Babywearing in Hospital: Update

I posted a few weeks ago about our short trip to hospital this month and thought you could all use an update. Firstly, the procedure went well and our results were what we were hoping for. Baby girl is on a specific diet and all her symptoms are clearing up. Turns out, babywearing wasn’t the cure for her insanely high needs, but it did help! (OK, so she’s still very intense, but she’s much better now :))

We had some positive and negative experiences at the hospital while babywearing and this information is probably useful, so here’s our experience: I decided to take a short wrap and a pair of slingrings with me for our day trip. I’m very proficient with short wraps, but I do like to breastfeed hands free in a ring sling, so I thought this would cover me well for back, front, hip and breastfeeding carries.

Actually, instead of my streamlined approach, I wish I’d gone a little overboard and brought another carrier. Since A. needed to go under a general anaesthetic for her procedure, she was fasting for an extended period. A fasting baby smooshed up against lactating breasts isn’t conducive to calm behaviour! My intention here was to ruck (under bum or tie in front), but unfortunately, this isn’t the best back carry for a vigorously protesting child (read: tantrum). Short wraps do have some pretty wiggle-proof options like the strap carry and the short cross carry, however the former isn’t great for snuggling and sleeping, while the latter isn’t so quick to tie on a resistant child. What I really wanted was a wrap long enough to SHBC (or a mei tai!). In the end, I had to make do with front and hip carries to avoid a babywearing accident in a back carry and that wasn’t conducive to settling her quickly.

I also found that my no-sew ring sling idea wasn’t the best option under the circumstances. I spent a great deal of time popping my wearee in and out and these kinds of ring slings have a tendency to twist easily. They’re fine once you’ve got them settled, but take longer than a standard ring sling.

Once I got it settled, I found a ring sling (albeit a no-sew variety) was great for settling a child coming out of her anaesthetic. Wrapped up by the nursing staff like a baby burrito, she was popped into a cradle carry and the requisite monitor was easily accomodated. She slept off the drugs, woke up and demanded milk. After that, she woke up some more and demanded food. From that point, it was obvious she was back to her old self in record time. 🙂

Although babywearing was ultimately a very positive part of our hospital experience (and well regarded by the staff), I would do things differently next time. I’d accept from the outset that some carriers do different things better than others and that, even though we were only in hospital for a very short time, it wouldn’t have killed me to have another carrier on the day. Or two. Three at the outside 😉

Have you worn your child in hospital? What was your experience? Leave a comment and let us know!

About Steph

Steph is a Mum of three with a passion for babywearing and some excellent skills with knots.
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3 Responses to Babywearing in Hospital: Update

  1. Esther says:

    Great article, Steph! I’m so glad to hear your baby girl is doing better now. And that BWing came in handy while in hospital.

    I have worn while in hospital with my son. I agree that more carriers is better than less. When my son was a tiny newborn, I only owned one pouch. It was handy but he was also a major chucker at that stage. When the pouch got chucked up on, I had nothing else 🙁

    This same son had a day stay op last Jan., he was 2yo by then. I brought 2 carriers with me, even though it felt like a bit of overkill at the time.
    I had a SSC (Kanga-X) to walk the long way from the hospital car park to the ward. And a Mei Tai (tall BBO) for front snuggles after the op. Both worked so well! I was so glad I had made the effort to bring both.

    So yeah, if you can, bring more carriers rather than less.


  2. Evie says:

    Oh I’m so glad you have some answers for your little one and hope things look up from now on- good on you for keeping on searching. Yes you already know we found babywearing a lifesaver when J had to go to hospital for a (very minor) operation. He had to fast (no booby either) for something like 14 hours and we just walked him round and round. We used an SSC and he went in a front carry with my partner (so no lovely smelling boobies in the face) I was new to wrapping then but that would have been good too. It calmed him down so much to know that we were still there for him and that we weren’t deliberately starving him. He was so calm they put the other, older babies ahead of him.

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