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10 best maternity pyjamas for pregnancy and nursing, as recommended by mums

Whether you want snuggly shirts, cool vest sets or floaty nighties, here’s the best maternity nightwear to cover you from bump to baby. 

By Mumsnet HQ | Last updated Jul 26, 2022

Pregnant woman rubbing tummy

As you progress in pregnancy it’s likely that sleep may become more irregular, so it’s important to do everything you can to ensure that you’re as comfortable as possible when trying to rest. Whilst an oversized T-shirt might cut it in the first trimester, you’ll probably find that as your bump gets bigger you’ll want sleepwear that will offer your bump a little more support while still allowing you to move freely.

Once postpartum, you’ll probably be spending a lot of time in your pyjamas so it’s well worth investing in something that isn’t just comfortable, but also looks and feels nice to wear. That’s why we’ve thought about style as well as functionality when searching for the best PJs for mums-to-be.  

When your baby has arrived you’ll also need to think about pyjamas which will accommodate nursing if you’re planning to breastfeed. No-one wants to be struggling with removing clothing whilst trying to feed a hungry newborn in the middle of the night.

Whether you’re just starting to show or ready to head to the maternity unit soon, there’s all sorts of things to consider when purchasing maternity nightwear. So we’ve done all the research for you, weighing up style, comfort and practicality to bring you the top maternity pyjamas to keep you comfortable during pregnancy and beyond.

Here are the best maternity pyjamas to buy in 2022.

1. Best overall maternity pyjamas: Happy Mama Maternity Night Dress and Robe Set

Happy Mama dress and robe

Price: From £37 | Buy now from Amazon

Take a look at the Happy Mama website. They have a lot of choice." (Brand tried and tested by Mumsnet user Rememberallball)

“Happy Mama did some great button up and longer length ones.” (Suggested by Mumsnet user bookish83)

This Happy Mama nightie and robe set is a perfect addition to any hospital bag or for general wear when you’re pregnant. Breathable fabric and a loose floaty style make it a very comfortable option and the addition of the robe serves as a quick cover-up if you're moving around the hospital ward. The nightie also has a handy button down front giving easy access for nursing mums.

Some reviewers felt that the sizing came up a little small around the bump area so perhaps consider going up a size if you're looking for something to wear in the later stages of pregnancy.

Key specs

  • Size range: 8-16
  • Material: 95% viscose, 5% elastane

2. Best budget maternity pyjamas: Arestory 2-Piece T-shirt and Short Set

Arestory pyjama set

Price: From £9.87 | Buy now from Amazon

Arestory are a relatively new brand and, if you’re after a bargain, they’re pretty hard to beat.

These shorts and T-shirt style maternity pyjamas offer a comfortable, budget-friendly alternative to some of the pricier ranges and, despite the smaller price tag, they are made predominantly from cotton and still have a cross-over top for nursing. We also think this style would be an excellent choice for keeping cool in summer.

The bottoms come with an adjustable drawstring waist rather than a wider, over the bump waistband so, while this will still accommodate your growing bump, if you want something with a bit more support, these aren’t perhaps the ones for you. Coming in at around £10 though, they're definitely worth a try. 

Key specs

  • Size range: S to XXL
  • Material: 70% cotton, 30% polyester

3. Best cotton maternity pyjamas: Mamalicious Polka Dot Organic Cotton Pyjamas

Price: £38 | Buy now from ASOS

“I just bought some Mamalicious ones via ASOS - have to say they are so comfy and the nursing function makes them so easy to breastfeed. I feel they're worth the money.”  (Recommended by Mumsnet user mummabubs)

Cotton nightwear is definitely one of the best options for keeping cool on the hospital ward and when you start to overheat in that final trimester. Not only are these Mamalicious pyjamas made from 100% cotton, they’re also organic so the cotton is grown using less water and no pesticides making them an excellent option for eco-conscious mums-to-be. 

We love the cute polka dot design and the handy button down top makes breastfeeding much easier. Some reviewers did say that the bottoms were a little on the small side so you may want to consider going up a size or wearing them under the bump.

Key specs

  • Size range: 6-14
  • Material: 100% organic cotton

4. Best lightweight maternity pyjamas: OCCIENTEC Women's Ultra Soft Maternity Pyjamas

Price: £25.49 | Buy now from Amazon

These OCCIENTEC pyjamas are made from rayon (see our buyer's guide further down the page for more on the best choice of material to go for), making them highly breathable and comfortable. As they’re so lightweight they'll be a doddle to fit in the hospital bag too.

We loved the classic style of these pyjamas and we reckon you could even pop out to the shops and no-one would know you were still in your nightwear.

The layered ruched design not only looks stylish but also makes breastfeeding much easier too.

Key specs

  • Size range: S-XL
  • Material: 95% rayon, 5% elastane

5. Best maternity night dress: Purpless Maternity 2-in-1 Pregnancy and Nursing Nightdress

Price: From £14.99 | Buy now from Amazon

The Purpless nightie has excellent consumer reviews, particularly when it comes to fit and comfort. Reviewers also noted that the nightie washed extremely well and lasted throughout the entirety of pregnancy and beyond.

