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One thing makes recovering from a c-section extra-hard: Your baby! If you could just loll in bed all day nursing that slice on your belly, you could recover with (relative) ease. But instead, you're recovering while all the while caring for a small human who needs to be fed, held, hefted up and down, bathed, and so on.
We can't help you when you're alone in the night in your nursing chair. But we can make the lifting-the-baby-up-and-down part a whole lot easier.
Most baby bouncers sit on the floor and hold baby somewhere around your calves. Putting your baby down there is painful; picking her back up again can be tears-in-the-corners-of-your-eyes awful. The Skip Hop Uplift Multi-Level Adjustable Bouncer can make things easier. It adjusts up to 34 inches and holds babies up to 25 pounds so picking your baby up is a much less bendy-and-stretchy prospect.
By the way, when your baby's not in the bouncer, he or she will probably be in something like this:
The Graco Pack 'n Play Playard with Reversible Napper & Changer, which has won Best Play Yard in BabyCenter's Mom's Picks for two years running, is the ideal crib and changing station for c-section moms. Babies can be picked up and put down from waist-height, and it sure does help.
Later, when your baby's bigger, you'll take off the napper and changer and use the play yard as a crib or playpen, with a low floor. Later, too, your abdominal muscles will be able to take it.
Here are 7 more things that will also help.
- Phoenix Baby GoTo
- Primo EuroBath With Folding Bath Stand
- Little Partners’ 3-in-1 Growing Step Stool
- Keekaroo Peanut Changer
- Squatty Potty
- Dulcolax Gentle and Predictable Fast Relief Laxative Suppositories
1. The CharliChair: Bathing your baby in anything that requires you to kneel by a bathtub is out for now. CharliChair holds babies up to 37 pounds securely at waist height. No need to bend over; you could even bring your infant right into the shower with you, bathe yourself, and bathe her at the same time using both hands.
2. The Phoenix Baby GoTo: We've written about the GoTo before because it's an inexpensive product that does double duty: It's both a car seat stand and a portable highchair. But the "stand" aspect is what you'll want it for first, when your infant car seat doubles as a baby carrier when you're out and about in the car. Keep the GoTo in your trunk – it's easy to do! – and you'll have a secure, high up place to put your baby in restaurants, while visiting other houses, or even at home.
3. Primo EuroBath With Folding Bath Stand: If the CharliChair doesn't thrill you for baths, maybe this European-style option will. Over across the pond, instead of kneeling by a bathtub, parents set up tubs on folding stands. The option is rare in America, but here's your chance to look like a French or Spanish mom, in great comfort, too. By the way, like most of Primo's products, the Eurobath is made in the USA.
4. Little Partners’ 3-in-1 Growing Step Stool: If your c-section baby isn't your first, you may have siblings who don't understand why mommy can't lift them up any more. With 3 adjustable height positions, this stool will give a safe lift: up to the bathroom sink, even up to counter height, where it holds children and adults up to 250 pounds without tipping over.
5. Keekaroo Peanut Changer: Dedicated diapering tables are out of style. Modern parents generally prefer to get a pad that fits on top of a dresser, or do the job on the floor. But you won't want to do that on-the-floor thing, so get this easy to clean, easy to use, wipe-clean, pleasant to look at pad for your dresser-top for easier diaper duty. That little strap on top holds your child, by the way, it's not to strap it to your dresser. Don't worry, it's not going anywhere. Like the Primo EuroBath, the Peanut is made in the USA.
6. Squatty Potty: It's unfortunate, but pooping can be really difficult after a c-section. So much so that some joke say your first post-birth poo is the "second delivery." This stool fits around your toilet and keeps your legs up so it's easier. Want to know more? Our blogger Sabrina Garibian wrote about it in What is a Squatty Potty and why do you need one?
7. Dulcolax Gentle and Predictable Fast Relief Laxative Suppositories: Or, you'll have trouble going to the bathroom, part 2. There are lots of different laxatives. These worked for me. They come in tablet form, but I needed the suppository. Oh boy, did I.
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