The 4 Fabrics Every New Mom Should Stock Up On


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It seems obvious, but as a new mom, I’ve found daily laundry become a very real thing, and not just for baby clothes and linens like you might think. Your own clothes will bear the brunt of many baby mishaps as well. Yes, I’m talking pee, poop, throw-up, runny nose, sticky fingers, so on, and so forth. With that in mind, it’s crucial to create a capsule wardrobe of sorts with easy-care fabrics that you can throw in the washer while you move on to more important things.

Unfortunately, not all fabrics are created equal. That said, it’s more important than ever to start checking the tags of all that you’re planning on buying (plus what’s already in your closet), especially in the first years of motherhood. It’s vital that you always read the care instructions of the pieces you’re considering purchasing so that you can make sure that they are made of a fabric that can be easily washed when the need arises. “Dry clean only” just means one more errand to run, and “hand wash only” means one more chore to add to the list. Your time is limited, so being mindful of the care instructions is one great way to make the most of it.

To help guide you with this new chapter of your life, we broke down some of the key fabrics you should incorporate into your closet. Think cottons, linens, and more. Make sure to also shop our top picks for each type below.

1. Cotton

2. Denim

3. Linen

4. Polyester/Polyester Blends 

For more on the magic of fabric selection, check out these fabric options that make any outfit look more expensive.

Jennifer Camp Forbes
Contributing Editor

Jennifer Camp Forbes is currently the shopping updates editor at Who What Wear, where she has worked in a variety of capacities for over a decade, including creative director and various editor roles. She’s well-known as a shopping expert that’s sought out for advice and insight on the latest trends, outfit ideas, and fashion picks thanks to her thoughtful shopping roundups, digital moodboards, and extensive knowledge of up-and-coming brands, plus the new arrivals sections of the chicest retailers. Jennifer has had a lifelong interest in fashion which led her to intern at Harper’s Bazaar as an undergraduate. Later, while working towards her masters degree in psychological counseling at Columbia University, she founded two digital fashion publications: Le Fashion and Olsens Anonymous. The popularity of both sites grew and after graduation she decided put her plans to become a therapist aside to pursue a career in fashion. While she has called Los Angeles and New York City home in the past, she currently works remotely from Massachusetts. When she’s not obsessing over and writing about her latest fashion finds, she is delighting in raising two little ones with her highschool sweetheart, perusing TikTok religiously, listening to podcasts and audiobooks, creating abstract photographs, and eating the best Mexican food she can get her hands on.