View Full Version : Suggestions on insulin pump holder for toddler

06-26-2008, 03:56 PM
We are going to begin training next week for the animas pump. Can't wait to go live. He has been wearing it using saline and we are having trouble figuring out how to keep it on an active little boy. A belt with holder did not work too great. Then we tried sewing pockets on the back of t-shirts and putting the pump in there - but it sags in the back and was bothering him. I have been searching websites for solutions and haven't found anything yet. Any suggestions? :)

06-26-2008, 03:58 PM
Minimed makes a really cool little backpack. I don't know if it will fit the animas pump. Then we use pump packs with an elastic belt. They don't bother her at all and she is really active.

06-26-2008, 04:06 PM
Since you like to sew, here's how to make the casing for the pump pack


Everyone's lately been getting this pump pack, the SPIbelt. I'm 19 years old, and I am not a fan of pump packs. Yet, I'm fine using this for running and even out in public. It doesn't bounce around at all, and it fits well. For your child, you may have to call them to get the youth size though.


Here's the thread about the SPIbelt


BTW, the clip for the animas pump works great! Your new pump comes with the clip, too. The clip is very sturdy. My pump has never fallen off w/ the clip. Also, the clip is very streamlined, and not bulky at all

06-26-2008, 09:03 PM
Our 3 year old has worn a pump pack since he was 1 and I think you're little one will get used to it quickly. We exclusively use (after tryng many) the Animas pump pack that has the clear window https://estore.animascorp.com/ProductDetail.aspx?groupid=155&topcategoryid=5&subcategoryid=13

It's sturdier than others and the elastic velcro waist band makes it easy to adjust on little waists and can be cut to fit (just don't cut it too short, as it'll shrink up a tad when you wash it). It ends and stretches with them.

PM me if need more info. Good luck!

Garrett's Mom
06-26-2008, 09:45 PM
We have had great success with Kangaroo Pump Pocket undershirts for our nineteen month year old son. I have found them to be of a high quality and the pocket never sags. It really works wonderfully for us. Their website is www.mykpp.com.


Mom to Garrett, 19 mos, dx'd 2/19/08
and Weston 4 1/2

06-27-2008, 12:32 AM
www.diabetesnet.com has a backpack holder. You can order it in a huge range of fabrics and it is custom made to fit your pump AND your child. We used it a lot when Rachel was younger. :cwds:

06-27-2008, 02:04 AM
These companies make toddler pump back harnesses to keep the pump out of the way.

http://www.angelbearpumpstuff.com/si...5E3C&killnav=1 (http://www.angelbearpumpstuff.com/site/department.cfm?id=46E2C5C4-A4D1-4F04-BFBBC278038D5E3C&killnav=1)

http://www.diabetesnet.com/pump_accessories.php#fabrics (http://www.diabetesnet.com/pump_accessories.php#fabrics) see the first product- the back buddy

http://integrateddiabetes.com/store/...83cf4b2d5dd2a8 (http://integrateddiabetes.com/store/product_info.php?cPath=24&products_id=67&osCsid=362e5b482ad4f640d283cf4b2d5dd2a8)

http://www.mykpp.com/products.html (http://www.mykpp.com/products.html) has a toddler undershirt

http://www.pumpwearinc.com/sunshop/i...y&id=3&subid=3 (http://www.pumpwearinc.com/sunshop/index.php?action=category&id=3&subid=3) also has shirts

06-28-2008, 03:25 PM
Thank you everyone for all your suggestions. Wow. I am so amazed that there are so many people willing to help out here. :) I will let you know what works best for us.

06-28-2008, 06:08 PM
Our active 3.5 yr old has been pumping for 1.5 yrs with Animas. The tiny (black) packs from Animas are really not exciting, but we got decent pump packs with a belt from I think pumpwearinc.com . They are great, but you have to know that the ones with the painted design are going to rub off. They were cool about replacing one after 2 weeks, but the new one was rubbing off just as well. Consider a woven design like the one with stars.

06-28-2008, 06:12 PM
My son wears his pump in a pump pouch with a belt (you can make it tighter or looser). He's very active and doesn't bother him at all. Even sleeps with it. We got it from pumpwearinc.

06-29-2008, 10:59 AM
we use either shirts with the pocket in the front...it bothered her in the back to, she sayd she couldnt sleep that way....or shorts that have pockets in them ....she dosent like the pump packs says they make her tummy hurt ...we have one that is the elastic kind so it fits snug but that might work better for you than the ones that fit loose....and if you want one of those i got hers off ebay for 11bucks custom fit to her size there are tons on there that are so much cheaper than the other sites and seem to be made just as well