A Brief History
This is a life saver for anyone who is
nursing. With my first baby, I used a receiving blanket. My son
soon learned to pull the blanket off of my shoulder. I then tried
an even bigger receiving blanket, but this didn't help. I also
tried the cover up with the weighted flap that goes over your
shoulder. This worked better, but my son could still pull it off,
and if I needed to move, the drape would sometimes fall off. I
searched the stores for the perfect cover up, or cape as my kids
like to call it. I finally found one.
Unlike other privacy drapes, it was
large enough to keep everything under cover, but still small enough
to pack in even a small diaper bag. My baby could not lift up the
bottom and expose me, and he could not pull it off. I could move
about without worrying about it falling off (I tend to be rather
restless and wiggle a lot, so this was good!) You can even stand up
and nurse your baby while walking through the store without
worrying about coming uncovered.
This is the only poncho I've seen that
is big enough for a toddler. This drape slips over your head easily
and quickly. No need to worry about tying, Velcro, or snaps like
the other cover ups! My kids were impatient once they decided it
was time to eat, so this was great! It is perfect for the first few
days or weeks when you and baby are still getting the hang of
The neck is elastic so, you can pull
it out and easily see what baby is doing. Or, do what I often ended
up doing, simply pull it over your head, and help baby latch on.
The cover up you will receive is made of a single layer of
lightweight fabric, so baby and mom stay cool. From my experience I
have found that babies nurse better if the cover up is not too
heavy. I have chosen fabric that assures complete privacy.
Unfortunately, I lost my cover up at
Disney's Animal Kingdom, much to my distress! (If anyone found a
white seersucker with blue, yellow, pink, and green striped cover
up, in the Orlando area, could you let me know? It has great
sentimental value! I used it for all three of my kids.)
They no longer sell cover ups like I
had, and I was not going to settle for something else. So, I
decided to make one myself. I made a few changes and made it even
better. Since I had such a hard time finding just the right privacy
drape, I decided to make some to sell, and save someone the
frustration I went through!
This makes a wonderful and thoughtful
gift for any breastfeeding or pregnant mom.