As your bump grows, the quality of your sleep can start to deteriorate. So, to make life more comfortable, we’ve tracked down the best maternity pyjamas for 2021.
Aside from investing in a pregnancy pillow, a quality set of PJs will ensure a great night’s sleep, whatever trimester you’re in. An oversized T-shirt just isn’t going to cut it.
We were looking for nightwear that left us feeling supported, yet free to move; snuggly yet stylish; and most importantly, not too hot and not too cold.
It’s the little wins that make you feel more comfortable when expecting, so on top of that, we were on the lookout for clever features that would work pre- and postpartum.
We’ve found PJs with handy pockets, button-through fronts for snuggly skin contact and night-time feeds and elasticated waists that will grow and shrink along with your body. And we’ve included a range of two-pieces – shorts and trousers, camis and long sleeve shirts, suitable for year-round temperatures – and nighties too.
How we tested
Our tester is usually a UK size 10 and was 35 weeks pregnant at the time of writing – so pretty much ready to pop! All sets were tried over a number of nights and washed to see how they fared.
We’re so certain you’ll love these comfortable styles, we reckon you’ll want to wear them night and day.
The best maternity pyjamas for 2021 are:
Best overall – Sleeper sizeless viscose pyjama set: £178.59, The-sleeper.com
Best maternity nightdress – Mama by Mori bump-to-baby nightdress: £39.50, Babymori.com
Best cotton maternity pyjamas – Tilbea ruth mint leopard print pyjama: £79, Tilbea.com
Best short set – Piglet in Bed midnight stripe linen pyjama: £100, Pigletinbed.com
Best heirloom piece – If Only If Nightwear clover nightdress: £80, Ifonlyif.co.uk
Best cami set – The White Company lace trim pyjama set: £65, Thewhitecompany.com
Best for giving back – Lily & Ribbon pink bamboo maternity and nursing pyjamas: £45, Lilyandribbon.com
Best eco pyjamas – Cake Maternity choc vanilla nursing cami and PJ pants: £36.90 each, Uk.cakematernity.com
Best for the hospital bag – Seraphine the sleep kit: £69, Seraphine.com
Best budget-friendly option – Mamalicious maternity pyjama short set: £32, Asos.com
Sleeper sizeless viscose pyjama set
Sleeper is the brains behind the party pyjamas (those feather-trimmed beauties seen all over Instagram) and these sizeless wonders are the brand’s next big thing. The two-piece set easily accommodates a 35-week bump, with a loose oversized fit and tie front that can be left undone if you prefer. The button front means they’ll be excellent for breastfeeding and the elasticated waist will work pre- and post-pregnancy, so you really get your money’s worth.
Our set arrived beautifully presented, with a matching scrunchie and tie which can be worn around the waist, in your hair or any other way you please. Granted, it’s not the cheapest but considering how much time you’ll be spending in PJs, and given the sheer versatility of this luxury set, we’d happily buy these in every colour.
Buy now £178.59, The-sleeper.com
Mama by Mori bump to baby nightdress
Best: Maternity nightdress
Mori has long been our go-to brand for the softest, organic baby grows – and now they have an equally gorgeous maternity range, Mama by MORI. Available in sizes small to large, this loose design is crafted from soft, breathable lyocell with a button-down front for breastfeeding. Some nightdresses can leave you feeling frumpy when you’ve got a huge bump but the side splits and above-the-knee hem left us feeling chic and extremely comfortable in our last trimester. There’s also a matching robe should you want an additional layer.
Buy now £39.50, Babymori.com
Tilbea ruth mint leopard print pyjama
Best: Cotton maternity pyjamas
You can’t beat the feeling of getting into a crisp pair of cotton PJs after a long day and this small family-run brand has ensured you can have that luxury right through pregnancy and beyond.
These feature a flat under-the-bump waistband, with an elasticated back to accommodate your growing bump and a matching oversized shirt with bracelet length sleeve. The bold mint leopard print is so cheerful we were happy to wear these night and day.
