What should I wear after giving birth?
How do I look cute after having a baby?
I bet no one told you that part of being pregnant entails typing the above phrases on Google at 3:00 AM in the morning when leg cramps, frequent nighttime urination, and heartburn make it impossible to sleep at night. Hey, pregnancy insomnia!
Every mom wants to look amazing after giving birth. And with a couple of new mom outfit ideas, you can make postpartum comfortable to ease your recovery.
But shopping for postpartum clothes might be challenging and honestly confusing. Not only are your dimensions different, but you also have new considerations like breastfeeding and comfort.
It can be tempting just to give up and wear whatever is comfortable, but finding the right postpartum clothes doesn’t have to be complicated. With a little bit of know-how, you can easily find flattering and comfortable clothes to help you feel like your old self again.
Not only will you look better, but you’ll also feel more confident and stylish. And when you feel good about yourself, it’s easier to manage all of the other challenges of new motherhood.
So, if your goal is to look good after having a baby and make your recovery as manageable as possible, I’m here to help you find the essential items you need to spruce up your postpartum fashion.
Here is a list of 20 essential items you need in your wardrobe for an easy, comfortable postpartum recovery.
Item #1: Nursing Bra
Nothing seems to fit right after you have a baby, and I bet you’ve realized how uncomfortable it is to wear your normal bras.
As a nursing mum, finding a good nursing bra is essential for your comfort and your sanity. Nursing bras are designed to provide support and comfort while accommodating the needs of a nursing baby.
In contrast, normal bras can often be constricting and uncomfortable, making them less than ideal for breastfeeding. Additionally, nursing bras often have special features like easy-to-use clips that make it quick and easy to nurse on the go. So if you’re looking for maximum comfort and convenience, a nursing bra is the way to go.
Side note: If, for whatever reason, you find yourself without a clean nursing bra, please don’t wear an underwire bra. Not only is it uncomfortable when your breasts are fuller, but it can result in a blocked milk duct, which is painful.
Item 2: V-neck Sports Bra
If you’re looking for an attractive alternative to a nursing bra, you need to get your hands on some V-neck sports bras. Not only do they offer support to your boobs, but they’re great for nursing as well.
And even if you’re not going to breastfeed, you can comfortably wear your sports bra in the house with ease. V-neck Sports Bras are such a versatile item to have in your postpartum closet, as you can use them later when you decide to hit the gym or restart your active life again.
Item #3: Nursing Tanks
Nursing tanks are a lifesaver for new moms when it comes to postpartum outfit ideas. They provide excellent support and can be worn both in and out of the house. Look for a tank with built-in removable nursing pads for extra leak protection.
Item #4: Postpartum Belly Band/ Wrap
After giving birth, it’s normal to feel self-conscious about your body. One way to help ease these feelings of insecurity is to invest in a good postpartum belly band.
Postpartum belly bands are designed to help hold in the extra skin and tissue that can often be left after pregnancy and childbirth. They can also help to support the lower back and relieves pressure on the hips and pelvis.
In addition, you can wear a belly band underclothes to help smooth out any lumps or bumps, giving you a more flattering silhouette. Whether you’re looking to dress up for a special occasion or just want to feel more confident in your everyday life, a belly band is an essential item for any postpartum wardrobe.
Here is a great video to give you more insight into the importance of a postpartum belly band.
Item #5: Button-Down Shirt
A button-down shirt is an excellent option for nursing mothers. It’s easy to nurse in and can be worn both in and out of the house. The good thing is that you can use your old button-down shirts.
Item #6: Wrap Dress
A wrap dress is a great outfit idea for any new mom. It’s comfortable, flattering, and can be easily adjusted for nursing. The great thing is that if you don’t want to spend money buying a bunch of postpartum dresses, you’ll barely wear them again. Just get a wrap dress, and you’re good to go.
Since comfort is our primary goal here, look for a dress that is made from a soft material, breathable and with plenty of give.
Item #7: Leggings
Leggings are a must for any new mom. Not only are they comfortable, flattering and versatile, but they’re great for hiding your mom pooch. Ensure you get a pair of breathable leggings with a high waistband that will offer some support to your belly.
You can never run out of outfit ideas for your post-baby body with a good pair of leggings. You can wear them with a tank top and sneakers for a casual look, or dress them up with a blazer and heels.
Item #8: Stretchy Jeans
When it comes to shopping for postpartum clothes, jeans might be the last thing on your mind. But you don’t have to give up your jeans just because you had a baby. If you don’t know what to look for, here are a few tips for shopping for the best postpartum jeans:
- Look for jeans with a high waist. This will help support your tummy and prevent the jeans from slipping down every time you bend.
- Choose a stretchy fabric. This will allow you to pull the jeans on and off easily and provide some extra comfort.
- Avoid tight-fitting jeans. Comfort is your number one priority, so opt for a relaxed or straight-leg style instead.
- Get machine washable denim. Please make your life easier by getting a pair of jeans you can throw in the wash anytime when you’re short on time.
Item #9: Cardigan
A cardigan is a perfect way to cover up a nursing tank or shirt. It’s also great for layering in the colder months. Look for a cardigan that is comfortable and has easy access for nursing.
Item #10: High Waist Shorts
High waist shorts are an essential item in any postpartum wardrobe. They offer support for your tummy while also being flattering and comfortable. Plus, they can be dressed up or down to suit any occasion.
