As a new mom, it’s a good idea (I’d say essential) to have some comfy pajamas or soft nightgowns for those new baby early weeks. I delivered my three children in different places- one in a labour ward, one in a birthing centre and another at home- and each time I’ve been so happy to pull on some comfortable pyjamas in soft fabric.
I know what I liked and didn’t like about the different maternity sleepwear I tried, and in this article I’ll show you the four best postpartum pajamas / nightgowns in my opinion; these are sets that I recommend to friends who are having babies. Each of these sets doubles up as a great choice for maternity pyjamas or a maternity nightgown (before giving birth), and of course you can wear nightgowns as a delivery gown instead of a thin hospital gown!
The two categories I’ve chosen to show you my favourites of are: Best Affordable Pajamas & Nightgown (includes easy access for nursing) and Comfy & Chic (incredibly comfy sets that help you feel a bit more ‘yourself’- these are still nursing friendly!). I’ll show you a pajama set and gown for each of these categories, and give you my best suggestion for a robe to go with them at the end.
All of my suggestions are suitable for mamas who need discreet nursing access, as well as c-section mamas who need to consider their c-section incision; the waistbands on these are super light, so no matter how you’re birthing and feeding, you’re in the right place!
Best Affordable Pajamas For Easy Breastfeeding Access
Here we have the Ekouaer pajamas from their maternity range. In my opinion these are the best nursing pajamas on the market. These are the best maternity pajamas to ensure your postpartum body is comfy and supported, with easy nursing access.
Made from soft material, the double layer means that you don’t have to wear a nursing bra if you don’t want to- this is both comfortable and convenient for speedy nighttime feedings as well as skin-to-skin contact and bonding.
The pajama pants are made from stretchy fabric and have a brilliant adjustable elastic waistband that you can let out for a loose fit, or tighten a little as your body changes during the fourth trimester. This two-piece set comes in different colors and different styles (long sleeves and long pants, or shorts with a short sleeve t-shirt). Find these pajamas here– occasionally the whole store will display instead of just the specific set, so here’s the pic!
Best Affordable Nightgown For Easy Breastfeeding Access
The best affordable nursing nightgown that I’ve found is the Ekouaer nursing gown. This is the matching gown to the pyjamas above; made in the same comfortable fabric and with a hidden nursing top under the gown so you don’t need a bra. The short sleeves are ideal for keeping cool during postpartum hot flashes. Find this great maternity gown here.
Comfy & Chic: Best Lounge Dress (For wearing out and about)
Before having a baby I’d never heard of lounge dresses, but this gorgeous bamboo lounge dress from Kindred Bravely is everything you could want from a maternity gown. With ultra-soft fabric, a gently empire waist and super discreet panels for breastfeeding, this is a dress you can wear out and about as well as at home. This is the first purchase I’d make if I knew I was expecting again; there’s something so lovely about looking ‘dressed’ but feeling comfortable in the maternity ward and beyond.
Comfy & Chic: Best Loungewear (Top & Bottom)
Even 11 years after having my first baby, I still pretty much live in loungewear! These super soft maternity joggers from Kindred Bravely (they come in four colors- I recommend the ‘oatmeal heather’ as it will camouflage baby milk!) make a good set when paired with their ‘relaxed mama’ athleisure top that has hidden side access for nursing and comes in a gorgeous ‘pink heather’ or black.
I highly recommend at least a couple sets of these kinds of clothes for the first few weeks- your body needs all the comfort and gentleness it can get!
Best Nursing Robe
This K&B nursing robe is so attractive that I didn’t think it was a nursing / delivery robe at first- with the satin edging it’s nicer than the one that I use every day! Definitely one for the hospital bag, this is the best nursing nightgown as it has two comfortable belt positions, is made from an ultra-soft fabric blend and is super pretty.
This is a great option for taking with you as your maternity robe during a hospital stay as it will help you feel put-together as well as giving you privacy covering up your comfortable pajamas or nightgown.
Best Postpartum Nightgown & Pajamas Conclusion
These are personal recommendations based on my experiences of having my own new arrivals, and the need I felt for both convenience and comfort. Ultimately the best choice and most important thing when it comes to what to wear, is what feels right for you- particularly during those early days- so don’t think you should be getting back into jeans when you come home with baby!
Take the time to be gentle on yourself, with drawstring and elastic waistbands, relaxed fits and and breathable fabrics. Of course, you’ll probably need some mesh underwear for the first few days after birth so be sure to pack some in your hospital bag too. You’ve got this, mama!