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Ergobaby Natural Curve Review

Highly supportive pillow perfect for prioritizing good posture
ergobaby natural curve nursing pillow review
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Price:  $55 List
Manufacturer:   ErgoBaby
By Abriah Wofford ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 3, 2020
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RANKED
#3 of 11
  • Nursing Comfort - 35% 7.0
  • Ease of Use - 35% 8.0
  • Material - 15% 3.0
  • Ease of Cleaning - 15% 5.0

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.
REASONS TO BUY
Excellent support
Quality construction
Ergonomic shape
REASONS TO AVOID
Less versatile
No back strap
Small size range

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Pros Excellent support, quality construction, ergonomic shapeEasy to use latch system, wide space for baby and mom, pocketFits close to the body, lots of support, plush, very easy to cleanLumbar support, storage pockets, adjustable layersLightweight, easy to use, versatile
Cons Less versatile, no back strap, small size rangeLarge to store, lower overall quality of materialsShort sides may be a problem for taller women, smaller bucklesSlippery material, stiff buckle, single-use productShifts, does not fit moms of all sizes
Bottom Line Highly supportive pillow perfect for prioritizing good postureA close fitting, supportive pillow for moms and babies of different shapesA favorite nursing pillow thanks to its structure, support and comfortSupportive foam pillow that is easy to use but not very versatileBasic pillow that gets the job done and has earned its popularity
Rating Categories Ergobaby Natural Curve My Brest Friend Deluxe Boppy Best Latch Frida Mom Boppy Bare Naked
Nursing Comfort (35%)
7.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
5.0
Ease of Use (35%)
8.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
Material (15%)
3.0
3.0
3.0
3.0
5.0
Ease of Cleaning (15%)
5.0
4.0
6.0
5.0
8.0
Specs Ergobaby Natural Curve My Brest Friend Deluxe Boppy Best Latch Frida Mom Boppy Bare Naked
Dimensions 25"L x 13"W x 8"H 20"L x 17"W x 5.5"H 23" L x 9.5" W x 7.5" H 22"L x 14"W x 9"H 23.5"L x 19"W x 6"H
Weight 2.3 lbs 1.4 lbs 4 lbs 3.9 lbs 2.2 lbs
Belt No Yes Yes Yes No
Free of Flame Retardants Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Materials Core: Polyurethane Foam
Cover: Polyester Velour and Cotton Poplin
Core: Polyurethane foam
Cover: Polyester
Core: Polyester pile, Cotton, Polyurethane
Cover: Polyester with Polypropylene coating
Core: Poyurethane Foam and Polyester Fiber Fill
Cover: Polyester and Spandex
Core: Polyester Fiberfill
Case: Polyester, Cotton
Removable Cover Yes Yes No Yes No
Machine-Washable Cover Only Cover Only Yes Cover Only Yes
Firmness Very Firm Firm Soft/Firm Soft/Firm/Very Firm Soft

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


ergobaby natural curve nursing pillow review - 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.

ergobaby natural curve nursing pillow review - 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.

ergobaby natural curve nursing pillow review - 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.

ergobaby natural curve nursing pillow review - 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...
A zippered opening makes it easy to remove the cover of the Natural Curve for cleaning.
The fuzzy lining on the top side of the Ergobaby is soft for mom and...
The fuzzy lining on the top side of the Ergobaby is soft for mom and baby, but it may be harder to keep clean. Luckily the cover is machine washable.

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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