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6 Alternative Uses for the Boppy Nursing Pillow

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Marissa is the writer of ThePracticalMommy and the blog Mommy Knows What's Best. She is a stay-at-home mom to four and was a teacher.

Using the Boppy pillow for sitting

Using the Boppy pillow for sitting

Alternative Uses for Boppy Pillows

Do you have a Boppy? Boppy nursing pillows are super popular, must-have items for new moms. They are on almost every baby shower registry, along with the colorful, patterned covers with which they come. They give adequate support for both breastfeeding and bottle-feeding moms, positioning the baby just right for a good feeding. For moms who had to have a c-section, it has the added bonus of keeping any weight off tender c-section wounds.

But what do you do with the pillow when you no longer need it for feeding or holding the baby? Below are some alternate uses for your Boppy pillow!

6 Ways to Reuse a Boppy Nursing Pillow

It’s been a while since I have used my Boppy pillow for its intended purpose—feeding the baby—yet it’s still part of my everyday décor. Why still keep it around? I have found a few uses for it after using it for the baby.

  1. Baby support: The Boppy is nice to use for a reclining baby or a baby who is new to sitting. For reclining babies, it gives them a new view of the world around them and gives their soft heads a break from a flat, hard surface. For babies new to sitting, it gives them a hint of back support while protecting them from a bump on the head if they were to lean back or to the sides too far.
  2. Belly support: It is important to give babies tummy time to help them build the muscles in their necks. Placing the pillow under the baby gives them a bit of an extra cushion for all of that hard work.
  3. Sibling support: Have an older, toddler/preschool-aged sibling who always wants to hold the baby? Place the Boppy on his/her lap and it will make holding the baby easier and a bit safer for the baby. (Never leave an older sibling, especially toddlers, alone in this position. One sudden move and the baby could be sent tumbling…)
  4. Neck support: The pillow is actually a pretty good neck support for adults looking to relax on a couch. I use it more than I use my throw pillows when I’m looking to take a catnap.
  5. Writing/laptop support: I often do much of my brainstorming and writing in the living room where my children play. Since I don’t have a desk or table in there on which to write, I sit on the couch or floor. I place the Boppy around my waist and use that as a higher platform than just my legs where I can write in my notebook. Also, if I’m not able to be at my desk or not able to use our desktop computer, I use the pillow to support my laptop, again because it’s higher than just the level of my lap.
  6. Exercise support: Most of the floors in my house are hardwood, so when I complete exercises on my back I often find just the floor or exercise mat to be just too hard. When I am doing leg lifts, reverse sit-ups, etc., I place the Boppy under my hips so that there is not so much pressure and I am able to complete the exercises easily.

How to Use the Boppy Pillow

How Will You Use Your Boppy?

These are a few uses of the Boppy nursing pillow after using it with your baby. Some might otherwise choose to donate it or sell it on eBay, which are two alternate possibilities. Of course, you could always save the pillow for your next baby (I saved mine for all four of my babies!), but that’s all up to you!

How will you reuse yours? Leave me a comment below!

© 2011 Marissa


Marissa (author) from United States on December 19, 2011:

familydiscount, that certainly is an interesting concept... Thanks for sharing and commenting! :)

familydiscount from London, U.K. on December 19, 2011:

Please Please Please......try to develop a pillow or something like that look like mums arms or baby is lying on mums legs. It will surly keep the baby smile and she will be in deep sleep with no cry or anguish.

Marissa (author) from United States on October 15, 2011:

alphagirl, thanks for your suggestion. I guess I never thought of that one since my dog is a giant Weimaraner! He'd never fit in a Boppy converted into a dog bed. ;)

Mae Williams from USA on October 15, 2011:

Recycle bobby as a cat or dog bed. Attach some crap fabric to the bottom of it. If you don't sew

use glue on velcro.

Marissa (author) from United States on September 04, 2011:

Jenny_Leigh, the Boppy is a great item to have for your little one. Good luck in the upcoming weeks!

Yes, my daughter is super cute-just like her mommy! ;) Thanks for reading and commenting!

Jenny_Leigh from Pennsylvania on September 04, 2011:

Those are great ideas! I have yet to get a boppy (I'm 36 weeks). I'm glad to hear of so many other ways I can put it to use. P.S. Your little girl is so cute!

Marissa (author) from United States on September 02, 2011:

nancynurse, thanks for reading and commenting! I'm glad that you liked the Boppy ideas. :)

Nancy McClintock from Southeast USA on September 01, 2011:

Great ideas thanks.

Marissa (author) from United States on August 27, 2011:

6hotfingers3, I appreciate that you took the time to read the article, and I'm glad you liked it! Thanks for stopping by. :)

6hotfingers3 on August 27, 2011:

Its been at least 40 years since I had a baby but your title caught my attention. This is a great article that encourages the use of creativity. Your suggestions make me want to go out and buy a booby pillow for things I thought of as I read your hub. Very interesting and entertaining. Keep up the good work!

Marissa (author) from United States on August 17, 2011:

Simone Smith, you have to make the most of products these days with the economy, right? Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on August 17, 2011:

I'm all for making the most of a product- this is great! Thanks for sharing these ideas!

Marissa (author) from United States on August 16, 2011:

Danette Watt, the Boppy really didn't come around until about 2006, so it's still fairly new. My mom thought I was nuts for registering for such a product, since basic pillows have worked for many years. Once she saw it in use though, she realized what a great product it was and wished she had it for her five babies!

Since it is a bit expensive for a pillow (around $30), I knew I had to use mine for more than just feeding and sitting a baby up. I have had mine now for three years and it has certainly served me well, helping with the two kids and my other uses for it. It really does make it more valuable to have it so long, have so many uses for it and have it still look like new!

Thanks so much for commenting and voting the hub up! :)

Marissa (author) from United States on August 16, 2011:

randomcreative, I'm glad that you like my suggestions for the Boppy pillow. I hope your friends like them as well. Thanks for the comment! :)

Danette Watt from Illinois on August 15, 2011:

I had never heard of a boppy before (my kids are 26 & 19)until about 2 weeks ago when our farmer's wife had a new baby and someone mentioned it. You give some good uses fora specialty pillow to extend it's life beyond nursing the baby. Makes it move valuable. Voted up and useful.

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 15, 2011:

Great suggestions! I will pass this on to my mommy friends. :) (And keep it as a reference for myself when that time comes.)

Marissa (author) from United States on August 15, 2011:

LRCBlogger, glad you like the idea of using the Boppy for laptop support! I'm using it like that right now. :) Thanks for commenting!

LRCBlogger on August 15, 2011:

excellent ideas, we use the boppy for 'sitting support for our baby who is almost 6 mos old.

I had not thought about it for laptop support but that is a great idea. I work from home many days a week and definitely don't always maximize ergonomics and posture. I had not thought of using the boppy for laptop support...good one (How did I not think of that, it is so practical!)

Marissa (author) from United States on August 15, 2011:

rebekahELLE, using it to prop an older baby who can hold his/her own bottle is another great idea! Thanks for sharing and for commenting. :)

rebekahELLE from Tampa Bay on August 14, 2011:

This is helpful and well written. I think bobbies are a wonderful invention! It can also be used on a soft rug or carpeted floor to prop an older baby who can hold his own bottle if a mother/caregiver is feeding another child at the same time. It's snuggly, and the head is tilted enough to ensure the baby can swallow without a problem. The sides wrap around the baby to hold him in place.