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Dr Brown's Gia Review

Dr Brown's Gia Angled Nursing Pillow
Price:   $32.00 List | $23.99 at Amazon - 25% off
Pros:  Easy to get on and off, soft
Cons:  Hard to use, time consuming to put back together again after washing.
Bottom line:  This pillow lacks support for long term nursing and does not aid in making nursing easier.
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Manufacturer:   Dr Brown's

The Skinny

What makes the Dr. Brown's Gia most unique is its curved crescent moon shape. From the looks of this pillow, your arms and baby should feel as if they are resting on a cloud during feeding time. Both the cover and batting are made with 100% cotton which makes using this pillow a very comforting choice for both mom and baby. Unfortunately the unique shape takes away from the ease of use, causing too many movements in the middle of a feeding.


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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results

Review by:
Meg Benedik & BabyGearLab Team

Last Updated:
Saturday
May 9, 2015

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Nursing Comfort


The major downside to this pillow is what makes it unique, its design. The pillow is wider on one end and thinner on the other which serves to provide more cushioning where baby's head will lay while making a narrower shape on the end of baby's feet and mom's arm. In our opinion, this led to a lack of support for mom so the pillow scored a five out of ten in terms of nursing comfort.

Ease of Use


The unique shape of the pillow made it almost the easiest pillow to put on and take off, even with a baby who fell asleep nursing. However, Dr. Brown's Gia only scored an average score of six out of ten for ease of use. If mom plans to feed baby on both sides, the design requires mom to flip the pillow mid-feeding while repositioning a hungry baby.
A new breast-feeding mom has enough to worry about when it comes to nursing, so in our opinion, having a pillow that gives her one more thing to do while nursing is too much. A pillow should make nursing infinitely easier, not add to the tasks. The shape also did not fit as closely on smaller mothers because the curve was wider than their hip width, making it more difficult for them to get a close fit for both baby and for their desired arm support.
Dr. Brown's nursing pillow has a rounded edge for baby's head and a narrow side for an easy arm rest.  However  it can be difficult to get a close fit depending on body type or nursing location.
Dr. Brown's nursing pillow has a rounded edge for baby's head and a narrow side for an easy arm rest. However, it can be difficult to get a close fit depending on body type or nursing location.

Materials Used


The material used for both the pillow and cover helps it to have a wonderful plush feel for both baby and mom while still providing adequate support for even a two month old. In our opinion, this pillow had one of the best balances of being both plush and supportive for baby.

Ease of Cleaning


We also really liked how easy this pillow was to clean. The Dr. Brown' Gia was the third highest scoring pillow for Ease of Cleaning with an 8 of 10 just behind the Original Boppy Boppy Nursing Pillow and Blessed Nest pillows. The cover is removable and both the cover and pillow are machine washable and dryer safe. One down side was that the although the cover did not repel liquid as well as other pillows.
A quilted 100% cotton cover helps to keep this pillow looking and feeling nice.  However  putting the pillow back into the cover is more laborious for the Dr. Brown's Gia due to it's small slat at the top of the pillow.
A quilted 100% cotton cover helps to keep this pillow looking and feeling nice. However, putting the pillow back into the cover is more laborious for the Dr. Brown's Gia due to it's small slat at the top of the pillow.


Conclusion


The Dr. Brown's Gia nursing pillow is good choice for the price if you are unsure how long you will be nursing, or if you only plan to nurse for a short bit. It is easy to use, especially if your baby is not an active feeder and fits most post-partum bodies well. However, if you plan to nurse must past three months the pillow is less supportive for active feeders and has a loose fit if you had a smaller pre-pregnancy build.
Meg Benedik & BabyGearLab Team

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