With Fall here, now is the perfect time to make a few choice additions to your maternity and nursing wardrobe before you go into “desperation shopping” mode. The fun way to shop is to take your time to thumb through some racks of fashion and try on a few things with a fruit smoothie in hand. You can also shop by your keyboard from an online maternity store with a good return policy (in case you need to exchange for size or fit) and find a few select items to take you through the coming months in style.
Pregnancy is no different than non-pregnancy in terms of finding a great pair of jeans to take you through the cooler months, only this time it’s maternity jeans. Denim in a few different washes as well as your standard back leggings and/or stretch pants (or jersey pants if you prefer) will take you a long ways on the bottom half. In terms of the upper body, make sure you invest in a few stylish essentials such as cap sleeves that can be layered, ¾ sleeves which can take you through Spring and a few choice cardigans and long sleeve tops.
Fashionable maternity tops that double as nursing tops are a great way to get a lot more mileage from your investment. Japanese Weekend has an excellent selection of “During and After” tops than can take you from the office to the town in the evening. Check out Japanese Weekend’s D&A Sash Tie Nursing top in Teal, a new color for this season. This easy to fit and easy to wear jersey top works great for all venues with a clean stylish look that can be dressed up or down.
If you are looking for a little flair, then take a look at Olian’s ¾ sleeve V-neck print top with front tie strings. This fun blue, grey and black colored pattern is a signature Olian print. This stylish print maternity top is also made for easy nursing access. You can dress it up with a skirt or office pants, or opt for a more casual hip look with denim.
If you are in the market for a super comfortable long sleeve maternity and nursing top, take a look at Maternal America’s long sleeve cotton maternity/nursing top. This pretty top is make with cross over nursing access and built in faux cami layer for discretion. The empire waist provides a flattering fit while the long sleeves and gentle ruching at the wrist add unique detail.
Japanese Weekend’s cap sleeve cross over maternity/nursing top is a great year-round selection that you can layer under a jacket or wear alone. This versatile top is super flattering and stretchy for pregnancy and beyond. It is designed to hug your curves and stretch across your belly for a fitted look when you are pregnant. Hidden nursing access allows full discretion. This cap sleeve in an array of solid colors is great with denim or dressed up with a skirt.
If you are looking for a more casual look in your maternity or nursing top and prefer a top with built in bust support, then Bravado’s Nursing Bra Tank is an excellent choice. This tank top fits and supports like a bra with an extra layer for a stylish look and excellent fit. This tank’s front ruching is flattering across the bust and it also has adjustable straps for a perfect fit. Fitted by bra size and made extra long to cover both a pregnant and postpartum belly. This top is excellent for warm weather with shorts or a skirt and layered in cooler weather. This nursing bra tank offers superior non-constricting support that you can even wear for exercise. Breathable cotton fabric makes it an excellent year round choice for before and after the baby.
So take the stress out of shopping by starting early and investing in a few good essential maternity and nursing tops that can take you through your pregnancy and cooler weather this Fall.
If you have a friend of family member that is expecting, there is no better gift than a pair of maternity and nursing pajamas. This is a gift that your expectant mom is sure to wear both before and after she has her baby. Often moms get overlooked in baby showers and find the baby has 20 adorable sleepers and outfits while the moms are stuck with their husbands tee shirts and baggy sweatpants for lounge and sleepwear. You can be sure that once she has her baby she will have next to no time or inspiration to go shopping for something cute to sleep in and wear about the house. Do her a favor and find something comfortable and flattering she can wear to welcome her newcomer into the family and enjoy for some time to come.
Japanese Weekend makes some of the most comfortable lounge maternity pajamas on the market today. Their cross over style pajama comes in both 3/4 and cap sleeves with matching under the belly elastic pajama pants that are sure to fit comfortably throughout pregnancy and postpartum. If maternity nighties are more her style, then check out their nursing nightgown that is also cross over style for easy nursing access and the same soft cotton spandex blend which will stretch comfortably throughout pregnancy without stretching out of shape. All of these styles come in soft pink, sky, black, periwinkle and sometimes hot pink and cute patterns.
Another great maternity sleepwear gift idea is to pair a robe with a maternity nightgown or pajama set. Majamas’ Lace Sleep Set has a beautiful ensemble with an empire waist accented with stretchy lace and a sleeveless cross over design on the maternity nightie coupled with a coordinating front tie robe with lace trim. It is super flattering, feminine and tasteful. Any new mom would feel like a million bucks in this stylish duo which can be worn during pregnancy and postpartum for nursing. The cross over top also gives a good amount of comfortable bust support which is great for nursing moms lounging about the house.
