @ 4:53 pm

    I bet that sucked…


    *virtual fist bump to liam*

    • Faye
      on Mon, Aug 19th 2013 @ 9:29 am

      Thanks Joe!

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