Boppy Pillow Review: A Guide For Mommies

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Are you or someone you love expecting a child? Or, perhaps you’ve already had your child.

Whatever the case may be, if you are nursing or will be in the future, you are going to want to invest in a good nursing pillow. The right nursing pillow can make nursing more comfortable for both you and your baby, which can make it easier to keep it up for the long haul. One popular nursing pillow is the Boppy pillow. It regularly gets good reviews from customers. But, is it all it’s cracked up to be?

Here, we’ll provide an honest review of this pillow so that you can decide whether or not it’s the right choice for you.

We will start off with one thing that we love about this nursing pillow. After all, it’s always best to start on a positive note, right? We love the fact that there are plenty of accessories that you can buy to go with this pillow but that you don’t HAVE to buy them.

For example, you can buy a protective cover if you like to help keep your pillow clean and safe from things like baby spit-up. You can also buy fun slipcovers in different designs. This is a great way to change up the look of your pillow and get a lot of use and variety out of it.

Of course, these accessories aren’t necessary to use the pillow, but they can be fun to buy. It’s nice to have the option but not to be forced into buying anything extra if you don’t want to.

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So what is the Boppy Pillow? It can be a small nursing pillow or a full size body pillow (not as large as a full blown crib mattress though.) 

If you want to stretch out when you nurse for ultimate comfort for both you and baby, you will love this pillow. It is designed to provide comfort and support from head to toe. In fact, we love this pillow so much that we’d buy it even if we weren’t nursing! No joke. It is that great. When you’re a busy, nursing mother, you don’t have time for a lot of extra stuff like handwashing items or getting them dry-cleaned.

Luckily, the makers of the Boppy pillow seem to know that because it is fully machine washable. You can just pop the pillow itself, as well as any slipcovers that you may have, right into the washing machine and the dryer. Take them out when they’re done, and, voila, they’ll be ready for use without cutting into your regular routine.

What could be simpler or easier than that?

The Boppy pillow isn’t designed just to look cute. It is designed, instead, to be ergonomically friendly. This means that it conforms to the body in such a way that it creates an ideal position for breastfeeding. This is a position that is comfortable for mom and healthy for the baby. With all of that taken care of, all you have to do is snuggle and enjoy feeding and bonding with your little one.

Most people don’t think that a lot of thought really goes into creating a nursing pillow. After all, it’s just a pillow, right? Wrong, at least when it comes to the Boppy brand.

The manufacturers of Boppy products actually go out of their way to seek advice and do research that will help to make their products healthier and more effective. In fact, many products are actually designed with the help and advice of physical therapists who understand the body and want it needs for comfort and health. If you want a pillow that was designed with you and your child’s best interests in mind, you want a Boppy!

happy baby in boppy pillow

While most people say that the Boppy pillow is super comfortable, there are others who find it a bit on the scratchy side. Most people who say this are using a pillow without a slip cover and/or protective cover.

Thus, if you do find the pillow scratchy, we suggest getting a cover or even making one yourself. This should make a big difference in how the Boppy feels and can allow you to customize it too, which can be fun.

We already mentioned how this pillow is machine washable and how much we love that. One thing we don’t love, however, is that, with repeated washings, this pillow can sometimes get a little on the “lumpy” side. An easy fix is to dry it with a tennis ball, which will help beat it back into shape and get rid of lumps. And, while we don’t mind doing that, it would be nice if we didn’t have to worry about lumps at all!

happy baby lying

As a mother, you undoubtedly want the very best for your baby, and that should include using fully safe products. The good news is that the Boppy is incredibly safe. You won’t find any phthalates, LED, latex, or BPA in this product. Everything in it is safe enough for you and your baby to use every single day.

Plus, not having these potentially dangerous materials involved in the production of the pillow helps to make it not just safe but more environmentally friendly as well, so you can feel good about purchasing this product on all counts.

Once your little one reaches about nine or ten months old, he or she will start learning to sit up. Sure, your baby might be a bit wobbly at it at first, but don’t worry. That won’t last forever.

And, while the wobbly stages are still going on, the Boppy is the perfect solution. It helps to provide your little one with more balance and support for safer sitting. As always, remember that the Boppy isn’t a baby-sitter, so make sure someone is with your child at all times, no matter what he or she is using the Boppy for.

baby sleeping soundly

While there is obviously a lot that we love about the Boppy pillow, we do have to admit that it can take a little while to break in. It is really firm when you first get it, so molding it to your body can be a little bit difficult. However, it should loosen up quickly enough with a few uses. Also, washing it seems to help make it more malleable, so you might want to toss it in the washing machine before your first use. Many people have reported good results from this.

