Pregnancy and new motherhood are two of those times in life when comfort is key. If you're looking for maternity nightwear for at home or the hospital that's cosy for sleeping and practical for nursing, we have a few suggestions up our sleeve!
Brands like Serafine and Happy Mama as well as Tu for Sainsbury's all offer lovely soft pyjamas of various lengths as well as simple, stylish nighties which make breastfeeding easy whilst looking gorgeous, too. We've selected the ten best you can buy from Amazon, Argos and eBay this year, ranking them according to comfort, style, practicality and price.
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Look out for a few key factors while shopping for maternity nightwear. Whether you're a first time mother or you've experienced the new baby drill a few times before, comfy new PJ's are a surefire way to make midnight feeds that little bit less stressful. Here's our guide to choosing the best.
Maternity nightwear could be a pair of cosy pyjamas or a loose-fitting nightie; both have benefits and some feature necklines especially designed for nursing at night, which we'll get into later.
The key benefits of pyjamas are the fact they keep your legs covered, and can double as loungewear. Look for special features that support growing bumps or that can be adjusted after giving birth so you don't have to repurchase every few months!
When it comes to nighties, they'll often feel less restrictive on growing bumps as there'll be no waistband to contend with. They can be more practical for new mums as they're super quick to throw on compared to PJ's, and won't dig in as much on your now-delicate stomach area.
Think about how your body has been feeling during pregnancy or with your new baby, and how hot you tend to get at night for the season you're buying in.
If you often feel very warm in bed or you're buying for summer, a shorter, knee-length nightdress is a great option. Consider one with straps or capped sleeves for added freedom and ventilation.
For mamas who tend to get chillier at night times, a longer-length nightie or pyjama top-and-bottoms combo with longer sleeves may be best.
Like a little space to breathe? Try PJ's with cropped trousers, which are ideal for between-season wear.
Many maternity pyjama sets available online are specifically aimed at mums who want to comfortably breastfeed their little one at night. There are a few different options which will suit different mothers in different ways. Check out the options which best suit your body type and needs.
Poppers give your PJ's a cute aesthetic and they certainly save a lot of time. On hectic nights when you've been awoken unexpectedly or don't want to fuss with buttons, poppers are ideal as they can be opened in seconds but also comfortably closed to keep you warm.
Nighties with poppers at the back as well as front are a great option for hospital visits, providing comfort and ease of examination.
To keep extra cool – either at warmer times of year or if you tend to get heated on night-time feeds – why not consider a nightie with a bra-strap style clasp which can be unhooked to allow the cup to drop down.
Though you may be familiar with this style in your maternity bras during the day, they could be a little fiddly for new mums and don't necessarily provide the smoothest possible transition at night time.
Another option for feeding your baby in the night is a set of pyjamas or a nightie with buttons down the front.
In comparison to poppers these are a little more time consuming, but look simple and sophisticated and can be worn as normal nightwear once pregnancy and breastfeeding are over.
A truly practical option is a nightie or pyjama top which has a hidden opening, disguised with folds so you can lift the fabric and breastfeed comfortably, even if you decide to wear it during the day, too!
This is great as it means no uncomfortable buttons underneath you as you sleep and no faffing with closures, although be mindful that some designs may not allow you to take out your whole breast.
Cheaper options are polyester and polyamide, two fairly alike fabrics made with polymer fibres. Some wearers may be put off as they are synthetic materials, though polyester is very tough and resistant to wrinkles and colour fading, as well as being quick to dry,
Polyamide (better known as nylon), has similar properties but does offer a little more stretch; keeping your changing body in perfect comfort.
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One top perk of this 3-part PJ set is the breastfeeding access, which is easy to use and conveniently invisible when not in use. The bottoms have full-length legs and come with both a midi-sleeve t-shirt and a robe with pockets; ideal for chilly nights in full, or as separates when the weather gets warmer.
They're available in neutrals or fun pastel coloured polka dots, while the plush, soft and breathable fabric means you'll feel comforted and strong whenever you put them on. Plus, the ample stretch makes them easy to wear beneath a growing belly. A gorgeous pre-baby gift idea – for a friend or to yourself!
Probably our favourite thing about this cute stripey two piece is the beautifully accessible yet discreet breast-feeding opening, which makes it convenient to use even on bleary-eyed midnight feeds.
