Children and animals

Out and about

Attach a bell to dog or cat collars (or the back of a child’s top) so you can hear where they are.

A luminous yellow flexi lead means I can see which way my dog is trying to chase a pigeon in the park.

Dress small children in bright colours to make them easier to spot and make sure any spare clothes are the same colour.

Fun and games

Access2Books produce giant-print children’s books complete with the original illustrations. Their online shop is now closed but there’s a list of libraries where you can find copies.

Many classic board games and card games come in a large-print version, or include tactile features (like raised spots on dominoes) so you can continue to play. And if you’re looking for a new game, the website Meeple Like Us has reviews that can be sorted by how accessible they are to people with sight loss.

At home

Place a bright blanket on top of the dog’s bed so you can see if they are in it, and don’t buy a carpet the same colour as your cat.

When cutting children’s nails, a good task light can be a lifesaver. Nail files or baby scissors are much safer than clippers.

Use highlighting tape on oral syringes to make it easier to measure out medicine – especially helpful in the middle of the night.

When feeding, hold the spoon near baby’s mouth and let them lunge for it. That means you’re less likely to get their cheek instead.

Changing

Wet wipes can be flimsy so when changing a baby, it can be cleaner and less frustrating to use the bathroom sink to give their rear end a good wash instead.

The patterns on changing mats can make it harder to see what you are cleaning up, so use colourful muslin cloths to make it easier – they’ll contrast better with the baby’s skin too.

If using washable nappies, get the ones with Velcro.

If you have any helpful tips to share, please let us know by emailing us at comms@macularsociety.org