Updated Feb 03, 2024

After the birth of your child, you’re exhausted. You’re overwhelmed with emotions. Those first few hours as a family together in the hospital (or elsewhere) are a special experience you’ll want to remember forever. While a “fresh 48” photoshoot is a great way to capture this amazing time, you may not be in the mood for that kind of event. That’s OK!

Laughing Mom Holding Baby in Matching Hospital Outfits

Instead, you can still guarantee great in-the-moment pics with some advance planning. Be sure to pack some easy, ultra-soft matching outfit for mom and baby that will keep you both comfortable. Learning the best ways to mix and match colors and patterns will make your first photos together extra-special. Whether you have baby girl hospital outfit or baby boy hospital outfit to pick out, the experience can be just as fun! Discover our favorite mommy and me hospital outfit ideas.

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How to Mix Colors and Patterns for Coordinating Hospital Outfits

A great place to start is by selecting a beautiful maternity robe for yourself. After all, you deserve to look and feel your best in these first photos! Wrapping yourself in a gorgeous, silky soft gown will make you feel wonderful. It’s also easy to wear after your baby is born and adjustable for a comfy fit. We design ours with clever ties to prevent peek-a-boos, so you can relax without having to worry about wardrobe malfunctions in your first family photos! And we made sure to include generously sized pockets for your phone and other essentials.

As you’re deciding on the perfect mommy robe check out the options for matching and coordinating outfits for your little one. Our favorite easy-to-put-on garments include baby convertible one-pieces and footie zippered one-pieces. Colorful accessories, such as buttery-soft baby headbands, bows, and turbans increase visual interest and always look super-cute on teeny babies. Adding a coordinating stretchy swaddle or a baby blanket is also a sweet look.

Posh Peanut offers a wide variety of baby girl and boy hospital outfits and we love how stylish and fun it can be to mix them up! That’s why we specifically design collections that look great paired together. As you start planning your first photos with your new baby, check out our favorite tips for mixing colors and patterns for picture-perfect style inspiration:

1) Pair Patterns with Solids

Our favorite way to put together matching mommy-and-baby outfits is by pairing a vibrant pattern with a colorful solid. Both our core and limited-edition collections of solid colors always include a variety of mix-and-matchable options, ranging from loungewear and matching robes for moms to newborn coming home outfits. And these solid colors are designed to coordinate beautifully with our unique, signature prints.

Mother and baby daughter in matching hospital outfits

A mommy robe in a beautiful solid color looks wonderful alongside patterns

One of our most popular print collections, Lana Leopard Tan has everything you’ll need for your new baby, plus matching looks for the whole family. Any of these outfits look fantastic paired with the seriously chic Black Ribbed essentials for baby, mom and dad.

While not a traditional baby color, black is a modern and versatile solid adorable outfit for both girls and boys. And our reversible Lana Leopard Tan & Black Plush Patoo baby blanket combines both the leopard pattern and a black solid in one luxuriously soft, double layer swaddle blanket.

Baby in leopard outfit with mom holding her in a coordinating black outfit

Featuring the Lana Leopard Tan zippered gown and Baby headband and wrap in Black, plus mom-and-daughter Lana and Black ribbed outfits

Another fun and eye-catching combination that can be created with patterns and solids features the race-car design of our Miles collection. As with the Lana Leopard Tan, our Miles print looks great mixed and matched with the versatile Black Ribbed basics. Both collections are available in styles and sizes for the whole family.

Mom holding baby in race car footie pajamas


Mom is wearing our Miles Women's Short Sleeve Loungewear, and baby is adorable in the Miles Tie-Front Kimono Set and beanie

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2) Add Neutrals to Anything

As much as we love color, you can never go wrong with neutrals. Mixing and matching mommy and baby going home outfits is a breeze with neutrals! Minimal patterns are easy to mix and match, or you can easily add a solid neutral like Black Ribbed or Dusty Rose that go with almost anything.

Baby in older sisters arms in matching outfits

Featuring Vintage Pink Rose and Odet Collections

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3) Go Bold Mixing Colors (But Avoid Clashing Patterns)

Mixing patterns can be fun! However, we recommend that when creating mommy and me outfits you stick to one bolder pattern alongside a more minimal one. Two large patterns may not photograph well together. Or the combination can be so busy that it takes the focus away from your darling baby! That said, patterns featuring a bold design can look great next to an equally vibrant hue with a smaller print design, especially one in a coordinating color. The result can really showcase your little one without overwhelming the scene.

Baby being held by mother in matching pink polka dot outfits

Featuring Eloise short-sleeve loungewear for mom, buttoned-zippered gown for baby, and a coordinating solid-color bow headband

4) Dress Twins in Different Colors or Patterns

There are so many cute ways to dress twins in Posh Peanut styles. Dress them the same for your baby going home outfits, or try putting them in two different colors. Our selection of solids mix and match with multiple patterns, so it’s easy to make your own coordinating mommy and me sets for twins and older siblings.

Mixing patterned outfits with twins


Mixing and matching is easy when you select harmonizing prints and coordinating colors

Woman on bed with two baby girls

Stylish Posh Peanut colors, prints, and solids look great both on their own and mixed together 

Stylish Posh Peanut colors, prints, and solids look great both on their own and mixed together

5) Don’t Shy Away from Florals

Sometimes we hear mamas of little boys say they’re disappointed they can’t get the floral robe they dreamed of because they want matching mommy-and-baby outfits for those first photos. Well, we have a solution for that!

Although we do have plenty of matching mommy-and-son styles that incorporate fun, more traditionally “boy” prints that moms can wear as well (along with a variety of gender-neutral options for matching looks), we recommend selecting a more feminine matching robe for yourself, if that’s what you really want. For example, you can always pair a beautiful floral robe while wrapping your little boy in a gender-neutral solid color. Whatever you choose, your hospital photos will look stunning!

women in the gorgeous Cassie mommy robe

The gorgeous and functional Cassie mommy robe 

Matching Family Outfits for Baby Going Home Outfit Photos

Selecting those first outfits for your newborn is so much fun, but remember that you’ll feel your best in garments that are beautiful and comfortable as well. For an easy-to-put-together look, you can include an ultra-comfy adult pajama loungewear set that matches or coordinates with your mommy robe. While you’re at it, you might want to select some for your partner as well!

The first photos are even better when the whole family can match together. We’ve expanded our selection of menswear and women’s loungewear to include more options for making matching family outfits. Both men’s and women’s options feature super-comfy relaxed pants with adjustable drawstring and pockets, plus luxe functional buttons.

Dad and sons in matching family outfits

Featuring the Miles collection’s matching outfits for the whole family

At night, these ultra-soft, breathable pjs—woven with our premium viscose from bamboo—promote restful sleep. And in the weeks to come, you’ll appreciate how superbly styled they are for all-day wear. You’re going to want to live in these sets, whether you’re running errands or relaxing around the house!

We design our family collections with your treasured first photos in mind. Both our limited-edition and core styles of baby clothes and pajamas feature the same vibrant patterns and beautiful solid colors as our family collections, so you can have tons of fun creating combinations for a variety of looks. And if you’re taking photos yourself, be sure to check out our tips for styling an infant mommy and me photoshoot at home.

How would you mix and match your mommy and baby hospital outfit?!

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Editors Note: This post was originally published April 14, 2020 and has been completely updated and revamped for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

Holly Wade

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