My Sweet Baby Nursing Covers
"The cover that stays put, even when baby doesn't"
My husband surprised me with a Sweet Baby nursing cover for Christmas when I was still pregnant, and had not even considered the kind of nursing cover I was going to purchase once the baby was here. Afterwards, I was shocked that me, Mrs. OCS myself, had not even considered how I was going to nurse my baby in public and semi-public until I received this as a gift. Score one for the husband.
Since this was the absolute first time I had seen a nursing cover, this product ended up setting the bar for all other nursing covers, and it set the bar extremely high. First, it is beautiful. Made from beautiful fabrics and lined with a soft satin interior and a beautiful broach - an added touch of flair - I was already excited to try it out and I was not even breastfeeding yet. At this time, I had 6 months to go before I was due, which meant that I had 6 months to ask myself why I hadn't even researched covers and admire the beauty that is Sweet Baby Nursing Covers. Score two for the husband.
Sweet Baby Covers are designed with a stiff but flexible insert that runs from strap to strap and allows for discrete contact with the baby while still laying close to the body so you are not flashing anyone standing behind you while sitting. The cover is cut slightly shorter and wider than Hooter Hider /Bebe Au Lait, which allows better side coverage, but not quite as much around the stomach as I would prefer (ahem, post baby body). While it still covers the entire stomach, there is not extra fabric there, which means that when baby flails - and baby does flail - there is not a surplus of fabric. But, the fact that all their covers are double lined is very nice, because it means that although there is not a surplus of fabric, the fabrics lay straighter and smoother. Even with the slightly shorter cut, I've never had a problem even when baby was at her craziest. Added bonus, because they are double lined, they are also reversible. So when (not if) you drip onto the cover, you can reverse it and no one would know the difference.
Which brings me to my next rave about the cover. Baby is a wild and frantic eater that rarely has control of her limbs while under the cover, which is why I absolutely swear by the satin lining of the Sweet Baby covers. The satin does not grab baby's clothing and nails (ah, those darn nails!), which means that the cover stays put even when baby doesn't. Brilliant, really. Not only does the satin look beautiful, it serves, in my opinion, one of the greatest functions of the cover. Score three for the husband for springing for the satin upgrade.
The satin lining would certainly be considered an upgrade in nursing covers, costing $10 to $15 for that one extra feature. Comparing it to other cotton covers is a bit like comparing a Lexus to a bicycle. So, in the interest of making a direct comparison between the Sweet Baby covers and other nursing covers, I decided to reverse the cover and use it satin out so that I would get an idea whether the fabric clings and whether it posed a problem when baby began to flail. What I found was that the double lined covers lay straighter and away from the baby, becoming more like a tent and baby is less likely to get wrapped up in the cover and jerk the cover away from where you least want to expose. Although I was thrilled to be able to return using the cover with the satin side in, it was nice to know that the design withstood the cotton fabric test as well.
Also adding to the functionality of the Cover was the interior pocket that was nothing short of genius. My baby insists on using that sucking reflex 23 hours a day, which means that when I am feeding, there's always a pacifier that I am removing. This pocket works wonders in keeping the pacifier handy (and clean!) during the feedings as well as providing a place to set my nursing pads until baby is finished. The pocket is roomy enough that I could even place some nipple gel in there and still have room. A truly wonderful design for moms who already have their hands full feeding baby.
I would recommend this Cover to anyone and everyone having a baby any time soon. I've even joked that I could sell these out of my trunk from all the attention I get while using it. Since I am on the go nearly all day, this Cover allows me to stay a part of everything, whether it is company meetings, family events, outings with my friends, or days out as a family. I literally use this Cover 8 times out of 10 while feeding, and it still looks as beautiful as that Christmas morning when I opened it. I'm going to be really sad when I'm done feeding and will have to retire the Cover until my next baby, but I know I will still feel that excitement when I finally do get to pull it out again.
Price: $40 to $55, which makes this the most expensive nursing cover I've reviewed, but well worth it in my opinion.
Functionality: Wonderful, my absolute top pick
Looks: Beautiful straight out of the package, holds up well even after washing and folding.
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 marks.
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