What to Wear in the Hospital after Having a Baby

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When I was packing my hospital bag, I focused on packing clothes that were functional, comfortable, and yes, pretty.  I knew that there would be many pictures taken, so I wanted to look put together. Instead of writing another “what I packed in my hospital bag” posts because there tons of those out there, I thought I’d share what I wore to receive visitors in the hospital after having Karoline. Overall, for what to wear in the hospital after giving birth, I focused on basic pieces–leggings, camis, and flowy tops.

Kimono: c/o PinkBlush // Nursing cami: Target // Leggings: Nordstrom // Earrings: gift from Chauncey // Sandals: Tory Burch / Necklace: Wedding gift from Chauncey // Watch: Apple // Bangle: David Yurman


The day of delivery, I wore my delivery gown. FYI, I liked this one better than the Gownies one I wore to deliver Kane. It’s true to size. I took a size small in it. After taking a shower the next morning, I changed into this outfit to receive visitors.

Of course my ride or die leggings made their way into my hospital bag (all 3 pairs of them!). I love these because they’re high-waisted, so they give you support after delivery, especially if you’ve had a c-section. For pregnancy, I had sized up one size in these pants.

For convenience, I added this nursing cami as a base layer. I picked it up at Target, along with this nursing bra (on clearance under $15), on our huge Target run the weekend before the baby came. This brand was not my favorite when I was nursing Kane, but they have since stepped up their game! The nursing cami is soft and thick.  The bra is supportive but comfortable, and it still gives you shape.

I had ordered my floral kimono from PinkBlush Maternity the week before, thinking I’d get to wear it as a maternity piece. Nope–I just got to try it on.haha But I did have Chauncey grab it to bring to the hospital because I knew it would be perfect for nursing and look great in pictures.  It’s such a soft, feminine piece that is beautiful without being fussy.

And I couldn’t forget to bring my favorite Tory Burch flip flop sandals.  Yes, I know these are an investment piece, and I will tell you that they’re worth eBay last year.  I prefer taking flip flops to the hospital over slippers, because my feet get hot even when the rest of me is cold.

I kept my jewelry simple.  Small pendant necklace, small pearl earrings, and my Apple watch.  My watch came in so handy for nighttime feedings. Here, I’m also wearing my new David Yurman bangle, which was my “push present” from Chauncey–it just came in after we got home from the hospital, or I would’ve worn it there.

I ended up with a short two-night hospital stay.  The next day, I wore another pair of the same leggings, another cami, and a Lilly Pulitzer Elsa top which is actually perfect for nursing.

You can see my budge-proof makeup I wore for labor + delivery here.

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Hi there! I’m Tif Fannin, the blogger behind Bright on a Budget, based in Lexington, Kentucky. Bright on a Budget is a Southern fashion and lifestyle blog where I share everyday looks, beauty, and travel, along with a behind-the-scenes look at my life as a working mom of two. I have a penchant for bright colors + good deals. Follow along for posts that are relatable to the everyday woman.

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  1. 3.21.18

    Those nursing tanks were my fave!