Friday, October 14, 2011

Balboa Baby Nursing Cover and Nursing Pillow Review

Balboa Baby Nursing Cover

For any breastfeeding mother, a Nursing cover is a MUST.  There are so many different covers on the market today that it gives mothers a choice in what features and colors they want.  This is wonderful!  Gone are the days of just using a hot blanket to cover mom and baby or buying an ugly nursing cover just because it was the one and only that existed!  Now moms can choose what kid of cover they want and can actually look nice while breastfeeding!

The Balboa Baby Nursing Cover is simple and elegant.  It’s designed to contour around mom and baby, giving you the most coverage possible.  It has a nice sized pocket on the front, perfect for pacifiers, nursing pads, etc.  The cover also has a rigid neckline so that you can have both hands supporting baby and don’t have to fuss with the cover to be able to maintain eye contact with baby.  Many nursing covers, you are constantly having to shift or lift the collar line to see baby, with the rigid neckline you don’t have to do a thing!  Also, if the collar is too tight or too loose, there is an adjustable buckle to adjust the collar to fit you better. 

This cover is also made of 100% cotton and is nice and lightweight so you don’t have to worry about mom or baby roasting during nursing.  Other covers can be thick and hot, but this cover is light and allows air flow through the rigid neckline and any air that gets in from the bottom and sides.

This cover washed very well.  Since it is 100% cotton, you can simply machine wash on gentle/cold and then tumble dry.  I did notice that if I only tumble dried it, it wrinkled like crazy!  Instead, I air dried it and then tumbled it to get the stiffness and wrinkles out.  This worked better for me that simply tumbling it.

I really loved this nursing cover.  It is contoured and fits/covers better than many other nursing covers because of these contours.  The rigid neckline allows ventilation as well as mommy/baby eye contact.  And these covers come in an array of gorgeous prints!  You truly can look nice (and even chic) while breastfeeding!  Even better, Balboa Baby offers the entire coordinating line of Nursing Covers, Nursing Pillows, Adjustable Slings, Shopping Cart Covers, and Stroller Liners.  So you could buy the entire collection in one print and have a lovely coordinating ensemble!

Overall, I love this cover.  I love the contours instead of the traditional square covers.  I love that it has a nice generous fit that is much nicer than square covers and seems to cover/hide more of mom and baby for privacy!  The rigid neckline is amazingly helpful and the beautiful prints are to die for!

Total Stars:  ★★★★★

Demonstration only, there is a baby doll under there! :)

Balboa Baby Nursing Pillow

Previously to being sent this nursing pillow, I had only used one mainstream nursing pillow.  I was surprised and amazed to see how different nursing pillows could be and how well this one worked!

Right from the package, the first thing that I noticed about the Balboa Baby Nursing Pillow was the contour design.  This pillow was designed by Medical Professionals and Lactation consultants.  They designed this pillow with a contour to naturally help maintain that “belly to belly” correct positioning.  This is brilliant.  With many other pillows, it is hard to maintain belly to belly, this pillow maintains that position with no effort!

This pillow is also made from a sturdy foam, which is soft enough for baby and mom comfort, but strong enough that I firmly feel it would withstand multiple children!

The cover is removable and washable, which is perfect because breastfeeding is not always a clean job.  There is spit up, vomit, drool, pee, and poop blow outs to contend with.  So a washable cover is a MUST!  The cover washed well, but like the Nursing Cover, it tended to come out wrinkly and a little stiff.  I again air dried and then tumbled…worked like a charm!

My other immediate thought about this pillow was that it is smaller than many other pillows.  Many mainstream nursing pillows wrap the entire way around mom’s abdomen.  This pillow does not.  I was concerned about this.  However, I found that since this pillow is not a wrap around, you have more options with it!  It actually works BETTER than wrap around nursing pillows.

When my daughter was a newborn, she only nursed football hold on the right side.  This was trick with my mainstream nursing pillow because she would slide off the back of the pillow.  I was constantly adjusting her and the pillow.  This was not exactly ideal for me or for her feeding!  I wish that I had the Balboa Baby Nursing Pillow back then!  Because it is smaller, you can simply move the pillow to the side and it instantly works for the football hold as well!  Not matter what hold or position you nurse your baby in (aside from laying down or standing on your head!), this pillow will work beautifully.

Overall, I was just amazed at how different this pillow was and how the brilliant design worked beautifully.  My only worry is that for parents that nurse past a year, your child may outgrow this pillow.  Due to the contour design, I do not feel that larger/older children would be comfortable.  If you have used this pillow with a bigger child, I would love to know your thoughts on this!

Total Stars:  ★★★★★

You can purchase these products on the Balboa Baby website or at Target and Toys R Us.



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