Updated on November 17, 2020 by Lyric Fergusson
In your 9 months of preparing for baby’s arrival, making sure you have all you need when he or she arrives, it’s easy to forget about you! But don’t lose sight of your own needs, Mama! You want to think ahead and make sure you have what you need to make life as easy and comfortable as possible when you are getting ready to give birth, and are suddenly caring for another human!
Quality maternity pajamas are a must when you are pregnant. Here’s why: Sleep can be a whole different game when you’re pregnant, from restless leg syndrome and night sweats to heartburn and a kicking baby, and all this before baby is even born! Add to that the recovery during your postpartum period with a newborn who feeds every 2 hours, and you may wonder if you’ll ever sleep again. (You will, eventually). But you definitely don’t want anything else getting in the way of your precious sleep, as fractionated as it may be, especially something like an itchy or too-tight waistband or complicated top you struggle to nurse in during the middle of the night feedings. So we’ve compiled a list of some of the best options out there, that will take you from pregnancy to postpartum and breastfeeding, and beyond!
Here are our 7 favorite maternity pajama sets:
The Best Maternity Pajamas
(Best loungewear — $$)
Why it’s great: This maternity and nursing set includes a short-sleeved nursing top and loose-legged capris. It is made from modal, a plant-based textile, which is more breathable and 50% more absorbent than cotton. This makes it oh-so-soft against the skin. The fabric has high elasticity, and an adjustable waistband, which is great when you’re pregnant since your shape and size are ever-changing and growing. The design is attractive, with scalloped edging and a V-neck cross-over top that doubles as a nursing top. There are 9 colors to choose from.
This set is great because it works with all stages of pregnancy as well as postpartum and breastfeeding. It even looks good as loungewear, a definite plus these days since we are all spending a little more time at home than we did in a pre-COVID world. The waistband of the bottoms is accommodating of a C-section incision too, another plus.
Keep in mind: Due to the low-cut V-neck and crossover style of the bust, this top may not be the best for bustier women. Several women with larger cup sizes said the top didn’t contain them very well.
Good for: Smaller busted women
(Most comfy — $$)
Why it’s great: This set has two options, a short-sleeved top and pants combo, or a long-sleeved top and pants set, and multiple solid color choices for each. It is made from a 65% cotton/35% spandex blend, making it soft and stretchy. The bottoms have an adjustable waistband while the top has a double layer for added coverage while nursing and pull-down access for added ease.
These sets are practical and comfortable and are a great staple set to have during pregnancy and beyond. The ease of access for breastfeeding will make nighttime feedings go more smoothly.
Keep in mind: The pants tend to run a bit long, but wearing higher on the waist may counter that issue.
Good for: Taller women
(Best nightgown — $$)
Why it’s great: This nightgown is a hands-down gown fave. Available in 7 color patterns and prints to choose from, it is pretty and functional. Made from rayon, it is super soft and so comfortable. It has a shelf bra with sewn-in cups for support. The top has clasps to allow easy access for breastfeeding, and the straps are adjustable as well.
What I love most about this gown are its feminine look and its versatility. It is super comfy during pregnancy, great for laboring and postpartum, and comfy and functional in the postpartum and breastfeeding days. You can wear this to sleep, you can wear it as loungewear with leggings and a robe, and you can dress it up with a cute cardigan, leggings, and boots for that quick trip to the store if need be! Nightgowns are my favorite especially during the postpartum period, and you just can’t go wrong with this one.
Keep in mind: The fabric of this gown is thin, which is great if you tend to sleep hot, it’s summertime, and/or you live in warmer climes. It May not be best for cold winter nights.
Good for: Warmer weather, summer time.
(Best cozy pajamas — $$)
Why it’s great: This is a long-sleeved top and pants set that comes in several really pretty colors and 2 print options. It is made from 95% cotton, a big plus for those with sensitive skin or those who just prefer natural materials. This set is breathable and definitely comfortable. The pants have two side pockets and an adjustable waistband. The top doubles as a nursing top, with lift-up access for easy and discreet breastfeeding.
This cozy set is perfect for fall and winter, sure to keep you warm but not hot, and will make nighttime nursing a breeze.
Keep in mind: This set tends to run a bit snug, so it may be best to order a size up.