The nightie, whilst simple in its design, comes in a wide range of colours from hot pink to graphite grey meaning all tastes are catered for. It’s made from 100% cotton and is suitable for nursing after birth too. And, coming in at between £15 and £18, it’s also an absolute bargain.

Key specs

  • Size range: 8-18
  • Material: Cotton

6. Best shirt style pyjamas: Chelsea Peers Green Gingham Eco Button Up Long Pyjama Set

Chelsea Peers PJ set

Price: £26 | Buy now from Chelsea Peers

“I just bought a super comfy pair of PJs from Chelsea Peers.” (Brand recommended by Mumsnet user kell5120)

“Another vote for Chelsea Peers!!!! I have four pairs now and have worn them all through pregnancy and afterwards! They are so soft and wash well. [Go for the] button up style for nursing.” (Vetted by Mumsnet user MichelleOR84)

These adorable green gingham pyjamas not only look fantastic but, as they’re made from recycled fabric, they’re environmentally friendly too.

The button down shirt and adjustable drawstring waist means you can wear them right through from the early stages of pregnancy to post-birth and reviewers report that they are extremely soft and comfortable. They’re currently on sale with 35% off so you’d best be quick if you want to snap up a bargain.

Key specs

  • Size range: XS-XL
  • Material: 95% recycled polyester, 5% elastane

7. Best maternity pyjamas for nursing: Boohoo Two-Pack Wrap Over Pyjama Set

Price: £32 | Buy now from Boohoo

“I found some cheap ones on Boohoo that I liked. I was surprised as never shopped with them before. They do a nice maternity range that's not too expensive. Free returns too for those like me who hate online shopping. Or shopping in general.” (Suggested by Mumsnet user Njay2571)

The stretchy viscose material of these pyjama sets make them a lightweight and comfortable option. Whilst viscose is a little lighter and stretchier than cotton, it’s not necessarily as long-wearing, so bear this in mind if you want something that is going to last from bump to baby.

The cross-over top allows for easy access for breastfeeding mums and looks stylish too. At £32 for two pairs they’re also a real bargain.

Key specs

  • Size range: 8-16
  • Material: 95% viscose, 5% elastane

8. Best short and vest maternity pyjamas: New Look Black Short Pyjama Set with Scallop Lace Trim

Price: £17.99 | Buy now from New Look

“I got some fairly cheap and cheerful ones from New Look - they are comfy and wash well.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user SillyBry)

The scallop lace trim and straps give a really elegant finish to these very pretty pyjamas. If you want something a little more dainty or summery then this shorts and vest combo is definitely a great choice. 

They’re also very lightweight so are an excellent option for squeezing into the hospital bag, although a nightie might give you more freedom if your primary concern is shopping for the hospital. The bottoms are on the short side, however, so if you have a tendency to feel a little self-conscious you may want to team them up with a maternity robe for when you’re up and about on the ward. 

The top is not made specifically with nursing in mind but they do have a scoop neck which may accommodate breastfeeding.

Key specs

  • Size range: 6-12
  • Material: 50% cotton, 50% modal

9. Best luxury maternity pyjamas: Seraphine Bamboo Lounge Pyjamas

Price: £42 | Buy now from Seraphine

 “I've got Seraphine bamboo ones. They're lovely and great for nursing too.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user plimsolls)

“Also got some treat bamboo PJs from Seraphine but they were on the pricey side. But seriously the most comfy thing I've bought all pregnancy, so soft and they've fit perfectly for months, plus I plan to LIVE in them for a couple of months when I get home again! They are lovely and stretchy and will be ideal for feeding too.” (Reviewed by Mumsnet user katiegolightly)

When it comes to Seraphine, you know you’re going to pay that little bit more, but just cast your eyes over the Mumsnet forums or customer reviews and you’ll see the words 'soft', 'comfortable' and 'long-lasting' time and time again. One of the great ironies of pregnancy and the early stages of parenthood is that, despite what feels like a time of complete sleep deprivation, you’ll find yourself wearing a lot of sleepwear. That’s why, if there was ever a time to feel justified in splashing out on some pyjamas, it's when you’re pregnant.

These chic bamboo pyjamas are incredibly elegant so you won't have to worry about being in your nightwear when you have the inevitable stream of visitors during those busy first few weeks. Not only do they look sophisticated, but they’re also made from bamboo material which is both naturally hypoallergenic and antibacterial and will help to wick moisture if you're prone to sweating. 

The pyjamas also have a cross-over neckline which allows for breastfeeding. 