And, while that’s not such a big deal, it would be nice if this pillow came ready for convenient, immediate use. While this pillow was designed with the nursing mom in mind, it can also be used for bottle feeding. So, if you’ve decided not to breastfeed or if you like to pump and breastfeed from a bottle, it’s still a perfect choice.

Even with bottle feeding, you can still get all the ergonomic support you need just by positioning this pillow the right way.

baby in boppy classic

We just mentioned how you can use the Boppy pillow when bottle feeding. And, while you probably pictured yourself all curled up with a baby, that’s not the only option for this pillow.

We all have those busy moments when we need a free hand, and, luckily, the Boppy can provide you with just that. It’s perfect for propping your baby up, feeding him or her a bottle with one hand, and then doing whatever else you need to be doing with your other hand.

Unfortunately, some nursing pillows on the market are not really designed with larger moms in mind. If you have struggled with other nursing pillows due to your size, you won’t have to worry about that with the Boppy pillow. This pillow is designed with a special stretch panel that can help it to accommodate wider waists or moms who are pregnant. If you’re not sure if it will work for you, don’t hesitate to contact Boppy for specifics. They have a friendly customer service department that will be glad to assist you, another mark in their favor.

happy baby face in bed

Nursing pillows, as is the case with pretty much all baby products, can sometimes get overly expensive. Fortunately, the Boppy pillow, despite being made by a respectable name brand, is actually one of the more affordable pillows of its type on the market.

Obviously, prices are going to vary somewhat depending on where you buy, but you should be able to find this pillow for around $ or less via most retailers.

Our advice is to shop around to ensure the best price. One final thing we love about the Boppy pillow is its soft, recessed design. This allows the pillow to cradle your baby for ultimate comfort and support. Just don’t be surprised if your baby gets so comfortable that he falls asleep! In fact, it’s a common “mom trick” to place a baby on a Boppy for easy sleep.
Boppy Original Nursing Pillow and Positioner, Notebook Black and Gold, Cotton Blend Fabric with allover fashion
  • 30 YEARS OF COMFORT AND SUPPORT WHILE NURSING: The award-winning Boppy Original Pillow provides your arms and back relief by lifting your baby to a more ergonomic position when breastfeeding or bottle feeding. This fashionable pillow is a cotton blend fabric with an allover fashion.
  • VERSATILE USES FOR 0-12 MONTHS: The Boppy Original Nursing Pillow supports your newborn through their entire first year with propping, tummy time, sitting or just discovering little fingers and toes. Designed for your baby's supervised, awake time.
  • EASY CARE, MACHINE WASHABLE: The Boppy Pillow and Boppy Pillow Cover are machine washable because little messes happen. All Boppy Pillow Covers are sold separately and are guaranteed to fit the Boppy Pillow. Having an extra Boppy Pillow Cover, that easily zips on and off, is great for between wash cycles.
  • AWARD-WINNING QUALITY: The Boppy Pillow has won several awards voted on by parents and the baby community. The most recent wins are from the BabyCenter Mom's Pick Best of 2018 and the 2018 What to Expect Must-Have Winner.
  • NURSERY MUST-HAVE: The Boppy Pillow is a registry must-have, making it the perfect gift for any baby shower. Pick an adorable, Original Nursing Pillow design that matches your nursery theme.

Pros

  • Accessories are Available and Optional
  • You Can Buy Full Body Pillows if You Like
  • This Pillow is Machine Washable
  • It’s Comfortable and Ergonomically Correctly
  • Many Products are Designed with the Input and Expertise of Physical Therapists
  • It’s Perfect for Propping
  • This Pillow is Safe and Effective for “Tummy Time”
  • Does Not Contain Any Harmful Materials
  • It’s Perfect for Learning to Sit Up
  • It’s Not Just for Breastfeeding
  • It Can Be Used for One-Handed Bottle Feeding
  • It Comes with a Stretch Panel
  • This Pillow is Affordably Priced
  • The Recessed Design Cradles Your Baby

Cons

  • Some People Find the Pillow a Bit Scratchy
  • It Can Sometimes Turn Lumpy
  • The Pillow Takes Some Time to Break In

So, What’s Your Decision?

As you can see, there is plenty to love about the Boppy pillow. After reading our review, we encourage you to check it out for yourself. You can find them at most baby stores if you’d like to see one in person. Even if you later buy online, this is a good way to get a literal feel for this pillow and what it’s like.

Whether you ultimately decide it’s for you or not, we hope that our review will be helpful as you make your decision.

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