Aimee Gowns from NursingGowns.com
When I prepped for my hospital stay I had it in my head that I was going to give birth naturally and I was in denial about the possibility of having a c-section. The clothing I packed for the hospital reflected my mindset: pajama pants and tank tops. Well, if I learned anything about pregnancy and child birth it’s that you can plan as much as you want but you have to go with the flow. My reality was that I needed to have a c-section – so pants were not going to cut it. I ended up wearing the hospital gowns for my entire stay and I wish I had known that there were other alternatives.
There are several companies that make hospital-style gowns. For the most part they are in pastels (I’m not sure what it is about child birth that makes designers think Easter Egg colors – maybe it’s the shape of our bellies?) but at least you know it’s your own gown and fifty people before you weren’t wearing the same gown. If you want more of a traditional night gown style there are several styles that also come in handy if you plan on nursing.
Whatever you choose to wear there are few main things to consider – as long as your clothing choice takes these into consideration you’ll be fine. First, you want to be comfortable so choose a style that you favor and make sure the fabric is soft and doesn’t irritate you. Second, if you are nursing, make sure you are wearing something that offers easy access. You’ll be nursing every two to three hours around the clock so you won’t want to be changing in and out of tops each time. Finally, there will be pictures taken. No, they probably won’t be flattering (unless you’re one of those people that has hair and makeup done before hospital photos – I am not). Friends and family are going to document this joyous occasion and you’ll at least want to be wearing something you won’t cringe at the site of for the rest of your life. If you keep these issues in mind when choosing what to wear at the hospital you’ll be able to concentrate on what really matters – your new baby!
*Update* I just found out about Annie & Isabel gowns and these gowns are really cute – it’s all in the details: ladybug on the sleeve, the cut of the back along with the bow and the box pleat in front. More fabrics to choose from but I’m a sucker for polka dots!