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I am pregnant for the second time expecting twins. When I had my first baby in 2007 I took a couple of front opening night dresses into hospital with me , as I intended to breast feed. I found it really hard to find some in the shops. They are not in many of the shops on the high street. I think this is because they are not the prettiest of things to be wearing, and forgive me for saying this .... but I think you will only find them in the older womens type of shops. I managed to get mine in a shop called Ladies realm in the end , which is also where I bought my large Bridget Jones knickers for after the labour. The front opening night dresses saved my life. They made it so much easier to breast feed and anything that makes life easier when you have had a baby is a good thing indeed!!!! I would recommend that you don't spend too much money on a nightdress if it is for the purpose of breastfeeding. Mine cost me around £5 each, and lasted quite well, but it is not the type of nightwear that I would wear if I didn't have too. So for this reason you don't want to break the bank.
Mummies who are intending on giving breastfeeding a try, then this type of nightwear is a must have!!!!
As per some of the other reveiws i never brought expensive nighties as they do get milk all over and they are only for bed its only your hubby that will see you and im sure if any of you other mummies are like me they have seen you in worse messes!!!
You can get some cheap ones from primark, matalan and sometimes asda do some nice ones.
I must admit though i did spend 25 gbp on one once from mothercare, it was a chemise style one, that was silky....... it was when my hormones were getting a bit normal again and i wanted to look a little more attractive for bed..... well lets just say it was a nightmare..... the chemise straps were too big and i would wake up with a boob hanging out somewhere or other.... the stains did not come out as good as my cotton ones and my hubby funnily enough never found me that attractive in it???? god knows why!!!hehe!!
When contemplating what to put in your hospital bag one of the most important questions most expectant mothers wouldnt think of is what type of nighty, at the time i just thought a nightly was a nightly but i was wrong.
Depending on weather you intend to bottle or breast feed will determin what sort of nighty you will be best buying.
Obviously bottle feeding you can have any type of nighty you choose but if you intend to breast feed a nightly with buttons on the front will make feeding your baby a lot easier as you will be able to undo the top couple of buttons to feed baby rather than having to lift your nighty up giving you a lot more privacy and making you a lot more comfortable at feeding times, i would also suggest a darker coloured material if possible as you will have a few leaks over the first few days and darker colours wont stain as easily as light colours
I also wouldnt advise buying your nighty from baby shops like mothercare as they are very expensive, places like matalan always have a nice range at affordable prices because the likely hood of it still fitting you a few weeks after baby is born is very unlikely so dont pay expensive.
Front opening nighties - they put it on the list to get for when you go into hospital to have your little one. But is it an essential item? I must say I was a bit dubious - how many items does Mam of a new born actually need? It seems to be endless - baby grows, sleeping bras, disposable knickers, pads, music, drinks, snacks, etc, etc.!!! What I found is that if breast feeding then having at least 2 front opening nightgowns are very useful - essential may be pushing it a bit too far. Here are my 2 good reasons why you should invest - or request them as a gift! 1:- The thing is when you wake for that middle of the night feed - and the central heating went off 2 hours before! - then having a nightgown that has easy front access - without having to hoick it up above your midrift - is pretty essential. It means that as you sit and feed baby you keep warm. They do say that you need to be comfortable to be able to breast feed better - I would go with this theory and advise all new breast feeding `Mums to be' to get 2 front opening night gowns. Two? - it means you have one on, and one in the wash. 2:- It also means that you are not dropping your clothing over baby's head. It helps enourmously if you don't have to sort of trap your clothing under your chin while trying to see what you are doing! When you first start breast feeding it is useful to see what you are doing to get them latched on properly. It does take a bit of practice (even though it's meant to be one of those `natural' things women do!!). A tip - don't just go for a normal front opening nightgown. It does need to be one that is designed for breast feeding - or is made in super stretchy t-shirt fabric. I went for the cheap option and found a front opening one in cotton from my local supermarket. I soon discovered it didn't open far enough down to breast feed with. I then spent a little more money at Mothercare and got a
pack of 2 for approx. £18 - they were in jersey and didn't have any seems in places that could cause discomfort.