What to Pack + Wear for that Post-Baby Hospital Stay

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This post could just as easily been titled “Postpartum Loungewear”…and I know you all HATE when we post about anything in that genre, so…I’m sorry. ha. ha. riiiight.

I got legitimately excited as I was packing my bag this time around, because I feel as if I now know exactly what I want to be wearing in the hospital after the whole giving birth part: COMFORTABLE STUFF. That’s what.

I also packed a solid (and even cool) “going home outfit”, because baby isn’t the only one that needs to look their best on that ceremonial walk through the halls of the hospital, out to the car and into the house. Mama needs some sort of spotlight here, too. [snort]What this mama will really need is a long, undisturbed nap, but…let’s go with what is more likely to happen –  going home in an outfit that isn’t pajamas, but still uber comfortable (and hey, if you feel like you look cool two days postpartum…SCORE. My job here is done).

Let’s get on with it then…because really, I feel like my water could break at any moment. Seriously. Even “waddling” is being generous – it’s more of a toddle, I would say. Yeh, a toddle.



1. over-sized tee: can’t go wrong with a super slouchy and soft white t-shirt and this pocket one from UO is pretty perfect. I think the one I packed is BP. from Nordstrom, but very similar. I plan to throw it over one of the soft-cup nursing bras.

2. comfortable (and stretchy) bottoms: mmmmmmm. sweat pants. I’m already fantasizing about slipping you on at the hospital…after I lose the sexy gown. Athleta has such a good selection and I died over this light grey ankle pair. sigh. I can feel the comfort. I also feel like they’ll be good for holding everything up and secure – ya know. The pads, cooling pack, and other cool stuff going on down there. I also packed this pair of looser pajama pants.

3. soft cup nursing bras: a definite must, especially if a couple guests drop in. I don’t want to have to get a real bra on (heck no), but I can do a cute bralette-type deal. H&M rocks with their affordable nursing options. I love it, because it’s something I don’t want to spend a ton on…but need.

4. hair ties: easy hair. the end. Anthro. wins with their pretty little pony holders.

5. lightweight robe: I say lightweight, because it’s too much for me to have a nursing baby on me and then to also be wrapped up in a really heavy anything. I have been drooling over Plum Pretty Sugars robes for a very long time – prettiest patterns and color palettes. I now have this kimono-style robe (awesome Christmas gift from my mother-in-law) and it makes me feel feminine and beautiful, so yes. Yes, I will bring you to the hospital and wear you over a nursing tank. That’s when I’ll ask the husband to break-out the camera, too. ha-ha.

6. nursing tanks: so convenient and good for easy nursing. I’ve had these MAMA nursing tanks since my last son was born…and they are awesome.

7. full-coverage undies: …because there will be a lot going on down there and mama needs the coverage. MAMA 3-pack of boy shorts. That about does the trick. sweet.

8. fuzzy and warm socks: my feet freeze every time I’m in the hospital. Can’t have that, now can we? Fuzzy, warm socks…the fluffier the better. These ‘Butter’ Slipper Socks say it in the name…butterrrrr…on your feet. I don’t know. Sounds nice to me.



1. slouchy sweater: I found this lightweight, loose grey sweater that I think I’ll get a lot of wear out of postpartum. They’re easy to throw on over nursing tanks/bras…and go with sweats, leggings and jeans (if you ever do make it out of the house). I did order a size up for that post-baby pooch and nursing ta-tas.

2. cooler-looking sweatpants: it’s nice that you can choose to wear sweatpants out nowadays and they can actually look…cool. They’re perfect for that first “real” outfit post labor and delivery. I mean, they’re sweats. winwinwin. I like a good zippered pair, so these relaxed ones from Gap went right into my bag. Woo!

3. nursing bra: the soft cup kind or something that offers a bit more support – it’s really your preference. I prefer keeping it chill and loose for a while after having baby. I’m not usually trying to win any cleavage awards right after giving birth, so a nice bra that’s comfortable and does the job is okay by me…and awesome for throwing on under a nursing tank and slouchy sweater.

4. nursing tank: nice for layering under a slouchy tee or sweater…depending on the temps outside. I’m a fan of the 2-pack MAMA tanks from H&M.

