When preparing for your new little bundle of joy, it’s easy to put yourself on the back burner. After all, nothing is more exciting than picking out the perfect coming home outfit!
However, before you declare that your hospital bag is complete, take some time to make sure you have given some thought as to what to wear after giving birth.
While the hospital will likely cover the basics of postpartum care (like menstrual pads and mesh underwear), having some familiar items, or items that make you feel comfortable, can make all of the difference in your stay.
You’ll definitely want to consider the time of year and temperature of the area that you live. However, no matter how hot or cold it is outside, you’ll still be stuck between the hospital walls for 2-3 days.
They usually keep hospitals pretty cold (to prevent bacteria from spreading), so it’s always wise to dress warm! Think: extra blankets, sweaters, and slippers, even if it is July in Texas!
What to Wear After Giving Birth
A few things to note when deciding what to wear after giving birth is that you will still look (and feel) about 6 months pregnant. So you may not want to bring any tight fitting clothes, thinking that your stomach will shrink down to pre-pregnancy size immediately.
You still may want to consider your maternity clothes at this point.
Also, the hospital isn’t a fashion show! Unless you’re a mommy blogger or instagram model, you don’t need to be dressed super fancy in the hospitals.
You’ll be happiest in pajamas!
Here are a few things you will want to consider including in your hospital bag to make your stay as comfortable as possible:
1. A Robe
One item that is absolutely essential no matter what your style or preference has got to be a robe! Robes are the easiest and most convenient garment to wear for nursing your baby and during the postpartum period.
Robes fit just right and do not put any tight pressure around your stomach or groin, making them the perfect choice for wearing after birth. If you are having a planned c-section, a robe is a great way to limit any pressure around the incision on your abdomen.
It will still cover you up, but doesn’t have any elastic waistband to make you uncomfortable.
While you can absolutely wear the hospital’s gown during and after delivery – having your own robe to wear after giving birth will make you feel right at home.
Plus, if you are wanting to treat yourself what is cuter than a matching robe and swaddle blanket for the new baby?
2. Comfy Pajamas
Whether you have a natural delivery or a c-section you are not going to feel like squeezing into any pants that has buttons or a zipper for awhile. Having a nice set of comfy pajamas can do just the trick.
If you plan on breastfeeding, you want pajamas that your baby can have easy access to your breast. You’ll be pulling it out ALL. DAY. LONG.
These nursing pajamas make the breast easily accessible and will also save you a lot of trouble. They’re so soft, comfortable, and roomy so it won’t be a problem that you’re still technically in maternity clothes.
3. Comfortable Underwear
The hospital will provide you with mesh underwear for immediately after delivery. It’s absolutely fine to wear those for the first couple of days.
Soon after, you may want to be in real underwear again.
You’re not going to go back to thongs and lacy panties, but think about getting some larger underwear that can keep the menstrual pads, padsicles, and other postpartum vaginal recovery items contained.
These high waisted briefs (below) will keep your belly tucked, menstrual pads secure, and not ride up.
Also, period panties are the newest trend that are perfect for postpartum comfort!
You will bleed A LOT after giving birth (which is totally normal). However, this means that you’ll need to wear a very bulky pad in your underwear for days, if not weeks.
You can’t use a tampon until your actual period cycle comes back so this may be uncomfortable for some.
These THINX Period Underwear contain their own absorption material so you don’t have to walk around in adult diapers or bulky pads. Not to mention the high-waist will help to keep your postpartum belly contained.
I highly recommend you try these, but another option is to get a package of disposable postpartum underwear that you can just toss when you’re done with them.
These are a great no muss no fuss option that provides discreet coverage and they’re way more comfortable than the mesh ones they give you at the hospital.
No need to worry about leaks like with a pad. They’re especially great for overnight use!
Related post: How to Make Padsicles for Postpartum Vaginal Recovery
4. A Comfortable Sleeping Nursing Bra
If you plan on breastfeeding or pumping you will need a bra that allows the breast to be easily accessible to the baby (or pump). You will also want something that is comfortable enough to sleep in.
Having a soft sleeping nursing bra in your bag will assure that you are prepared for whatever comes your way. This bra won’t let your boobs pop out while sleeping and will keep them contained if your milk starts to leak.
You can also keep breast pads in them to soak up any excess milk that leaks.
5. Cozy Slipper Socks or Slippers
One thing you definitely don’t want to forget is a comfortable and cozy pair of slippers and/or socks. Having a shoe that is easy to slip on when walking around will keep you comfy and warm.
You want something easy that you can slip on and off without a lot of effort so skip anything with buckles or ties.
Your body temperature will fluctuate a bit during postpartum recovery and having cozy socks/slippers will help to keep your body warm.
When you’re not walking around the hospital, bring yourself a thicker pair of socks for just laying around.
The hospital may provide slipper socks with traction on the bottom so take advantage of that! However, not every hospital provides them.
Therefore, you want to be as prepared as possible when deciding what to wear after giving birth- so don’t forget some anti-slip socks!
6. Stretchy Pants
You’ll need pants that aren’t too tight to feel comfortable so be sure to bring some loose stretchy pants or joggers like these ones below.
Having a pair of high-waisted postpartum leggings in your hospital bag will assure your comfort. The high-waisted compression will help to tuck in your postpartum tummy helping you to feel secure and comfortable.
These leggings are also perfect for both hospital wear and as a piece of the going home outfit for mom.
7. Oversized Tee
An oversized tee shirt will help you to feel comfortable and stylish after giving birth. By making sure to also choose a tee that is nursing accessible, you can rest assured that the tee-shirt will be useful in more ways than one!
This is another piece that could also double as a coming home outfit for mom so you feel dressed enough to leave your hospital room, but not too dressed up to sit in the car for a quick trip home.
8. Zip up Hoodie or Cardigan
If you’re wondering what to wear after giving birth, you may not be thinking of things that will keep you warm. However, as stated above, the hospital is usually freezing!
Having a zip-up hoodie or cardigan in your hospital bag will help you to stay warm while caring for your new little one. Be sure to choose one that is zip up to make nursing much easier.
If you don’t have a cardigan to bring, make sure you bring an extra blanket to wrap around you as well.
9. Headband or Hair Ties
If you have hair that often gets in your face, you’ll definitely want to bring along some extra hair ties or headbands to keep it out of the way.
Your new baby’s little fingers can be grabby without even meaning to. You also don’t want your hair in the way of baby nursing or in baby’s face when you are showering her with kisses.
Making sure to pack headbands and/or hair ties in your bag will keep your hair in place. Plus if you are having a little girl these mommy and me headbands are just too adorable to pass up!
10. Flip Flops
If you’re not the type to get too cold, you may just want a pair of flip flops when walking around. They are easy to slip on and off and especially, walking around the cold bathroom floor.
While staying in the hospital you will likely want to take a shower and while you can absolutely choose to take a shower barefoot… I wouldn’t recommend it.
Packing a pair of flip-flops for showering will keep you comfortable and offer peace of mind.
These shower shoes (below) are specifically made for the shower so they have an anti-slip bottom and sole.
Okay, mama! That’s it! You now have no excuses to skip items in your hospital bag. Follow this list and you will be more than prepared for your hospital trip and perfectly packed with the perfect things to wear after giving birth.