With a number of nursing tanks in the market place to choose from, it can be confusing when it’s time to purchase one.
Knowing what to look for is half the battle! We’ve come up with a helpful checklist to make shopping easier.
Choose a nursing tank made from natural fibers such as cotton, bamboo or modal. Natural fabrics will keep you cool and allow the skin to breath.
Synthetic fabrics can become hot and/or can be irritating to wear.
Try and test wear the tank before purchasing it. If it doesn’t feel comfortable in-store, then it is unlikely when you wear it over an extended period of time.
Comfort is particularly important during pregnancy and whilst breastfeeding, especially as a woman’s body and skin is more sensitive during this time.
Choose a tank with good stretch. A stretchy fabric will be more forgiving and will stretch with your changing body, providing for a more comfortable fit.
Restrictive fabrics will feel tight and uncomfortable. It is unlikely you will get much wear out of them as your body continues to grow.
Drop down cups for feeding
A good nursing tank will have feeding clips incorporated into the strap design.
Drop down cups will make feeding a breeze and more discrete when out and about.
Decide if you want a tank for outerwear or foundation purposes.
Outer wear tanks generally have a few extra design features and may come in a variety of prints. The design and cut of the tank is generally more flattering and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.
Tanks designed for underwear will often have less design features and come in a smaller colour range. Nude and black are most popular and these tanks can often be worn as a replacement for a bra.
It is often better to spend a little more than to buy budget. Even though you are only wearing the tanks for a short period of time, it’s better to invest in a durable garment that will wash and wear better, than invest in a cheaper garment that will probably loose stretch and shape.
Select neutral colours. That way they can be easily matched and dressed up with other accessories to create fun fashionable outfits you will enjoy wearing.
Pregnancy does not mean you have to dress frumpy! Mix and match your pre pregnancy clothes and accessories with a few key maternity dress items to create fun fashionable looks.
Select a tank that has a longer length. The longer length will be much appreciated during the later stages of pregnancy and then to mask any excess tummy post pregnancy
Gathered side seams
Gathered side seams are great because they enable the fabric to drape nicely over a growing belly. The gathers will also be beneficial post birth. The gathers will help to soften the fabric drape. This is a much more flattering look for immediately post birth when your body is recovering and you are getting back into pre pregnancy shape.
Choose a tank that not only flatters your body but also can be worn throughout pregnancy and post birth.
This way you really get your value for money!
Ideally, choose a tank that contains removable pads or laminated cups. These are ideal for smaller busted women who are looking for a supportive discrete option. The pads will provide some lift and will help to avoid nipple show, providing the wearer with a smooth flattering shape.
Choose a tank that has a built in shelf. This will provide for added support and comfort.
Depending on the size of your bust and the support provided by the garment, you may or may not need to wear a bra with the tank.
Once you find a tank that is suited for your needs, we advise you to buy a couple more in different colours.
A good nursing tank will soon become a staple in your wardrobe and your go to item, through your pregnancy and beyond.