Nursing covers – shawls, ponchos, scarves, cardigans and aprons

When I had my first child, I hadn’t really thought about nursing covers at all. I soon realized that it was something I wanted. I’m all for nursing where ever and whenever the baby wants to. Unfortunately I wasn’t too 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). Although, 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 practically and style wise.

Multifunctional nursing covers

Parker baby 4 in 1

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 super popular and liked. Marked an Amazon’s Choice!

It’s a 4-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 there are 10 more styles to chose from.

$21.95 at →

multifunctional nursing covers

Cover up with nursing scarves

Nursing scarf with style

Like the multifunctional covers, there are indescribably many nursing scarves to choose from. NûRoo is a 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 something that goes with everything. This also means that you might want to keep using it even after the breastfeeding is done.

$29.99 at →

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.

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 to help other moms.

$16.95 at →

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 the shape and size. Shawls are bigger and triangular or rectangular in shape. Scarves are generally smaller and worn around your neck .You wear the shawl around your body and shoulders. Etsy has so many options to choose from.

I love the one in the picture but it does cost a little more, about $50. I do think it could be worth it if you like it. You can wear before, during and after pregnancy and breastfeeding. There are 13 gorgeous colors to choose from.

Buy it from →

knitted nursing shawls

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.

Buy it for $15.99 at →

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 wonderful.They are both flexible, covering and stylish. I absolutely love the light olive but there are a couple of other colors to choose from. This top will help you look chic and fresh effortlessly while it’s still super practical.

$42 at →

nursing top with coverage

Comfy side access

This is one of smart “secret” access from the sides. It’s comfortable in all kinds of ways. You don’t need to take anything off and it’s to stay warm. Perfect for chilly evenings and nights ahead. You can easily wear it throughout the journey and beyond.

$59.98 from →


Nursing Ponchos

No buttons, no trouble

A nursing poncho is not that different from a shawl. The shape is different and there are no holes or cut outs for the arms. I like it because it’s easy to just through on. No hassle 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 it 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. Endless possibilities.

$12.99 at →

nursing poncho

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 everyone. It has two internal pockets for cleanup and storage. So smart.

$24.99 at →

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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