My post yesterday left me deep in thought about new motherhood, and I wanted to share some thoughts on what to wear home from the hospital. Kate Middleton looks beyond gorgeous in the photo above but I can’t say it’s a practical plan for most of us.
Most important, if you plan to breastfeed: a nursing bra. Bravado’s ended up being my favorite — comfortable, absorbent, decent support. With both of my children, I remember killing what felt like hours of time waiting to be discharged, and there were several feeds during that time. You will need to be ready to feed at the drop of a hat!
The hospital will provide you with stretchy disposable underwear, but personally, I couldn’t wait to switch to Kindred Bravely’s high-waisted postpartum underwear, which were soft, non-compressive, stretchy and most importantly HIGH WAISTED, as I wanted nothing close to the incision.
A few great dresses to wear home —
THIS $20 GINGHAM MIGHT BE THE TICKET BECAUSE YOU ARE KIND OF PLAYING WITH FIRE IN TERMS OF THE POSSIBILITY OF STAINING/GETTING FLUIDS ON A MORE EXPENSIVE DRESS…
THIS EASY SHIRTDRESS — LOVE THAT THE SASH IS REMOVABLE
LOVE THE EASY, LOOSE FIT, BUT THE SLEEVES AND TIERS ADD A TINY BIT OF EXTRA POLISH…COMES IN TONS OF COLORS
A DAPHNE WILDE TIERED SHIRTDRESS — CAN BE WORN WITHOUT BELT!
If you’re more comfortable in leggings or it’s going to be cold when you deliver, I would wear Lululemon Aligns in a size up from your normal size (these do REALLY stretch and some people contend you can wear your true size through pregnancy, but I would personally still go one size up) and a button-down layered over a nursing tank.
For shoes: just make sure they are slip-on! If you have a c-section, it is hard to bend over at first. A pair of slip-on mules in a punchy new color or some furlanes in a bold print would be a lovely treat.
I love the idea of having this MAMAN bag waiting for you as you exit.
For baby, I love Kissy Kissy — the softest and sweetest, and you can often find a matching cap. But below, a roundup of lots of sweet layette options. I would buy a size NB unless you know your baby is sizing large.
P.P.S. Thoughts on building a layette.
P.P.P.S. To the mom feeding her baby at 3:11 a.m. (You are not alone!)