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Boppy has been beloved by parents for nearly thirty years. In 1989, a mom and inventor in Evergreen, Colorado named Susan Brown created a C-shaped pillow to help prop infants in daycare when they weren’t being held. The Original Boppy was born and with it, a brand with a devoted following.
The Original Boppy eventually evolved to serve as a nursing pillow first and infant support pillow second. In fact, Boppy is synonymous with nursing pillow for many parents. But Boppy is about more than nursing pillows these days. Over the years, the company has developed a range of products for babies and moms, including:
Boppy is committed to using quality materials and sourcing in a socially responsible manner. All of Boppy’s products are free of BPA, phthalates, latex and lead.
In addition to creating popular baby products, Boppy is committed to living up to its mission of providing “Support for all Momkind” through work in three areas:
In this review, we’ll focus on Boppy’s core product, the nursing pillow, and explore the company’s four offerings in this category.
The Boppy Bare Naked Pillow is the most basic of Boppy’s nursing pillows, and it’s highly versatile. It follows Boppy’s classic C-shaped design. A cover of 90 percent polyester and 10 percent cotton encase plush, polyester fiberfill. The cover is not removable, but the entire pillow can conveniently go in the wash. You can also purchase a separate slipcover or two, including those made from organic cotton or water-resistant material.
The pillow is soft but firm enough to provide support during breast or bottle feeding. It also has a variety of other uses. You can lay your infant on it to prop him up during play time, or use it as support as your baby learns to sit up. It also makes an excellent tummy time prop.
The Boppy Classic Feeding & Infant Support Pillow follows the classic C-shaped design and also comes with a removable, zippered slipcover. These soft slipcovers are made from a cotton and polyester blend and come in a variety of adorable prints. The pillow itself is the same as in the Bare Naked version and can still go in the wash, but having separate washable slipcovers can make cleanup that much easier.
You can use the Boppy Classic in a variety of ways–as a lounger, to help your baby learn to sit up and as a tummy time prop–but with the removable cover, you don’t have to worry about any mess your baby might throw at it. You can also purchase additional slipcovers so you always have an extra on hand.
New moms nurse every two to three hours (or more), so they want the experience to be as comfortable as possible. The Boppy Luxe Feeding & Infant Support Pillow takes the well-loved ergonomic design of the classic Boppy and adds a super-soft slipcover. The slipcovers are made from a plush minky fabric and come in several different prints. These are great for wintertime or any time you really want to cuddle up with your baby during a feeding session.
Like all of Boppy’s slipcovers, the Luxe slipcover is removable and machine-washable. The pillow can double as support or prop for your baby, and he or she will love the soft feel of the fabric. Additional slipcovers are also available in the Luxe fabric if you need a backup.
The Boppy Best Latch Breastfeeding Pillow is the first Boppy pillow designed exclusively for breastfeeding with input from a lactation consultant. The pillow is dual-sided with a plush side, similar to Boppy’s other pillows, and a flat, firm side. The firm side is created with a firm foam insert and works especially well for newborns. You can prop your baby on it without fear of rolling and have your hands free to facilitate a good latch. As your baby grows, you can move to the plush side. The Best Latch also has a belt to wrap around your waist and keep the pillow in place.
The firm side of the pillow is covered in soft, minky fabric, and the rest of the pillow is encased in a cotton and polyester blend. The case isn’t removable, but the entire pillow can go in the wash once the belt and foam insert have been removed. The Best Latch comes in three different patterns.
In this guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know about Boppy nursing pillows, including how they work, how they’re constructed, cleaning, shipping policies and warranty and return information.
How They Work
Boppy nursing pillows come in two main designs and are used slightly differently. The Classic design—which includes Boppy Bare Naked, Boppy Classic Feeding & Support Pillow and Boppy Luxe Feeding and Support Pillow—is the original, well-known C-shaped pillow. These can be used as nursing or bottle-feeding pillows, to prop infants or to aid with tummy time. The newer Boppy Best Latch Breastfeeding Pillow is just designed for breast and bottle feeding.
The Classic and Best Latch pillows can be used similarly but with a few differences. The pillow fits around your waist and rests on your lap. You can either prop your baby directly on the pillow to breast or bottle feed, or you can cradle your baby and rest your arms on the pillow. The idea behind a nursing pillow is that it allows you to prop your baby at the correct height to nurse comfortably and avoid hunching over or straining your arms to hold your baby. The Best Latch differs slightly from the Classic design in that it offers a firm and a soft side, depending on your preferences, and also includes a belt to secure the pillow around you.
The Classic pillows are highly versatile and can be used to prop and cradle your baby in a variety of ways. Many parents lay their infants so their backs rest against the pillow. This can be a great alternative to laying your baby on his or her back during playtime because the prop provides a different perspective. Just remember to always be present when your baby is lounging on the pillow. Pillows also grow with your baby. They can be used to provide support as your baby learns to sit up and make tummy time much more comfortable.
All Boppy pillows follow similar construction, though the Classic and Best Latch designs are slightly different. The main components include:
Boppy pillows are relatively easy to clean, which is one of the reasons they’re popular with parents. After all, milk spills and spit up are daily occurrences with most new babies. Washing instructions differ slightly for Boppy’s various pillows and are outlined below.
Boppy Bare Naked, Boppy Classic Feeding, Boppy Luxe Feeding Pillow
Boppy Bare Naked, Boppy Classic Feeding, Boppy Luxe Feeding Slipcover
Boppy Best Latch Pillow
Additional slipcovers for the Classic design pillows can be purchased separately. It can be great to have an extra or two on hand to use while one is in the wash.
Shipping & Delivery
Boppy ships its products to all 50 states, but they don’t ship to APO, FPO or PO boxes. To find Boppy internationally, check out the several retailers that carry their products.
Shipping price is dependent on the dimensions and weight of your order, but orders over 49 dollars ship free. All orders are shipped via UPS ground, so they typically arrive within five to eight business days. You’ll be provided with a tracking number to track your product.
All of Boppy’s health care products are sold through medical distributors. If you work in a hospital and area interested in these products, check out their list of distributors.
Return Policy and Warranty
Boppy offers a 30-day return window and accepts returns on non-sale items that are unused and unopened. Simply follow the instructions for packing your product for return and fill out the attached return form. Please note that shipping charges are not refundable and that Boppy doesn’t accept returns from other retailers. Gifts that are unused and unopened are eligible to be exchanged for like items at a similar price.
Boppy’s warranty is covered in its Boppy Guarantee policy. The Boppy Guarantee promises that products will be free of defects for up to a year. If you find a defect on your product after 30 days but before a year, Boppy will repair or replace it at no cost. Simply send an image of the defect to [email protected] and be prepared to send the item back if requested. Note that the Boppy Guarantee doesn’t cover product damage that results from misuse or not following instructions.