What To Wear Postpartum: Cute (Comfy) Clothes For After Baby

After giving birth to your personal little miracle, it goes without saying that you need (and deserve) comfortable clothing. The requirements don’t stop there, though. As a new mom, it’s TOTALLY fair to expect that clothing to also be cute and functional.

Finding the right postpartum clothes can be very tricky since stores often sell a wide variety of maternity clothes, but lack options in the postpartum department. Our bodies will not bounce back right away after giving birth (or anytime soon after), and you’ll need to be on the hunt for loose-fitting clothing. If you plan to nurse, you’ll wanna pick something up that makes that easy too.

When planning your trip to the hospital, it will help pack all of the essentials. I have an entire hospital bag checklist for mom WITHOUT the fluff and another hospital bag checklist for dad too.

You’ll definitely want to pick up postpartum clothing ahead of time because as I’m sure you can imagine, once you go into labor clothing will be the last thing on your mind.

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Top Staple Pieces Of Clothing For Postpartum

Here is a quick list of articles of clothing that will be comfortable, functional, and easy to clean. Since the few weeks and months of motherhood are full of taking care of your newborn’s needs first, you’ll want to have laid out an easy and versatile wardrobe for yourself ahead of time.

The Top Five Overall Cute Postpartum Clothes For New Moms:

  1. Postpartum Nursing Friendly Long Sleeve Tunic
  2. Basic Nursing Friendly T-Shirts
  3. Postpartum Nightgown/Dress Nursing Friendly
  4. Maternity/Postpartum Leggings
  5. Out and About Nursing Friendly Postpartum Maxi Dress

Each of these postpartum clothing suggestions will cover every (or almost every) aspect of life for your clothing needs after having your precious baby. Keep reading to learn more about where to buy postpartum clothing and what will be useful to add to your closet as you recover from giving birth!

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What To Wear Postpartum

Throughout pregnancy, women grow as their baby inside of them grows too. The clothing marketplace has a fantastic array of maternity clothes that will work perfectly for every season, size, and event. 

Unfortunately, the postpartum clothing marketplace is a little bit more sparse with their selections. Many women find that to stay comfortable, they have to continue wearing maternity clothes (which honestly is TOTALLY ok). 

We have done some digging on the Internet and have found wonderful postpartum options for women who wear different and unique sizes and styles.

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Loose Sleeveless Casual Dress

This comfy, loose-fitting dress will be the perfect thing to wear home from the hospital or around the house after you have just gotten home with your new baby. It is cute, comfy, and it will allow for your changing body to have room to breathe as you go through this new transition.

Offering a sleeveless look, this dress will be perfect for warm weather, but it also leaves you the option of adding layers if you are in a cooler climate. 

Offering free returns and exchanges, you cannot go wrong by giving this cute and comfy dress a try. If you order this dress and it does not fit for some reason, don’t hesitate returning it for another size! It doesn’t take that much time and you deserve to have something that you feel good wearing.

Pros Cons
  • Perfect for layering
  • 95% Rayon
  • Runs true to size
  • Guaranteed quality
  • Comfortable fit
  • Thin material
  • It takes a long time to arrive after purchase 

Reviews show that this dress fits better on women below 5′ 7″ due to the overall length of the dress. Keep this in mind before purchasing this cute postpartum dress so that you can find the perfect fit!

What To Wear In The Hospital After Having the Baby

The first few days in the hospital while you are preparing to go into labor and after you have delivered your baby, will be mostly spent in a hospital bed or inside of a hospital room. Because of this, the only thing that really matters when it comes to attire is comfort! I mean – I don’t think any of us looks our best when we’re giving birth, so keep that in mind. Here are several great finds for ultimate comfort during your hospital stay.

Comfy Nursing Friendly Hospital Gown

If you are looking for something comfy to wear after giving birth in the hospital, but you do not want to keep your actual hospital gown on any longer, then this is the perfect option for you! This nursing friendly gown is cuter than a hospital gown (and MUCH comfier!) 

Pros Cons
  • Comfortable fit
  • 60% Cotton
  • Machine washable
  • Runs large
  • Returns are not free

 

This dress is incredibly comfortable, without really looking like a hospital gown. You will be able to choose from several different colors, which will allow you to buy a couple of them (since most of us end up dirtying our hospital attire at least once).

Loose Fitting Comfortable Postpartum Sweatpants

Some mothers do not like to wear gowns or dresses of any kind. That is why we have picked out the perfect pair of postpartum sweatpants so that everyone will find something to wear after giving birth. 

