I previously worked with Carriwell, a company who sell brilliant maternity and nursing wear (their nursing bra is genuinely the most comfortable I’ve ever worn). They also sent me the Carriwell belly binder to be worn postnatally. The Carriwell organic cotton belly binder is ideal if you’re self-conscious about your weight and perfect for wearing under fitted clothing.

The Carriwell Belly Binder

The Carriwell belly binder is designed for post-pregnancy to help your tummy shrink back down, and to offer some support after birth. It’s also a very effective item to hold you in and provide confidence following labour, much like shapewear but specifically for after baby.

Carriwell Belly Binder

According to JoJo Maman Bébé where the item is stocked (also available at Amazon, and comes in black too. RRP £32.50), it claims to:

  • Encourage your stomach to return to its original shape;
  • Improve posture;
  • Support your lower back;
  • Tighten tummy;
  • Make your figure appear slimmer.

Elfin is now almost six months old – gah, how did that happen? – and I’m very lucky that with both my pregnancies I snapped back quite quickly. So for me, the product was more about posture and back support than helping my tummy contract and my abdominal muscles to knit back together.

Carriwell Belly Binder

Carriwell Organic Cotton Belly Binder Review

The Carriwell belly binder is essentially a long strip of wrap-around material, like a bandage, which is fastened with velcro. Made from organic cotton, it’s lovely and soft; it’s also quite thick making it very firm. However, containing 50% elastodiene, the fabric does also have some give in it as you’d expect. Being fully adjustable (the velcro panel is huuuuge), you can choose how tight to wear it and alter it to suit your needs throughout the day – or night!

Although if your baby is anything like Elfin, seeing 2am is more likely to be because you’re half asleep feeding than half cut drinking…

Carriwell Organic Cotton Belly Binder review

I don’t know if perhaps I’m an odd shape (infinitely possible), but the rigidity of the product meant it skimmed my waist rather than hugging it. Of course, as I’ve mentioned, I’m lucky to already have my figure back (more or less!) and so this may not be true for the target market.

Whilst wearing the belly binder it’s most comfortable when standing because the width of the band rides up under your bust when sitting, or creases against your legs if you wear it lower on the torso. That said, if you’re looking for an item with very firm support then I’ve no doubt this would do the job.

Bottom line: unlike the GelWire bra I’m also reviewing (stay tuned), this is not a comfort item: it’s functional and I’m sure it will serve its purpose well.

Certainly when I have it on it makes me more mindful of my posture, which in turn helps my lower back. (And trust me when I say that’s welcome relief – I’ve suffered horribly with sciatica since Pixie was born three years ago!) Plus it would undoubtedly give a fantastically streamlined look under a Christmas frock. Win!

I was gifted the product reviewed in this feature and was compensated for my time.

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An award-nominated blogger and author, Kate is an experienced breastfeeding advocate, and expert baby sleep chaser. Her writing has appeared on Mothercare, Huff Post, and BritMums.

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