The first time around, my wife tried to use a receiving blanket, or a blanket with a neck loop attached. Needless to say, our baby hated either of these and threw them off. With our second baby, we tried a couple different nursing cover, and ANY real nursing cover is MUCH better because it has lighter, breathable fabric, and more importantly, it has a built in ring that gives it some shape at the top. This makes a window where Mommy can see Baby, Baby can see Mommy, and it keeps Baby from feeling smothered. All good things!
The two models we tried were the Bebe au Lait Premium Cotton Nursing Cover and the Udder Covers brand. Our feeling was that you get what you pay for. The Bebe au Lait is definitely better, but to be fair, it costs 2-2.5x as much.
Features that make the Bebe au Lait better are that the ring at the top is nicer--more of a rounded D-shape, whereas the Udder Cover one has a flimsy-feeling V-shape one. The fabric is also nicer on the Bebe au Lait: it's smoother/softer, and it's a little bigger, so it provides more coverage if Baby is wiggly. The terry-cloth pockets in the Bebe au Lait are nice in that they provide just a little bit of weighting for it.
Overall, my advice is to get a Bebe au Lait If you're going to be using it at all regularly; it is worth the one-time cost to get one as your primary nursing cover. The Udder Cover one makes a great backup to use when you're washing your main one, or if you need to stash a spare somewhere.
(What we ended up doing, which has worked well, is to have three nursing covers. The Bebe au Lait is our main nursing cover, and it lives in the diaper bag full-time and is with us when we're out and about. My wife has an Udder Cover one that she uses at work to pump, since the pump wouldn't appreciate the finer features anyway. (The pump room is also an office, and it doesn't lock, so sometimes people walk in, not realizing it's being used for pumping.) We also have a second Udder Cover that we use to swap out for either of the others when they need to be washed.
I loved the pattern but felt that the cover was way too short. I am 5'3 and weigh 115 but felt that I could barely keep covered with my newborn when using this. I ended up not using this after my first few weeks of nursing because of the short length.
I'm kind of disappointed. Reviews seemed great, so I ordered two of them. It falls over your chest so close that it lays on my daughter's face while she eats. And I can't see her either. I wish there was a hoop or something sewn into the top, so that it lays a little further from the body, and you can see down to your little one while she eats. I found it to be a pain to use.
Hey there! New mom on board. I thought these were a staple in baby goods. But my LO is 4 months old now and I "graduated" to a better cover last month.
The good: peek top. You don't get that anything else, to my knowledge. Umm... That's it.
The bad & ugly: the print didn't look as nice when I received it. It was blah. Not a big deal on my radar. Once I washed it, it shrank UP! Ugh... The elephant-in-the-room design flaw is its lack of coverage. ALL babies start squigglying around after a few weeks and you're left exposed. Even if your baby is a saint, WIND flaps this bad boy around and when you lift your shirt up, your back/side is exposed. No Bueno for our new post-pregnancy muffin tops.
I scored a Liv & Lila nursing scarf at a baby fair, which I adore. I've worn it out as a scarf and just LOVE IT. Talk about coverage! I also hear good things about Covered Goods. Maybe a tiny bit more expensive but VERSITILE & super cute & SO functional.
This guy will get handed down to a new mom, pronto! I'll keep my nursing scarf.
I've been using this cover for over 3 months. Material is breathable, but too rough for my liking even after washing it with fabric softener a handful of times. Color faded dramatically after just the first wash. Wrinkles. Like. Crazy. Also, if you want a lot of coverage, you will not get it with this cover. I'm a smaller person and it works fine for me, but definitely not wide enough to cover the sides comfortably if you prefer more privacy. I'd buy it again since it's cheap and I didn't expect too much.
Gets the job done and worth the cheap price tag, but I wouldn't pay a penny more for the quality of the fabric and I personally wouldn't gift this.
Yup...it has the same experience as some previous reviewers. the cover was folded and the neckline doesn't stay rounded and keeps on collapsing on baby's head. Its not transparent which is good. Pattern and colors are nice no doubt. Washed it once only, no issues so far..hope it stays like that only. for the price, i think its okay
I've been using this nursing cover for a few months now, long enough to know that I'm very happy with it. I know a lot of women just throw a large burp cloth over themselves when nursing, but I find this much easier. I like not having to worry about it falling off and the curved plastic in the neckline makes it possible for me to see my son nurse with total privacy from everyone else. I also prefer this to the scarf-style nursing covers for the same reasons. I did find that the strap would slide through the rings pretty easily at first, so once I got it adjusted the way I like I wrapped it around and around the rings and it hasn't budged since. I'm seriously considering buying another one so that I can keep one in the diaper bag at all times and have another to use at home when I have company.
I love being able to see inside the cover while nursing. I didn't think this was a necessity prior to giving birth, so I bought a bunch of those nursing scarves. They're useless cause if you wanna see baby you have to lift and pull and tug and basically get in the scarf with them, all the while you're just flashing the world. So pointless. This is a nice, thin (aka cool and breathable) cover that allows you to see baby while nursing. Nowadays I rarely use any nursing cover, but sometimes my husband gets weird about me whipping out my boob in a restaurant so I just use this so he can rest easy.