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Labour + birth

09th Feb 2024

Mums share their top tips on what to wear during labour

Sophie Collins


Labour is different for every mum-to-be

That being said when asked what they liked to wear during labour, a lot of mums had similar tastes.

A recent forum on Mumsnet, one mum asked what others think she should wear during labour, writing:

“Hi, at 35 weeks.

“Just wondering what is best to wear during labour? My hospital checklist suggests an old tshirt or nightie but just wondering how i will be able to do skin to skin once the baby is born? Do i need to take the nightie off?

“Sorry may sound silly but just starting to pack my hospital bag.”

Lots of mums chimed in with their recommendations, and a lot of them were on the same page about certain necessities:

One person wrote: “Hey an old t-shirt or night dress is fine I wore a nightdress with mine and they jus put baby up underneath it for skin to skin..hope this helps.”

Another added: “Try to find a button up nightie, I bought a cheap one from primark but in reality didn’t need it as labour happened so quickly I gave birth wearing just the t-shirt I had on that day!

“Once I’d had my LO I was then washed by a midwife and she put the nightie on me, it was great for skin to skin contact as could un-do the buttons and tuck my LO inside”

Button-down nighties are also a great option during labour because your lower half doesn’t feel constricted in any way and once you’ve given birth you can button down to do skin to skin and breastfeeding.

One other item that you should invest in is good warm socks.

It can be hard to keep any heat in your feet during labour and there is nothing nicer than cosy, fluffy socks on chilly toes. Don’t buy anything too expensive though as they will probably get ruined during the birth.

A multipack of Penney’s finest will do the trick just fine.

Do you have any more suggestions for soon-to-be mums? Let us know in the comments on Facebook and Instagram.