Whether you’re comfortable nursing your baby in public or not, a trusty nursing cover will definitely make the task easier ― and spare your blushes.
You’ll want to look for comfort, coverage and style when you select a nursing cover that meets your needs. These coverups come in several designs.
One is the apron style ― essentially a large piece of fabric, it features adjustable straps you sling over your head. The coverage is frontal, and most have a wired neckline, so that you can keep an eye on your baby while he’s nursing.
Another version is the scarf ― this style allows you to drape it around your neck fashionably. You simply unravel it to protect your modesty when your baby wants to nurse.
Last, the poncho probably offers the highest coverage ― although it can get hot, especially in a warm climate like ours.
To help you zoom in on the ideal one for you, we’ve rounded up some of the best nursing covers available here.
Peek ‘n’ Drink Nursing Cover
FROM Pupsik Studio
WHAT Available in 14 adorable designs, it’s a must-have for any mum-on-the-go. It has an adjustable tie at the back, so that the cover is kept in place while you breastfeed. The adjustable wired neckline allows you to keep an eye on your baby, even as it blocks out any stimulation that may distract bubba while he feeds.
PARENTS SAY Any newbie mum would be thankful for this cover. The wired neckline is extremely useful, especially when you and your baby are still mastering how to latch on successfully. It’s large and gives you good coverage, but it’s so light, your diaper bag barely registers the extra weight when you toss it in there.
Innosense Breastfeeding Shawl
WHAT Made of super soft natural bamboo fabric, this one-size-fits-all shawl lets you feed your baby discreetly. The machine washable fabric boasts antibacterial properties.
PARENTS SAY This generously-sized shawl ticks all the right boxes. It’s soft and lightweight, so you don’t get too sweaty under it, while the neutral grey colour will match any outfit. However, it’s slightly pricey.
WHAT This soft and breathable nursing scarf that’s made of 100 per cent premium muslin provides front to back coverage.
PARENTS SAY This scarf is so stylish you wouldn’t even know that it’s a nursing cover! It comes in a variety of designs, but this feathery motif is perfect for accessorising a plain outfit. The muslin material is so breathable, your baby shouldn’t protest when he’s nursing.
MPJ Bamboo Nursing Poncho
FROM Pupsik Studio
WHAT With this nursing poncho, you’ll be able to nurse anywhere with confidence. Made of the softest eco-friendly bamboo fabric, it’s breathable, dries quickly, as well as anti-bacterial and hypoallergenic. Available in six solid colours, the wide neckline lets you check on your baby.
PARENTS SAY We like how versatile it is, thanks to its generous size. When you aren’t nursing, you can use it as a stroller shade, a blanket or even a diaper-changing mat.
Knitted Bambi Nursing Cape
FROM Spring Maternity
WHAT If comfort is your priority, this is the nursing cover to go for. Made of 67 per cent bamboo, it has anti-bacterial, anti-irritant and anti-static properties. It’s also highly absorbent, hypoallergenic and gives your little one natural UV protection when you’re out and about. Thanks to functional buttons, the cape can be worn in five different ways.
PARENTS SAY This simple cape is surprisingly well thought out. It’s soft and lightweight, and extremely comfortable. We love the various ways you can wear it – from a poncho, to a side drape, and even as a batwing top.
Itzy Ritzy Nursing Happens Infinity Breastfeeding Scarf
FROM Little Baby
WHAT You’ll love these fabulous designs from Itzy Ritzy if you’re a sucker for pretty prints. Use it as an everyday scarf, then adjust it for optimal coverage when bubba wants to nurse. No confusing snaps, buckles, or wrapping techniques needed! Made of a cotton and polyester jersey knit blend, it’s machine washable.
PARENTS SAY Sling it on as a scarf before heading out, and it’s one less item to add to your diaper bag when you go shopping. We picked the “Fresh Plume” design because we dug the quirky print and cheerful hues!
WHAT Breastfeed your baby on the go with this ultra-soft and lightweight nursing cover. Made of 95 per cent bamboo and 5 per cent spandex, it drapes stylishly over you and provides modest coverage when you’re nursing.
PARENTS SAY You’ll love how silky this nursing shawl feels ― we bet your mini-me would love to grab it, too! Comes in a convenient pull-string bag for easy storage and access.
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