Also called a feeding or breastfeeding cover, a nursing cover is a large piece of constructed fabric used by nursing women to cover their breasts during breastfeeding. It allows you to breastfeed your little one confidently and discreetly anytime, anywhere and also prevents your baby from getting distracted by passersby in public places. Apart from breastfeeding, you can use a nursing cover for a variety of different purposes, including but not limited to:
Even if you aren’t breastfeeding, an opaque nursing cover can prove useful when you need to pump out in a public place. Using your nursing cover, you can pump anywhere you want – in a car, on a plane, in a waiting room, or while going on a trip with a bunch of friends. There is no need to sit in a dirty, stinky bathroom to pump breast milk because a nursing cover allows you to pump in public with full privacy, comfort, and style.
#Car Seat Canopy
If the nursing cover you’re using is stretchable enough, you can arrange it over your little one’s car seat to cut her off from the outside world and provide her makeshift protection from the natural elements like wind, rain, snow, or sun. Since a nursing cover is made from a breathable fabric, your baby won’t get too hot in there at all.
Taking your baby outside in a stroller and the sun is pounding down on his delicate skin? Drape your nursing cover over the front of your stroller to cut the glare and create a welcome shade. Being lightweight and breathable, the breastfeeding cover will keep your baby comfy and cool.
#Baby Carrier Sun Shade
You can use a nursing cover to protect your baby’s fragile skin from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays and the occasional shower while you’re wearing her in a baby carrier. Wearing the breastfeeding cover around your neck and adjusting the strap to get it hanged at a suitable height, you can create a strong shield around your little one to protect her from the oppressive sunlight.
#Diaper Changing Mat
Even if a nursing cover is not padded and waterproof, it can be used to create a clean surface while cleaning your baby’s messiest parts or changing his diapers regardless of whether you’re at home or on the move. To do so, all you need to fold the breastfeeding cover and lay it down on a flat surface as soon as a sudden diaper-change emergency strikes.
Moreover, you can lay your breastfeeding cover on a clean floor so that your little one could have a surface to play on and give his mini muscles an impromptu workout. And if your baby loves to play with lots of toys, keeping them on the nursing cover is a good idea to make tummy/playtime more enjoyable.
When there is no baby blanket or quilt available next to you, a nursing cover can be used to wrap the baby to ward off a sudden cold chill in the air. It will create a safe and sound sleeping environment for your little one and help her sleep for long hours. A breastfeeding cover is necessarily a perfect way to add a quick layer of protection to your baby’s delicate skin in the absence of a swaddling blanket.
If you find your little one suddenly spilling or spitting up, you can use your nursing cover instead of looking here and there for a cloth-any cloth-to wipe your baby’s face. Being made of soft, breathable fabric and due to a large size, breastfeeding covers moonlight as a burp cloth to wipe up the accidental mess. This is another reason why you should always buy a machine-washable nursing cover.