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.
And don’t forget shoes: Here are The 13 Best Sandals for Pregnancy & Toddler Chasing
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