One of the things moms need for spending time in the hospital - and at home immediately following the delivery of a baby - is a handful of comfortable robes and loungewear. A good friend advised me to bring several options because -- TRUTH TIME - brace yourselves -- the first few days you're likely to bleed a lot (regardless of how you delivered) and if you're trying to nurse, you'll end up covered in breastmilk and Lanolin. I was so glad I packed a variety of options for the hospital - I ended up needing every ensemble. If you plan to have lots of visitors, it's also nice to have a few options that afford you some modesty and make you feel like a real person.
Lace Trim Nursing Nightgown & Robe - $88
This set from Destination Maternity is the softest thing I've ever touched. The nightgown has adjustable straps which I found I really needed - before and after nursing, my cup size changes substantially so these straps allow me to alter how much coverage I have throughout the day. The robe is a perfect extra layer that isn't too heavy. I also love the blush pink color.
Floral Nursing and Delivery Robe - $42
Nick bought this for me as a "gift from Daisy" and I love it - I wore it throughout the pregnancy and it was just as forgiving for my belly when it was six months, nine months and post-delivery. It's a great length too. Not super great quality but Pinkblush is reasonably-priced and their colors are fun.
Dreamwell Print Shirtdress - $54.95
This long nightshirt is super thin but patterned in the perfect way to hide anything underneath. I loved the bright colors in the sterile setting of the hospital. Not the best for nursing, but, this was great for resting in bed and walking the halls of the hospital to promote circulation after delivery.
MAMA Nursing Dress - $24.99
This dress is so soft and comfortable - perfect for lounging in the hospital room with visitors, sleeping and nursing - just lift up the cotton flap and bring baby to you! Can't beat the price - and it comes in four colors.
If there's one thing I've learned in the last nine months, it is to prioritize self-care and comfort. You are only as good for others as how you feel, from the inside out. Take the time and spend the money to the extent you can to outfit yourself in things that are soft, functional and beautiful ♥