The V-neck top and full-length legs are nicely ventilated without letting you get cold, and the hidden bra is easily revealed when you open the fold in the front. Plus, the trouser tops are great for growing tums, even featuring an adjustable buttoned elastic to provide more room as you need, or less once pregnancy is over.
One particular selling point of this light, flowing nightdress is that it allows you to get plenty of air to your arms so your body temperature stays regulated even during flustered night-feeds or hot nights.
Pretty and casual enough to wear around the house, the straps on this nightie not only keep you cool but can also be unfastened. The cup simply opens down to make breastfeeding effortless and free of discomfort. The floaty skirt has a whimsical charm too, making it a great summertime pick.
Choose this elegant nightie if you favour shorter sleeves and like the idea of a more traditional-looking, lace-embellished garment. The high quality craftsmanship and mixture of viscose and elastane makes it soft and loose-flowing, and there's a gently elasticated empire waist for comfort.
For feeding access in the middle of the night, the hidden opening is seamless and smooth so it's totally comfortable while you sleep, and seriously accessible when you are using it – a great balance.
Looking for a nightie with a bold print that makes night-time breastfeeding a breeze? This fun dress has elbow-length sleeves and stops mid-thigh, keeping you covered up without overheating. The machine-washable blend of viscose and elastane is practical and time-saving, too.
The poppers down the front mean you can rip it open at lightning speed when you need to come to a crying baby's aid in the night, then fasten it up easily for some toasty post-feed cuddles.
The loveliest thing about these dreamy light grey pyjamas is the glittery silver 'Mama' which graces its front. With mid-length, loose t-shirt sleeves and full-length legs, it's a totally sleepover-worthy set to keep you warm.
Although it's designed for pregnancy so doesn't have any nursing access, the spacious top is ideal for a growing belly, with enough length even to tuck into your trouser tops on those particularly chilly nights!
We love this liquid-soft viscose nightie because of its uncomplicated shape, its practical colour and its modest length. It'll keep you easy and breezy without feeling too revealing – great if you'd rather focus on caring for your pregnant body than pondering what it looks like.
Reasonably-priced as a 2-pack, each nightdress has buttons down the front, which aren't the fastest to open, but they do look add to its overall style. And more importantly, it means it can double as a normal nightie once pregnancy and the nursing stage ends.
These cosy pyjamas are available in a range of colours and have a handy hidden opening so you can easily breastfeed without faffing with buttons or confusing fastenings when you're half asleep.
As the opening is invisible and the button elastic at the waist fully adjustable, you can continue to wear these stylish PJ's long after pregnancy and the breastfeeding phase has finished. Choose from a range of colours from jewel-toned blues, reds and greens to elegant floral patterns. There's also a sleeveless option if you'd prefer.
Pick this pretty nightie if you're looking for bedtime wear which adapts to suit your needs from pregnancy into early motherhood. As well as having easy-to-open poppers for nursing, this nightgown opens fully at the front to allow skin-on-skin contact with your newborn.
Made from a pleasant mix of pure cotton and a little elastane for some extra give, this nightdress is available to buy in a range of tasteful colours and patterns including feathers and birds.
These pyjamas made it into our top ten because of their touchably soft blend of polyester, viscose, and stretchy elastane, paired with a tasteful grey and white striped pattern and easy care.
With legs cropped just below the knee and sleeves that almost reach the elbow, these cosy-but-cool PJ's have plenty of space for a growing baby with an integrated 'bump panel', but unfortunately aren't adapted for nursing later down the line.
Parenting is no picnic, especially at times like these, but we have a few suggestions for the best new baby essentials at great prices. Take a look at our related articles, which we hope will make your parenting experience go extra smoothly, so you can enjoy your newborn in (a little more) comfort and calm.
And that's the end of our guide to buying the best maternity pyjamas this year. We're pretty sure we've picked some beautiful garments that will make night-time feeds easy and help you sleep a little better too, when you get the chance. We wish you all the best on your parenting journey; may it be joyful, restful and blessed with the occasional nap!
Author: Annie Hopkins
No. 1: HAPPY MAMA｜Maternity Nursing Nightwear
No. 2: Mamastadt｜Maternity Pyjamas
No. 3: iLoveSIA｜Women's Seamless Maternity Nursing Dress
No. 4: Séraphine｜Maternity Meadow Nightdress, Grey
No. 5: HAPPY MAMA｜Women's Maternity Nightie
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