“ Brand: M2b / Type: Maternity Tops „
I bought some nursing vests from Mothercare not long after I had my son. I got a pack of three - one white, one black and one light grey for around £20-£25 at the time. Looking online now, they seem to only sell these individually at around £15 each now (although I suspect they are frequently subject to BOGOF type offers as this seems rather expensive). Mine were from the M2b maternity range and I have recently been using them as maternity tops in my second pregnancy as they double up nicely as vests under lower cut tops.
The vests are 95% cotton & 5% elastane. They are quite long in length and have thin straps. These feature plastic clips that unclip to lower the top for feeding and then clip back up to secure the vest. They are gathered at both sides so as to allow them to stretch over your tummy - both in pregnancy and afterwards to allow for the post-pregnancy tummy! They can be washed at 40 degrees and you can also tumble dry which is great for nursing/maternity wear as I don't like to waste too much money buying lots of items that I will only wear for a short length of time. Being able to tumble dry means I can wash and get dry very quickly and wear again! The vests were available in small, medium, large or extra large rather than regular sizes. I am a size 12 and opted for a medium and this fitted me perfectly.
I never wore these as vest tops alone but they would be perfectly suitable for this use in the summer months. I prefer to use them for layering or wearing with comfy pyjama trousers at night to sleep in - which made night feeds easy. They are also comfortable for this use in pregnancy - the nursing clips do not rub at all so they feel like regular vest tops. I have found them to be of pretty good quality - they have washed really well and kept their shape without any sign of shrinking in the tumble dryer. The only problem that I have encountered is that one of the hems on one vest has come down a little due to lose stitching, but this was easily mended with a few stitches.
Overall, these are decent quality vests that are practical and comfortable for both a mummy to be and a nursing mum. They feel soft to the touch and comfortable on your skin. They are a handy item to have in your maternity wardrobe as they are so versatile. I think current prices are a bit high for what they are but if you could pick them up cheaper, I would definitely recommend them.
As a first time Mum to be it was a little daunting looking at the different maternity clothes that are available today. There seems to be so many different styles with claims to be the comfiest so it is hard to know what to choose.
My main reason for buying these tops was because they have drop down clips on the straps so they can be used after pregnancy when nursing your baby. This saves having to buy separate nursing tops.
The fabric is a typical stretchy fabric, common amongst most maternitywear. It is made up of 95% viscose and 5% elastane. It has a good amount of stretch in it, although I wasn't particularly huge it did shrink back well after each wash.
They are available in a number of colours. I have the black and grey ones and the colours haven't faded with washing. Other colours available include white and a striped blue/white. I have looked at the white version in the Mothercare store and it seems a little see through. I tried it on with some 'over the bump' maternity jeans underneath and it looked silly being able to see the dark stretchy jeans material beneath the top.
They are sized in small, medium or large. I am a size 12 and the medium fit me quite well. I would say medium is probably a 12 - 14 in UK sizes.
I saw this particular top on the Mothercare website, priced at 2 for £15. They are regularly on sale even though they seem to be a staple item in Mothercare's range.
The positives about this product are the price. They are relatively inexpensive for how long they last. I like that the nursing clips are easy to do up without having to look down and see what you're doing. They are suitable for summer or winter wear. I was pregnant throughout the summer so wore them by themselves and in winter after I had the baby I wore them with a cardigan over the top. They are very easy to layer and look good with a cardigan or jacket over the top.
The only negative point about this product is the length. I am quite tall at 5 foot 10 inches, and I found the top started to roll up along the hem at the bottom after a couple of washes. This caused me to keep having to pull it down throughout the day as it started to rise up which is not a good look with a Mummy tummy!
I would not recommend these for using for more than one pregnancy but they are good enough to see you through a year of use.
Having gotten rid of all my maternity clothes after having second child as we planned to wait quite a while for number three I suddenly had nothing to wear when 3 months later we found I was pregnant with baby number 3. I had to totally start from scratch with maternity and nursing clothes.
I bought 2 different m2b nursing tops recently both from a mothercare outlet store. Because it was the outlet store I paid £7.50 for one of them and £8 for the, both were originally £15 so I definitely got a bargain there.
Both the tops I bought are exactly the same just different colours; a blue stripe and a coral polka dot. They also stocked them in plain white, grey and black which would make brilliant basic tops to put under jumpers, cardys etc.
I loved the colours of the two I bought. They are basic strappy vest style tops with fine straps that unclip with a small plastic clip where the strap meets the front of the top to allow easy access to the breast for when you need to nurse baby. I've found the clips really easy to unclip and re clip without really having to look which will come in handy one baby is born.
The top hugs to your figure without feeling tight or constricting. It fits me perfectly at 30 weeks pregnant and because of the stretch I know it will still fit great after I have baby and no longer have my bump. Its extremely comfy to wear, even the labels at the back aren't itchy!
The top is made from 95% cotton and 5% elastane meaning its lovely and soft but has a decent amount of stretch to it as previously mentioned. The top can be washed at up to 40 degrees, is suitable in a tumble dryer and can be ironed; the washing instructions are easily found on the label down the inside seam of the top.
The tops come in small, medium and large. At a uk size 14 the tops I have are both a medium and fit perfectly.
For the price I paid I'm extremely pleased with the tops they do everything I want them to and are so comfy which is exactly what you want when you are pregnant and after birth. I love that for one price I get both a maternity top and one that I can continue to wear in the breastfeeding stage after I have the baby. The designs are great and it washes really well without any fading.
I'd happily recommend this top to any mum to be or new mum who is breastfeeding!
At a Glance Great layering piece with easy drop down clips for easy nursing Features and benefits for Maternity Nursing Vest Fabric composition: 95% Viscose, 5% Elastane