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When pregnant with my first daughter I was slightly overwhelmed at the choice of 'u' shaped breast feeding pillows, there are so many brands and to be honest they all look extremely similar. Originally I went for the widgey pillow as it was on pffer in babies r us for £20 so it was the price that convinced me to purchase this brand.
when it arrived I was extremely pleased with the quality of the pillow. I chose a white floral print design which is so pretty. The cover is 65% polyester and 35% cotton. Its easily removed from the actual pillow by unzipping it for easy washing which is a definite bonus when using it with babies! It is both washable and able to be tumble dried. You can also purchase seperate covers too making it super easy to change the look of your pillow.
the pillow is well stuffed with a polyester filling giving it a firm feel but still nice and comfy for both mum and baby.
The zip is nice and sturdy and pulls very easily. Its covered over by a thin strip of fabric to prevent it being uncomfortable which is a nice touch.
The primary use I bought it for was for breast feeding. The 'u' shape fits lovely and snug around your stomach and the height is perfect for resting baby on for comfy breast feeding. Baby feels nice and safe rested on it and I generally loved it.
Once I changed to bottle feeding I still found this the perfect accessory for comfortable feeding giving my arm somewhere to lean and keeping baby nice and close.
As baby grows its the perfect aid to help baby sit up just giving them that little bit of extra support. It can also be used for tummy time.
I have now used this with 2 babies and will use it with our third baby too. I wouldn't say its a must have especially if bottle feeding but its certainly nice to have.
I bought this pillow from Amazon to help my grandchildren when they were babies. The idea of it is to encourage them to be on their tummies but we also used it to help them to sit too.
The one we bought was in red and had big bright insects and swirls on it. It was a bit different to other ones I'd seen which were more about having characters on, I thought this looked a little more 'grown up'. It only cost £10 which I thought was very reasonable.
It is a U shaped cushion with lots of padding, the majority being in the middle section so it's thicker and higher.
It is important for babies to have tummy time as it helps to develop their neck muscles and can encourage children to crawl and progress like this. Lots of babies don't like just lying flat on their tummies as they feel a bit stranded but these pillows help to support them and give them a bit of a lift so they can still see about. When my grandchildren lay against this they were raised enough to still look around and to hold toys. It also helped them to lift their heads abit as they didn't have to work so hard as they would if they were lying on the floor.
What I liked about this is that it's really soft yet supportive, enough padding in it to be effective. Sometimes my grandchildren would fall asleep against it. We would sometimes use it as a cushion to help support them sit up but of course would never leave them unattended like this as they very easily topple backwards as this pillow isn't high or strong enough to support them sitting up.
We used this with two of our grandchildren and it's still in good condition I can see us using it for the next few too so well worth the money.
Bought two of these about 18 months ago from Tesco. Noticed when baby was sick or had dribbled that the blue dye had ran onto her face and clothing. Emailed the comany who were fantastic and sent me a new pillow and asked me to send the cover back so they could investigate and get back to me. Still to this day no reply but not a big issue.
Great item though, helped me so much with my breast feeding. Couldn't have done without it when my daughter was young. Used also as sit up support when she was about 5 months and worked well too. Built well and offers good support. Fantastic item if you are breast feeding as really helps lift the baby into position and makes it comfortable for mums too. Didnt use it as a tummy prop up as baby had reflux and didnt need any more help with that department!!
I was given a breastfeeding pillow when my baby was born but it turned out to be poor quality, as it became saggy in places after only a few uses, so I assumed all baby pillows were like that. Then I was at a local breastfeeding group when someone handed me a bright red Widget pillow with animal patterns on it, and when I fed by baby on it my back and arms didn't feel tense at all like they usually did. So I see why this is a 'must have' item for feeding newborn babies and also for mums who have just given birth.
I bought my Widgey from Amazon for £12 at the time, though I believe it has gone down in price now. It came in a zipped up plastic packet, which is useful for packing the pillow away it when it is no longer needed, to keep for the next baby if relevant, or to give away to another new mum. Immediately when I got the pillow out of the packaging I could tell it was nice and firm, and not going to become saggy any time soon. In fact I have been using it daily for almost a year now, and it is still full of life and therefore provides good support for me and my baby whenever I breastfeed her. It is also excellent for sliding baby onto when she falls asleep after a feed, so that I can slip out from under her and get some things done, leaving her physically supported and otherwise unsuspecting of mum's absence.
Without my Widgey pillow I think I would have developed tension problems in my back and upper arms, as my baby has always been in the above 90s centiles and she still likes to breastfeed a lot. I find it relaxing to sit down with this pillow now and put baby on it, because it gives my arms a rest and also she seems to like it. It's important too to have a good firm pillow when you have a newborn baby, which is why they recommend buying new cot mattresses for newborns and not reusing old ones.
The cover is easily removable, with a discreet zip at the back, so that it can be rewashed instead of having to fork out for extra covers which
My daughter loves the way the pillow looks too, as it is nice and bright and have pictures of animals om it. I think this pillow is a bargain and I expect to get a lot of use out of it still. It can also easily be used on the reverse side, if you want a firmer side once the 'main' side has been used for a while.
This is a fantastic product and I not only recommend it for parents with babies but also for people who get tense arms when typing- I rest my elbows on the pillow when I type now and it's amazing how much tension they have lost over the last year!
This is a review of the Widgey, an item I was led to believe was 'can't live without' when you have a new baby. I bought my pillow from Amazon for around the £10 mark in a red jazzy pattern.
When the pillow arrived it was in a huge box with a zip on plastic storage case that was pretty tight and a bit of a challenge to get off the pillow.
Hard and solid
My first observations with the pillow was that it was almost overstuffed and rock hard.
What's it for?
The idea behind the pillow is that you can use it for a number of reasons: for back support, to help with breastfeeding and supporting the baby and then later on for the baby to sit on and lean on whilst playing.
Not great so far
I haven't had much joy with this pillow. I find it too hard and certainly find the shape is wrong for breastfeeding - it just doesn't sit comfortably round my waist so I can't use it for that. My little girl is currently 3 weeks old so we haven't tried it as a support for her as she's too young so perhaps it will come in useful later on.
One unusual use
One sucess I have had with the widgey is with my older cat Mia: she loves a good lean when relaxing and adores the widgey so we put it under the duvet for her to lean on when she is snoozing during the day... hence the title of this review. Perhaps the pillow should be re-marketed!!
I did pick this pillow up for an excellent price, perhaps the colour and pattern were not popular but I'm not bothered about that. I have seen the same brand in shops for a lot more money.
You can also buy spare covers for the pillow (very pricey in the shops!) but the one that came on mine is removable and can be washed. One side of the pillow is really unusuable as a surface due to the big zip across it.
Am I a pillow addict?
I'd be interested to find out if the pillow gets any softer with use as mine is rock hard to date. I have been out and bought a v shaped pillow to help support my back when feeding the baby. This is the third pillow I've bought so maybe I am just very fussy or an odd shape!!
I've not given up on this one yet!
I will try again to use the pillow as a play support so it may have further use and in the meantime, I am sure Mia is getting my money's worth out of it as a leaning support.
Other people have said they can't live without their widgey pillow so I'm sure some other reviews will cite their usefulness. Do shop around for a good price though.
UPDATE: (A year and a bit later)... we did use the pillow for my daughter to sit on in her playpen. She likes it a lot but was fascinated with the zip and eventually managed to break it. I have made two spare cushion covers using upholstery material (one is pink dotty and the other tea roses, far nicer than the original red pattern) and I used an envelope flap style closure with some velcro and it has stayed on and closed and we now have one for the wear and one for the wash. A perfect solution!