Prepping for postpartum

There’s nothing better than cutting the tags off all your newborn’s clothes, washing them, and neatly organizing them into drawers where they will sit while they await your baby’s arrival...or is there? 

We think there is. As you create the perfect haven for your newborn, make sure you also set yourself up for postpartum success. Here are some of our favorite tips and products for setting up a postpartum capsule wardrobe. 

Tip #1: Create an intentional and inviting space. 

First, decide where you will house your postpartum wardrobe. If you have space, a rack can be a special place to display your clothes. If you have curious and adventurous toddlers, drawers and/or cubbies may fit your lifestyle better. 

Move your pieces to the top drawer so you don’t have to search for them, especially if you have a cesarean section and have limited mobility. If you know that you will be too tempted to force yourself to squeeze into your pre-pregnancy clothes, feel free to store them elsewhere--out of sight, out of mind. 

Use storage cubbies for easy access and organization. We’ve found that the Container Store has some of our favorites for cultivating a functional and visually pleasing space

Tip #2: Start with your base layer. 

Begin with quality undies and bras for comfort, support, and easy nursing access, if applicable. 

Once you have a solid foundation, choose items that can layer well, e.g., supportive tank, support leggings, a flowy dress or kaftan, and/or an oversized button down (pro tip: these can also be found in menswear).

Remember to add accessories that make you feel comfortable and confident, such as a baseball cap or other hat, scarves or wraps that can double as a nursing cover or baby blanket, and shoes that are easy to slip on and off hands free. 

Tip #3: Treat yourself to a few staples. 

When everyone else is giving you items for your baby, remember to gift yourself. It’s perfectly acceptable to use that Target BABY gift card to buy yourself something. 

When purchasing items for your postpartum wardrobe, remember that size is only a number. Choose items that will complement your changing body and keep you feeling good about yourself, rather than trying to buy a “goal” outfit.



Get your postpartum prep started with a bang!  Our adore bralettes are a mom-life staple for their comfort and easy breastfeeding access. 

Pro Tip:  Get limited edition bundles for a great price, during our holiday sales.

Comment below to win a $50 Bao Bei gift card to use towards postpartum wardrobe essentials.  Tell us what you've been inspired to do to prep for postpartum, or if you've been through postpartum prep, what would your advice be to a new mama! 

Winner will be chosen randomly among entries on 11/4/21 11:59 pst and announced (name only) on the blog on 11/5/21. Emails will not be collected and used only to contact the winner of the giveaway.

*** Update 11/5/21:  Congrats Emily H. !  ** 

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131 comments


  • Sara

    Highly recommend setting up everything in the bathroom that you need for postpartum too!


  • Marina W

    Prepping for PP now—due in just about 4 weeks with my first! Trying to determine if my maternity leggings will still be comfortable, because I don’t think pre-pregnancy leggings will be an option right away.


  • Julia

    To prep for postpartum I purchased a pair of BaoBei bloomers and 2 pairs of your postpartum leggings in 2 different sizes as I they were recommended as the most compressive. I have a feeling I’ll be living in leggings for a bit!


  • Margaret G

    FTM I had no idea or thought that I would need clothes for postpartum. There were many mornings the first months where I was so frustrated because I had nothing to wear. Some prep would have made it easier! Next time I’ll know to make my maternity wardrobe also items that can work for postpartum and nursing – loose and flowy shirts that cover my bun with armpits to pull to the side or button downs. Pull down bralette instead of clip down nursing bras!


  • Jodi Zukowski

    I have a specific space designated to all postpartum wear. That way it makes it easier for myself and every one helping me know exactly where everything is! I also try to lay everything out for the next morning so I feel refreshed and ready!


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