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This is a lengthy post so brace yourselves! One of the most common requests I’ve received lately was to put together a post on Post-Partum Attire specifically what to wear those first few weeks/months after having a baby. If you are currently pregnant I’m sure you are aware by now that you will not be leaving the hospital in your pre-baby jeans! I was still in maternity jeans well past a month or 2 after giving birth… but that was partly due to the fact that I had an unrealistic notion that one day soon I would squeeze back into my “pre-baby jeans” so why would I need to buy a new pair? (This never happened btw) Another reason being I had Rosie in the summer so I got away with wearing a lot of loose tops, cover ups & dresses! I actually avoided wearing pants at all costs (from mid June to mid September) Unless of course they were leggings!
Isabella Oliver has a great selection of “maternity” clothes that can be worn BEFORE, DURING & AFTER the babe. I would recommend investing in a few quality pieces that you know you are going to be able to wear post BUMP like this top that I’m wearing in the images above. It’s the perfect striped-tee that will take you from Memorial Day through the FALL. I’m not preggers & it’s my go-to striped shirt! I love a tunic fit in general and it looks great tucked in or out of white jeans: maternity, non-maternity. Check out this slightly less expensive option & I also found my particular top on MAJOR sale in both my version & a light pink color: here !
Before we delve into the clothes entirely, I want to share one of my must haves for your post-partum days. Drumroll please… a DONUT (tied with the disposable hospital underwear)- do NOT forget to take as many of those home with you as humanly possible!! (A tip I received from one of my mom friends) … but let’s save that story for another time! If you’re anything like I was (clueless) you’re probably saying to yourself what is that? Why would I need that? Isn’t that something old ladies use? The answer is you will soon find out 😉 All kidding aside you just pushed a baby out & it just allows you to keep the pressure off the area while you are recovering. Before moving to the UWS, we lived a stones throw away from Washington Square Park & giving birth in June meant that I was able to take strolls with Rosie to the park the first days after delivery. That said, I was not going to be sitting down on any park benches without this prized possession 😉
On one of those early June nights my husband even convinced me to go out to an early bird special with him at a restaurant that we used to frequent pre baby…. I eventually conceded that the only way I was going was if I could bring my donut along. So that’s what we did…my husband, myself & my donut enjoyed an al fresco dinner at one of our go-to Italian restaurants, GEMMA. (If any of you have been there it’s not exactly an under the radar place) – I even ran into an old co-worker! Go figure! I mean what a sight we must have been to the other patrons sitting outside with us! I’m sure some of you are probably even thinking that you wouldn’t be caught dead on the streets of Manhattan like this let alone a nice italian restaurant!
Lastly, it was crucial in getting me & my almost 3 week old Rosie through a very long car ride out to my parents house in Montauk for my favorite holiday (4th of July weekend)! So to make a very long story short, I would recommend purchasing one if you plan on leaving the house early on & have had a regular birth 😉 … Now that I’ve rambled on let’s get to the clothes! *Scroll down to the bottom of the post to see the full boutique*
Given that it’s early April and if you’re reading this you are likely one of the lucky ones having a spring or summer baby! And if you fall into that boat dresses are your new best friends! I remember ordering a few loose dresses for the summer & I just rotated between them for those first couple of months! These are a few of my favorites: here, here & here
The maternity bundle called the HATCH LAYERS SET provides the basic wardrobe building blocks that are both comfortable and stylish and will work for those post-partum days as well. Hospital Bundle: The HATCH-TO-HOSPITAL SET includes a cozy robe, cashmere socks, high-waisted underwear & a nightgown. It would be a nice gift for an expecting momma to take with her to the hospital. During my own stay at the hospital I relied primarily on a pair of comfy pajama pants, a nursing tank, a robe, socks & slippers…and that was it! And my boppy pillow: here (a mom friend of mine reminded me to bring it to the hospital with me & I’m glad that I did)
I also lived in that same exact hospital uniform (from above) of pajama pants, nursing tanks & a robe those first few weeks at home. I ended up purchasing 2-3 qualitynursing tanks since this is something that I knew I would be wearing daily. My favorites are here, white here and I also bought a number of cheaper ones: here!
NURSING FRIENDLY TOPS
HAND’S FREE PUMPING BRAS
Something I invested in immediately after I started to pump. If you are going to pump then this is a must! The ability to look at ur phone or just sit there without having to hold the bottles up was a game-changer) here, & here
Some people opt for a belly bandit after birth however I could never get my head around that. It seems a bit tortuous and unnatural so in order to have a little extra support for those first few months post-partum I relied on some high waisted undies like these
I brought this Robe to the hospital with me and I still wear it today. It’s really soft and I love the heather grey color & lace-trim. If you have more of a preppy style then this Beaufort bonnet company robe is beautiful and so is this take-me home 3 piece set for mom & babe & this kimono style robe.
FOLD OVER LEGGINGS
comfortable pjs are a must! I wore pajama pants like these in the hospital and the first few weeks after and these (I still wear 😉 This is a beautiful Robe & pajama set that you could also bring to the hospital.