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When we think about nesting ahead of a baby's birth, we often think about decorating a nursery or buying adorably tiny clothing or sanitizing baby bottles. What we don't typically consider? Our own postpartum needs.

But it's important to give yourself some importance too, mama! That's why we suggest assembling an assortment of clothing you'll live in during those newborn days.

Bringing home that baby is a beautiful, exhausting blur. You won't have much time to shower, let alone choose your outfit every day. And that's why it helps to have great pieces on hand so you can easily grab the things that'll work so well in the postpartum period. This capsule wardrobe allows you to mix and match pieces that are comfortable enough for blissful snuggles, yet presentable for impromptu diaper runs, stroller walks with your little love or visits from loved ones.

Our suggestion? Have some of these items ready to go and stashed in one easy-to-reach place so you can show yourself some love too, mama:


Jogger pants

Anook Hayes Tall Joggers

Mama, meet your new favorite pants. These joggers are so, so comfy to wear around the house, but they're also really cute when relaxing with friends, too. If you need to run an errand or take baby for a walk, there's no need to change out of these. They'd look incredible with a denim jacket!

Editor pick: Anook tall joggers

$98

Nursing bras

Belly Bandit nursing sports bra

If you plan to breastfeed, bras made for the act will make your life much easier. Prepare for baby by picking up a few nursing bras (and don't forget to pack them in your hospital bag!).

Editor pick: Belly Bandit nursing sports bra

$69

Black T-shirts

Madewell northside vintage tee

Take it from us: The postpartum period is not the time to be wearing white. Between baby spit-up and frequent diaper changes, things can get messy very quickly. That's why we'd suggest stocking up on simple basic T-shirts in dark colors... and nothing beats basic black.

Editor pick: Madewell northside vintage tee

$16

Supportive leggings

Mother Tucker compression leggings

Gather up every pair of leggings you own and keep them close. You'll need comfortable wear within arm's reach for the postpartum period.

Editor pick: Mother Tucker compression leggings

$80

Basic hoodie

Sunday Citizen cozy hoodie

A cozy piece like this is something you'll live in during this period—and if you opt for a simple option, you can top off pretty much any pair of pants, whether they're pajama bottoms or joggers.

Editor pick: Sunday Citizen cozy hoodie

$88

Great robe

brooklinen super-plush robe

There's nothing—and we mean nothing—better than taking a long, hot shower and then slipping into a luxe robe. You'll have a whole new appreciation for this ritual when you become a mama.

Editors pick: brooklinen super-plush robe

$98

Nursing-friendly dress

Stowaway Collection Maternity city maternity + nursing dress

We adore dresses for the postpartum period. They're one-piece outfits and won't dig in around your most sensitive areas post-baby. However, it can be impossible to breastfeed in a dress—that is, unless you get one that was designed with nursing in mind. That's why we love this stylish body-hugging dress.

Editor pick: Stowaway Collection Maternity city maternity + nursing dress

$98

Cozy cardigan

Sunday Citizen Nube Ribbed Long Cardigan

Whether you're wearing it over pajamas at home or with leggings and a T-shirt for casual outings, you'll live in this cardigan.

Editor pick: Sunday Citizen ribbed long cardigan

$120

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