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Leachco Cuddle-U Original Review

Lower price and lower quality than competitors.
Leachco Cuddle-U Original Nursing Pillow
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Price:   $40 List | $40 at Amazon
Pros:  Inexpensive, easy to use, water repelent
Cons:  Lack of support and poorly made.
Manufacturer:   Leachco
By Meg Benedik & BabyGearLab Team  ⋅  May 10, 2015
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  • Nursing Comfort - 60% 2
  • Ease of Use - 20% 5
  • Materials - 15% 3
  • Ease of Cleaning - 5% 4

The Skinny

The Leachco Cuddle-U Nursing Pillow tries to take a popular nursing pillow shape and make it its own; however it strikes out on providing necessary support for both mom and baby. At a first glance, the pillow looks promising with its cute fabric choices and the removable fabric that can be used to hold baby when sitting. Unfortunately, in terms of assisting with feeding, this pillow falls flat on first expectations and provides only a fraction of the support that its look-a-like pillow, the Boppy Bare Naked, provides.


Our Analysis and Test Results

Nursing Comfort


The benefit of using a nursing pillow is the added support for mom and baby. Unfortunately, in our opinion, the Leachco Cuddle-U Nursing Pillow provided the same amount of support that a standard bed pillow would; just enough to keep baby off your lap, but not enough to make you or baby any more comfortable. The lack of support makes it easy for baby to move when feeding and limits how you can sit in order to nurse in comfort.
Using the Leachco required a little more support for  mom as the pillow sinks down than most with weight.
Using the Leachco required a little more support for mom as the pillow sinks down than most with weight.
The pillow scored a five for ease of use because of its small size and ease of placement, however it does not hug the body, making it quite easy for baby to become stuck in the space between the body and the pillow.

Ease of Use


The Leacho Cuddle-U pillow can easily be handled and put into place with one arm while your other hand holds baby before a feeding. Additionally, we found that this pillow does fit women of different sizes well although not nearly with the close fit we'd prefer. One feature this pillow includes is the addition of straps to support baby as he learns to sit.
Although this is not a feature that aids in nursing, it is a nice way to prop baby up on his back and aid him in learning to sit. When nursing, these straps can Velcro off and tuck away in a pocket hidden in the front of the pillow.

Materials Used


Although the fabric beaded up liquid quite well, only the cover is machine washable which means the pillow could get dirty when spills do soak through. Additionally, after the cover had been washed just three times it became quite snug to fit back onto the pillow which made the pillow's shape retention score a mediocre five.

Ease of Cleaning


This pillow comes with a no-fuss cover for cleaning as it beads up liquid quickly and can be put into both the washing and drying machine. This sounds simple, but when you as a new parent already have more clothes to wash than before, having a nursing pillow cover that washes and dries easily is not something to be taken for granted!

Conclusion


If you're looking for a pillow that is part fashion statement and part support for baby to lean into, not one that is supportive for baby while nursing, then consider the Leacho Cuddle-U. However, with a list price higher than the Original Boppy and scores half as high for our criteria, we suggest you consider other options for your nursing experience.


Meg Benedik & BabyGearLab Team