Whether you're binding yourself or having a professional belly binder come to your home after you have your baby, it's important to have enough material to be properly bound.
The most common mistake I see being made, especially when women DIY traditional belly binding, is not using enough material when they bind. Whether they made it themselves or bought it online, so often they end up with something that looks like this:
Uncomfortable and ineffective, even potentially harmful. And there's one main thing you can do to improve your experience belly binding - have enough fabric. A professional belly binder should provide the material for you. But what if you're planning to bind yourself? How can you know what kind and how much fabric you need? Keep reading!
There are two dimensions to be aware of with a traditional binding cloth: length and width. These must be in balance in order to have the optimal binding experience and results. So here are some tips from a professional, of things that are essential to be aware of when DIY belly binding.
This is what belly binding SHOULD look like! See the tight, close knots that go straight up the middle? It starts below the curve of the hips and ends right under the breasts. There shouldn't be excessive bulging or large gaps in the bind. I used an extension on this beautiful, plus-sized mama, to make sure she was bound just right.
There are a lot of great belly bind sellers on etsy.com. Just search "belly binding" to find an entire shopping center of gorgeous, colorful, well-made belly bind fabrics. Some are pre-hemmed, some are raw-edged (hint: neither is better for single-use, but if you plan to use it after more than one baby, or if you want the easiest washing experience, go for hemmed!). Some are plain, off-white muslin and others are gorgeous, hand-dyed batik patterns (another hint: if you use traditional warming paste, it STAINS. So choose your bind carefully and have a plan for preventing stains on your pretty bind!).
A great price range is $50 - $80 for hemmed, dyed, 12 yard x 10-12 inch traditional binding fabric, and it's an amazing investment. And you know another great investment when you're DIY? Learning from a professional.
Check out my online "Self-binding for Postpartum Women" course today in order to learn how to do belly binding after you have your sweet babe!