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Natural Family Product Review: Boppy Nursing Pillow

Boppy Nursing Pillow

Of all the clothes, gadgets, lotions and potions I received at my baby shower, one present stands out: my Boppy nursing pillow. It is something I wouldn't have purchased myself. I thought it another unnecessary piece of baby gear destined to clutter up the house. Instead, I've used my nursing pillow every day for nearly ten months. It is by far the most useful baby accessory I own.


The Boppy nursing pillow fits comfortably around the waist, providing a platform for baby to lie on. Baby's weight is supported at nursing level for nearly hands-free breastfeeding while still maintaining close body contact.


Versatility: As a nursing pillow, the Boppy can be used during any sitting activity including dining, reading and computer work. The U-shaped pillow also serves as an excellent support for babies learning to sit up on their own. The Boppy has endless uses as a floor play object and also comes in handy as a safety barrier and door stop.

Availability: The Boppy is widely available at major retail outlets. Check the Boppy website for your nearest retailer.

Editor's Note: Our Boppy, originally for nursing, has also been used as a toddler seat at the table and floor; foot rest; back and bottom cushion for weary parents; doll accessory; couch and TV pillow; bed pillow; puppy rest and cat bed. It's very sturdy and has lived through two years of punishment from a family of five with only fading to show for it. -- Gina Ritter

Mom nursing baby using Boppy Nursing Pillow
Dad feeding baby a bottle using the Boppy Nursing Pillow


Cleaning: The care instructions on the label recommend machine washing on cold using the delicate cycle with no bleach. Though drying instructions are not listed on the label, the website states that it may be dried in a dryer. Due to the large size and awkward shape of the Boppy, it may not fit in all machines. Furthermore, washing in cold water may not eliminate any bacteria present. Washable Boppy slip covers are available from some retailers at an additional cost.

One Size: Though the Boppy is designed to fit a wide range of body shapes, one size does not fit all. Extremely petite or full-figured women may not find the Boppy comfortable.

Fill: The Boppy is hypoallergenic, but chemically sensitive families should be aware that the Boppy is stuffed with polyester fiberfill.

Political: Covers are sewn in Mexico.


See the entire line of Boppy products; read about the mother behind the Boppy in the About Us section.

Review by Bridgett Torrence

Bridgett Torrence is a freelance writer and mother of two living in coastal southern California. She enjoys natural parenting, whole-foods cooking and speculative fiction.

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