Boppy Best Latch Review
Pros: Fits close to the body, lots of support, plush, very easy to clean
Cons: Short sides may be a problem for taller women, smaller buckles
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Boppy Best Latch
|Price||Check Price at Amazon||$55 List||Check Price at Amazon||$48 List|
$49.95 at Amazon
$29.99 at Amazon
|Pros||Fits close to the body, lots of support, plush, very easy to clean||Excellent support, quality construction, ergonomic shape||Portable, easy to use, multipurpose||Easy to use latch system, wide space for baby and mom, pocket||Lightweight, easy to use, versatile|
|Cons||Short sides may be a problem for taller women, smaller buckles||Less versatile, no back strap, small size range||Not for squirmy babies, less supportive||Large to store, lower overall quality of materials||Shifts, does not fit moms of all sizes|
|Bottom Line||A favorite nursing pillow thanks to its structure, support and comfort||Highly supportive pillow perfect for prioritizing good posture||Small and packable sling cushion that simplifies nursing on the go||A close fitting, supportive pillow for moms and babies of different shapes||Basic pillow that gets the job done and has earned its popularity|
|Rating Categories||Boppy Best Latch||Ergobaby Natural Curve||Humble-Bee Nurse-Sling||My Brest Friend Deluxe||Boppy Bare Naked|
|Nursing Comfort (35%)|
|Ease Of Use (35%)|
|Ease Of Cleaning (15%)|
|Specs||Boppy Best Latch||Ergobaby Natural Curve||Humble-Bee Nurse-Sling||My Brest Friend Deluxe||Boppy Bare Naked|
|Dimensions||23" L x 9.5" W x 7.5" H||25"L x 13"W x 8"H||20.5"L x 6"W x 4.5"H||20"L x 17"W x 5.5"H||23.5"L x 19"W x 6"H|
|Weight||4 lbs||2.3 lbs||.9 lbs||1.4 lbs||2.2 lbs|
|Free of Flame Retardants||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Materials||Core: Polyester pile, Cotton, Polyurethane
Cover: Polyester with Polypropylene coating
|Core: Polyurethane Foam
Cover: Polyester Velour and Cotton Poplin
|Core: Polyester Fiber
Cover: Cotton, Spandex, and Polyester
|Core: Polyurethane foam
|Core: Polyester Fiberfill
Case: Polyester, Cotton
|Machine-Washable||Yes||Cover Only||Yes||Cover Only||Yes|
|Firmness||Soft/Firm||Very Firm||Very Soft||Firm||Soft|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Boppy Pillow was invented in 1989 by Susan Brown with the company's headquarters residing in Golden, Colorado. The Boppy Original was all the rage in the '90s, even making an appearance on the sitcom "Friends." In 2000, a variety of slipcovers became available, and from there the innovations kept on coming including the addition of the Best Latch.
The Boppy Best Latch offers some of the best support for mom and baby. This pillow has a standout firm plush surface with contoured edging for mom's arms to rest while cradling the baby. As the baby grows, the opposite side is similar to other Boppys but is even squishier as it has a little more polyester. Also, thanks to the dual buckle system, this pillow snugs close to mom's body and stays there which prevents the baby from scooting inward toward mom while nursing.
As baby grows, women with shorter torsos may find the 7.5" height of the Best Latch challenging to use. This height shines with mothers post-c-section because it limits the need to lean over while feeding. Also, for taller women, the shorter sides don't provide enough support for elbows to rest.
Ease of Use
This pillow is on the smaller size, compared to some of the competition in our review. The size makes it easier to carry from room to room so you can nurse in a variety of locations. But, it is wider than the Boppy Bare Naked so your baby has more room for nursing or being propped up for burping.
Though we like the idea of a strap, in our tests moms found the pillow works great without it, so you don't need to waste your time if the baby is crabby and ready to feed. This buckle system can be used right or left-handed with the double buckle design and with the Best Latch buckled on, you can cradle your baby while walking to the crib and then remove the pillow from either side.
The plush pillow side of the Best Latch is soft but stable under the baby's weight. The foam side is sturdy to help nursing moms feel confident as they practice holding their baby and perfecting the latch.
Boppy commits to not using harmful flame retardant chemicals in their pillows. Studies show that unnecessary, continuous exposure to flame retardant chemicals can potentially cause health and cognitive problems in infants and children. This pillow is made with cotton-polyester blends for the outer material and a polyurethane insert without the option of an organic cover. These materials provide a nice balance of form and function. They can withstand continual use, be cleaned very easily, and are considered safe for the baby.
The Best Latch retained its shape and support after continual use over six months during testing. The pillow maintained optimal support to allow a close fit to mom with clear passageways for baby to feed.
Ease of Cleaning
Even with two different surfaces and inserts, it is still one of the easiest to clean because the insert and cover are both washable. Both sides of the Best Latch repel liquid well to keep the pillow cleaner. We like that the foam is removable and can be washed with soap and water, though we didn't need to because the fabric does a good job of protecting the pillow inside.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD and Linsday Selig
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