How to Choose a Maternity & Nursing Pillow

How to Choose a Nursing Pillow

Let's talk about maternity & nursing pillows and how to pick the right one for you and your baby.


We know babies come in all shapes and sizes - they’re all unique and individual, even as newborns. But one thing they all have in common is that they like milk. They like it a lot. And they need it often, which means you’ll be restricted to a sofa or bed for a great deal of those early months. 


Regardless of whether you’re breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, you’ll need the right kind of support - a good maternity nursing pillow can make all the difference to your comfort and mood. Finding the right position to feed your baby can be a bit of a learning curve, but with the assistance of the right pillow, life becomes just a little bit easier - and when you have a new baby, you need all the help you can get!


There’s another reason we love maternity nursing pillows - as your baby gets older, a good nursing pillow can be used as a way to help them sit up and get a real good look at the world.


So, where do you get started in finding the right pillow? These are our tips for finding the ideal nursing pillow for you.


While you’re thinking about nursing pillows, now’s a great time to consider how to choose a baby changing table.


Prepare For Pregnancy with a Maternity Pillow


Though nursing pillows are of great importance before the baby is born, we couldn’t put together this list of top tips without letting you in on a comfort secret. Not only are nursing pillows available, but there are a range of body support pillows available to support a mother’s changing body throughout pregnancy some of which can even be used as nursing pillows once the baby is born! 


 Lady sleeping on long maternity support pillow


Make Sure Your Nursing Pillow Is a Good Fit


When we say that newborns feed a lot, we mean it. Newborns can have up to 12 feeds a day in the first month. So you’ll want a nursing pillow that’s a really good fit — one that is snug (but not too snug) around your waist and one that will allow you to feed your baby in a way that is natural and comfortable for you. It'll save your back, shoulders and neck over time.


Check Out the Firmness and Shape of Your Nursing Pillow


Next, you need to consider the overall shape and firmness of your pillow. Experiment using a pillow and a doll - get your nursing pillow in place and hold your doll appropriately. If it feels awkward or ill-shaped for the way you like to nurse, you might be better off looking for another pillow. You don’t want to be exerting your arms or any of your muscles too much.


Using the doll, check to see if the baby would be too high or too low. You can always experiment with flat pillows and curved breastfeeding pillows to see what will suit your body shape and favoured feeding position. It’s worth a bit of trial and error to ensure you have the right nursing pillow before your baby comes along.


The Overall Look Is Important


Of course, safety and comfort are our highest priorities, but let’s not fool ourselves. Most of us care about the general look and style of our nursing pillows. Depending on our tastes, we want them to look cute, sophisticated, minimalist - shop around to find a nursing pillow that’s right for you. Perhaps you want one that will suit your baby’s nursery or your lounge. Or maybe you just want one in your favourite colour. Whatever the case, you should find one that’ll bring you a little bit of joy when you see it.


Ensure Your Nursing Pillow Is Easy to Wash


You’ll have a world of weird and wonderful stains to contend with once your baby is here, so it’s important to have things in your life that are easy to wash. You want simple washing instructions - simply pop the cover in the washing machine and let it do its job. Ease and convenience are the name of the game in these early days, so do yourself a favour and find a nursing pillow that’s easy to wash.


Our Recommendation: Mother&Baby Organic Cotton Feeding and Infant Support Pillow


mum holding baby with nursing pillow


So what do we recommend? We only stock items we believe are superior and of the best quality, which is why we believe the Mother&Baby organic cotton feeding and support pillow is the way to go for nursing and bottle-feeding. 


This pillow makes life easier for you, wrapping comfortably around your body and adapting to your shape to provide a comfortable, safe place for your baby to relax, feed and rest.


This nursing pillow has a GOTS certified organic cotton cover, so you know there are no harsh chemicals or dyes to worry about. But what we particularly love about this nursing pillow is that, as your baby gets a little older, it’s a great tool for tummy time and sitting support. If you’d like to read a few reviews, we recommend checking Rice Cakes and Rasins’ and Me Becoming Mum’s reviews.


Excited to get all stocked up for a new baby? Maybe you are looking to treat an expectant mum or dad? We have all the baby furniture you could hope for, all lovingly made and crafted to perfection. Order now and enjoy free shipping over £50.