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Boppy Original Review

Boppy Original Pillow
Price:   $40.00 List | $39.79 at Amazon
Pros:  Light weight, easy to use
Cons:  Eays for baby to slip towards mom
Bottom line:  A nice basic pillow
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Manufacturer:   Boppy

The Skinny

Boppy has been making its pillow for twenty-five years and it shows; their original is easy to use and easy to clean, scoring a 9 out of 10 in both categories. However the c-shape does not provide the most secure fit, especially when compared to the newer Boppy Nursing Pillow.


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87
$94
Editors' Choice Award
Easy to use with the highest quality of materials
82
$45
Best Value Award
A favorite nursing pillow thanks to its structure, support and comfort for mom and baby
78
$53
A close fitting, supportive pillow for all moms and babies of different shapes and sizes
72
$40
A nice basic pillow
65
$44
Go for the Delux version if you want the most support.
52
$27
This pillow lacks support for long term nursing and does not aid in making nursing easier.
32
$59
This pillow is a good choice for nursing in winter thanks to its cozy cover.
29
$24
Lower price and lower quality than competitors.

Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results

Review by:
Meg Benedik & BabyGearLab Team

Last Updated:
Sunday
May 10, 2015

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Nursing Comfort


The Boppy Pillow is very plush and comfortable for both mom and baby. The shape does provide adequate arm support for mom while feeding baby and using any of the three popular holds. Unfortunately we found that the round shape of the pillow makes it easy for baby to slip and roll towards mom while feeding, especially on smaller women. This held true with the youngest and oldest babies to test the pillow when mom was sitting even slightly back, such as while feeding in bed.
The Original Boppy (top) has less surface area than the Boppy Nursing Pillow (below).
The Original Boppy (top) has less surface area than the Boppy Nursing Pillow (below).
For mothers with cesarean deliveries, we found that this pillow did not provide enough support or height to keep baby from rolling towards the incision area.

Ease of Use


The structural quality of the Boppy make it very easy to place and remove, even with one hand or while baby is sleeping, which accounts for its 9 of 10 in this category.

Materials Used


We also appreciate that Boppy has never used flame-retardant chemicals as part of its materials in any of its products. The covers used on the Original Boppy are both playful but also soft, liquid repellent and come with an organic option. The materials used for this pillow help it maintain its shape, however the 80% polyster cover and 10% polyester batting in the pillow make the materials a little less desirable.

Ease of Cleaning


One of the things we loved most about the Original Boppy is how easy it is to clean.
Taking the Boppy with you  wherever you may nurse  is easy thanks to its portable size and easy to clean pillow and case.
Taking the Boppy with you, wherever you may nurse, is easy thanks to its portable size and easy to clean pillow and case.
Both the cover and pillow can be machine washable and be put into the dryer which is both time saving for mom and doesn't make you feel guilty for towing around this pillow wherever you may nurse. Additionally, the pillow retains its shape after many washes and took a mere 0:36 seconds to put back together. All small victories are BIG victories for new moms so the time saved cannot be over appreciated!




Conclusion


For the price of the Boppy and its high scores for ease of use, ease of cleaning, and how it well it holds up over time, this is a pillow we can recommend to consumers. We also like the promise to avoid harmful chemicals in the fabrics as well as the variety of covers to help the pillow to feel more personal. However, if you are looking to nurse for a longer period of time you may want something more supportive such as the Boppy Nursing Pillow, Blessed Nest, or My Brest Friend Deluxe.
Meg Benedik & BabyGearLab Team

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   Dec 24, 2016 - 11:53am
Jacqueline · New York
This is a great product for baby's to use for tummy time or use to sit up but i didn't like it at all for breast feeding. It became very flat and my back was eventually killing me.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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