Even if you’re an exclusive pumper, a nursing cover is still a great thing to have because it allows you to get out of the house and pump in public. I was recently given the chance to try out the new Bebe Au Lait 5-in-1 Nursing Cover; here are my thoughts on how it can be useful for exclusive pumpers.
Here I am all hooked up to pump:
(Transparency note: I was given a cover in order to write this Bebe Au Lait nursing cover review. I was not otherwise compensated. All opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links. More info here.)
What five things does this nursing cover do?
In addition to being a nursing cover, this can serve as:
- A car seat cover (to help your baby get to sleep by blocking out distractions or as a shade)
- A baby carrier cover (for example, it would come in handy if you had a baby in a Baby Bjorn or Ergo in the sun)
- A shopping cart cover (no more germs!)
- A fashionable scarf
How exactly does a nursing cover do 5 different things?
This cover is basically shaped like long shirt with no sleeves. If you put it on over your head, then you have fabric covering your body all they way around to about your hips, and you can nurse or pump underneath it.
You can also bunch it up and wrap it around a few times to be a scarf, put it over one shoulder to cover your baby in a carrier, or stretch it over top of your baby’s infant seat. Finally, you can wrap it around a shopping cart seat, putting your baby’s legs through the head hole.
Here’s my big baby using the cover on a trip to the grocery store:
What are the pros to this 5 in 1 cover?
Obviously, the biggest pro is that you don’t have to buy a bunch of different products – for my first baby, I bought a nursing cover, a shopping cart cover, and baby blankets to use as a car seat cover. Only having a buy and pack one thing in the diaper bag is much easier!
I’m also personally not really a scarf person, but the patterns on these covers are super cute and being able to wear your cover all the time (versus having to remember to pack it) and then just using it when you need to is super convenient.
I also like the 360 coverage of this cover. When I was exclusively pumping, I used an apron-style cover, which means that my back was exposed when I was lifting up my shirt to get hooked up for pumping.
Are there any disadvantages to this 5 in 1 cover?
This cover is very well-constructed and sturdy, and my only concern is that it might be a little hot in the summer (which might be a downside to the 360 coverage I just mentioned). If you live in a warm climate, it’s worth considering both a Muslin cover along with this one to determine which would be better for you.
Updated 8/18: This post was originally a giveaway and has been updated to remove outdated information on the contest.