Can You Carry Your Baby In a Sling (Babywear) After Having a C-Section?
The simple answer is yes! It just depends on a few things though.
Whether or not you can use a sling after a c-section depends on:
- it depends on you,
- how you are feeling,
- if there were any complications, and how your wound feels.
You may not feel up to it for a while (days, weeks - there’s no ‘right’ answer), and that’s absolutely fine, of course; you’re in recovery after all.
When you feel ready, that’s when to start. Be gentle on yourself and always listen to your body.
Carrying with a sling may be easier for you too overall, especially if you are bedbound for a while, or if you have other children to care for.
Even after a c-section, you will still have to twist, move and lift baby. But having baby in a sling can help by keeping baby close to you. This way baby can be held without much effort from you. You can feed baby easier with the support of the sling, you have your hands free, and it's where baby will be happiest.
What's The Best Sling to Use After a C-Section?
What sling or carrier can you use after a c-section? Technically, you can use whichever sling or carrier you find comfiest. We always recommend taking a look at stretchy wraps, woven wraps and ring slings - these are really the best options for a postpartum body.
Here is a guide to the best baby carriers and slings to use after a c-section.
A stretchy wrap is the perfect baby sling for your newborn and offers a gentle transition from womb to world. Supportive and lightweight, they allow you to carry your baby safely and comfortably.
They facilitate skin-to-skin, are completely soft, and thus very respectful of your newborn’s physiology. Stretchy wraps are a long piece of soft fabric which is wrapped around you before welcoming baby in. The advantage is that you can tie it in the morning and keep it on all day if needed - you can also have it tied before you go out. Perfect for those precious first weeks and months.
Stretchy wraps work really well after having a c-section as baby can be carried as high as you need (away from the soft tissue) and can actually be carried slightly off-centre, to take pressure off your lower body.
A ring sling is the ideal baby sling for your newborn. A ring sling is one long piece of fabric with two rings sewn into one end worn over one shoulder, with your newborn seated on your front or off centre.
For your newborn the single-layer carry is light, with little fuss, supporting them tucked up high and close.
Ring Slings work really well after having a c-section. For you, the ring sling is lightweight, and without bulk. You can wear it on either shoulder and carry baby very high on your torso, so there’s as little pressure as possible on your lower body. Your newborn can be seated off-centre too, making it a great, comfortable option for you.
Woven wraps are the most versatile carrying option - depending on the length of the wrap, they can be used for many different carrying positions.
Woven wraps also work really well after having a c-section. Woven wraps are soft, supportive and can be tied to suit you and your newborn. You can use a single-layer carry which is light and supportive. There’s no padding, and as they are woven, they are highly breathable. Your newborn can be carried quite high on your torso too.
Attachment & Bonding
Welcoming a new baby to the world is a joyous time, but it isn't without its challenges. Carrying your baby in a baby carrier or sling facilitates deep bonding; building a strong, mutual attachment whilst being hands free (think hot cuppa, going to the loo, relaxing together).
Your baby is new to the world, and your baby needs to be carried. Here's why:
- carrying your baby helps develop a secure mutual attachment;
- it allows both parents, or indeed any caregiver, to develop a deep bond with baby;
- it increases parental sensitivity to a baby's needs - you learn to interpret their noises and expressions so much quicker;
- it simulates the sensations of pressure, motion, warmth and security of the womb;
- carrying your baby in a sling reduces their level of stress, and
- it can greatly reduce crying and fussiness, and also helps your tired baby fall asleep.
In a sense then, a baby carrier or sling for your baby is absolutely invaluable.
Adjusting as a family, adapting to the changes, particularly post-section, can be challenging.
A baby carrier can make this transition simpler - babies are calmed when they're next to you, they hear your heartbeat, they smell you and feel you. And it's the same for you - you feel them, hear them, smell them. It all makes sense. Your body will understand by producing oxytocin which has positive effects on baby and you (on all 3 aspects - your mental health, and your emotional and physical well-being). it’s a wonderfully human action.
After having a c-section, you can still carry your baby every day - in arms, on your chest, on your shoulder. It’s where your baby is most comfortable. It’s where you love to hold them, where you know they are happiest and safest.
Using a sling to carry your baby is an extension of carrying your baby in arms.
A sling allows you to carry your baby, to continue the loving touch your infant needs, whilst having your hands free, including if you've had a c-section.
Support for You
If you need any support carrying after a section please get in touch! We can support you in-person or online.