Bellabumbum Maternity is known for their sexy and feminine maternity loungewear and sleepwear sets. They have an adorable nursing chemise with adjustable straps that comes in baby pink and blue dots with a matching robe set. They also have this same chemise style in a soft organic baby ribbed bamboo in both pool and blush colors. Check out their yummy kimono robe with lace accents that comes in cream/lilac, black/pearl and soft pink/pearl colors. This maternity wrap robe is a great adjustable style for pregnancy and provides easy nursing access.
If you are looking for a gift set for both the new mom and baby, then check out one of Olian’s sure fire maternity sleepwear sets. All of the Olian Maternity 3, 4 and 5 piece sleepwear sets come with a matching baby sleeper. They have a variety of maternity nightie and maternity pajama sets to choose from. This season they have a new beautiful print 4 piece nursing pajama set in soft lemon with a matching baby sleeper as well as a 5 piece set in striped silver with pink accents. The baby matching baby sleeper and hat is soft stripes as well. Both of these sets include a corresponding print robe and the baby sleeper in a unisex color and design. The matching robe sleepwear sets are an excellent selection for the expectant mom to take to the hospital. All Olian Maternity Sleepwear sets are made for both pregnancy and postpartum wear after the baby with nursing access in the tops.
So surprise the mom-to-be with a gift that she can wear and enjoy while caring for her baby. She will remember you for it and gets lots of use out of a maternity and nursing sleepwear set that is easy to fit and wonderful to wear!
If you just had your baby you are no doubt unable to fit back into your pre-pregnancy clothes and not too excited about wearing your maternity clothes too much longer. Sure it’s fun to look pregnant when you are pregnant, but who wants to be asked “when are you due” at 3 weeks postpartum? What’s more, if you plan to nurse, the last thing you want to do is flash your postpartum belly to the world while trying to unhook a new nursing bra for your hungry baby. You deserve better than this for all the work you have been through in birthing and nurturing a newborn plus 9 months of pregnancy, so treat yourself to some fashionable but very useful nursing tops that make you feel pretty and make nursing on-the-go a much easier task.
There’s no need to wear a frumpy 2 fabric layer old-school nursing top in the middle of summer or ever. Now a-days there are a ton of cute and hip nursing top styles on the market that don’t look a thing like a nursing top. Look for a neck style that flatters your face shape. This is a time to play up your neckline as well as your bust line while it is in full bloom. So pick a style that flatters your face and figure.
Olian Maternity has some great new styles to choose from this summer such as their Round Neck Maternity/Nursing top. This pretty lipstick shape empire waist top can be worn for either maternity or postpartum for nursing. The back sash tie makes it easily adjustable to your shape and the front pleats do wonders to disguise a postpartum belly while not tenting out. Attention is drawn to the pretty neckline, cap sleeves and fitted ruching empire waist style while the belly area is completely camouflaged. Nursing access is under the empire waist which makes nursing a breeze without showing any skin.
Another great look is the deep V-neck top with a faux pick-a-boo cami to make discreet nursing easy the fabric lightweight cool for hot summer months. Take a look at Maternal America’s Combo Maternity/Nursing top which is cut extra long for style and comfort and could even be worn with leggings in early pregnancy and postpartum. The faux cami is a sailor stripe while the rest of the tunic is navy. The adjustable sash tie makes this style an easy fit for all stages of your body’s metamorphosis through pregnancy and nursing. The mock cami provides nursing access from the deep V-neck without you missing a beat to your busy day or prolonging a baby’s hungry cry.
If your maternity leave is over and you are ready to head back to the office but don’t have a suitable top to wear, much less one that looks good on and fits your changing shape, then check out Japanese Weekend’s nursing tops which make for excellent transition wear to the office or out on the town in the evening. Their D&A (during and after) line of maternity/tops provide a lot of sophisticated styles in cool prints and solids. In particular, their D&A ¾ sleeves Sash Tie in pretty Teal is a great all-season look for any workplace. This top is a front cross-over empire waist design with a V-neck that hits high enough not to reveal cleavage while still flattering your shape. Nursing access can be made under the empire waist sash or above from the cross over front design. You can dress this top up or down for day or night.
Another great choice for work by Japanese Weekend is the D&A cami which comes in a variety of colors. Similarly this cami works great during and after pregnancy and nursing access is from under the empire waist stretch band which provides an overlay of fabric across the bust. The cami also has a stylish bottom band which works great for both a blooming belly (by keeping the fabric from tenting out) and for postpartum wear as the pleats work to disguise a postpartum belly. You can layer this cami under a jacket or cardigan for a sharp professional look or wear alone with pants for a more casual look in the evening. Many women find this cami so useful and flattering that they stock up on it in a variety of colors.
So whether you are a stay-at-home mom in need of better style or fit in your top selection or a professional on the go who’s just had a baby, treat yourself to a few good transition wear tops to take you through the next several months in style and comfort.