Chicco Boppy Nursing Pillow Review

12 November

Whilst pregnant with Hadley I shared a post about breastfeeding; Breastfeeding: will I try again?, after a negative experience trying to breastfeed Willow. Knowing that I at least wanted to try second time around, I invested in all sorts of essentials, ready and raring to give it my best shot. One such item was the hugely popular and highly recommended Chicco Boppy Nursing Pillow.

A picture of the Chicco Boppy Nursing Pillow

I had used a Mamas and Papas nursing pillow with Willow, but despite it being the same price as the Chicco Boppy, it was the opposite of supportive; it simply wasn't full or firm enough and didn't hold it's shape very well at all. I wanted something more sturdy second time around and as the Chicco Boppy was recommended by lots of breastfeeding friends as the ultimate breastfeeding pillow, I decided to check it out in our local Mothercare store and ended up buying one there and then. Was it as good as everyone made out? Well, sort of.

On first impressions, it's the ideal nursing pillow. It's incredibly full and firm, so much more supportive than the one I had with Willow. It can be used for nursing, as well as supporting a baby (with supervision), as well as being good for tummy time when they're a bit older and bigger. The cover comes off, so can be popped in the wash to keep it clean, and the pillow itself is also safe to wash, which is great for any accidents that would seep through the cover. It can also, of course, be used for bottle feeding; it's not exclusive to breastfeeding parents and can be a good support for bottle feeders too. For all of these factors, it ticked my boxes and I was happy with my purchase.

But there's a downside, and one that I think is worth mentioning for plus size parents like myself. Although it is advertised as ergonomic and versatile, it really isn't the best nursing pillow if you're plus size. I didn't find it comfortable to place around my waist, which in itself was difficult to position, and as such then became uncomfortable to use and impractical, slipping forwards a lot as it wasn't securely positioned around my waist, making it unsafe to use for feeds.

Chicco advertise their nursing pillow as suitable for all body types, but I really disagree with that statement. I am a size 18-20; if I struggled to position and use the Boppy nursing pillow effectively, how could someone with a bigger body than me? If Chicco wants to be seen as inclusive to parents of all sizes, the option to buy a larger version would be great, as until then, it is really only inclusive to people up to a certain size.

I am also not a fan of the busy print designs they have for the Boppy range. The option to buy plain, monochrome, or block colour Boppy nursing pillows would be great for those of us who don't like busy patterns. Whilst I appreciate the pattern on the pillow doesn't affect its usability, it would be nice to have more simple, easy on the eye options.

Whilst the Chicco Boppy Nursing Pillow, in essence, a great, versatile nursing pillow, for me it didn't work out like I'd hoped. At £35, it's not a cheap buy when you're already spending a lot of bits and bobs for a new baby. That said, it did great for supporting Hadley with sitting, lying and tummy time.

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