Are you wondering what to wear in the hospital after giving birth? If you’re packing your hospital bag, you’ll need some postpartum outfits for the hospital.
I really didn’t think this part through when I was packing and completely regretted it!
If you haven’t adequately planned ahead, you’ll be living in your hospital gown for at least a few days (speaking from experience here).
But don’t worry, I have you covered!
Here’s everything I wish I had packed to wear after giving birth in the hospital.
When selecting your postpartum hospital outfits your mantra should be all the comfy cozy things.
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POSTPARTUM OUTFITS : WHAT TO WEAR IN THE HOSPITAL AFTER GIVING BIRTH
The first thing I regretted immediately was forgetting how cold they keep the temperature at the hospitals!
I was pretty much freezing the whole time and piled on like 5 blankets.
So step 1 is to think warm.
Also keep in mind that there’s a lot of discomfort postpartum (you just pushed a watermelon out of yourself!) so comfort is key.
Sure, you can bring a cute set of matching PJ’s for that impromptu photo op but make sure to also pack comfortable, loose clothes for the rest of your stay.
THICK COZY SOCKS AND SLIPPERS
Bring a few warm and comfy pieces in case you get cold and also, don’t forget your feet.
I had my regular socks but my feet were still cold.
Bring yourself a thicker pair of socks as well as some comfy slippers.
You want something easy that you can slip on and off without a lot of effort so skip anything with buckles or ties.
This set is super thick, very comfy and oh so warm (like Canadian winter warm). They’re tight around the ankles but not too tight which is perfect for preggo moms with swollen feet.
You can see an actual customer product photo here if you’re curious how they look when they arrive.
Here’s a two in one option! Slippers + Cozy Sock in one and I love that the bottoms have no slip grips which comes in super handy with those very slippery hospital floors.
Keep in mind, they are very much socks as well as slippers so they look small at first but you can easily pull them on.
These are perfect if you don’t want to constantly put your slippers on and off every time you get up since they’re meant to be worn like socks (but with better grip).
You can see actual product photo here.
If you want to treat yourself then pick up a pair of these ultra comfy Ugg slippers. It’s perfect if you want something that you’ll continue to use after your hospital stay.
I love that they have no slip grip on the soles to keep you safe. Defintely a must when you’re carrying a newborn around.
They recommend sizing down so be sure to review the sizing guide for best fit. They do stretch with use so you definitely want to go smaller.
Here’s some customer product photos giving you a closer look at different angles.
If that’s a little pricey, this one is super cute and inexpensive!
You will most definitely want to bring a pair of flip flops along!
You’ll be feeling gross and in need of a shower and unless you want to use the public shower barefoot, I highly suggest bringing along a pair of nonslip flip-flops.
These ones here are specifically shower shoes so they have little holes throughout to let the water escape and they dry quick.
POSTPARTUM HOSPITAL OUTFIT: GOWN + ROBE
I don’t usually use a robe or gown but I’m glad I bought one for this occasion.
You’ll have hospital staff checking in on your lady parts constantly after giving birth so it’s kind of impractical to be wearing pajamas or sweat pants immediately after birth.
A gown (preferably not your hospital gown) is a much better option, I got the robe but not the gown so I was living in hospital gowns for a few days.
I know I would’ve been much more comfotable in my own clothes and regret not getting one.
The robe comes in handy when visitors drop in so I don’t have to change, plus, like I mentioned earlier, I was cold all the time so I pretty much wore it constantly.
Here are a couple of super cute options for inspo!
I love all the cute designs this line has. It’s perfect for taking some pictures at the hospital and not looking like a complete mess.
I wish it was a set but the maternity nursing gowns come separately.
Although their logic makes sense, the sizing between the gowns and the robes can differ so they sell them as separates.
Check out this real life mama’s rocking her gorgoeus robe in the hospital.
It really does photograph beautifully!
