When I had my first child, I hadn’t really thought about nursing covers at all. But I soon realized that it was something I wanted. I’m all for nursing where ever and whenever you want but apparently, I wasn’t comfortable doing it. I did it, but I wasn’t liking it. And that’s ok too. Breastfeeding should be and feel natural, no matter what that means to you.

I also realized that after a few months my baby got distracted by things and didn’t finish eating if I didn’t cover her. Which resulted in me having to feed her more often. This time around I’m going to be much more prepared. I really like the multifunctional nursing covers. Babies require soooo many things anyway. If I can repurpose something, it’s one more thing I don’t have to carry (and remember to bring). But there are a lot of other great options as well. I’ve listed the nursing scarves, ponchos, shawls, tops, cardigans and aprons that I think are the best – both practical and stylish.

Multifunctional nursing covers

5 in 1 from Matimati

As I mentioned before the multifunctional nursing covers are my absolute favorites. Less things to remember to bring and carry around. And it will make your baby’s world a little safer and cozier when it’s time to feed and sleep. There are hundreds to choose from, but this is one of the best sellers with the best reviews.

It’s a 5-in-1 multi use cover. You can use it as a nursing cover, over the shopping cart, to cover a high chair at a restaurant, as a canopy over a car seat and stroller, as a blanket or changing pad or even as an infinity scarf for yourself. It’s high quality and it will also protect your baby from sunlight, wind, rain, mosquitoes, germs and pollen while out and about. And the stretchy material makes it very easy to use.

If you’re not a fan of the pattern check out tons of other options for multifunctional nursing covers here.

5in1 multifunctional nursing cover

Cover up with nursing scarves

Nursing scarf with style

Like the multifunctional covers, there are indescribable many nursing scarves to choose from. NûRoo is one popular brand with their own signature fabric. They’re stretchy, soft, breathable, stain reducing and wrinkle free. You can use them wrapped, draped, front, back, over shoulder and around the neck.

The snaps give you 360˚ coverage and they make sure it doesn’t fall (or get kicked) off. The print is double sided, and I think the whole thing is fashionable and modern looking. It has a little attitude. A lot of the scarves and other nursing covers have bright colors and patterns. And that can be cute and fun. But sometimes we just want more style. This also means that you might want to keep using it even after the breastfeeding is done.

nursing scarf

Colorful scarves from Bebe au Lait

If you want something more colorful Bozeman Baby Company has some well-liked options with nice quality. There are 25 colors and patterns to choose from and they only cost about 16$. They are made of a lightweight jersey knit that is soft and flexible. And they aren’t see-through even when you stretch them. You and your baby are guaranteed your privacy in public.

Another reason for choosing one of these nursing scarves is because the Bozeman Baby Company donates one of every ten scarves, they sell to local health departments. In this way, your scarf helps lactation consultants and social workers help other moms.

nursing scarves

Stylish privacy with Nursing Shawls

Beautiful and practical at the same time

So, what’s the difference between a scarf and a shawl you might think? Well, the biggest differences are in shape and size. Shawls are bigger and triangular or rectangular in shape. Scarves are generally smaller and worn around your neck while you wear the shawl around your body and shoulders. Seraphine has beautiful nursing shawls in viscose. You can wear it a number of different ways and it can double as a swaddling baby blanket.

It does cost a little more, but I think it’s a style statement that you can wear before, during and after pregnancy and breastfeeding.

nursing shawl

Black goes with everything

If you’re looking to spend a little less, you can always trust in Amazon. I found this nice nursing cover in black. It’s soft, breathable, stretchy, solid and cute. And black will go with practically everything in your wardrobe. It’s an Amazon Choice and has gotten nice reviews.

cheap nursing shawl

Cardigans & tops for nursing

Skin to skin care and nursing cover

There are obviously thousands, if not millions, of nursing garments available but I think these two are a little special. I absolutely love this kangaroo care top. You get discreet skin to sin contact and super easy breastfeeding access when your baby is really small. At the same time, you’ll be more mobile and your hands are free. It’s not a baby carrier so you need to keep hold of the baby when you’re up and walking around. But it does provide support and has a wrap tie that offers a flexible fit.

You can get it in three different colors and there are sleeveless options as well.

skin to skin top

Cocoon nursing cardigan

This is so stylish and perfect for all the changes that happens when we are pregnant and nursing. You can easily wear it throughout the journey and beyond. It has buttons on the side for breastfeeding access. Perfect for those chilly days or evenings.

nursing cardigan

Nursing Ponchos

No buttons, no troubble

A nursing poncho is not that different from a shawl. The shape is different and there are no holes or cut out for the arms. I like it because it’s easy to just through on. No hazzle with buttons or getting it on backwards. It’s kind of just a piece of fabric with a hole for the head. But at the same time, it’s so much more. It’s privacy, protection and fashion all wrapped up into one.

You can also use like a multifunctional cover. After you have nursed you can use it as a car seat canopy, baby car seat cover, stroller sun protection covers, light blanket, shopping cart cover, feeding chair cover, diaper changing cover and even as an infinity scarf.

nursing poncho

Rigid neckline and better air flow

I’m not sure I would ever buy this myself, but I think it’s such a funny invention. A nursing cover with a rigid neckline. It’s almost like a little tent. I love the idea of it. It keeps the fabric away from the baby and creates better air flow. It also makes it easier to look at the baby and it won’t get stuck in the fabric just as easily. The downside is that it’s probably not something you want to wear all the time. You need to put it on when you want to breastfeed and then carry it with you.

If anyone has tried it, please share in the comments what you think about it!

nursing poncho with rigid neckline

Nursing Aprons

The most practical cover?

This is almost the same thing as the nursing poncho with the rigid neckline. It’s just in another shape and design. Yet again I have to say I’m not sure I would choose this kind of cover. I think it looks too much like an apron. Which it is. I think I prefer something that I could wear all the time like a scarf or a shawl. But one should never say never. I do think these are great nursing covers and very practical.

This particular nursing apron is from Bebe au Lait, a well-known choice (with a super witty name). It’s durable and in high quality. Designed to fit all. And it has two internal pockets for cleanup and storage. So smart.

nursing apron

Which nursing covers do you want?

Or maybe you think it’s unnecessary? If you have some experience with this I/we would love to hear about it. I’m definitely going to try it this time around. I just need to make a choice (or two) first.

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