The 7 Best Gowns to Buy For Labor and Delivery in 2018

Be comfortable on the big day and through recovery

\When it comes time to pack your bags to welcome your baby into the world, you might want to consider purchasing your own hospital gown. These gowns can be worn during the actual labor or even during your hospital stay. While the ones the hospital gives you work fine, if you want something that has a little more style or comfort you might want to opt for a more personal touch.

During the actual labor and birth, a gown or nightshirt will work best because your doctor will need access to everything at a moment's notice. When your little bundle is delivered, a robe and clothing that is nursing-friendly (if you choose to breastfeed) are also a good idea. If you are having a scheduled c-section and want to purchase lounge pants, look for a loose and high fitting pair so it doesn't irritate your scar. And since you'll have guests coming and going, and perhaps a photographer—choosing something that is comfortable and is your style is also wise. No matter your birth plan, here, the best gowns for labor and delivery.

Best Overall: Gownies Labor & Delivery Maternity Hospital Gown

If you are looking for an upgrade to the hospital issued gown, this gown by Baby Be Mine Maternity is our best overall pick. Unlike the ones with strings you get at the hospital that can be cumbersome, this one has snaps that fully close in the back so you can be discreet when you are walking the hallways. With typical gowns, you have to put one on in front and one in back to stay covered, but this solves that problem. Besides snaps in the back, it also has ​snaps up top so you can easily do skin to skin or breastfeed without stripping down.

They're also made of 100 percent cotton and machine washable so you can use for your next child. They come in an array of cheery patterns and colors, and come in various sizes to suit all your needs.

Best Nightgown: Saifeier PJ Nursing Nightgown

If you are looking for something that is a little less restrictive or can be worn postpartum, this nightgown is your best bet. Made of 95 percent cotton with 5 percent spandex, this gown feels soft but also has a little stretch to cover your bump. It ties at the waist and opens so doctors and nurses can examine your belly. When it comes time to breastfeed or do skin to skin contact, the shoulder straps snap off giving you easy access.

This comes in six colors and sizes small to xx-large. While many reviewers love this for labor, some note it is not suitable if you need an epidural since it has no back snaps. All in ​all, this would be a good option to have packed in your bag for recovery or delivery if you see fit.

Best Style: Baby Be Mine Labor/delivery/Nursing Hospital Gown Maternity

If style is more your thing, look for a gown that offers lots of fun prints but also has a flattering silhouette like this one from Baby Be Mine. With this gown, you'll get multiple uses out of it so it isn't a one time purchase. Wear it as a nightgown when you are pregnant, use it during labor and delivery, and then wear it in the hospital and postpartum as you recover and transition into motherhood.

And while this may just look like an average nightgown, it has features you will want in the hospital, like back closures for an epidural, and snaps that allow you to adjust the top part for breastfeeding. This comes in sizes small/medium and large/extra large and comes in 13 colors and patterns.

Best Short Sleeve: Nurture by Lamaze Maternity Nursing Short Sleeve Sleep Gown

Want something with sleeves that doesn't feel like a hospital gown? This nightgown from Lamaze is super soft and will keep your shoulders covered helping ward off any chills, but also not too long so you overheat. It makes a great maternity and postpartum nightgown, and will work easily in the hospital when you are recovering. However, it doesn't have back snaps that you might need for an epidural or other IVs. It is constructed out of 95 percent rayon, which breathes and helps keep you cool when you are sweating. Available in a pink stripe, solid navy, gray, or gray polka dot, this sleep gown will flatter you at any shape you are.

Best Long Sleeve: Saifeier Women's Birthing Wrap Hospital Gown

Hospitals can get chilly. If you are one who catches a chill easily or just wants to be snuggled up, then a long sleeve gown or birthing wrap is just the thing. You can wear this over your own nightgown or hospital gown for extra coverage or wear it alone if that is what you prefer. The wrap style encourages easy access without pesky snaps or a lot of ties. This is a great option for those who plan to breastfeed because it offers the baby access to the breasts without much hassle. it is also made of 95 percent viscose, so it will breath when your temperature starts to rise.

Reviewers overall find this a great buy but note the sizing runs large, so if you are between two sizes, go down in size.

Best Robe: Baby Be Mine Maternity Labor Delivery Nursing Robe

Hospital gown or not, a robe is a great purchase for any expecting mother to be. This one from Baby Be Mine Maternity provides a nice robe to wear while you are pregnant and postpartum because it keeps you covered and comfortable through all those middle of the night wakings.

Made of 100 percent cotton, this robe will bring a little bit of home to the hospital. You can choose from an array of colors and patterns, from a cheery pink floral to a more subdued gray polka dot.

Best With Pants: Everly Grey Women's Maternity Roxanne Nursing Pajama Set

While you can't wear pants during labor for obvious reasons, something that will give you some comfort and warmth after the big event might be more your style. This set not only comes with pants, a tank, and a robe, but it also has a newborn sleep gown so you can all match at the hospital.

Made out of rayon which will help you stay cool when the postpartum hormones start to sweat out—this set is available in various styles suited for people expecting a boy or girl.

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