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Ask Morgan: Wearing Baby After A C-Section

Ask Morgan: Wearing Baby After A C-Section

 

Tips for Babywearing After a C-Section

Perhaps your birth plan didn’t go as planned and you ended up with an emergency C-section. Or maybe it did go as planned, and your scheduled C-section was smooth and successful. Either way, your plan to babywear postpartum need not be derailed. The Solly Wrap can be used safely after a cesarean to help ease baby's transition from womb to world. 

Whether you're wanting to snuggle baby, tackle some chores, or go for a walk, here are some tips for using your Solly Wrap after a C-section to keep both you and baby comfortable as you recover from your birth experience. 

Note: This information is in regards to caregivers following a “typical” C-section. If you had a vertical C-section or other extenuating circumstances then these may not apply to you. We always recommend connecting with your medical professional prior to wearing baby in any style or brand carrier under special or extenuating circumstances.

Remember to Wrap High and Tight

Many carriers (such as soft-structured buckle carriers) cannot be used until later following a C-section because the waistband falls at or near the incision site. With the Solly Wrap, the double knot should not come anywhere near your incision site as long as it is tied on properly. If you tie baby on in your wrap and find that they touch or irritate your incision, take them out and retie your wrap. Remember that where you cross your "X" in the front will determine how high or low baby sits. I typically suggest making the "X" around the bottom of your sternum. 

 
Take It Slow

Some caregivers feel comfortable babywearing two days following a C-section. Others feel ready after a month or more. My best piece of advice is to listen to your body and go slow. Start with shorts stints of wearing. You can even try wearing baby while seated.

Everyone’s body heals and reacts differently to surgery, so it is hard to put blanket guidelines on babywearing following a C-section. However, if you are cleared to carry baby in your arms, you are typically cleared to wear baby as well. When in doubt, never hesitate to reach out to a medical professional for clarification.

Get a Fit Check

You are always welcome (and encouraged!) to schedule a free 20-minute consultation with me to walk through any questions you may have. These complimentary sessions are very casual, so don't be intimidated!

You can also send me a photo of you and baby wrapped at advice@sollybaby.com. With a simple snapshot, I’ll be able to confirm you and baby are properly and well-supported, and I can recommend simple adjustments that may be helpful. 

For more help, this page is full of tips, tutorials, and answers to frequently asked questions.

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