• Babywearing & Nursing-Friendly Wardrobe Essentials

    nursing friendly wardrobe essentials

    When you’re the mom of a new baby, you have little time to put effort into your look on a daily basis. But putting on normal clothes goes a long way to helping you feel like an actual human. Plus, real clothes make that “messy bun and no-makeup behind sunglasses” look seem way more put together. Finding outfits that look somewhat chic and stylish, while fitting a postpartum body and accommodating frequent nursing and baby wearing can be a bit of a challenge though. This third time around I feel like I’ve got the wardrobe for this phase down and I’ve got some favorite wardrobe essentials to get you through this season of motherhood, and beyond. 


    Button Down Shirts, Tunics & Dresses

    A button down shirt is a daily staple in my momiform, and there’s not much that is more nursing friendly. I love to layer a long button down over a nursing tank and leggings (leaving it open or buttoning a couple of buttons) for maximum comfort that still looks put together. I wear this one almost every day right now (it’s so soft and looks expensive but so isn’t!). A button down shirt dress is another great option, and this one is a favorite because it is also long enough to accommodate baby wearing since that can shorten a dress by cinching it (tip: I bought this in the tall version so it would be even longer and I often wear my baby in my Solly wrap while I wear this dress.) Button down shirts are also great for layering over a wrap when baby wearing. I also love button down tunics (like this one or this one) — same idea as the shirt but longer and often thinner for warmer temps. They are also great for layering. Bonus points for chambray. Chambray makes everything more stylish in my book. Add a hat for those many no shower / no makeup days 🙂

    nursing friendly wardrobe essentials nursing friendly wardrobe essentials


    Nursing Tanks and Bras

    When I’m layering a button down or cardigan over, I’ll often wear a nursing tank underneath with no additional bra. For me, a good nursing tank provides as much support and coverage as a nursing bra, and who needs the extra layer when you are nursing? I live in nursing bras for a while and after three kids my favorite ones (for comfort, support, and quality) are this one by Cake Lingeriethis one by Bravado (which is my go-to), and this one from Target. I also love these nursing tanks.


    It might sound funny to choose a clothing item for the bottom half of your body when we’re talking nursing-friendly pieces, but you’ll spend so much time sitting while nursing for those first few weeks/months that comfy pants are a must. And what is more comfortable than leggings? A good pair of black leggings can make a wardrobe. Once you find a pair you love, buy several. I’m a big fan of these — they aren’t too thin or see-through and are comfortable. They don’t hold up for a long time, but they are so affordable that you can buy several pairs and rotate them as needed.


    V-Neck tees  and tanks allow for easy access to the boobs without sacrificing style or forcing you to buy special pieces. I like to buy a size up to accommodate my postpartum body and for a looser fit for nursing access. Buy several v-necks in your favorite basic colors (a white and a grey are a must in my book) to pair with leggings or jeans for your favorite casual go-to look. These tees are great and affordable and these tanks are also great.

    nursing-friendly wardrobe favorites | Oh Lovely Daynursing-friendly wardrobe favorites | Oh Lovely Day

    Hidden Access Pieces

    Clothing that has hidden nursing access is a great investment because you can wear it for your nursing season, but also long after as well. My favorite discovery in nursing-friendly clothing is the Loyal Hana line. They make beautiful capsule pieces that have hidden zippers for easy nursing access. But the pieces are so stylish you’ll wear them long after you’re done nursing as well. My personal favorites are this top (seen twice above), this jumpsuit (I have it in both blue and black and it is pictured above), and this dress. I also love this top for spring/summer as an alternative to the buffalo plaid top pictured above.

    And I have a treat for you — Loyal Hana has generously offered my readers a 30% discount off of your order placed on their website with code ohlovelyday30. And I’ve teamed up to give a lucky instagram follower a $200 credit to Loyal Hana over in my instagram feed.

    Postpartum recovery with Mama Strut | Oh Lovely Day


    Your baby is your best accessory and when put in a wrap hides a postpartum body and flatters your curves, while bonding and cuddling at the same time. My favorite wrap is the Solly Baby. Once baby is big enough you may find you are able to nurse while baby wearing — it takes practice and there are tutorials available online for how to do this. I had some success nursing my second son once he was 4 months when using our Ergobaby carrier. And a good nursing cover can double as an infinity scarf, or use your favorite swaddle scarf as a nursing cover.

    What are your favorite nursing-friendly wardrobe staples? You can shop more of my picks below — just click on the photo to shop it directly.

    Photo with yellow wrap by Max Wanger, courtesy of Solly Baby. Other photos from my instagram feed.

    This post includes some affiliate links. If you click on one of these links and purchase the item, I may receive a small commission.

    leave a comment.

    Leave a Reply

    • The Land of Nod, design for kids and people that used to be kids
    •  This week was a rough one. I feel like I say that every week but this one really was. Today alone had me at my breaking point. All three of my kids seemed hell bent on driving me crazy. Quincy literally wouldn't let me put him down or leave the room without a major scream-cry fest. He rode around on the fuss bus allllll day. Tropical storm Calvin left destruction in his wake everywhere he went (if you follow me on snap/stories you got a little sampling but that was nowhere near the extent of it). At one point I went into a room away from my kids and sat in a chair and cried. Within three minutes one of them found me (of course) gave me a hug, and we were all better (except Calvin -- I think this is his permanent state ). This photo is my version of thinking happy thoughts. Bougainvillea vibes ✌️️✨  And just like that, summer is back  Take me back to the fall weather of two days ago! Also, take me back to when this kid slept past 5 am and took naps. For a week now, between 4:30-5:30 am this kid climbs up on our bed over top of me and proceeds to squrim, poke, and annoy me till I get up. Quincy's sleeping till 6 or later FINALLY and now Calvin is waking me up!? And he refused to nap today (again) too. Seriously you guys, he's killin' me. He looks real cute in rain gear but if he does it again tonight he's headed to toddler military school. #sotiredineedanewwordfortired #calvins3rdyear #battlefieldmotherhood
       You know what is a great motivator? Not wanting to be outdone by your big bro. Cause look who's pulling himself up, so he can keep up  #quincysmilestones #calvinandquincy #lawdhelpme #charlieandcalsroomredo  There were very few baby things I hadn't yet tried by the time I had Quincy but I hadn't really used a sling before. I got my first sling when I was still pregnant with Q and tried it with Calvin, but once Cal was walking he never wanted to be carried. He's far too busy for all that. So Quincy is the first baby I've used a sling with, and I feel like I really missed out with the other two. I had and loved other carriers with them (and still do) but there is just something about the sling that is magical and it is my carrier of choice right now. It is convenient (you can keep it threaded and just throw it on), it is cozy, it doesn't tightly wrap behind my back which always makes me sweaty, and I can nurse while Quincy is in it which has been a lifesaver. I'm actually nursing him in this photo! I'm sharing photos from our recent visit to the pumpkin patch and how I got to do all the things with my family while wearing Quincy in the sling because I didn't have to stay with him in the stroller or go find a place to nurse him. He chilled, ate, and napped in my sling. And because I love it so much I'm teaming up with @mywildbird to give one reader a sling of their choice! Head to my blog to enter (link in profile) and tell your friends  #OLDfavefinds #babywearing #mywildbird #giveaway #fredrickfamfallfun
    • The Honest Company
    • Personalized Mother's Day Photo Cards: She’s always gone the extra mile for you. Now, it’s never been easier to add an extra special touch to Mother’s Day with a personalized photo card.
    • Wedding Paper Divas Wedding Day Needs - Programs, Menus, and more
    • Free Wedding Website from Wedding Paper Divas
    • Earth Mama Angel Baby