Best of Baby 2015: Maternity Basics
Once baby arrives, you’ll be attending to his or her needs almost every waking moment. So who’s looking out for you? We are. Whether it’s the breast pump that expresses in half the time or the stylish nursing top that’ll make you wonder how moms before you ever lived without these, we’ve found hard-working items to make your new life as a mom a little easier.
Nursing: Itzy Ritzy Nursing Happens Infinity Breastfeeding Scarf
A gorgeous infinity scarf should be a staple in any woman’s wardrobe. This one just happens to serve as a nursing cover. And comes in nine cool patterns. So there’s no excuse not to have one that looks this good and does double duty when you breastfeed.
Buy it: $25, Buybuybaby.com
Nursing: CupCake Nursing Pads
Leaks happen. And now there’s a convenient, comfortable and eco-friendly way to deal with them. These organic cotton and hemp pads have a pocketed front — slip in up to two liners depending on how much absorbency you need.
Buy it: from $17, Amazon.com
Nursing: Lansinoh HPA Lanolin
Best for Soothing
Sore, cracked and dry nipples are words that should never pass a mom’s lips. And they won’t have to with Lansinoh’s emollient all-natural, single ingredient cream that can be used often and liberally while you nurse baby.
Buy it: $10, Buybuy.com
Nursing: Boppy Heirloom Pillow
Best Nursing Pillow
Always a classic choice, Boppy is still the nursing pillow breastfeeding moms rave about. It’s ergonomically designed to support all sorts of milestones, from feeding, tummy time to sitting upright. Plus, the adorable fox and owl slipcover is easily removable for machine washing.
Buy it: $40, Toysrus.com
Nursing: Medela Pump in Style
This double-electric pump is a favorite among moms for good reason: it’s hard-working, portable and efficient — essentially perfect for when you need to express milk often and daily. Plus, its many speeds and suction settings closely mimic how a baby breastfeeds, helping to express the most milk every time you pump.
Buy it: $300, Buybuybaby.com
Nursing: Simple Wishes B3 All-in-One Bra
Designed by four sisters, this comfortable and functional bra is meant to be worn while nursing or pumping. Yep — even hands-free pumping; special straps keep your breast pumps in place.
Buy it: $59, Amazon.com
Maternity Fashion: Loyal Hana
Best Nursing Tops
Putting the layered look on hold to make breastfeeding easier? Not anymore. Hidden zippers allow you to pump or feed without taking off your shirt. And these tops are cool enough to wear long after you’re done nursing.
Buy it: $105, Nordstrom.com
Maternity Fashion: Hatch Collection Easy Pant
Best Maternity Pants
Anyone going through a pregnancy can tell you: if they could go pants-free, they would — that’s how hard it can be to find flattering and comfortable maternity pants. Polite society dictates we need to wear pants, and luckily Hatch created these tailored trousers that are super comfy and amazingly stylish.
Buy it: $158, Hatchcollection.com
Maternity Fashion: Wendy Bellissimo
Best New Line
Flattering, easy-to-wear pieces that are versatile enough to layer or mix and match, who doesn’t want that? We especially love the bold navajo knit cascade cardigan that can span all nine months of pregnancy and beyond.
Buy it: $48, Wendybellissimo.com
Maternity Fashion: Liz Lange
Most Affordably Chic
Liz Lange helped maternity fashion move past some dark times (read: the '80s) when expectant moms wore muumuu-like coverups (not cute). Her figure-flattering shirtdresses should be a staple in any maternity wardrobe: they’re comfortable, versatile and, best of all, affordable.
Buy it: $25, Target.com