Here’s a cute option for a nursing gown that you can continue to use after your hospital stay. It’s super soft and stretch with easy to remove straps for breastfeeding.
Check out this mama’s pictures of the gown in use.
If you’re already planning your in hospital first photos with your little bundle of joy, this could be a great option.
You get a matching gown and swaddle blanket plus you can either choose a matching hat or headband set for your newborn.
Here’s a customer photo for refrence.
Plus here’s a mommy rocking her robe!
Here’s another option with some more styles to choose from. This one includes a knotted hat for baby.
How stunning does this mama and her little babe look in their matching polk-a-dot set!
You’ll have to check with your hospital but some allow you to bring your own hospital gown like this one. If they don’t let you use it for delivery, you can certainly use it for after delivery to make all the check -ups down there easier.
I love that this one is made with an easy open in the front for nursing plus velcro all the way down the front in case you need that.
This fabric is also way softer than what they give you in the hospital.
Here’s a product photo of a mommy wearing hers for her home birth.
You may want to bring along a cute pair of pajamas for some pretty photos with baby.
You’ll want to keep it loose though.
You do lose some of the baby weight right after delivery but certainly not all of it so tight pants aren’t going to be comfortable.
Here are a few super cute options.
This is a great option that is also perfect for nursing. The fabric is super soft and stretchy and the pants are adjustable size.
Here’s another comfy set that also includes a robe!
Like the first one, this one is also a nursing set to give you easy boob access.
This set isn’t specifically a maternity set but it’s comfy, soft and stretchy.
It comes in tons of different colors and patterns as well.
This pregnant mama totally loved this one, see her modeling it here.
If you’re planning on trying to breastfeed then make sure to grab a few nursing tops to make the process a bit easier.
It also provides a little extra support when your milk comes in as they often have built in bra made of soft elastic material.
They will usually have easy access buttons or snaps to so you can whip out a boob like a sleath ninja and then quickly cover up at a moments notice if you need to.
Here are a few you can check out.
This comfy set is super reasonably priced and comes as a 3 pack and offers easy boob access for your nursing needs.
Below is a long sleeve version that’s also a great price 3 pack.
Here’s a mama using the product if you want to see an acutal product photo.
LOOSE STRETCHY PANTS OR JOGGERS
As I mentioned before, you’ll probably notice your stomach shrink a bit post delivery but it’s nowhere near pre-baby bump days just yet.
You’ll likely be feeling sore and be bleeding like crazy and wearing a gigiantic maxi pad that looks more like an incontence pad.
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.
Check out this mama’s product photo to see it in action here. They look super cute and they’re soft and cozy.
MATERNITY UNDERWEAR TO WEAR AFTER DELIVERY IN HOSPITAL
We can’t forget your intimates!
Even if you aren’t breastfeeding, you’ll love a maternity bra for the added support and stretch it offers when your milk first comes in.
If you are breastfeeding, then this is definitely an essential.
You’ll also be needing some maternity underwear (granny panties) that are supportive around your midsection and comfortable to wear.
You definitely don’t want to size smaller on this one as you’ll be sporting a giant maxi pad for at least a month or so.
Here are a few great options.
These are voted the comfiest postpartum underwear option. They feature a high waist design and a wide and long crotch area which is perfect for that enormous maxi pad.
It’s made of breathable cotton and spandex mix to allow movement.
Make sure to pay attention to the sizing chart as they run small.
This set is specifically advertised as postpartum underwear and features a high waist design (which is helpful even if you had a c-section) and is designed to be stylish (less granny panties look) and comfortable.
If you’re a c-section mama like myself, this might be a better option.
These are my favorites!
These were super comfortable without being too binding. They also hold up really well with washing/drying.
Also, I found that my incision site was far less painful when I had these on.
Your other choice would be 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!
You can see some actual customer product photos here if you’re curious.
