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The 7 best hospital gowns for delivery

Hhmm… what not to wear on the biggest day of your life? Well, definitely not bottom-flashing, scratchy hospital gowns .

Labor and delivery is stressful enough without worrying that your bum is showing. Having the right hospital gown will give you peace of mind, comfort, and that safe homely feeling while looking good all at the same time.

Luckily, most birth suites allow you to wear your own hospital gowns. It’s amazing how many specially-designed labor and delivery gowns are on the market. You’re spoilt for choice!

These hospital gowns are your best bet:

Best overall hospital gown: Baby Be Mine 3-in-1 Hospital Gown 

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Why I love the Baby Be Mine Hospital Gown

  • It is soft, comfortable, and stylish
  • You can wear it during labor and delivery, as well as a nursing nightgown in the ward.
  • It has a hidden front panel that allows you to move freely.
  • The front panel also provides easy access for fetal monitoring.
  • It has shoulder snaps on both sides which are easy to undo for skin-to-skin contact with your newborn
  • Snaps at the back to give you prevent unnecessary bum-flashing
  • The back snaps also provide easy access in case you need an epidural.
  • A sewn-in adjustable waistline allows for a better fit
  • The strings on the waistline also hold the gown in a little, giving it a stylish dressy look
  • 100% cotton-jersey material which feels luxuriously soft and is super absorbent
  • Machine-washable
  • Caters for most sizes – S/M for petite moms (pre-pregnancy size 2-12) and L/XL for plus-size moms (pre-pregnancy size 12-20)
  • Comes in 36 bright and cheery colors and patterns
  • They even come in set with matching pillowcases or matching robe!

What I don’t like about it

  • There are only 2 size options to choose from so it might be hard to find the perfect fit.
  • The hem length may be a bit short for taller moms
  • The shoulder snaps can fall behind your back while breastfeeding, making it hard to pull them back up
  • The strings at the waistline are too long and can get in the way

Best plus-size delivery gown: Frida Delivery and Nursing Gown

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Why I love the Frida Delivery Gown

  • It’s a one-size-fits-all but runs big
  • This makes it perfect for plus size women or moms carrying twins
  • Has front panels that fold down to the waist for easier nursing, skin to skin-to-skin contact, fetal monitoring and other medical procedures
  • Comfy full-length snaps at the back provides privacy when you’re pacing the corridors during labor
  • Soft and stretchy material that is light and comfortable
  • It has deep pockets to put your phone and other essentials

What I don’t like about it

  • It’s too big for more petite women

Best labor and delivery gown for petite moms: Peauty Labor and Delivery Gown

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Why I love the Peauty Labor Gown

  • The fabric is 100% cotton and it’s soft and airy
  • Has front panels that drop-down – great for skin-to-skin contact, nursing, and medical checks
  • Buttons down the back for easy access in case you need an epidural
  • Available in soft pastel colors and prints
  • Comes in sizes S to XL but the sizes run small. It will fit even if you are really petite.

What I don’t like about it

  • The material doesn’t stretch
  • Doesn’t fit larger women
  • The fabric can be a bit stiff when new – wash it and break it in before D-day

Most convenient delivery gown: Kindred Bravely Universal Labor Gown

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Why I love the KB Universal Gown

  • Soft, comfortable fabric that cozily hugs your baby bump
  • Has deep pockets on each side to hold your phone, hanky, pads, or anything else you want
  • Has Velcro fasteners at the front and back for easy access
  • Shoulder side slits that drop down easily – great for skin-to-skin contact and privacy while nursing
  • Comes in sizes S to XXL to fit baby bumps up to 51 inches
  • It’s machine-washable

What I don’t like about it

  • The fabric is relatively thin – you might need to wear a nursing bra underneath

Most stylish labor and delivery gown: Ekouaer Labor Gown

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Why I love the Ekouaer Labor Gown

  • The fabric is super soft and stretchy
  • There are top-to-bottom buttons at the back that are quick to snap open for an epidural if needed
  • Openings on both sides of the breasts make it easy for breastfeeding
  • I looks more like a maternity dress than a labor gown – you can wear it during pregnancy, at the hospital and even at home later.
  • Available in sizes S-XXL

What I don’t like about it

  • It doesn’t open up at the front so you’ll need to pull the dress upwards for fetal monitoring.

Matching Delivery Robe for Mom and Baby: Baby Be Mine Delivery Robe with Matching Swaddle Set

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Why I love the Baby Be Mine Delivery Robe

  • Made of luxuriously soft cotton that is soothing to touch
  • Comes with a matching swaddle blanket and a newborn hat – perfect for baby’s first Instagram debut
  • Can be worn during labor and later in the wards as well
  • Available in 48 beautiful prints!
  • It’s great gift to splurge on either yourself or your friends and loved ones
  • The sash is attached in perfect position below the boobs, giving you a flattering shape before and after pregnancy
  • The gown has hidden pockets on each side
  • Available in sizes S/M and L/XL and 2XL/3XL

What I don’t like about it

  • It’s a bit pricey
  • The front can open up if you’re not careful. You would need to wear a cami or nursing bra underneath.

Best budget delivery gown: Utopia Care Hospital Gown

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Why I love the Utopia Care Gown

  • High quality 100% soft cotton material with just the right amount of thickness
  • Snaps open at the front and drop down for skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding
  • Snaps run down the back for easy access in case you need an epidural
  • Short cup sleeves that are roomy and comfortable
  • Durable and strong material that can be machine-washed and dried
  • Fits sizes S, M, L, and XL
  • Great value-for-money

What I don’t like about it

    • Snaps at the back can become undone when bending or sitting

To wrap up

Whatever your preferences, there are plenty of affordable labor and delivery gowns to choose from. There is no need to sit in an uncomfortable hospital-issued bottom-flashing gown on one of the most important days of your life.

The Baby Be Mine Hospital Gown was the best overall for ticking all the boxes – comfort, functionality and value-for-money. If you are splurging, buy the matching pillowcase or robe set. If you’re on a budget, the Utopia Care Gown is a very comfy option. Or you could even buy the Ekouaer Gown which you can wear for a much longer time.

You might also be interested in what to wear home from hospital after giving birth.

Sharon James

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