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Clothes to Pack for Travel as a Fashionable New Mother

It's possible to be comfortable and fashionable as a new mother traveling!

It’s possible to be both comfortable and fashionable as a new mother traveling!

The first rule of fashion as a new mother is that you WILL be spit up upon, constantly. But beyond that, what must a new mama remember about travel packing in order to be both comfy and chic?

Here are the 5 principles of new mother travel fashion, illustrated by a lavish Florida photo shoot with Milk Nursingwear, during which I went a liiiiiitle over the top…

Mama has a little too much fun doing photo shoots.

Mama has far too much fun doing photo shoots.

1. Pack stretchy things. You will be bending, twisting, and contorting with your baby. Stiff fabrics will make you angry. My favorite travel combination is a tunic or nursing dress like the one in this photo, paired with leggings and a cardigan, all in stretchy and soft fabrics. The leggings and cardigan can be removed as needed… like if you wind up on a beautiful Florida beach!

Baby loves fashion photo shoots, too.

Classy baby refuses to be as much of a ham for the camera as Mommy.

2. Pack strong clothes. You will be rubbing off spit-up all the live-long day, and doing laundry whenever possible, so the fabric of your duds must have the fortitude to endure and not pill.

Travel packing as a new mother can be tough...

Are your clothes up to the challenge?

3. Drape for shape and access. In the months after giving birth, wearing drape-y layers that gather under the bust but skim past the post-baby tummy can greatly help a new mama feel pretty. I love the dress in this photo shoot because there’s another benefit to the draping: an easy access slit to the “nursing area” is hidden in the folds of the torso! This is glorious, since the only other way a nursing mother can really wear a dress without a plunging neckline is to don leggings or shorts underneath. And what’s glamorous travel without flowing dresses?

I was a comfortable mama in Florida.

I was a comfortable mama in Florida.

4. Embrace softness. Since becoming a mother, I can’t get enough soft, cottony clothes. My favorite travel fabric used to be wrinkle-free, easy-dry synthetic, but lately I can’t stand wearing synthetic because it feels scratchy. Cottony comfort is now queen!

Woo hoo photo shoot!

Woo hoo photo shoot!

5. Think versatility. My #1 travel packing tip has always been, “Pack things that are also other things.” A simple black tank top can be an undershirt, shirt, pajama top, and more, and a cute dress like the one pictured here can be dressed up for a fancy night out, or dressed down for frolicking on the beach at sunset. Because let’s face it: The more nights out AND sunset beaches we can have, the better!

Yay for comfortable, pretty fashion, and beautiful Florida beaches!

Yay for cute babies, comfortable, pretty fashion, and beautiful Florida beaches!

There you have my fashionable travel mama tips! What more do YOU have to add to this list?

This “Cocktail Nursing Dress” was generously provided by Milk Nursingwear (a treasure trove of nursing dresses and nursing tops), but all opinions and over-the-top photo shoot poses are my own.


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