Breastfeeding Confidently and Comfortably with Smylyn Bubby Covers : Review by Fi Morrison

Smylyn Bubby Cover Review

Fi Morrison, Nursery Collective Mama Blogger Expert, reviews the Smylyn Bubby Cover.

I recently welcomed my second son to the world, embarking on my second breastfeeding journey with a (slightly) clearer idea of what I was doing. After breastfeeding my firstborn for 14 months, I was aware of the different types of holds, the mechanics of getting a baby to latch, and how to express for bottle feeds. I thought I would feel confident and comfortable breastfeeding the second time round.

However, that hasn’t necessarily been the case, because what hasn’t changed for me is my discomfort feeding in public.

As an extremely modest person, I’ve always been shy about feeding in public. (This is just a personal preference – I fully support and envy the women who are comfortable with feeding in public).

One of the big questions for me when going out and about with my bub is always, “when is he next due for a feed? What will I do if he needs a feed? Where will I take him?”.

And I know I’m not the only Mum out there feeling this way. Unfortunately when I was feeding my firstborn, I didn’t have the most ideal breastfeeding cover. It was a bit restrictive for my boy and made him feel hot and stuffy (as well as being a handful to put on!). It made me feel more stressed and anxious about going out and feeding on the run. That’s why it was so important for me to find a breastfeeding cover that would be super practical – especially while also chasing a toddler!

I was SUPER excited to be asked to try the Smylyn Breastfeeding Bubby Cover. It looked simple and easy to use, and most of all functional for my new little boy.

My first trial run with the Smylyn was on a ‘short’ park visit for the toddler (luckily hubby could chase him around!). I wasn’t (mentally) prepared for a feed because I didn’t think he was due for one – but when bubs is screaming the place down, you’re just going to do it right?! So I got my Smylyn cover out, and within 2 minutes I was feeding my baby boy publicly and comfortably – I can’t tell you who was happier in that moment!! (I’m sure it was him, but barely…)

How the Smylyn Bubby Cover works

The Smylyn cover looks super simple – which it is – but this makes it extremely easy to use and very practical. The small strap attaches around the bra strap (so it doesn’t fall or catch on anything), and the cover drapes over your chest for coverage. Bub is placed underneath the cover, with the rest of the material wrapping under his head (in the crook of your elbow) to maintain the coverage around the breast.

The material is a medium sized square, making it the perfect size to still give bub room to move and breathe (with LOTS of air flow!). There is also an inbuilt piece of terry towelling to catch any leakages – including spews like for my darling little refluxy boy.

Smylyn Fi Morrison Review

Smylyn’s breastfeeding cover is easy to clean and great for portability – it can easily fold up and fit in a small pocket or space in the nappy bag. Plus, they come in such gorgeous designs (I may sound a little vain, but I’m a sucker for cute baby designs!!).

The Smylyn cover has been a game changer for me this breastfeeding journey. Now that I’m chasing around 2, I have to go out more often, with the increasing likelihood of being out when bub is due for a feed. While this thought used to make me very anxious, I’m now no longer worried (well, much much less worried at least!) knowing that I have a practical, convenient and reliable breastfeeding cover that has me COVERED! (See what I did there?!)

Fi Morrison Smylyn Bubby Cover

Summary of Smylyn’s Features:

Great coverage considering the size (looks are deceiving)
• Sewn-in towel to catch spills – no need for an extra burp cloth, and can also be used as a bib
• Velcro tab to attach to bra strap – ultra convenient!
• Easy to clean
• Great for airflow (not too stuffy for Baby) and for keeping an eye on Baby
• Small enough for portability – super practical
• Huge range of gorgeous designs on offer

By Fi Morrison

This blog post is sponsored by SMYLYN. Read owner and creator Lisa’s story about all the things she didn’t know about breastfeeding when she had her first baby and what led her to create these breastfeeding covers.

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Fi Morrison is the face behind the blog Mumma Morrison, and is a mum to two beautiful boys! She is the Nursery Collective Mama Blogger expert, available to answer your parenting questions in our Facebook group, Find Your Village.

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Thanks so much for joining us Sarah! My daughter had a very mild form of infant reflux which we were able to manage without medication, but I know there are very differing degrees of reflux that a baby can suffer from – some that absolutely require medication to survive the emotional and physical onslaught reflux can bring. Can you tell us about your experience with your daughter, Amedee?

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