The 5 Best Pediatric Standers - [Updated for 2021]
When choosing any assistive device for your child, you’re not looking for a one-size-fits-all solution. Your child is unique, with unique needs; plus, your child is growing and changing! There are several design options available, and each of the pediatric standers on our list has valuable features and benefits.
If your child does not require therapeutic or corrective positioning, this maintenance device allows for appropriate weight-bearing and full upper body and arm use. The height, knee pads, and heel block are all adjustable, and they can be ordered in three sizes with weight capacities ranging between 200 and 250 pounds.
This stander frame comes with one single and one double comfortable cotton body support straps. Tools are not required to adjust the stander for the perfect fit. It has dual side posts for front and rear access and it can be ordered with casters on the base.
For kids who don’t need corrective positioning, the mid-line support of this stander does a great job facilitating proper weight-bearing and use of the upper body and arms. If you need a pediatric stander that is versatile and comfortable for a user that has some mobility and upper body strength and control, this is a great choice.
Features and Benefits
Facilitates bearing weight and taking part in activities involving the upper extremities
Easy to adjust for perfect fit
Available in three sizes with options to accommodate users up to 250 pounds
Comfortable with padded soft cotton supports
Very easy to adjust as child grows
The tray is great for activities
Lots of optional equipment to choose from
Perfect amount of support while allowing for upper body movement
Even with casters, it requires a caregiver to move it
Would appreciate some of the optional items being standard
EasyStand’s original Evolv Sit To Stand Standing Frame Packages made our list at number 4. The 2 sizes and 4 default packages make ordering easier, and optional additions make them customizable. Each package has a 3-point system that includes knee pads, seat, and chest pad.
Whether you need the Minimum, Moderate, Maximum, or Mobile Maximum configuration, these standing frames facilitate supportive self-transitions from sitting to standing. They are easily adjustable to create the perfect fit and create an environment conducive to improved circulation, muscle tone, and bone density.
The Evolv frame packages have been featured in many articles, including How to Choose the Best Pediatric Stander. For a super easy ordering experience and enough sizes and packages to meet most any need, whatever model is best suited for your child will facilitate longer periods of standing to maximize the benefits of being upright.
Features and Benefits
Builds confidence and allows for more peer engagement
Health benefits of improved circulation, bone density, and muscle tone
Easy self-transfers between sitting and standing
Multiple sizes and packages to meet specific needs for sizing and level of support
Encourages prolonged standing
Increased confidence and social interaction
Enough support for self-transfers
Wide range of support and sizing to fit most
Comfortable and safe support
Simple ordering process
Would like higher weight capacity for larger adolescents
This assistive device simulates a natural gait, promoting independence and exploration for children with mobility limitations. It is considered one of the best gait trainers on the market, overcoming movement limitations of most other gait trainers. Its large mid-wheel design allows lateral weight shift, upper body rotation over the pelvis, and upper extremity freedom of movement.
This system comes standard with single adjustment pelvic pads that support hip positioning, adjustable hip and chest supports, auto-centering pelvic guides, vertical weight relief, lateral weight shift, angle adjustment mast, wheel locks, quick release wheels, anti-tippers, adjustable axle padded seat, and light up rear casters. The frame comes in two pieces so it is easy to break down for transport.
If you are seeking a pediatric stander for kids ages 5-12 that is also a gait trainer and will encourage independent movement, choosing the KidWalk II will open up opportunities for mental and physical development through self-initiated hands-free exploration.
Features and Benefits
Mid-wheel design provides better control and a small turning radius
Can be adjusted as your child grows and develops
Exacting hip positioning
Adjustable hip and chest supports
Easy to transport
Double duty as a pediatric stander and a gait trainer
Provides an opportunity for independent movement
Very comfortable for the user
Adjustability to create an individualized fit
Can easily take on car trips to increase opportunities to get out and explore
Would like a model for younger children to help them with gait training as early as possible
Would like a model for older adolescents who could benefit from its features
The products in this system are easy to order, configured with predetermined support systems and default sizes. The Zing packages, which include Vertical, Tilt Table, Prone, and Multi-Positioning Support at minimum, moderate, and maximum levels, are all designed to be very simple to operate.
Their sizing and adjustability, along with multiple functions and support options, adapt as your child grows and develops, and the adjustments don’t require any tools. They are popular with schools and therapy centers since they are so easily adapted to a user’s needs.
If you want a whole package that will meet all of your child’s needs with predetermined configurations and sizing, the multi-featured Zing Pediatric Multi-Positioning Packages delivers. There is a package to address any level of positioning support your child needs, allowing for more active engagement with the environment.
Features and Benefits
No tool required to adjust
As your child develops, the stander can be adapted to changing needs
Adjustable leg abduction in any position
Smooth transitions between positionings
Great for multiple users in a therapeutic setting
Package was a perfect fit for what we needed
Unbeaten range of positioning
Suitable for any child in need of a stander
Looks great, builds confidence and engagement
Not every package is available for every sized child
Topping our list of best pediatric standers is the Rabbit-Up Pediatric Stander by R82. It can accommodate children in a prone or standing position, and is set up to allow them to move independently, explore the world, and enjoy more peer interaction.
