Beyond the Breast: 5 Other Uses for Your Boppy Nursing Pillow

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Beyond the Breast: 5 Other Uses for Your Boppy Nursing Pillow

Everyone knows that the Boppy Nursing Pillow is basically THE golden standard when it comes to baby feeding essentials. You’ve even seen Nina use it in that past when demonstrating how to get the best latch when breastfeeding baby. It’s a must-have item for all new families! Whether we’re talking breast or bottle, it really makes no difference. If you’re feeding a newborn, you’re going to want a Boppy. I personally love mine so much that I have TWO — one for upstairs, and one for downstairs.

You may think that this is pure laziness — needing two Boppys — but when you’re the “lucky” (read: insane) mommy of three beautiful, healthy (read: busy) little girls under the age of four like myself, you have to find ways to make life easier. That being said, not everyone realizes what an incredible tool the Boppy is outside the confines of feeding time. So listen up because I am here to tell you that your Boppy is (or will be) your new best friend!

Boppy, More than a nursing pillow

A Cush for Your (Healing) Mama Tush

Birth is beautiful, but for most women it is also extremely painful. Especially for those of us that experience perineal tearing which require stitches. Ouch! Anyone who has experienced this knows the pain that is sitting (or even just existing). The Boppy Nursing Pillow makes an excellent butt cushion (for lack of a better term) while your lady parts recover. Simply sit on the hole of the pillow, to take some pressure off that sensitive area — but make sure you are sitting on a soft surface. Stay away from sitting on hard, wooden surfaces or tile floors. They are not your friend.

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Snuggle Time + Sibling Support

Even when you aren’t feeding baby, the Boppy Nursing Pillow is snuggle time perfection. Why, you ask? Even with a small baby, constantly cradling and holding your newborn can take a toll on your back and shoulders. The heavier your little one is, the harder it is on your body to hold them for extended periods of time. Being able to prop up baby on the Boppy in your lap is a great way to keep your little one close while simultaneously saving your forearms, shoulders and back.

The Boppy has also proven to be a great support system for (younger) siblings who want to hold the new baby, but may not have the upper body strength. Mamas can breathe easily knowing that their newest little one is safely secure in their brother or sister’s lap and arms with the Boppy.

Boppy, Sibling Support, More than a nursing pillow

Boppy, Sibling support, More than a nursing pillow

Propped Playing

The Boppy Nursing Pillow is also ideal for play time! Keep baby cozy, by placing his head and shoulders on the pillow, and his little tushie in the hole. This is a great way to help baby recline comfortably (propped) below hanging toys. He may not be ready to reach out and grab them just yet, but he will still get a kick out of seeing them overhead. Babies are curious creatures. Why NOT feed their curiosity? And keep them safe while doing so!

Boppy, Propped playing, More than a nursing pillow

Boppy, Propped playing, More than a nursing pillow

NOTE: Never, ever leave your baby unattended while sitting in a Boppy! Adult supervision is recommended.

Tummy Time

Once baby is strong enough to lift his head, place his chest on the Boppy pillow — arms draped over the front, and knees in the hole. The Boppy Nursing Pillow provides the support baby needs to do tummy time and build upper body and neck strength. And bonus: this puts him in the perfect position to snap some super adorable photos!

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Boppy, Tummy time, More than a nursing pillow

Boppy, Tummy time, More than a nursing pillow

See what we were saying about the adorable photos?

NOTE: Pediatricians recommend 30 to 45 minutes of daily supervised tummy time (not all at once), so grab some toys and make some memories!

Supported Sitting

The Boppy Nursing Pillow creates “the perfect little nest” for supported sitting. The Boppy can either go around his back, or across his little tummy. This will help him to develop the necessary core strength to (eventually) sit up all on his own. The Boppy helps support baby (once he is moderately stable), and protects him from the hard floor when he inevitably falls over. We love our Boppy!

Why do you love your Boppy? How do you use it, other than at feeding time? We’d love to hear (and see)! Feel free to share in the comments section below. Give it a try, and let us know what you think.

A big thank you goes out to Boppy for the awesome pillow!

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