WHAT IT IS:
In essence, the Boppy pillow makes nursing easier because it allows for the baby to rest comfortably at breast level. In the first week after L & D, I found myself trying to hold the baby while nursing - and my arms and back ached after just a few days. The Boppy was the perfect solution.
When my baby reached five months, we used the Boppy as a little "seat" of sorts. She could kick back in the donut-shaped pillow as she learned to sit.
* Boppy pillows are available almost everywhere: Target, Babies-R-Us, the babycenter store, etc.
* Boppy pillows are mashine-washable.
* Boppy pillows are easy on the wallet. Most retailers sell this item for $20-$25.
5 Stars. Yes, I would buy it again. Yes, I love it. Yes, it's what I consider an "essential" item.
There are quite a few different varieties of Boppy pillows on the market. I received two at my baby shower - the Boppy Bare Naked (pictured above) and the Boppy Signature Toile de Joie Pink. The Bare Naked was $20, the Boppy Signature was close to $50. I ended up returning the Signature because, as far as I could tell, they were almost identical. The Signature one was pink and slightly bigger - but that didn't seem to warrant a $20+ increase.