Buy now £79.00, Tilbea.com
Piglet in Bed midnight stripe linen pyjama
Best: Short set
Better known for its ludicrously soft linen bed sets featured in our round-up review, Piglet in Bed also make a range of unisex PJs made from natural stonewashed flax – keeping you cool in summer and toasty throughout winter. Not strictly maternity, the oversized button-through shirt and stretchy boyfriend shorts (with pockets) couldn’t be more perfect nevertheless. You could even match your bedding if you were so inclined.
Sizing is inclusive, from the equivalent of a UK size 6 to 20 and your set can be personalised with your initials. Better yet, this fabric looks better crumpled, so no need to iron – hurrah!
Buy now £100.00, Pigletinbed.com
If Only If Nightwear clover nightdress
Best: Heirloom piece
This small independent brand creates seasonless, consciously made designs that we can see being passed down from generation to generation. The Clover nightgown is particularly bump-friendly, with no fixed waist, short, cap sleeves and a drawstring neckline for night-time feeds.
The sheer, breathable cotton voile is beautifully soft and only gets better with each wash. We wafted around feeling very ethereal (and dare we say it, sexy). We tried a size small while 35 weeks pregnant and found it a pleasure to wear. To get even more out of it, we also intend to throw on over a swimsuit on our first family holiday.
Buy now £80.00, Ifonlyif.co.uk
The White Company lace trim pyjama set
Best: Cami set
This is another set that isn’t billed as maternity but was utterly perfect to pull on over our bump.
The pretty lace-trimmed cami comes with thin adjustable straps so you can accommodate growing boobs and the soft, stretchy waistband sits oh-so-comfortably. A total no-brainer, we love how much wear we’ll get out of this set – just buy your regular size.
Buy now £65.00, Thewhitecompany.com
Lily & Ribbon pink bamboo maternity and nursing pyjamas
Best: For giving back
Made from ultra-soft breathable bamboo, this pyjama set is as pretty as it is practical. It comes in navy or blush, with secret bust access for feeding. The long-line pleated design sits comfortably over the bump, whether in the run-up to the birth, or after, and the trousers have a wide waistband and handy pockets for stashing your phone and nipple cream.
Not only that but with every purchase, Lily & Ribbon make a £1 donation to The Pandas Foundation, an organisation supporting pre- and postnatal mental health.
Buy now £45.00, Lilyandribbon.com
Cake Maternity choc vanilla nursing cami and PJ pants
Best: Eco pyjamas
It’s made from stretchy modal cotton, certified free from harmful chemicals so you can be confident snuggling up to your little one when they arrive. Featuring a classic monochrome dot, the cami has adjustable straps and a pretty gathered side seam detail to flatter the bump, while the three-quarter length trousers have a stretchy waistband. We also like that these pieces are sold individually, which can be helpful if you’re different sizes from top to bottom.
Buy now £36.90, Uk.cakematernity.com
Seraphine the sleep kit
Best: For the hospital bag
There’s so much to remember when packing the hospital bag but this handy sleep kit ticks nightwear off the list. The bundle includes a boxy, button-down nightie (perfect for immediate skin to skin contact and feeding), a matching lightweight robe with self-tie and a comfortable wrap-over sleep bra. It’s all made from soft, drapey modal – so it won’t irritate any scars or sore bits – and will keep you cool throughout the night.
Buy now £69.00, Seraphine.com
Mamalicious maternity pyjama short set
Best: Budget-friendly option
This simple vest and short set was one of the styles we tried that fitted closest. It’s designed to be worn while pregnant and breastfeeding thanks to the button-through front. It lost some marks as the sustainable viscose/elastane fabric doesn’t feel quite as premium as other sets we tested, however at this price, we still think it’s a great buy and it washed well.
Buy now £32.00, Asos.com
The verdict: Maternity pyjamas and nightwear
If money is no object, we’d splurge on a Sleeper pyjama set, to ensure we feel our most fabulous, in what can feel like a long nine months. However, for something a little more practical for every day, the Mori nightie can be thrown on without another thought, is supersoft and comfy and is a great price.
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