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The 25 New Mom Wardrobe Basics– The Summer Edition

By ceridwen |

This gorgeous cotton kurta is easy, breezy and looks so good.

My first baby was born in July. I left the hospital in a droopy sarong and one of my husband’s XL t-shirts. The sarong– unsure of whether to stay above the wobbly bulge of my immediate postpartum belly or under it– kept falling down. And the shirt was too floppy to hoist up for nursing. Once I got it up for a feed, my aforementioned bulge was exposed for the duration.

I thought I had figured out a cheap solution to “transition wear:” Who needs to buy specific clothes for postpartum? This is just a couple of weeks or maybe months. I can manage. And I didn’t care how I looked. Really, I didn’t. My mind was totally, appropriately consumed with other things.

But I had nothing to wear. Like not even ugly things to wear. My pants were either too big– maternity sized– or too small. The lovely cotton sundresses I’d pictured myself in were, Duh, not going to work for what amounted to constant breastfeeding. My underwear bras were killing me. My Mommy Brain (very smart about some things, totally idiotic about others) was completely useless when it came to surmounting this obstacle. Eventually, a sympathetic mother stepped up with some hand-me-downs.

When my second baby came, I sorted it out early on: I got the cotton robe, the good nursing bras, the right loose-but-shapely shirts, many a stretch waistband, the granny underwear… A little thought about what to wear postpartum made it possible for me to do what I’d wanted to do the first time around:  not ever have to think about what to wear. Many of these basics are still in rotation some four years later.

So, based on these experiences and countless conversations with new moms, I’ve come up with The 25 New Mom Wardrobe Basics. I’ve searched the web for actual click-to-buy examples of each item. When you have a baby in the summer you’re a leaky, milky, perspiring furnace sun-kissed, life-giving goddess. This wardrobe accommodates those circumstances.

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The 25 New Mom Wardrobe Basics-- The Summer Edition

Good (Big) Underwear

These "slimming briefs" come from the Swedish maternity company Boob and run $38. Big underwear are great postpartum; you can also buy a 'granny pack' of huge panties from the supermarket and wear those for the first week or two and then throw them out.
Purchase at Figure 8 Maternity

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Ceridwen Morris is a writer, mother, and certified childbirth educator. She is the author of several books and screenplays, including (Three Rivers; 2007). She serves on the board of The Childbirth Education Association of Metropolitan New York and teaches at Tribeca Parenting in New York City. Read bio and latest posts → Read Ceridwen's latest posts →

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3 thoughts on “The 25 New Mom Wardrobe Basics– The Summer Edition

  1. ariela says:

    I bought two of those Old Navy skirts early on in pregnancy, when I was in the US for a visit. They’ve been great – so comfy and fit my bump no matter what size it grows to. I look forward to wearing them postpartum (in a couple of weeks!) as well (although it might have to be with leggings since we’re in the middle of Autumn here down under).

  2. Taz says:

    I never bought a ‘nursing’ anything and I have been nursing for 3 months now with no problems. I simply pull my shirt down and pull a boob out and nurse. Regular bra, regular tank or v-neck t shirt with a cardigan or blazer or even a low cut pull-over… just kind of pulled the items that would fit my new shape and work well. Wrap dresses, roomy button downs & anything low cut!

  3. ceridwen says:

    Yes Taz! Thank you for making an important point. Nursing shirts, bras and dresses are not necessary for the entirety of breastfeeding or even some of it. I found some of them– especially the bras and Boob tops– very helpful for immediate postpartum when my normal underwire bras killed and I had to buy new ones anyway and the Anita bras are good for large breasted women b/c they also have wide, soft shoulder straps and have good back support. I found the Boob nursing tops great bc they were made of a slightly thicker jersey with some lycra built-in which just felt really good postpartum. But every *body* is different. I know some women who went braless, which is great if you have the right boobs for it feels good. Also, modesty plays a part… some of us are cool with showing more, some with less. Or you feel more modest in the first few months and then become more comfortable…

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