I had no idea what to pack for the hospital for myself to wear the first time I gave birth. Pajamas? Sweats? Regular clothes? Even though when I was pregnant with James, I plotted out the nursery, a detailed registry, basically everything I would need in advance, I didn’t really pack a hospital bag or think about what I would wear at the hospital. Total rookie mistake! After you give birth, people come to visit, you have to go to some classes with other people and even in NYC, you inevitably end up knowing someone there, and there are so many photo opps.
In retrospect, I wish I had packed some cute pajamas, and a cute robe. It’s cold in the hospital so even though it was hot outside, I kept a sweater on the whole time. I wish I had been wearing cute pajamas, packed some makeup and a hair dryer, and a presentable outfit to go home in. I never want to even look at our hospital pics because I looked so dumpster and those are such precious moments to document. Plus, I think I would have felt better overall. I just felt kind of gross and overwhelmed, which obviously you will anyway because you are wearing a diaper, bleeding, lactating, and trying to care for a tiny human while recovering from basically getting hit by a truck and not getting any sleep (not to scare you). But it’s kind of the idea that on the days you feel the most tired, if you dress up a little, you’ll feel better. And looking back, pulling yourself together at the hospital sets a nice tone for self care and helps give you the feeling you can handle this as you transition from the alternate universe of the hospital to the real world. Plus, there are actually people there who can watch your baby, unlike when you get home and you may not shower for days, so it’s nice to take advantage to take a shower and get out of your hospital gown.
Of course, I’m a big proponent of doing whatever you feel like after having a baby. You just gave birth. You don’t have to get dressed, do your hair, or do anything you don’t feel up to. But in retrospect, having the option would have been nice. So I rounded up some comfy yet photo- and- visitor-friendly outfits to wear at the hospital after giving birth.
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Also love: Pink Star Pajamas