Breastfeeding is one of the most amazing and magical things our bodies can do! However, that doesn’t mean it comes without its fair share of fighting. You should be happy to feed your baby when and where you want, but sometimes it’s nice to have a nursing blanket if you don’t want to outsource everything.
But don’t get it wrong, it’s all about freeing the boobies! You should never feel like you need to use a nursing blanket. However, we still recommend adding one to this coveted baby registry because there are so many other uses for it.
Trendy care covers
Milk Snob multifunctional cover
These are the cool children of breastfeeding covers. These nursing covers are available in the absolute best samples; of flowers, Disney motifs, stripes and pretty plains. As you can see in the photo below, they were made with the idea of having multiple uses. You can just wear it over what you wear as a nursing blanket. It offers all-round coverage and is super stretchy. The material is light and breathable, so you won’t feel constricted in it even in the summer months.
You can also place them over your car seat to give your baby some privacy. I loved doing this when I had newborns and ran errands. So many people just feel like they can reach into and touch your baby and I’m not a huge fan of that, so keeping the car seat covered was a must. Here are the current prices!
Nuroo nursing scarf
The nuroo is a classic scarf option, but you can also wear it as a wrap or scarf. The scarf has a snap button along the edge that makes it easy to wear. It’s a super soft, breathable material and the best thing about it: It stays wrinkle-free! It’s a beautiful scarf and you can easily incorporate it into your wardrobe even if you are no longer breastfeeding. A mom on the reviews said to watch Lulu Lemon’s vinyasa scarf styling videos for different ideas on how to wear it. The Lulu Lemo scarf and the Nuroo are almost identical with the buttons and the light material. Absolutely loved this tip! Check the prices here.
Multipurpose copper bead cover
All I have to say is that I am absolutely obsessed with the sloth pattern that you get this nursing blanket in. So smelly cute! In addition, the design allows for 5 different uses. It’s obviously a nursing cover, but you can also use it as a car seat cover, shopping cart cover, high chair, or infinity scarf. The fabric is a high-quality viscose mix, perfect for every season. As a car seat cover, it protects your little one from the elements such as rain or snow. Aside from the elements, it will also keep unwanted strangers from looking at them. Using this as a nursing blanket makes it really easy to check in with your little one and make sure the closure is good without causing a boo. Just look!
Practical care blankets
Boppy Infinity nursing scarf
Boppy has long been helping nursing mothers, and this full-size breastfeeding coverage is just another amazing item they added to their list. It can be worn like a scarf, and when you’re ready to feed it, you unwrap it. There are snaps that you can use to create a halter neck strap that will hold the nursing blanket in place. I love the transparent panel at the top of the cover because it makes it easy to keep an eye on your little one. It’s also light, ultra soft, and machine washable. Here is the current price.
Maternity maternity sweater with tulip hem for breastfeeding
A little off the beaten path, we bring you one of the coolest care inventions. It’s a nursing t-shirt! You might think you’d never wear something like this, but it’s actually so cute. I don’t think anyone (other than another mom who has one) would think it was anything other than a nice shirt. It can be pulled over anything you have on for ease of breastfeeding or expressing. Get yours here!
Hooter Hiders cover
This is an easy-to-slip apron-style cover. It comes in beautiful patterns, but more than that is designed for convenience. The breastfeeding cover has inside pockets in which you can stow breastfeeding pads or pacifiers. The top of the cover has a curved shape so you can just look down and see your baby without adjustment. This nursing apron even comes with a small tuck-in pouch so you can easily slip it into your diaper bag. Check out the current prices.
Skip Hop Grab & Go Hide & Chic nursing scarf
A poncho cover is one of my favorite options because it makes covering it up so easy. There’s no fuss or worry, you just toss it and you’re ready to breastfeed. This skip hop scarf can be bundled into a cute infinity scarf and simply pulled into a nursing poncho. It has an adjustable toggle that makes it easy to find the exact right fit. You can also pull out an arm for strapless coverage. The material is soft and breathable. It also has a mesh peek in the section. Just look!
Bamboobies nursing cover scarf
This Bamboobies case looks so pretty as a scarf that I would wear it even if I wasn’t breastfeeding! It falls over your shoulders and hangs perfectly. The material is super soft and contains bamboo and a touch of spandex. It’s also very easy to use as a car seat cover and contains UPF 50+ for sun protection. This is a really cute maternity accessory too, so you can start using it before you even breastfeed. Here is the current price.
Our preferred alternative uses
1. Car seat covers – Car seat covers are a must-have, but they are often crossed off the list of essentials. They’re a great way to keep your baby safe from the elements when you’re out, whether you’re running errands or hanging out with friends. Many nursing covers fit right over your car seat, but you can just drape one over it too!
2. Shopping Cart Cover – Shopping carts are full of germs so you will always want to cover your little one’s seat. You can easily use your care blanket for this. Make sure to toss it in the laundry afterwards and remove any germs it may have ingested.
3. Baby blanket when you are in need – Nursing covers are a soft, breathable material that makes them the perfect blanket. You never know when the blanket you have with you will be spat on or vomited on, but it is easy to get creative and find a replacement!
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