Go Baby Go Milwaukee

Go Baby Go Milwaukee LogoGo Baby Go Milwaukee is a partnership between Children's Wisconsin and Marquette University's Biomedical Engineering department. The program is dedicated to helping kids with special needs gain more independent mobility through the use of custom motorized cars.

Did you know that insurance often doesn't cover motorized wheelchairs for very young children? They're typically only available for older children. We know that self-initiated mobility is important for a child's overall development and that very young children are in a critical period for developing brain plasticity and learning. That's why the Physical and Occupational Therapy Team at Children's has partnered with the Biomedical Engineering department at Marquette University to create the Go Baby Go Milwaukee program.

Together, the goal to provide a safe option for children with special needs to gain independence can be realized. We want to see the children of Milwaukee with special needs improve their ability to interact with their peers and the world around them. Through the use of miniature motorized cars they can foster confidence, facilitate holistic development and reduce their dependence on caregivers.

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Go Baby Go Milwaukee is a partnership between Children's Wisconsin and Marquette University's Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Engineering Center. We are just one branch of many spread throughout the world. Go Baby Go was started by Dr. Cole Galloway at the University of Delaware around 2010. Dr. Galloway and his teammates are passionate about growing the program and safely getting as many children as possible into self-initiated, motorized cars.

FAQ's

Have questions? Please review our frequently asked questions below. If your question is not listed here please email us.

What is the typical age-range of the children to whom you provide a car?

9 months to 5-6 years. This is also weight-dependent, though, as we need to ensure the car will safely hold the child and any necessary equipment.

How much does a family need to pay to receive a car for their child?

Nothing! We are extremely grateful to our generous benefactors who make it possible for children to receive a car at no cost to the family.

Do you accept donations?

Yes, we do. Thank you for asking! Learn how to donate.

Are donations/gifts tax deductible?

Yes. The donor will receive an acknowledgement of their gift when submitting online.

What if I need a bigger car?

If your child has outgrown their current car and is still within the age and weight limitations, we will likely be able to make a new car to meet your needs. Please fill out a new application or email us.

How can I contact Go Baby Go Milwaukee?

Our team would love to talk with you. Please feel free to email us.

I don't live near Milwaukee. How can I get a car?

Depending on where you live, there may be a Go Baby Go Chapter much closer to you. If not, you will need to make two trips to Milwaukee for your child’s fitting and for the pick-up of the car. Please email us, and we can try to help you navigate the situation and we will do our best to be flexible to your needs.

How do we return our Go Baby Go Milwaukee car so another child can benefit from it?

We are not able to recycle cars for new children at this time. Please reach out to your local pediatric therapy clinic, school districts, county Birth to Three providers, or support groups to donate the car. 

Will my child's car include a manual?

Yes. We currently have one manual complete. Access the Jeep manual.

If you have questions about the Go Baby Go, please email gobabygo@chw.org