5. hat: because…hairs. I don’t usually spend too much time on my hair (ever), so…right after having a baby…hahaha. Yeh, nope. Hat it is! It helps if it’s a cute one with a pom pom OR, if it’s warmer out, a baseball cap.

6. really comfortable underwear:…that holds it all in, if you know what I mean. You’re pretty much still wearing a diaper when you leave the hospital, so sweet little undies that bare ass cheeks may not be the best thing to pack. I love Calvin Klein’s Modern Cotton Boy Short. Dare I say they are even kind of sexy?…and heck, I’ll try that two days postpartum.

7. sweet kicks: there is no way you’ll find me in a heel…or a sweet little ballet flat…or even boots. No. Sneakers. Gimme sneakers. I have been loving on these PUMA Pulse XT Graphic Training shoes. I really lurvvvvv them. Everyone’s wearing the New Balance and the Nikes now…and I’m over here like…hiiiiiii. I’m wearing Pumas…and I LOVE IT.

Oh, and yes! I’m also planning on bringing my anorak, because it’s definitely chilly here now and I will need the extra layer.

There you have it. That’s what I currently have packed in my hospital bag, which…wow. I actually have my bag packed BEFORE the baby starts heading out. This is a big deal for me, ya’ll. I’m trying really hard not to wear any of it until the hospital, because then…yehhhhh. I’ll find myself without a packed bag (again). That would kind of defeat the purpose, I suppose.

So. Story time! I legit thought I was going into the pre-labor phase the other night (ya know, the slight contractions and mucous loveliness, etc that you can experience right before getting time-able contractions) and was convinced baby boy was on his way, but…nope. NOPE. This pregnancy has really proved to be the most FUN in so many different little ways. har…har…ugh. It’s all goooooood. Baby will be here soon.

Baby will be here soon…baby will be here soon…baby will be here…




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  1. Hi – what a wonderful post! Wish I would have had this when I was having my babies. But alas they are now pre-teens. I would like to add one item that I wish someone would have told me about…compression socks! I had NO idea about the swelling in your ankles/feet/calves that can occur after you have a baby. Shudder! Not comfortable! I just saw a great pair from Smart Wool – warm and compression – fantastic! http://www.smartwool.com/shop/women-socks-compression

  2. Enjoyed this post, and it was very helpful! I’m due in April. Love the sweat pants, but light gray? Really? You’re a braver mama than I!

  3. THANK YOU THANK YOU. I’ve been hoping you would do one of these. I basically lived in a nightgown for my first kid (and an unattractive nightgown at that!) and was looking for some “cute postpartum loungewear” this time around that doesn’t make me feel all frumpy all day.

  4. Question/Comment that can be put into just 2 words: WHITE PANTS?!!! God bless ya! May the odds be ever in your favor there…..

    • they are light grey, to be fair. 😉 haha. No, I know. I am asking for trouble. However, the sweats are too comfortable not to bring. I think they’ll be the last day bottoms I throw on.

  5. One non-clothing item I recommend is Depends. So much more comfortable than the giant pads they want to put on you, and they don’t shift while you’re lying down. Will be packing them along with my kimono and (black) sweatpants come June!

  6. Great post although I tend to stay in the mesh hospital undies as long as possible. You are brave to risk your actual underwear! I like the other commenter’s idea about Depends. I may to throw those in this time around.

  7. I had a C-section last time, and had packed all (very soft sweat) pants, which I couldn’t wear for more than 2 weeks (in December, obviously). My husband ran out at closing time to find me SOMETHING to wear and came back with 2 soft dresses and a beautiful nursing night gown/bathrobe (he rocks), and those are going right into my bag this time. Especially since kid #2 is also head up and I’m looking at surgery round 2.

  8. I look forward to each one of your posts as I’m 35 weeks along with baby #3. Thank you for all of your great ideas. I can’t wait to see what’s coming up post-partum. I’ve struggled with cute and practical clothing options during that time and will be anxiously awaiting your posts! All the best the next few weeks!

  9. This is such a helpful post. Thank you! I’m due in three weeks and was stressing over what to pack. This isn’t my first go around but for some reason it’s still hard to pack that bag! One question: do the nursing tanks need a bra underneath them or do they have a built in bra? In other words, will you be wearing the nursing bra under the nursing cami?

  10. I wonder why all the pictures show a super skinny girl on them ? isn’t htis post about babies and pregnancy ?

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