Postpartum Wardrobe Essentials
I have under one week until my due date! Which explains my absence lately. All I can think about writing is “Reasons I Wish My Baby Was Here”, “Reasons I’m Not Ready for My Baby to be Here”, etc. It doesn’t make for very exciting or useful material. One thing I have been thinking about though, is after the baby gets here, what will I wear!?
When Micah was born, I have a picture of us leaving the hospital. You probably know which one I’m talking about. The dreamy Pinterest fantasy family where the dad is pushing the mom in the wheelchair while holding the baby, and they look like a perfect family of three. I was wearing sweatpants I bought on the first day of college, with one of my husband’s old white t-shirts. Hair in messy bun, no make-up. Glowing new mother.
Luckily, because I was 20 and it was my first kid, I bounced back into all of my pre-pregnancy clothes pretty quickly. This was not the case with Sophia. It was all leggings and baggy sweaters after she was born, which was nice because it was the fall. This time around though, I know what I’m getting into, what my body will most likely look like afterward, and how to make myself as comfy as possible without a rude employee at Target asking if I’m pregnant (while holding a 1 month old).
I feel like this is a given, but maybe not for moms who are choosing not to nurse their babies. Even if you are going down the formula road, your milk is going to come in and you are going to want some extra room for your ladies. A comfy nursing bra is key for those first few weeks at home. If you are planning on nursing long term, stock up on a few. They actually make cute ones now, that offer more support.
I love these nursing bras from Target for sleeping and the hospital. They’re so comfy and help hold nursing pads in place.
This bra (similar – also from Target) is perfect for everyday wear. No underwire and minimal bulging.. perfection!
Black high-waisted leggings to be exact. A mothers best friend. These go with everything, and suck in the mummy tummy that some (most) of us still have for quite a while after baby is born. If you are feeling extra sassy, LulaRoe has some fun colors and patterns for when you want to mix it up a little more. And they are so soft, so you don’t have to change before you go to bed. This is nice since days and nights are all a blur in the newborn phase, anyways.
Another brand I love is Zella. They have a good amount of compression to suck everything in, but are also super comfortable. They can be worn with a cute top, or an oversized t-shirt and you won’t look out of place in either. Especially if you’re toting around a newborn. Nobody can judge you.
Loose Camisoles/Baggy V-Necks
Again, breastfeeding. If you are breastfeeding your child, every wardrobe decision you make for the first six months will revolve solely around this babe’s feeding schedule and trying to not show your hot new stomach to an entire restaurant. Baggy v-neck shirts and loose camisoles are a go-to when I am nursing my littles. They hide any pooch that is still happening, and have a neckline that doesn’t matter if it gets stretched out. I have made the mistake of high-neck shirts in public while trying to feed my baby, and unless you have an awesome nursing cover or the world’s most statuesque baby when trying to eat, you will end up flashing whoever you’re near. These types of shirts are perfect for just pulling the food source out of the top an discreetly continuing whatever you were doing. They’re also easy to find right now and a lot more stylish than any nursing tops I have been able to find.
I love maxi-dresses for so many reasons. When I find one that’s long enough, (I’m 5’10), I snag it up and wear it until its falling apart. They are flattering on most body types, you don’t have to shave your legs, and you can dress them up or down. They’re perfect for when you’re too tired to really try to put an outfit together.
I love this simple black maxi from HM. You can dress it down with cute sandals, or up with a fun necklace. Or you can just wear whatever you want with it, like I do, and still look semi-put together.
This blue dress by Love Stitch (Nordstrom Rack) is outside of my color comfort zone, but is perfect for summer. And look how baggy. That is the perfect silhouette for the first couple of weeks out of the hospital.
Flannels, chambray, white and professional (shout out to you classy moms); there are tons of options for cute button-up shirts right now, and again they all point back to nursing the babies. These are also nice because you can optimistically buy a size down and wear them unbuttoned over a top or maxi dress until you fit in them again. It may be never, but the unbuttoned flowy look is cool too. Trust me. I have about 3 of these that don’t really fit anymore, but I refuse to lose hope, and I love how they look unbuttoned. Stock up in a few different styles so you can wear them throughout the year.
Postpartum really is a sweet time. You get to snuggle your newborn baby, lay around for a while and soak in so many firsts with your infant. I do highly recommend wearing sweats for the first few weeks, because your baby is so much more important than what you are wearing. Sometimes though, it feels good to feel human. And people are probably going to want to come over and see the baby/take pictures. So step behind the camera, or stock up on a few postpartum essentials.
What are your go-to basics for after baby is born?