Key specs

  • Size range: XS-XXL
  • Material: Bamboo viscose

10. Best maternity pyjamas for comfort: Next Navy Blue Animal Maternity Cotton Short Sleeve Pyjamas

Price: £17 | Buy now from Next

“I’ve got a couple of sets from Next - two that I’m wearing at the moment and one is packed in my hospital bag - they’re really comfy.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user theresaplaceforus)

“I got a lovely pair from Next. Over the bump as well so super comfy.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user Hairpulling

We love the animal print design of these stylish pyjamas from Next and they definitely look like something that could pass for loungewear, particularly if you mix and match.

The pyjamas are not only made from breathable cotton, but they also have a wide over the bump waistband to offer you plenty of support during the later stages of pregnancy. 

Bear in mind that the T-shirt style top doesn’t come with buttons or a double layer, however, so they’re not the best option if you want something to wear whilst breastfeeding.

Key specs

  • Size range: XS-XXL
  • Material: Cotton

Do I need maternity pyjamas?

No parent should ever feel pressured into buying anything they don’t feel they need just because it has the maternity label. Many Mumsnetters simply bought an extra large T-shirt or went a couple of sizes up in pyjamas.

However, many mums-to-be found that maternity pyjamas offer that little bit more comfort and support when your bump gets bigger and many are designed with nursing in mind if you plan on breastfeeding. Maternity pyjamas also tend to be made in more breathable fabric and have a little more room up top to compensate for the inevitable breast growth during pregnancy. 

The majority of the sleepwear we’ve selected will accommodate you from when you're just beginning to show to being postpartum and should last throughout pregnancy and beyond. Overall, despite the lack of sleep, you’re going to spend a lot of time in your nightwear so just make sure that whatever you choose makes you feel comfortable and won’t have you diving for cover if you have unannounced well wishers ringing the doorbell.

What to look for in maternity pyjamas 

Material 

Firstly, remember that, whatever the weather, the maternity ward will be hot. So even if you’re going to have a winter baby, you’ll still need something cooler to take to the hospital. You’ll also find that you’ll get much hotter even during the colder months when you’re pregnant. 

Cotton is always a winner when it comes to keeping cool. Many brands use organic cotton which is more ethically sourced making it a more eco-friendly purchase.  

Although made from natural products, rayon is technically a man-made material due to the way that it is refined. Rayon is not only very lightweight, but it’s also highly absorbent making it an excellent choice for women who are prone to sweating during pregnancy

Bamboo is an incredibly soft fabric and wrinkle resistant so you can put the iron away. If you’re not quite feeling the heat and want something that feels a little more snuggly, bamboo is a slightly heavier fabric but still remains breathable.

Under the bump or over the bump?

This is all down to preference but most mums find that over the bump is generally more comfortable to sleep in. However, if you find yourself overheating a lot, an under the bump waistband may keep you a little cooler and a drawstring waist means you can wear your pyjamas pre- and post-bump. 

Are the pyjamas nursing friendly?

Just because nightwear is specifically maternity doesn’t necessarily mean it is suitable for breastfeeding mums, so if you want something that will take you through to postpartum and you do plan on breastfeeding, make sure that your nightwear has a button down or cross-over top.

Where to buy maternity pyjamas

Many fashion retailers have their own range of maternity nightwear. When conducting our research, we found that there was a lot more choice online than in the shops. ASOS and Amazon in particular had an extensive range of maternity nightwear covering all different styles and budgets. If your budget is limited don’t forget to check out the local pass-it-on sites in your area for second-hand bargains and even freebies.

What is the best maternity nightwear for the hospital?

For during labour, the NHS simply recommends wearing something loose and comfortable that does not restrict you from moving around or make you too hot. For obvious reasons a nightie or shirt will be far more appropriate for the delivery room than shorts or pyjama bottoms! Remember to pack front opening tops or nighties if you plan on breastfeeding too. 

How we chose our recommendations

Nothing is more important than optimising the likelihood of sleep when you’re pregnant or have just given birth. That’s why we’ve spent hours investigating the top nightwear to invest in. Here’s how we carefully chose our picks.

Recommendations from real Mumsnet users

There’s only so much you can tell by looking at a picture online. Nothing will give you a better sense of whether something is worth buying or not than an honest, unbiased review from a real parent. That’s why our first port of call is always our forums where we trawl the Talk boards to find out what Mumsnet users are independently recommending. 

Expert opinions

To help us whittle down our shortlisted products we also took on board the top tips and advice from experts when it came to choosing the right kind of maternity nightwear, particularly when it comes to packing the all-important hospital bag.

Authentic customer reviews

Finally, we looked at maternity wear that was ranking highly on bestseller lists and analysed the ones that had first-class reviews on retailer sites. We took into account what reviewers were saying about comfort, style, value for money and suitability for nursing before we eventually arrived at our final selection.

Why you should trust us

We know that it’s often the little things, like finding the most comfortable pyjamas that make a big difference when it comes to pregnancy. That’s why we work hard to bring you the products that we would buy ourselves. We do sometimes earn revenue through affiliate (click-to-buy) links in our articles. This helps us fund more helpful articles like this one.

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