You never know when a hungry baby may need to nurse. While you’re grocery shopping, at the park, out for dinner or on the bus. It can happen at any time!
Each mother has different preferences about how she breastfeeds, and if you find that you’d like to keep your bonding time between you and your baby, there are some fun covers that can help you.
Use our handy guide to help you choose the best nursing cover. You can easily balance fashion and function, so keep reading to find out how.
Before you select a nursing cover, consider the following:
- Fabric Material. You’ll probably need to wash the cover frequently, and because of this it’s worth your while to investigate the cover material.
Get an anti-pill fabric (avoid knits) that can withstand the numerous wash cycles that you’ll put it through.
As a nursing mom, you don’t always have time to separate the laundry based on fabric material, and sometimes everything gets thrown in together!
Because of this, opt for a durable cotton, muslin or bamboo fiber cover.
- Balance Fashion and Function. There are many choices these days and plenty of ways for you to balance fashion and function.
You’ll notice that our list below contains various scarves and wraps (in addition to the traditional covers) that will help you nurse your baby discreetly while allowing you to maintain your ode to fashion!
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How Do I Choose One?
Before you select one because of the cute pattern and design, you should make sure that the cover has the following features:
- Breathability. Your baby will be under the cover and in close proximity to your body. The result can be a hot one! You don’t want baby to get overheated and uncomfortable as he or she nurses, so find a large, breathable cover that won’t overwhelm them with heat.
- Coverage. If you want to keep your nursing experience between just you and your baby, then you’ll need a cover that keeps everything out of view.
It should be able to hang around your neck and wrap or tie around your back, as well, so that you comfortably cover all angles of your breastfeeding experience while allowing baby enough room to move.
If you are afraid to nurse in public or don’t feel comfortable doing so, then start gradually.
Try nursing with an experienced mom who has already nursed in public and feels confident doing so. She will help you feel more relaxed and natural about approaching it.
It can take a lot of practice before you feel comfortable nursing in public, but just remember that your main priority is your baby’s health and nourishment!
Below we highlight some favorite covers of moms across the globe. Have a look and see which will give you the confidence and comfort you need to nurse publicly!
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Moms love the cute pattern of the ilovebaby cover, and if you aren’t fond of the pink version above, then check out the clover and orange pattern that’s equally as cute!
This soft, 100% cotton cover is breathable and comfortable against baby’s skin as they nurse.
Just drape it over your neck and begin nursing. There’s enough room for you to maintain eye contact with baby and to keep track of what’s going on yet keeps things private (just between you and baby!)
Moms who may be afraid of nursing in public find that this liberating cover will allow them the freedom and confidence to do what Mother Nature intended: nurture and feed their babies whenever they are hungry!
This is the best nursing cover on our list, but if you were looking for something a little different, check out the other cute covers we highlight that balance both quality and functionality!
The Crown & Cradle cover is also a great choice, and as an added bonus it has a tie in the back along with some handy pockets on the inside. Use them to store some nursing bra pads for yourself or some burp rags for baby. Extra storage space!
This is a large cover that helps keep your nursing experience private, especially if you have a wiggly baby who tends to move the cover about as they nurse.
Moms have great success with this cover and the durable material makes it great for fall, winter and spring use (you might want a lighter weight fabric for summer months).
One reason to love this cover is the fact that you can look down and see your baby at all time without having to lift the edge of the cover.
Thanks to the neck wire sewn into the seam, this helps the fabric to remain rigid and stand out from your neck so that all you need to do is focus on your baby nursing. No lifting and peeking, lifting and peeking. This may seem like a simple addition, but it is highly useful! Especially when you and baby are still getting the hang of the right breastfeeding techniques.
It comes with a carrying case, which makes it great to throw in your purse or diaper bag when you’re on the go, especially if the cover gets soiled after a feeding! Just throw it in the bag and wash everything at home.