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Although you love breastfeeding your baby, the thought of doing it in public may not thrill you. No matter how confident a person you are, the thought of pulling out your breast in front of strangers might be a lot. It might even leave you feeling worried or anxious to feed!

Not only can anxiety impede milk letdown (and production!), but it can also set the tone for a difficult feeding session. If you’re already nervous about nursing in public, the last thing you want is a fussy baby during the feed!

If you feel this way, know you’re not alone and a solution exists. Nursing covers have allowed plenty of people to feel confident nursing in public, so the only question that remains is which one is the perfect one for you?

There are many different types of nursing covers, but some of the big groupings are:

  • Apron style. Like an apron you’d wear in the kitchen with the string around your waist, these nursing covers slip over your head and cover your chest area
  • Wearable covers. Fashion with a purpose! These nursing covers double as a piece of clothing (e.g., shawl or poncho) that you can wear and then use to cover up when it’s time to nurse.
  • Convertible covers. Usually shaped like a large fabric loop, these can act as blankets or as covers for car seats, high chairs, and shopping carts when not in use as a nursing cover.

Nursing covers really come down to personal preference. Because this is all about creating a safe and comfortable space for you and your baby to breastfeed, you’ll want to — first and foremost — find a nursing cover that you both like.

Most breastfeeding folks prefer a simple cover that doesn’t require a lot of adjustments. Fixing snaps and buckles with a hungry, screaming baby on your hands? No thanks!

Fabrics that are soft and breathable tend to be preferred by babies. You’ll probably appreciate them too, since it can get hot breastfeeding with a cover on.

One final thing to keep an eye out for? A nursing cover that’s machine washable! Spit-up happens (especially during feeding times), and the last thing you probably need is the extra work of constantly hand washing a nursing cover.

Nursing covers are a very personal decision, but quality, price, available patterns, and of course recommendations from fellow breastfeeding parents helped us to decide which ones should top our list of best options.

Pricing guide

  • $ = under $25
  • $$ = over $25

Best overall nursing cover

Kids N’ Such Nursing Cover with Built-In Burp Cloth

Price: $

Because this nursing cover is a full apron with extra width, you’ll get plenty of coverage. The rigid neckline also allows for good sight lines as you try to latch your baby and watch them during feeds. (Don’t worry, the fabric is breathable, so you won’t be sweating up a storm on hot days!)

To make the whole process easier this cover also has a large burp cloth sewn in for easy transitions between feeding and burping. It also comes with a carrying pouch that matches the nursing cover and can be used to hold diapers and other key items.

Pro tip: You may want to hang it to dry, to ensure it doesn’t start to shrink.

Best budget nursing cover

KeaBabies Carseat Canopy Nursing Cover

Price: $

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better deal! Not only is the price of this nursing cover already a steal, but it can also be used as a car seat cover, high chair cover, and infinity scarf. It offers 360-degree coverage and soft breathable fabric.

Not sold on it yet? It also comes with a matching storage bag, which can double as a diaper bag organizer.

Best multipurpose nursing cover

Milk Snob Cover

Price: $$

A multifunctional option, the Milk Snob cover can be used in many of the same ways as most multifunctional covers: car seat cover, high seat cover, shopping cart seat cover, and so on.

The quality of the fabric and the protection it can offer against various types of weather meant it topped our list of options.

The best bonus? All the fun prints! There’s even a Star Wars themed version.

Best lightweight nursing cover

Bebe au Lait Muslin Nursing Scarf

Price: $$

When it comes to breastfeeding in the summer heat, you want something lightweight and breathable, and muslin is the ideal fabric.

This muslin nursing cover is so soft that it can be used as a swaddle when not nursing. It also come in a variety of patterns and colors, so there’s no reason for the summer heat to bring you down.

There is a downside, though. While muslin is super breathable in the heat, it’s also a more transparent fabric and not as stretchy.

Best warm nursing cover

Hicoco Winter Fleece Lined Nursing Cover Carseat Canopy

Price: $

When the weather gets colder, this soft double fabric cover can offer an extra layer of warmth. Since the cover is in the shape of an infinity loop, you can wear it yourself as a scarf to stay warm even when your baby isn’t feeding.

It also offers full privacy coverage without snaps or other fasteners, so you can rest assured that you’re feeding your baby in complete privacy.
Have a tight budget? Not only is this cover very affordable, but it can serve as a car cover, stroller cover, and shopping cart cover.

Best patterns on a nursing cover

Copper Pearl Multi-Use Cover

Price: $

Not only does this cover come in an amazing selection of patterns, but since it’s a multiuse cover it can also be used for tons of different purposes.

The medium weight of the fabric means that it’s appropriate for various types of weather, and the stretchy fabric can fit a variety of positions while still offering full coverage.

Most wearable nursing cover

Bamboobies Chic Nursing Shawl

Price: $$

In addition to being a piece of clothing you’ll actually want to wear in public as a scarf or poncho, this nursing shawl is quick drying and lightweight, and it offers UPF 50+ protection. Many users mention how soft the fabric is, too.

And here’s a feature to appreciate: The easy-open side for quick nursing access when your baby is ready to feed.

Best apron-style nursing cover

Bebe au Lait Cotton Nursing Cover

Price: $$

This apron stands out due to its great ability to adjust at the neck, making it easier to check on baby and also get good airflow. There are also two internal pockets to hold things like pacifiers and breast pads.

Downsides: While the lightweight material will keep you from sweating too much in the summer, it may not keep you warm enough in colder weather. It also isn’t multipurpose.

Best scarf-style nursing cover

Boppy Infinity Nursing Scarf

Price: $

What makes this scarf stand out from the rest? The mesh panel that allows for eye contact with your baby during feeds. This can help you find the perfect position and bond while still being discreet.

Other added bonuses? The lightweight material is comfortable and will help keep you from overheating. There is also 360-degree coverage, and it has an adjustable strap designed for switching sides easily.

Downsides: Some reviewers — especially petite people — say that the scarf is simply too big for them.

Easiest nursing cover to pack

Genovega Multi-Use Nursing Cover

Price: $

What could be easier to pack than something you can wear out the door yourself and still look fashionable? This poncho-style nursing cover can also be thrown over the car seat or stroller instead of in the diaper bag to avoid taking up any extra space.

Reviewers say the bamboo fabric is super soft. The material is also naturally hypoallergenic, so you don’t have to worry about it causing any problems to your baby’s skin (or even your own). Did we mention that it’s made with spandex so it stretches nicely too?

Nursing covers are an optional item, but the right one really can make you feel more comfortable feeding your baby in public. Depending on the type of nursing cover you want, it can also double (or triple!) as a car seat cover, blanket, or clothing item, so it’s money well spent!