MATERNITY NURSING BRAS
Up next on your postpartum outfit essentials is a maternity or nursing bra. You’re going to want this whether or not you decide to breastfeed.
The extra support and room that a nursing bra offers is a must when your milk comes in after having a baby. You want something that’s comfortable and able to expand.
Nursing bras were made exactly for this purpose so even if you aren’t breastfeeding I would grab one for comfort.
If you are breastfeeding, then these are a MUST HAVE! It makes it so much easier to get your breast out quickly and feed baby since the straps and front section easily detaches.
They often don’t have an underwire to make them more comfortable for new moms.
Here are a few super comfy and functional breastfeeding bra options.
You can learn more about selecting the right nursing bra and things to keep in mind in this article by Motherly.
These are comfortable and stretchy so they’re perfect for your changing and growing boobs.
The straps are easy to detach and don’t dig into your shoulders.
Plus the price is great!
I also love that the customer service is so fantastic! Any client complaints get dealt with right away to keep everyone happy.
Here’s a bunch of customer product photos showing the item in more detail.
This one is also wire free and ultra soft plus super easy to use. There aren’t any claps or buttons to mess around with.
Simply pull it aside, which makes it perfect if you find yourself one-handed (because you’re holding baby).
It’s considered the perfect bra for sleeping in, as well as, for easy night feedings and it offers gentle support.
Here’s one more option that’s a steal for the price. They’re a great quality option for being so inexpensive.
The claps aren’t flimsy like some of the cheaper options. Plus they are crazy soft and comfy. The material doesn’t feel cheap at all.
This one also has removable cups for added support.
Check out this satisfied mama’s product shots for a closer look.
HAIRBANDS & HAIR TIES
I want you taken care of from head to toe and we’re almost done. The last thing you don’t want to forget as part of your postpartum outfit are some hairbands or hair elastics.
I found it super annoying to have my hair falling in my face when I was trying to figure out the whole breastfeeding thing.
Usually I have hair ties on hand but somehow I managed to forget to pack them. I had the one that I came to the hospital with, but that broke, great.
One of the nurses suggested grabbing one of the headbands from the gift shop and I’m so glad I listened because that was one less thing to worry about.
Make sure you don’t forget your hair accessories!
This one is great because it’s adjustable plus it’s a sweatband style headband so you can totally use it during labor too, or even afterwards when you’re doing your daily face wash routine or applying makeup.
Here’s another version that also has a slit in the back to put your hair through, no hair tie needed!
Here’s another option that has sweat wick technology. This one is actually a workout headband so you can continue to use these when you start your post baby workouts.
WHAT TO WEAR HOME FROM THE HOSPITAL AFTER GIVING BIRTH (GOING HOME OUTFIT)
You really don’t need a special going home outfit unless you really want one.
Again, you aren’t really going to be feeling like your glamorous self just yet and things are still sore so comfort is priority number one.
I just wore what I arrived at the hospital in.
You can most definitely just grab a few items from the list and be done, like a nursing top and some comfy pants or if you’re feeling a little fancy maybe even a nursing dress.
Personally, all I wanted to do was get home and relax. I didn’t care what I was wearing.
I just wanted to be home.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON POSTPARTUM OUTFITS FOR HOSPITAL
That pretty much wraps up everything you need to bring to keep you comfortable at the hospital after giving birth.
These postpartum hospital outfits will come in handy over the next few weeks at home because they’re loose and comfortable.
Exactly what you need right now.
Make sure to get started on your hospital bag well before your due date because as much as we love planning, babies often have plans of their own and you just never know when they might decide to make their debut.
Grab a few of each item on the list and you’ll be well prepared for what to wear in the hospital after giving birth and feeling as comfortable as you can (in a hospital).
You’ll be ready for any visitors that might drop by as well as the ever changing hospital temperatures.
Do you have any postpartum outfit essentials I forgot to mention?
Leave me a comment and help out other mommys-to-be, I’m always updating this list.