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A Little Advice… Clothes for the Hospital

I was wondering if any of the moms out there could help me decide what to pack for the hospital. The little one is due in just under five weeks and I’m not sure if I should buy a nursing night gown or simply bring along a top and shorts.

I think a nursing nightgown might be a little easier, because a couple of people told me it’s rather difficult to bend down to pull your pants up and down after delivery. Of course I don’t currently own a nursing nightgown, so if I need one then I need to head online or out to the store to purchase one.

To be honest I haven’t worn pants of any type much since a few weeks after I found out that I was pregnant. I was very bloated early on and found all of my old pants uncomfortable. I bought a bunch of soft cotton dresses, pulled a few more out of the closet and have been living in them for months! I’ve been really comfortable with this approach, which is why I’m leaning towards a nursing nightgown over the alternatives.

On the other hand at home I tend to sleep without clothes, so I hate the idea of buying something I only plan to wear for a day or two. If any of you have suggestions on what you wore or maybe more importantly what you wished you wore I’d love to hear from you!


Friday 7th of October 2011

I took a couple of pair of old socks. One's that where wore thin. For some reason I didn't like to be bare footed giving birth and it does get chilly. I did get some blood on the socks but that is why I took old ones. I just threw them away at the hospital.

One Frugal Girl

Wednesday 28th of September 2011

You all are the greatest! It sounds like I should stick with the hospital garments and remember to bring a nursing bra, robe (for visitors), a small sweater (in case it's cold in the hospital) and socks or slippers. I'm so glad I asked the question I was all set to go out and buy nursing pajamas! Now I can save my money for other things.


Monday 26th of September 2011

I had a baby about a month ago via C-Section. I was actually due about the same time as you but my little one decided to make an early appearance. I was on bed rest in the hospital for 2 weeks prior to the C-Section and got to know the hospital robes very well.

I found that it was easiest just to wear their robe cause they want to check you for bleeding (and if it's was a C-Section your incision) at shift changes. There is a high chance of you getting the clothes you're wearing icky so I would say just wear the hospital robe. The one concession would be if you have visitors and will be getting up having your own bath robe is helpful although a second hospital robe works as well. Wearing their slippers is a good idea too. I don't know about you but the floors of a hospital gross me out and I wouldn't want to take any of those germs home with me.

I really recommend a night time nursing bra. I find it's helpful to have it on at night in case of leaking. Then you're not getting your PJs and bedding all gross. Breastmilk can be stinky! Something like this works for me but I'm only pumping at this point and not actually breastfeeding yet.'s loose enough that it's not uncomfortable.

Donna Freedman

Sunday 25th of September 2011

Yes to nursing bras.Yes to hospital gowns, with maybe a robe to throw on if company shows up. Or at least to put on if you have to get up and go to the bathroom while company is there -- those hospital gowns are pretty, um, chancy.


Sunday 25th of September 2011

I wore the hospital gowns due to bleeding. It is just a fact and may get blood on your nice nightgown. When you feel like getting a shower ask the hospital to give you a fresh gown. Comfort, ease of access and no worry about ruining your own gown.