Shopping for clothing to wear after your baby is born can be frustrating. We know what it’s like. Nothing fits like the same as before you were pregnant, and it can feel like a waste of money to buy clothing you only expect to need a little while.
But while you might hope your baby will sleep through the night by six weeks, your little one will probably have other plans. Nursing sleepwear allows you to stay comfortable and feed your baby easily, even when you’re in a sleep-deprived state. And you can wear most nursing clothes long after your child has weaned.
For weeks, we’ve been hunting for the best nursing pajamas to make night feeds easier while still allowing you to stay comfortable and feel attractive. We’ve come up with this list of 13 options in a variety of styles to suit any climate or fashion sense.
- Amazingly comfortable
- Come in several designs
- Mostly cotton
- Machine washable
- Modest elastic neckline
- 95% cotton
- Made of comfy, eco-friendly bamboo
- Adjustable nursing cup size
- Comes with a robe
- Comes with a robe
- Has a matching baby gown
- Includes a gift bag
- Flattering cut & jewel tone colors
- Soft waistband
- Easy and discreet breastfeeding access
- Stretchy and soft against skin
- Economical pick
- Breast pads can be attached
- Comfortable & fashionable
- Stretchy and forgiving fabric
- Easy to nurse in
- Super comfy and functional
- Snap closures
- Designed for discreet and easy access
- Offers a little breast support
- Comfortable and feminine-looking
- Clasps keep panel securely in place
- Available through size XXL
- Several colors options
- Elastic waistband
Why Do I Need Nursing Pajamas?
Nursing pajamas allow for easy nighttime breastfeeding. They have a design similar to nursing tops.
Some will have a hidden panel allowing your baby to access your breast during nighttime feedings easily. Others will have elastic necklines, so you can pull down the neckline to expose your breast and feed your baby. Some have a plastic clasp like you would find on a nursing bra, allowing you to open it when you need to and securely fasten it when you’re done.
You can expect that your baby will need to nurse at night for several months. Despite what you may have heard about babies sleeping through the night, more than half are still waking at night at one year of age, and this is normal (1). Nursing pajamas can help make these midnight feeding sessions infinitely easier on you.
And most non-nursing attire isn’t very functional for a nursing mother. You’ll need to expose your nipples to feed your baby, which can be challenging in traditional sleepwear or oversized T-shirts. A pair of nursing pajamas can help make nighttime feeding sessions easier and faster for both you and your baby.
How to Choose Nursing Pajamas
When choosing nursing pajamas, consider the following:
Do you prefer nightgowns? Short sets? Long pants? There are nursing pajama options for every taste. Choose one that will make you comfortable — both in your bed and while you’re trudging down the hall at 2 am or rolling toward your co-sleeper bassinet.
If your body temperature tends to run hot (or if you’re in a warm climate), choose a lightweight, breathable fabric like cotton or bamboo. If you tend to be cold at night, you may wish to choose a heavier fabric like flannel to keep you warmer.
If you’re in the early months of breastfeeding, leaking may be an issue. Since bra sizes vary significantly in nursing moms, most nursing pajamas won’t include a built-in bra to hold your nursing pads. To prevent leaving spots (and stains) on your bedsheets, expect to wear a night nursing bra in conjunction with most pajamas, at least for the first few weeks. Choose pajamas with a neckline that works with your bra.
The main reason you’re buying a nursing bra at all is to feed your baby in the wee hours of the morning. Choose one with a simple design that will work for you — whether that’s an elastic neckline, hidden panel, or quick-release clasps. If you’re planning to wear a night nursing bra, make sure it works with the breast access in the pajamas.
When nursing, pajamas made of moisture-wicking fabric are preferable. Even if you use nursing pads or are nursing an older baby and no longer leak regularly, babies still tend to drool and experience milk dribble while feeding. It’s likely you’ll regularly have wet spots on your pajamas, and choosing a fabric that will wick it away will help you stay comfortable. You may also sweat more to get rid of the extra fluid your body was hanging onto during pregnancy.
Who is going to see you in your sleepwear? If it’s just your husband and kids, you might not be concerned about coverage or modesty. However, if you’re having guests stay with you after your baby arrives or expect that visitors may come calling while you’re still in your nightclothes, you may want to choose something that looks more like a two-piece shorts or pants set. Many mothers prefer their own pajamas to hospital gowns, so these would be good to pack in your hospital bag.
If you’re planning to wear your pajamas either in the hospital or immediately after childbirth, choose a nightgown over a two-piece set. As you’re recovering, it will be easier to sleep in something without restricting bottoms, and if you’ve had a c-section, you aren’t going to want a waistband rubbing on your incision.
The Best Nursing Pajamas of 2021
Here are our favorite nursing pajamas currently on the market.