Whether you’re going for a walk with the pram or meeting friends for coffee, high waist shorts will help you feel put-together and stylish. So if you’re looking for postpartum clothes that are both cute and practical, make sure you add high waist shorts to your list!
Item #11: Stretchy T-shirt
A good, stretchy t-shirt is a must for any new mom. Plus, you don’t have to get fancy brands or anything. You can literally walk into any clothing store and get a bunch of basic killer T-shirts.
And the good part is that you can pair your T-shirt with some mom jeans or a pair of cute leggings. Since the fabric is stretchy, you can nurse easily and also get away with effortlessly hiding your mom pooch, all while looking comfortable and stylish.
Item #12: Nursing Pajamas
Nursing pajamas might not even be on your list when thinking of postpartum closet essentials. I mean, the name sounds a bit basic and unflattering. But from experience, nursing pajamas are one of the best items of clothing you need to have in your wardrobe.
Not only will they keep you warm when it comes to those 2:00 AM feeds, but they make nursing a breeze. Plus, since they’re a niche item, they’re made of soft, breathable fabric, making them highly comfortable and flexible to fit your new shape.
In addition, they make great loungewear when you have visitors.
Item #13: High waist pencil pants
When it comes to postpartum outfits to hide your mom pooch, you can’t go wrong with some high waist pencil pants. Some come with a bow at the front of the waistband, while others have a ruffled pleated waist.
Such intricate details are perfect for concealing your postpartum belly. Plus, you can style them with a cami/ tank top for a casual look or a chiffon blouse for an official look.
Item #14: Postnatal recovery shorts
Postnatal recovery shorts are not your basic compression shorts. Nope! They’re specifically designed to ease childbirth recovery for moms and are excellent for natural delivery and a C-section.
Other notable benefits of postnatal recovery shorts include aiding in the healing of your episiotomy or perineal tears (ouch!), as well as helping support your back, hips and core.
They are breathable and have a high waist that doesn’t dig into your C-section scar. Also, they provide you with great versatility, as you can wear them while you go out for a walk, sleep, or even lounge in the house.
Due to their fantastic construction and durability, postnatal recovery shorts might be pricey, but they’re definitely a great addition to your postpartum wardrobe.
Item #15: Kimono cover up
Honestly, who doesn’t love a stunning kimono cover up?
They are perfect to style over a nursing tank or cami and some leggings. You can also wear it over a dress, or jeans and a tee. The great thing about a kimono is that it’s perfect for layering and can easily be taken off if you’re feeling too hot.
Kimonos are also great for nursing, as you can easily breastfeed without removing the entire garment. Simply open up the front, and you’re good to go!
Item #16: Postpartum underwear
Lace undies are attractive, but they’re generally useless postpartum. Instead, you need high-waist underwear to offer you support as your body heals.
Your best bet is to get a few pairs of high-waist granny panties in breathable cotton material. They might not be sexy, but they’ll be comfortable and offer you the support you need.
As your body heals, you can slowly transition to boy shorts or brief panties, but avoid anything with a tight waistband or made from a non-breathable material.
Item #17: Nursing Hoodie
A cute cardigan is great, but a nursing hoodie or sweater is essential in building your postpartum wardrobe. Not only is it great for nursing, but it will also keep you warm during those late nights and early morning feedings.
Look for a hoodie made from a soft material with easy access for nursing. You might also want to consider one with thumbholes to keep your hands warm on those cold winter days.
Item #18: Breast pads
Breast pads are essential during postpartum recovery for several reasons. First, they help to protect your clothing from leaks. Second, they provide much-needed support for your breasts, which can be sore and tender after childbirth.
Finally, if you have cracked nipples, breast pads help reduce further irritation by providing a buffer between your skin and the fabric. So, if you are searching for a little bit of postpartum relief, stock up on some high-quality breast pads.
Great Footwear for Your Postpartum Wardrobe
Item #19: Lightweight sneakers
As a new mom, you’re going to be doing a lot of walking. Whether you’re walking the halls of the hospital or running errands with your baby, you need a good pair of lightweight sneakers.
In fact, slip-on sneakers are the perfect postpartum footwear for new mothers. They’re comfortable, stylish, and easy to put on – which is essential when you’re out and about with a baby in a carrier and a toddler in hand.
Plus, they don’t have any laces that can come undone and trip you up. Look for a pair that is comfortable and has good arch support. You might also want to consider a pair with a wider toe box to accommodate your postpartum swelling. So if you’re looking for the perfect postpartum shoe, slip-on sneakers are the way to go.
Item #20: Comfortable flats
After you’ve given birth, your feet might be a little swollen. High heels are out of the question, but you don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort, at least not entirely.
There are plenty of cute and comfortable flats on the market that will look great with your postpartum wardrobe. Look for a pair with a low heel and good arch support.
Postpartum Essentials: What You Need to Survive the First Few Months
If you’ve been trying to find the best postpartum essentials to make your recovery more manageable, I hope this guide has been helpful.
Your postpartum fashion doesn’t have to be boring either. Choose beautiful patterns for your tops and pair them with some mom jeans or high waist leggings.
And for the warmer days, get out your wrap dress and kimono to style over your nursing tanks. The possibilities are endless.
If you’d love more posts about embracing your postpartum body, or navigating relationship issues in motherhood, I have you fully sorted out on the blog. Grab a coffee, tea, or whatever else you fancy and have a read. 😉