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The Search for the Ultimate Nursing Cover

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Choosing a high-quality nursing cover is an important breastfeeding purchase. Personally, I prefer not to be oogled at the mall while my baby is sucking happily away. There's only one person I'd like looking at my breasts, and that person is the reason I have my infant in the first place!

In the past, I'd try to carry a large blanket that I would (unsuccessfully) attempt to jimmy-rig around my shoulders for privacy. This worked for about 3 minutes...until she'd get too hot and kick it off, or when I needed to adjust her latch. Then the whole nightmare would start over again.

I'm not sure who out-smarted the rest of us and created the incredibly-simple nursing cover. But whoever it is, they deserve that house in the Hamptons.

As I've looked around the web, and interviewed nursing moms, and purchased my own breast feeding cover, I found that there were three basic covers that received the most attention and seemed to be liked the most.

Obviously, if exposed breastfeeding in public doesn't bother you, a nursing cover is a waste of money. I recommend it only to women who are looking for a more discreet public nursing experience.

The Ultimate Nursing Cover?
Bebe Au Lait

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Bebe au Lait (also known as "Hooter Hider") is by-far the most prevalant nursing cover available today. Here's a few of the top reasons mom's chose Bebe au Lait:
  • A non-shawl style allows you to keep your hair presentable and makes getting it on and off a breeze.
  • Large size covers everything, without any acrobatic feats.
  • Classy colors and trendy designs give a stylish slant to breastfeeding.
  • A unique rigid neckline allows you to easily peek inside, while everyone else is kept in the dark.
  • Breathable fabric creates a breezy doorway, not a stuffy cave.
  • Folds flat for easy diaper bag storage and easily doubles as a stroller cover to protect baby from harmful UV rays.
  • It's machine washable, which keeps it smelling clean and fresh...not spilled milk smelly.
By far the biggest obstacle to the Bebe au Lait nursing cover is its price. I've seen it priced as high as $45 for a single cover. However, I recently found it at Pink Taffy Designs, where they sell it for $35.00.

Another useful tip: after you've washed the cover, you'll need to iron the collar with starch in order to keep it stiff. Unless you love to iron (something I can't relate to), try to wash the breastfeeding cover only when there's an obvious reason to.

Do you own the Bebe au Lait breastfeeding cover? What do you think of it? Share your thoughts with the world.

The Ultimate Nursing Cover?
Balboa Baby

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The nursing cover designed by Balboa Baby is another favorite among nursing moms. Besides the benefits listed above for Bebe au Lait, Balboa Baby has a few original features to offer.

First, it has a small pocket sewn onto the side of the cover. It's the perfect size for extra nursing pads and a burp cloth. Second, an adjustable strap allows you to easily (with one hand) cinch up or hang loose.

Besides these little tweaks, Balboa Baby has also been honored with several distinguishable awards worth mentioning.

  • Green Parent's List
  • iParenting 2009 Outstanding Product Award
  • Dr. Sears Gold Medal Winner
Just one award would have sufficed as a pretty good recommendation...but three is amazing.

The Balboa Baby breast feeding cover is in the same price range as the Bebe au Lait cover, around $45. However, Bunnyberry has them for ten dollars less, around $35.

Do you own the Balboa Baby breast feeding cover? What do you think of it? Share your thoughts with the world.

The Ultimate Nursing Cover?
Peanut Shell

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The third most popular brand of breast feeding cover is Peanut Shell. These covers come in a wide variety of pleasing patterns and designs, have a boned neckline to help you peek easily.

The Peanut Shell cover has an inside pocket (as opposed to the outside one on Balboa Baby) and comes with a matching burp cloth in identical fabric. (The pocket has limited use, since it will only hold smaller items.)

Peanut Shell also lines their nursing covers with a soft jersey knit for increased comfortability. They are not hot and stuffy, and block just enough sun to let your little one easily doze away.

One of the loudest praises for Peanut Shell is its durability. It doesn't fade after washing and can even handle the dryer without falling apart. You still need to to iron the strap (like with the other two covers) or it will get bunched up.

I purchased a Peanut Shell nursing cover and love it. Here's the one I got. If you want more colors and styles to choose from, Baby Earth carries the widest range of Peanut Shell nursing covers.

Do you own a Peanut Shell breastfeeding cover? What do you think of it? Share your thoughts with the world.

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Although some moms may insist that purchasing a breastfeeding cover is a luxury, experience has shown me that just isn't the case. I've found that breastfeeding goes better when I'm comfortable, no matter where I am.

Juggling a squirming baby, balancing a heavy blanket, and attempting to peek and latch at the same time creates stress I just don't need. One nursing cover can last for several babies, and in my estimation it is worth every penny.

However, I also understand that there are about a ba-zillion necessities you have to buy when a baby comes along. For this reason, here are the links to my coupon page for the stores that carry these nursing covers. If they are running any promotions or coupon codes, they would be listed there.

Happy feeding!


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