My Top 10 Baby Items: #3

  It seems like everyone I know is having a baby, and of course, I just had one. Even though Felix is my second child, we still had to rack our brains about what we needed this time around, what we already had, and what we needed to buy. It’s amazing how fast 3 years goes by and how much we had forgotten over that span of time. Therefore, I have put together a list of my Top 10 Baby Items (in no particular order) that we simply could not do without.

(If you have missed the other posts in this series, here are #1 and #2.)

Boppy (with extra covers)

I have used my boppy numerous times with both kids. For those of you who don’t know, a boppy is a U-shaped pillow that is designed to fit around your waist. It makes breastfeeding easier, as you can lay your baby across it and it allows them to be in a good position to nurse. Even if you aren’t breastfeeding, you can lay it on the floor or a flat surface and position your baby in the middle of it so his/her head is propped up. However, you must always be watching your baby; the tag warns against letting babies sleep with the boppy.  I only use mine this way when I am in the room and nearby so I can keep an eye on the baby. If you have an especially squirmy baby, he/she will end up on the floor in no time.

In addition to getting a boppy, you will want at least 2 covers. At some point in your infant’s life, he/she will spit up on it, pee all over it, or poop through his/her clothes (or all three of these) and mess it up. You will want to have a backup cover for when this happens.

Don’t these things look comfortable? Sometimes I wish they made them for adults!

My little guy looking "ferociously cute" while lying in his boppy.

My little guy looking “ferociously cute” while lying in his boppy.


Anya stretching out in the boppy.

Anya stretching out in the boppy.

Anya lounging in the boppy.

Anya lounging in the boppy.


  1. Holly H says:

    Mine sagged in the middle too and since I use the football hold, it really didn’t work well unfortunately. I wound up having to put a pillow underneath to hold the boppy up! It also isn’t goof for c-sections since you really don’t want anything remotely constrictive around your stomach. I personally don’t like nursing pillows in general. I think using a regular pillow works best, for me at least.

    • Rachel says:

      Yeah, I didn’t use a football hold, so I can see where that wouldn’t work as well. I just loved having the curvature of the pillow around my waist and it fit both of my kids pretty well…

  2. Tricia says:

    I’ve gotta say, I used my boppy some with my oldest, but it’s really not a very good nursing pillow, because it sags in the middle. And the other “benefits” are all sort of take-it-or-leave-it for me. I mean, my babies are just as happy (or unhappy) ok lying flat on the floor as they are cradled in the boppy. And you can’t really leave them sitting unsupervised propped up by the thing, so you might as well stick your leg behind them and you don’t have to have the pillow around. I’d actually recommend buying a good, firm nursing pillow (like My Breast Friend) or just skipping the extra pillow all together. 🙂

    • Rachel says:

      I guess I should clarify that I really meant “nursing pillow” when I said “boppy.” The boppy was big when I was pregnant so that’s what I got, and I tend to use the term for nursing pillows in general. I’m sure the other nursing pillows are great, too! That’s weird that yours sagged in the middle. Mine doesn’t sag, so I’m not sure. I still use mine when I’m home. If I don’t have it because I’m in the other room or something, I can nurse with a pillow, but I miss the boppy when it’s not there.

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