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Boppy Bare Naked Review

Basic pillow that gets the job done and has earned its popularity
Boppy Bare Naked
Best Value Award
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Price:   $30 List | $30 at Amazon
Pros:  Lightweight, easy to use, great quality
Cons:  Shifts, does not fit moms of all sizes
Manufacturer:   Boppy
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and Lindsay Selig  ⋅  Sep 26, 2018
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The Skinny

Boppy has been making this standard nursing pillow for over twenty-five years, and it shows. With a classic C-shape design, it provides support for nursing, doesn't require flipping for side changes, and offers perfect arm support for nursing mothers. While the classic shape is great for many moms and dads, the shape doesn't work for everyone or fit all body types. The Bare Naked Boppy is also only the pillow so you'll need to purchase the cover separately. While this purchase means you can coordinate the cover with your nursery or personal style, and choose fabric types for different climates, it does mean an added cost you should consider if you are on a budget. However, there are many reasons the Boppy has been the old standby with parents for years. It offers high-quality construction, great support for mom and baby, and a straightforward design that makes nursing a breeze.


Our Analysis and Test Results

Boppy was born in 1989 by a mom who was challenged by her child's daycare to create a pillow to support babies when not being held. Since then, it has become a tried and true favorite with moms. It has earned multiple awards over the years, including the Best Value Award here at BabyGearLab. Boppy has expanded their line to include items such as nursing covers and pregnancy pillows.

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.

Performance Comparison


The Boppy Bare Naked is a classic nursing pillow with firm support and a C shape that allows for nursing on both sides without adjustment. It performs well compared to the competition, and its lower price means it is budget-friendly.

The classic "C" shape pillow is easy to use and versatile.
The classic "C" shape pillow is easy to use and versatile.

Nursing Comfort


The Boppy Pillow is plush and comfortable for both mom and baby. The shape provides adequate arm support for mom during nursing using any of the three most popular holds. Unfortunately, we find that the round shape of the pillow makes it easier for baby to slip and roll towards mom while feeding, especially on smaller women. This rolling issue held true with the youngest and oldest babies in our tests, especially when mom sat slightly back, such as while feeding in bed. It is also somewhat on the thin side, which can result in little ones rolling toward mom's body and the incision site of cesarean deliveries.

Boppy offers multiple patterns and colors for the slipcovers.
Boppy offers multiple patterns and colors for the slipcovers.

Ease of Use


The structural quality of the Boppy makes it very easy to use, even with one hand or while your baby is sleeping. There are no tricky buckles or clasps to deal with, making it a breeze to put on or take off. Plus, it does not need flipping when you change breasts, something that is necessary for some of the competition. It can potentially shift while nursing, depending on mom's shape and size, and as a result, needs readjusting to keep everyone comfortable. The Boppy is also great for uses beyond feeding time, and the pillow works well as a tummy time prop or support for little ones as they learn to sit or hold a bottle.

Unfortunately, the shape of the Bare Naked does not fit people of all shapes and sizes. The shape only expands to a certain extent, making it uncomfortable or impossible for some mothers to use.

Both the cover and pillow of the Original Boppy are machine washable and can go into the dryer.
Both the cover and pillow of the Original Boppy are machine washable and can go into the dryer.

Materials


Boppy has never used flame-retardant chemicals in any of its products. The covers are playful and soft, liquid repellent, and come in organic options. The materials in this pillow help it maintain its shape, but the 80% polyester cover and 10% polyester batting are less desirable than natural options for many modern moms.

After washing  putting the Boppy back together again takes no time at all  in fact less than two  minutes.
After washing, putting the Boppy back together again takes no time at all, in fact less than two minutes.

Ease of Cleaning


One of the things we love most about the Boppy Bare Naked is how easy it is to clean. Both the cover (sold separately) and pillow are machine washable and can go in the dryer, which is time-saving and means you won't feel guilty about towing this pillow around wherever you may nurse. Also, the pillow retained its shape after many washes and took a mere 0:36 seconds to put back together. Small victories are BIG victories for new moms, so the time savings and lack of pillow stuffing struggle cannot be over-appreciated!

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Accessories


You need to purchase covers separately for the Boppy Bare Naked. Some of the options include the Boppy Classic Slipcover, Boppy Luxe Slipcover, and the Boppy Protective Slipcover all of which come in a variety of patterns and designs.

Other Versions


Another great Boppy pillow, which we include in our Nursing Pillow review, is the Boppy Best Latch. This pillow has a slightly different shape than the traditional Bobby and comes with a strap to keep the pillow in place.


Juliet Spurrier, MD and Lindsay Selig