Good for: Fall and winter, cooler weather
(Best budget buy — $$)
Why it’s great: This set has the option of a short-sleeved top and shorts or pants, so there’s an option regardless of the season. It is made from 95% cotton, making it soft, stretchy, and breathable. It is dyed with natural fabric dye, a win if you have sensitive skin or avoid synthetic dyes and fabrics. The bottoms, whether you get the pants or the shorts, have an adjustable waistband. The top has pull-down access for easy breastfeeding, and offers discretion with an extra layer at the top should you want it.
I love this simple set not only because it is made with natural materials, but because of its affordability. It also goes up to XXL in size. This set is simple and casual and can take you from pregnancy through postpartum and breastfeeding.
Keep in mind: This set doesn’t have very many reviews, but you can’t beat the price!
Good for: Those on a budget
(Best quality — $$)
Why it’s great: This is my favorite sleep set on the list. I absolutely rave about Kindred Bravely, a women-owned company with amazing customer service. Their products are made by women, for women, so they know what women want! And women want comfy and stylish pajamas and loungewear during their pregnancy and postpartum! And this set has it all. Made from viscose fabric, it is super soft, lightweight, and breathable, not to mention cozy. The top and bottoms have scalloped edging for an attractive detail. The bottoms are elastic-free, perfect for those who hate the stuff and instead has a wide waistband. The top fabric has an attractive twist design which provides discreet and easy breastfeeding access.
This set comes in 4 rich colors, and the widest range of sizes out of all that make this list, ranging from Small to XXX-Large, so there’s a pair for everyone.
Keep in mind: As mentioned, the waistband is not adjustable, so some women may wish to order a size up for the third trimester and early postpartum. They may be more suited for early pregnancy, postpartum, and nursing for some women who feel that the pants don’t accommodate the late-pregnancy belly.
Good for: Postpartum, breastfeeding, and those looking for larger sizes
(Most luxurious — $$)
Why it’s great: This 3-piece set has a beautiful and luxurious look and feel to it. It consists of a nursing cami tank top, a half-sleeve kimono-style robe with sash, and pants. It is made from 93% polyester and is stretchy and soft. The cami offers lift-up nursing access, so you don’t have to stretch the top out to breastfeed, and the pants offer an adjustable waistband.
This set is amazing because not only does it offer you comfort and ease, especially if you are breastfeeding, but in the event of last-minute visitors, you can easily throw the robe on for added coverage and look more presentable. The whole set has this elegant look.
Keep in mind: The care instructions say this should not be put in the dryer, which can be a bit inconvenient for postpartum mums busy with a newborn, so take that into consideration.
Good for: When you want an all-in-one set complete with robe!
FAQs about maternity pajamas
1. How do I choose maternity pajamas?
When shopping for maternity pajamas, it is a good idea to consider whether you will be wearing these just during your pregnancy, or if you’d like a set that will last beyond pregnancy. Many maternity pajamas function also as nursing wear, making them much more functional if you plan to breastfeed.
2. Why do I need maternity pajamas?
You may not. However, many women find that regular-sized pajamas become uncomfortable during pregnancy as their bellies begin to grow, particularly around the waistband and the bust. Maternity pajamas are made to grow with your belly and accommodate a growing belly and bust, allowing room to breathe, grow, move, and sleep more peacefully.
3. How do I choose a size for maternity pajamas?
Generally, it is advised that you go with your pre-pregnancy size when choosing maternity clothing. However, it is important to read descriptions as some companies size their clothing differently, some may run small or large, and not all products run true to size. Therefore, it is best to view the sizing chart and read customer reviews about any product before making your selection.
4. What material is best for maternity pajamas?
This is a very personal choice, but you definitely want to choose a fabric that is breathable as it can get hot having a baby against your body all the time! Make sure you don’t have any sensitivities to the fabric you choose and be sure you are aware of any care requirements before choosing something, only to realize it must be hung to dry and you are not prepared to do that.
5. Do all maternity pajamas function as nursing pajamas?
No. Some maternity pajamas are specifically designed to allow ease of breastfeeding, offering clever and easy access to the breasts so that breastfeeding is less of a hassle. Be sure you are comfortable with the style of nursing accommodations the pajamas offer if you are looking for a dual-functioning set that will last you longer than pregnancy.
While sleep may not come as easy as it used to, finding quality pajamas during pregnancy and postpartum doesn’t have to be as hard. Look no further than this list and we’ve got you covered, whether it’s a cool, lightweight nightgown or cozy pants and sleeves you’re looking for. Pajamas that can double as nursing and loungewear for these days when you’re spending more time at home can really help simplify life as a new mom. After all, you’ve already got your hands full!