One-year-old belt cane users
One-year-old toddlers with mobility visual impairment and blindness can begin wearing belt canes. Belt canes allow them to learn to walk with confidence in their ability to explore freely.
Alilah (17 months) was walking alone prior to obtaining her first set of Safe Toddles' pediatric belt canes. She has some functional vision. She exhibits outward signs of stress when asked to cross open space without assistance.
After a month of wearing her cane, her pace quickened and she appeared motivated to explore the mall unprompted, which caused her mother to nickname her "Miss Independent" because when she called her to come, instead she turned to run in the opposite direction.
Javier (17 months) was not walking alone prior to obtaining his first pediatric belt cane. He has a twin brother who is fully sighted and able to walk, run, and has energy to spare.
Javier took his first independent steps fifteen minutes after putting on a belt cane for the first time. His family has sent several videos showing his progress two and three months later.
One-year-old on waiting list