1. Ekouaer Women’s Comfort Nursing Pajamas
These super-soft pajamas have a luxurious chiffon trim and are amazingly comfy. They also have several design options, so you can choose the perfect one that fits your style. And even though they have long pants and long sleeves, you’ll stay warm without overheating, thanks to their cotton construction.
The buttons are functional for a nursing mama, and since they’re not technically “nursing pajamas,” you’ll be able to wear them long after your baby weans.
The drawstring waist will also help make them appropriate over the long haul since you’ll be able to adjust them down or up to whatever size you happen to be as your body changes post-pregnancy.
- Several designs to choose from.
- Fit well with a cami or nursing bra.
- The mostly cotton fabric is soft and breathable.
- No breast support.
- They are not specifically designed as nursing pajamas.
2. Baby Be Mine Sleeveless Nursing Nightgown
If you like options, you’ll love choosing the perfect design for your new nursing nightgown. There are tons of different color and design choices, all made with 95 percent cotton and 5 percent spandex material, so you can feel good about the natural fabric against your skin — and your baby’s.
The elastic neckline makes night nursing simple, and the thick straps offer good coverage for the mom looking for a modest pajama option. Because of the simplicity of this design, it would also be a great option to wear in the hospital.
- Machine washable.
- The elastic neckline makes feeding simple, even when you’re groggy in the middle of the night.
- It’s 95 percent cotton.
- You will need to wear a nursing bra with it.
- Sizes run a little small.
3. Mothers en Vogue Bamboo Nursing Set
You deserve the ultimate in comfort, and between the ultra-soft bamboo (rayon) material and the bottoms designed to resemble yoga pants, this set will deliver. You can wear the pants over or under the belly, so if you’ve had a C-section, you can decide what feels best for you.
The nursing cups adjust based on breast size, which is good because your breast size may fluctuate. And since this set comes with a robe and looks like loungewear, you’ll be fully covered if friends drop by and you’re still in your jammies.
- Made of comfy and eco-friendly bamboo.
- The breast cup sizes adjust.
- The pants resemble yoga pants and are just as cozy to wear.
- A robe is included.
- It does not hold a breast pad in place.
- The plastic clasps can be tricky to connect.
- Longer pants may be too hot in summer.
4. Everly Grey Nursing Set and Gown
Not only does this sleepwear set come with a matching gown for your baby, but it also includes a robe, so you can feel completely covered when guests drop in.
The V-neck top makes nursing simple and works perfectly with most night nursing bra styles. The whole set is also machine washable, which is great because what new mom has the time to follow complicated washing instructions?
- It comes with a robe.
- It has a matching baby gown.
- Many patterns to choose from.
- It is expensive.
- Doesn’t hold up well to a lot of washing.
- They are synthetic.
5. Kindred Bravely Davy Nursing Sleepwear Set
This luxurious 2-piece pajama set from Kindred Bravely combines style and functionality to help moms feel great and nurse comfortably. If you’re struggling with your body’s changes and want something to make you feel good, these pajamas are sure to put a smile on your face.
Both the top and pants have a flattering cut, which flows without looking or feeling frumpy. Choose from a variety of neutral colors to suit your style.
We also really love that the waistband on the pants is super soft and stretchy. It won’t cut into your belly, making it a must-have for moms with a healing C-section incision. The stretchy nursing access panel makes it easy to feed your baby without having to expose a lot of skin.
If you’re a mom wanting something comfy but stylish to wear in the first weeks after your little one arrives, we highly recommend this set.
- The flattering cut will help any mom feel great.
- Soft waistband prevents irritation for C-section moms.
- Easy-access nursing panel keeps you covered while breastfeeding.
- Good as postpartum clothing but may be too snug to wear during pregnancy.
6. Caramel Cantina Nursing Cami
Camis are comfy, supportive, and offer good coverage that won’t slip. What more could you ask for in sleepwear?
With this set by Caramel Cantina, you get three nursing camis for the price of one, and each has a built-in bra that will allow you to secure your breast pads, helping to avoid leaks and breastmilk stains. And since they’re constructed partially of spandex, they’ll also stretch (or shrink) along with you, making it less critical to find a perfect fit.
- They’re stretchy and accommodating.
- They’re soft against the skin.
- You get three in a package, making this an economical pick.
- You can attach breast pads.
- They’re not traditional “pajamas.”
- They do not come with bottoms, so you’ll need to purchase these separately.
7. Cakye Maternity Nursing Nightgown
With a variety of attractive colors and designs to choose from, this nightgown is versatile enough to go from maternity to hospital to postpartum. Its cotton construction makes it soft, while the added spandex allows it to stretch as needed.