These sweatpants are loose-fitting and have a longer inseam than normal sweatpants, which will allow extra room for your body to breathe while you are beginning the healing process. These sweatpants also have the option of riding up over your belly, or you can roll them down under your waist if desired. 

 

Pros Cons
  • Comfortable fit
  • Great length 
  • Guaranteed quality
  • 60% Spandex
  • May shrink in the wash
  • Must wash by hand

 

These are not your ordinary sweatpants! After giving birth, you will be happy to slip them on for maximum comfort while trying to rest and care for your newborn. 

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High-waisted Postpartum Underwear

Most mothers do not consider something that they are in immediate need of these is comfortable underwear that will not irritate your painful lady bits. These underwear were specifically designed for the healing mama who just went through labor. 

Loose-fitting, high waisted, and soft material are three things that these postpartum underwear have to offer new mothers who are uncomfortable and in pain from giving birth. On top of all of these amazing qualities that these underwear have to offer, they also have cute lace detailing around the edges.

 

Pros Cons
  • It fits like a glove
  • Quick delivery
  • Affordable
  • Runs small
  • May shrink in the wash

 

During the present era, iconic minimalism is in full effect. These underwear are functional, pretty, affordable, and considered a must-have when packing your hospital bag!

What To Wear At Home After Bringing Home Baby

After bringing your newborn home from the hospital, you will most likely be exhausted and mainly focused on the needs of your new little one. This is why it is SO important for you to plan ahead…even if you aren’t really a planner.

Button Down Nursing Friendly Boyfriend Fit Nightgown

This nursing friendly gown will be insanely comfortable as you transition into your new lifestyle with a newborn at home. It has buttons that go all the way down the front, which will make it easy to nurse if you’re a breastfeeding mama. 

This gown will be perfect for warmer weather, as it rests a little bit above the knee. It also comes in a ton of different colors (hint: grab more than one!) I have a friend that has 3 or 4 shirts in 3 or 4 colors. Once she finds a style/cut she likes, she gets it in EVERY color if possible. 

Pros Cons
  • Fits large-chested women well
  • Forgiving around the waist
  • Affordable
  • 95% polyester

 

For women with a larger bust, this dress will offer support without appearing too covered. Maintaining the comfortable feel and relaxed vibe that this nightgown gives off will be well paired with fuzzy socks or cozy slippers (for new moms I think MOST things pair with cozy slippers!)

Bathrobe (Nursing Friendly)

On cool evenings when you constantly have to get up out of bed to go feed your baby, it will come in super handy to have a large, comfy, fuzzy bathrobe to throw on so that you will remain warm while moving around your house. 

This bathrobe was designed to be exceptionally nursing friendly because it can remain tied up while still allowing one side to open up for nursing purposes. 

Pros Cons
  • It fits all body types
  • Good quality
  • Colors are as represented.
  • Runs large
  • May shed in the dryer

 

Even though this robe maybe a little bit more costly than your average bathrobe, it will be well worth the investment if you’re intending to nurse.

Pretty Silky Nursing Friendly Robe

While comfort is often the priority of a new mom, it is also important to feel pretty and put together on occasion. This robe will be perfect for a mother who has a newborn photoshoot taken or is trying to look and feel a little more dressed up than the normal comfy (mayyyybe a little frumpy) postpartum look.

With multiple designs and colors to choose from, you’ll have plenty of options to find something that fits YOU and YOUR style. These robes are also very affordable (and still comfortable).

Pros Cons
  • 90% Rayon
  • Plenty of color options
  • Affordable
  • Runs small
  • May shrink in the wash

Nursing Friendly Bras That Are Essential

After having a baby, you’ll find just HOW important it is to have a nursing bra that is comfortable, supportive, and very functional. You’ll definitely want something that is advertised as a nursing bra, as these can usually be unclipped in a way where you don’t have to take your bra off just to breastfeed.

Seamless Nursing Bra Set

This set of nursing bras will offer coverage as well as comfort. With padding on both sides and elastic in the material, these bras will be functional and comfortable for everyday use. 

These bras also have clasps at the end of the straps for breastfeeding purposes (the little clips we talked about earlier). These bras will be the perfect nursing friendly bras for beginners. 

Pros Cons
  • 90% Rayon
  • Extremely comfortable
  • Affordable
  • Runs small
  • Clasps get stuck sometimes

Underwire Full Coverage Nursing Bra

This tight nursing bra offers fantastic coverage, which will most likely make it one of your new favorite bras to grab in your closet! Part of the full coverage is thanks to the underwire that is built into the bra (only about half of the nursing bras I’ve seen have underwire). 

