Are delivery nightgowns worth spending money on?
When I first encountered the concept of delivery nightgowns, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I guess my first thought was, “is that really a thing”. My second thought was “hell yeah”. Who wouldn’t want to bring some color and style into the otherwise washed out hospital environment? Some may think it’s unnecessary but I’m a strong believer of look good, feel good. I’m not talking about delivering in perfect makeup and painted nails. I’m talking about the power of a shower and some clothes that make you feel comfortable and nice.
Don’t expect this purchase to be all that easy and straight forward. It’s a bit of a jungle. Especially the many names. You’ll be facing hospital gownies, delivery gownies, delivery robes, maternity/nursing nightgowns, delivery gowns, hospital gowns etc etc. There are even matching nightgowns and baby sets (that are adorable by the way). I’ve been scouring the web and compiled what I think are the best labor gowns and hospital wear out there.
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5 great delivery nightgowns
I think this delivery nightgown represent the best of two worlds. It has well placed side buttons for feeding that offers easy and discreet access. The gown also has the button down back for medical examination and labour. A loose and stylish fit makes it both comfortable and somewhat flattering. It doesn’t make you look like a curtain but it’s also not a dress (I think that’s weird).
You can choose from 9 different solid colors. And it’s what is called a 3 in 1 maternity gown. It works as a nightgown, during labour and delivery and for nursing.
And it’s actually about 10$ cheaper than the traditional gownie.
I honestly don’t know if I love or hate the classic gownie. It’s super comfortable and practical. But not exactly flattering for your figure. Although the ones you buy yourself definitely has some advantages compared to the ones the hospital offers.
First of all, you can get a bit of color and pattern to brighten up both yourself and the room. Great for both the mood and the first family photos. And it will not be worn or washed (with harsh chemicals) by anyone else.
It got snaps instead of strings in the back. For full coverage (thank you very much). The front snaps will make it easy to breastfeed and snuggle with your new born. And it actually opens all the way, so you don’t need to unhook an IV. And don’t worry, they are already approved by hospital staff. They even work great when you’re recovering from a C-section. There are no strings tightening around the belly and they offer easy medical access.
At first you might think that a gownie and a labour gown are the same thing. They have the same functions with snaps in the front and in the back. But the labour gown gives you a bit more shape.
The labour gowns has a sewn in adjustable empire waists and elasticated armholes that ensures coverage and comfort. Like this one. In addition to the shoulder snaps the neckline is also elasticated to make it easy to nurse and cuddle.
You’ll get comfort, function and style.
This is brilliant. You can use this gown as a pregnancy, delivery and nursing gown. It means you can wear it from bump to baby. The gown looks absolutely fabulous, and it is so comfortable and soft. I would even go so far to say it’s a little bit luxurious compared to other ones. It also has extra deep pockets for all the nursing must-haves, like nursing pads, phone, etc. It can be yours for measly $26.
The headline might be a sentence you thought you would never see. But delivery nightgowns with matching pillowcases are a thing. You probably need a sense of humor to appreciate it, but it will make your hospital stay more homely. And I actually read about that just yesterday. Bringing stuff to the hospital that are personal and spirit lifting will make your stay and room feel more safe and warn. A tiny bit more like home. Thinking about it, it would probably be nice to have your own sheets as well. But let’s not over do it.
I’m not sure my own budget will allow for this but I haven’t removed it from my list yet. It’s actually not that much more than a regular delivery gown depending on which one you want.
Nursing gown for after delivery
If you really don’t want to use any hospital gowns it may be a good idea to bring a gown to change into after delivery as well. It probably needs to go in the laundry. I think it’s smart to choose a delivery nightgown that can opens in the back because of medical access. But after delivery I would choose one without buttons. It will be more comfortable (and prettier). I couldn’t choose just one, so here are two great options.
The first one is really environmentally friendly. It’s made out of natural fibre from wood and dyed with stuff from natural plants. The material is very delicate and smooth, and you don’t have to worry about your baby’s sensitive skin. You can easily open the buttons with one hand when it’s time for feeding. It can also be used as a labor gown.
The second one is designed for discreet nursing with its snaps in the front. I really like the pockets on both sides. They give the gown a little edgy silhouette and it’s very practical. And you can buy a matching baby gown or swaddle blanket if you want the Mommy & Me look.
I love that they call it a modern house dress. That makes it legitimate to wear a nightgown all day long. What could be more comfortable?
Delivery nightgowns and robes in the plenty
If you haven’t seen anything you really like yet, keep browsing these sites. There are tons to choose from. I’m sure you’ll soon find the labor gown that is best for you.