With this gown, you’ll be ready for hospital visitors after your baby is born, but your doctors and nurses will still be able to check on you to make sure you’re recovering as you should be.
The pull-down elastic nursing neckline, though not ideal for discretion, is excellent for your brand-new baby. Since they’ll still be getting the hang of nursing, you’ll want to be able to expose as much of your breast as possible (not to mention promote skin-to-skin contact) (2).
Not only will it be easier for your baby to get used to nursing, but you won’t have to deal with straps or clasps, either.
- It’s comfortable.
- The fabric is stretchy and forgiving.
- Easy to nurse in, especially when you’re just starting out.
- Not very discreet.
8. Baby Be Mine 3-in-1 Nursing Nightgown
Enjoy both luxury and functionality throughout your pregnancy and after birth with this unique 3-in-1 gown. Designed for discretion, comfort, and ease of access, you can use this gown before giving birth, during labor and delivery, and as you nurse your little one.
The improved functionality comes because of the multiple closures. With snaps on the shoulders and the back, your doctors can easily perform examinations during labor. However, the hidden front panel and security of the snap closures ensure you are covered up when you want to be, especially in the back.
After giving birth, the gown is comfortable to wear, and the shoulder snaps allow for easy breastfeeding access. As cute as this gown is, it won’t quite pass as everyday wear. However, it’s a great option to use at home for the months after your baby is born.
- Super comfy and functional for labor, delivery, and nursing.
- Snap closures ensure you’re covered when you want to be.
- Medical professionals have easy access for examinations.
- Arm elastic can be bothersome or tight for some women.
9. Motherhood Bump Night Nursing Nightgown
This strappy nightgown, made of light jersey material, will not only keep you comfy but can help you stay cool as well. Plastic clasps release the front panel when you need to nurse.
Although the neckline won’t work very well with a nursing bra, its built-in shelf bra offers a bit of support overnight.
And even though the fabric won’t overheat you, it has enough weight to help you feel good about the coverage it gives when you’re walking around the house.
- It offers a little breast support.
- It’s comfortable and feminine-looking.
- Clasps keep panel securely in place.
- The fabric shows leaks easily.
- The neckline will not work well with a bra.
10. Ekouaer Maternity Nursing Pajamas
These are perfect for the mama who wants good coverage but also tends to get hot in layers of stuffy fabric. Made of comfortable material, these pajamas by Ekouaer are lightweight and ultra breathable. The neckline is modest but easily pulls down for nursing.
As they come in sizes XS through XXL, they’ll fit a variety of shapes and sizes. They also ensure a good fit with their soft, stretchy waistband that adjusts with your body and won’t irritate a healing C-section incision.
- Available through size XXL.
- With several different color options, you can purchase more than one.
- Elastic waistband.
- Not so easy to re-button once unbuttoned.
- They run small.
11. Monnuro Plus Size Nursing Nightgown
This nursing nightgown is cozy, stretchy, and available through size 5X. It’s made of rayon and spandex and is available in a range of colors. Because the fabric has plenty of give, this gown can be worn while pregnant but will also be comfortable during the postpartum period.
The elastic ruched trimmed design allows for easy nursing. Furthermore, it has an anti-static feature.
- It’s inexpensive for the quality.
- Wide range of sizes.
- Anti-static feature.
- Thin fabric may not be suitable for colder nights.
12. Ouges Womens Floral Nursing Dress
Let’s face it. Life as a mama can be crazy, especially in the first few months after giving birth. If you’ve got places to go and things to do, don’t feel stuck in the house because of your baby’s nursing schedule. This beautiful nursing dress will help you do everything you need to do with confidence.
Wear it to bed, wear it around the house, wear it out — or all three! With the ultra-soft fabric and fashionable design, you’ll want to live in this dress, and we think that’s okay. Each gown is made of a stretchy fabric blend and features a rounded neck, short sleeves, and a knee-length cut.
There are no clips, snaps, or elastic bands to cause irritation. To nurse discreetly, you can simply shift the top layer of the bust.
- Designed for day and night use.
- No clips, snaps, or elastics to cause irritation.
- Discreet nursing feature.
- Several sizes to choose from.
- Some find the fabric very thin.
13. Hotouch Women’s Maternity Nursing Pajamas
These PJs will keep you warm all winter long with long pants and long sleeves, and the easy side-open design makes night nursing a breeze. There are no snaps or clasps to fumble with in the dark, which means you’ll be able to feed and get back to bed quickly.
Because they’re made of a stretchy material, women of all sizes can find a good fit, which is particularly helpful as women’s bodies are constantly changing in the months after pregnancy.
- Elastic fabric offers a flexible fit.
- Open-side design makes nursing simple.
- They’re warm for winter.
- The top overlap flap tends to fall on babies.