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Ergobaby Natural Curve Review

Highly supportive pillow perfect for prioritizing good posture
Ergobaby Natural Curve
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Price:   $55 List | $55 at Amazon
Pros:  Excellent support, quality construction, ergonomic shape
Cons:  Less versatile, no back strap, small size range
Manufacturer:   ErgoBaby
By Abriah Wofford ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 3, 2020
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The Skinny

The Ergobaby Natural Curve is a simple, yet thoughtfully designed nursing pillow. The extra firm polyurethane foam is formed with a curve intended to keep baby in a belly-to-belly position with their head above their stomach to possibly aid digestion. The downward slope of the pillow helps keep baby close, and the raised edges of the pillow provided a comfortable place for mom to rest her arms. The only downside to such a specific design is the lack of versatility. However, if excellent support and good posture are things you are looking for in a nursing pillow, the Natural Curve is a great choice.

Our Analysis and Test Results

Ergobaby was born in 2002 when, as a mother, Karin Frost, could not find a baby carrier that fit her needs. Using a background in design, she created a more comfortable and ergonomic product to keep baby close. Since then, Ergobaby has expanded on its soft structured carrier and has different designs to choose from. While soft structured carriers still take center stage, Ergobaby makes a variety of other useful products intended to add comfort to the journey of motherhood.

Performance Comparison


The Ergobaby Natural Curve helps to position mom and baby for a...
The Ergobaby Natural Curve helps to position mom and baby for a comfortable breastfeeding experience.
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Nursing Comfort


Ergobaby created the Natural Curve nursing pillow with the goal of developing a comfortable nest for a baby to nurse, and to encourage good posture for mom, thereby reducing hunching and back strain. The foam is shaped in a way that slopes inward towards mom, creating the ideal belly-to-belly nursing position with minimal effort and shifting from mom. Both ends bulge upward to help keep the baby's head above the stomach and provide a place for mom to rest her arms.

The Ergobaby is ideal for use on a bench or couch that does not have...
The Ergobaby is ideal for use on a bench or couch that does not have arms.
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The Natural Curve is not the kind of pillow you can cozy up and fall asleep on as the foam is relatively stiff. Because of this, the pillow will not lose its shape over time and should require minimal adjustments while feeding. However, some moms do not like how limiting it feels. You cannot fold or reshape the pillow to suit your needs or your nursing space, and it does not have a belt to keep it snug around mom's belly.

Ease of Use


Without zippers, straps, or adjustments, the Ergobaby is very simple and easy to use. Just plop it on your lap and lay baby down. The pre-shaped pillow does not require any adjustments before or during feeding time. We found that it retained its supportive shape throughout the duration of every nursing session, and we never had to slouch or reposition the pillow to accommodate the baby. It has a carry handle to make transporting the bulky item less awkward and at 2.3 lbs, it is one of the lightest options in the group.

The simple carry handle on the Natural Curve makes it much easier to...
The simple carry handle on the Natural Curve makes it much easier to handle this large item.
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Unfortunately, this pillow is not very flexible and does not mold to the user's shape. The stiffness, combined with a rather tight c curve, makes it suitable for a smaller range of sizes only. Many parents also note that it does not work well in a chair with arms, as it is too wide to fit. It is recommended that you sit on a surface with lots of elbow room and good back support.

The cover of the Ergobaby is a combination of soft polyester velour...
The cover of the Ergobaby is a combination of soft polyester velour on the top side, and cotton poplin everywhere else.
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Materials


The cover of the Natural Curve pillow is a combination of two different fabrics. On the top side is a plush polyester velour that is cozy to the touch. The sides and bottom of the pillow have a smooth cotton poplin with a printed texture. The pillow itself is constructed with polyurethane foam. While we aren't huge fans of synthetic materials, we appreciate that it does not have any flame retardants, reducing the number of chemicals mom and baby are exposed to.

Ease of Cleaning


The large zippered opening on the cover of the pillow makes it easy to take off and throw in the wash. If you only need to clean a small portion of the cover, the smooth poplin fabric is easy to wipe down. Unfortunately, the fuzzy velour may be a bit trickier if anything spills, but most users did not have issues with stains.

A zippered opening makes it easy to remove the cover of the Natural...
The fuzzy lining on the top side of the Ergobaby is soft for mom and...

The inner foam is not machine washable. If you have any major spills, Ergobaby recommends wiping the foam with a damp cloth and allowing it to air dry completely before replacing the cover.

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