Available in 4 sizes, the Rabbit-Up accommodates children from 1 to 18 years old. It has an easy-to-use angle adjustment center bar to get the best standing position. The user operates the wheel locking system to ensure secure transfers. The driving wheels can be ordered in a variety of sizes and they are easily mounted with a quick-release mechanism. Accessories are easily mounted to slots in the center bar. The standing position helps your child enjoy a new level of mobility, fostering independence and connections with peers.
The stander requires the engagement of muscles, bones, and joints that can build muscle mass and increase range of motion in addition to developing motor skills. If you are seeking a pediatric stander that provides the ultimate in independence and mobility for your child, the Rabbit-Up is a good choice. It promotes musculoskeletal, motor skills, and social skills development, while opening up the world for new adventures.
Features and Benefits
Unmatched mobility opportunities
Develops motor skills, muscles, and range of motion in joints
Simple controlled angle adjustment
User can operate the wheel locks
Driving wheels have quick release for easy mounting
Very adaptable to the child
Makes a huge difference in level of independence
Encourages making own choices
Keeps kids close to the same height level as their peers
This product has received nothing but high marks and good reviews!
Each of the pediatric standers on our list provides support to get children standing so they can have access to all the benefits that come from being upright. There are many levels of mobility, and regardless of your child’s mobility challenges, this list contains at least one appropriate assistive device that will be a good fit. The Rabbit-Up claimed the top spot on our list for its adaptability, age range of users, ease of use, and most of all the independence it provides for kids who are able to take advantage of the independent movement this device provides.
Features to consider when choosing a pediatric stander
A self-propelled model provides a child who can stand the opportunity to move independently. Generally, mobile standers have large wheels that are engaged like they would be on a wheelchair.
If your child cannot stand at all, a passive stander is the best choice. The child can move with assistance from a caregiver, but this design is for children who can’t move on their own.
Upright or semi-reclined?
A child who has good head and neck control can use an upright pediatric stander to attain a fully upright position.
For a child who doesn’t have good head and trunk control, a supine stander provides for semi-reclined positioning.
There are pediatric standers that allow you to move between upright and supine positions.
How much physical support is needed?
There are functional supports available with pediatric standers to assist children with low muscle town or limited limb control. These available supports include foot loops, footrests, chest straps, body harnesses, chin rests, headrests, and hip guides. These padded aids are usually height adjustable and help keep your child upright with comfortable support tailored for individual needs.
Where will the pediatric stander be used?
For home use, the only considerations are positioning and mobility. However, other factors come into play if a pediatric stander will be used at school. At home, a caregiver will be the main person who is with the child using the stander.
At school, a pediatric stander can be used as a tool for learning and socialization. When put into service as a learning and socialization tool, additional factors come into play. One feature that is very useful at school that wouldn’t make as much of an impact at home is a “shadow tray,” which can be used as a desk or for holding books or other school supplies, or as a meal tray.
For an independently mobile child, the ability to move from one place to another with the assistance of a stander will positively impact cognitive, developmental, and social skills. If a child is independently mobile, consider a stander offering additional features. Moving independently in the school or daycare setting will multiply a child’s social, developmental, and cognitive gains.
What’s the appropriate size?
Since toddlers to teenagers who have finished growing can benefit from pediatric standers, there is a wide range of size options among the various product designs.
Height adjustability and weight capacity will significantly influence your decision. The smallest pediatric standers often come in bright, fun colors and are created to be more appealing for younger kids.
It’s common for pediatric standers to be adjustable enough to accommodate elementary and middle school-aged kids. For teenagers who have outgrown traditional pediatric standers, there are models that can comfortably support adolescents who have reached their full adult height.
What are the benefits of a pediatric stander?
Pediatric standers assist children with limited mobility by supporting kids who are unable to maintain an upright position on their own. Also known as standing frames, pediatric standers allow children to spend a significant amount of time in an upright position. There are many benefits to standing for children who have limited mobility. These include improved muscle strength, endurance, bone density, digestion and elimination, urinary function, hand use, sleep, and self-esteem that comes from social interaction when a child can stand alongside peers. Time spent in a pediatric stander can also prevent bone fractures, reduce leg spasticity, minimize hip problems, and prevent pressure sores from developing.
Who needs a pediatric stander?
Any child who cannot stand independently can benefit from a pediatric stander. These can include children with spinal or head injuries or conditions such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, and multiple sclerosis. The need for standing is well-established, and getting kids upright has multiple therapeutic and social advantages.
What are funding sources for pediatric standers?
Pediatric standers come in several designs, and they can carry some hefty price tags. A pediatric stander is considered to be Durable Medical Equipment, and is categorized as Complex Rehab Technology. Medicaid will pay for medical equipment when it is determined to be medically necessary, cost-effective, and meets its strict definition of durable medical equipment. To be covered by Medicaid or other insurance, a prescription and demonstration of medical necessity will need to be a part of the application for coverage.
Standing is an important part of good health. In fact, home-based standing programs should include 30 minutes of standing 5 times a week for a positive impact. Although the designs and features vary, each of the pediatric standers on our list is a top-quality assistive device that will help your child at home, school, or in a therapeutic environment to be more independent and engaged while optimizing physical wellbeing and event social skills.
Co-Founder of Rehabmart and an Occupational Therapist since 1993. Mike has spent his professional career working in multiple areas of Occupational Therapy, including pediatrics, geriatrics, hand therapy, ergonomics and inpatient / outpatient rehabilitation. Mike enjoys writing articles that help people solve complex therapeutic problems and make better product choices.
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