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This bra also has clasps at the end of the straps, which will make breastfeeding easy and mess-free. These clasps have a two-click process to open and close them, which will ensure that they stay put once you have completed them after feeding your little one. 

Pros Cons
  • Two-click clasps
  • Underwire
  • Affordable
  • It needs to be dry cleaned
  • Colors are a little darker than advertised.

 

Finding a nursing friendly bra that will not fall throughout the day is every lady’s necessity when trying to have comfort while navigating the new and uncharted world of breastfeeding. There is nothing worse than having your bra clasps open when they are not supposed to!

Cute And Comfy Postpartum Clothes That Will Make You Look Awesome

Okay, so we covered the comfortable postpartum clothing that will be perfect for in the hospital and around your home, but what about when you have guests visiting or you must go out to an appointment in public? We have listed several cute postpartum clothes that will be suitable to be seen in public in!

 

Cute Flowery Camisole Postpartum (Nursing Friendly)

With bare shoulders, this camisole is loose fitting enough to allow your recovering baby bump to be covered up but fitted enough to still look a little stylish. With different flowery prints to choose from, you can pair it with simple bottoms to complement the more complicated design of the top.

This top will also pair well with a pair of simple black leggings or postpartum friendly shorts if it is warm outside!

Pros Cons
  • Comfortable
  • Loose-fitting
  • Affordable
  • Runs large
  • May stretch out over time 

 

Button Down Nursing Friendly Spring Classy Dress

This beautiful yet simple dress is both stylish and comfortable. It offers nursing friendly capabilities because of the buttons that go all the way down the dress. The material is made up of mostly cotton, yet it has soft linen feel to it after it has been washed several times. 

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This elegant spring dress will pair well with sandals and a crossbody purse while you are out and about. More fitted in appearance, this dress will be a great option for you to wear a few months after giving birth. It is forgiving, yet fashionable at the same time. 

Pros Cons
  • 70% Cotton
  • Washes well
  • Fast shipment
  • Colors may be more washed out then they appear in the photos 
  • No free returns

 

This dress is so cute. It will be able to be worn even after you have gone back to your old weight and build and no longer need postpartum clothes (which is why it’s WORTH the investment!)

Postpartum/Maternity Jean Shorts

These jean shorts are both postpartum and maternity friendly. Offering a forgiving and stretchy waistline, these shorts will be comfortable yet stylish with any nursing-friendly tops you would like to pair with them. 

Made of a comfortable polyester and jean materials, these jean shorts look very fashion-forward, without having to give up too much comfort at the same time. When you wear these shorts out in public, they will appear to be normal jean shorts. No one will be able to see the elastic waistline, as it will be hidden under your top. 

 

Pros Cons
  • 40% Polyester
  • Washes well
  • Fits true to size
  • Only one color option
  • No free returns

 

Checklist of what to look for when shopping for postpartum clothing:

  • Loose – After having a baby, it takes a while for your uterus to shrink to its normal size, and for your baby weight to peel away so that you feel like your old self again. Loose fitting clothing will help you feel more comfortable.
  • Nursing friendly – It is a priority if you are a nursing mom to buy clothes that offer easy access to your boobs! 
  • Does it make you feel pretty – After just having a baby, it’s TOTALLY normal to feel like your body is still not your body yet. Make sure whatever clothes you by make you feel beautiful!
  • Affordable – Chances are you will not be wearing these postpartum clothes for more than six to twelve months, so do not invest too much money trying to complete your wardrobe. Your priority is to find a few functional and cute outfits that make you feel comfortable as well as confident.  

Final Thoughts

Postpartum clothing can be SO difficult to find. After you have set out on the adventure of bringing a new child into this world, your clothing choices are often the last thing on your mind. Unfortunately, NOT having the right clothing will make it difficult to feel comfortable and almost impossible to breastfeed easily. You deserve to give yourself the best chance to enable your body to heal and allow you to breastfeed your baby in an easy and covered manner (if that’s your goal). 

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Finding comfortable and stylish pieces may be difficult when shopping for postpartum attire, but it is not impossible. Remember to make comfort your priority, but do not give up on finding beautiful patterns and styles that will compliment your new and ever changing body (which I PROMISE you CAN love again). 

Be kind to yourself, never settle for clothing that you are not happy with, and remember that you are strong, beautiful, and worth taking the time to shop for, even in your postpartum time of life!

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