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As a new mum it is easy to get drawn in by the many products on the marketplace. As a breastfeeding mum I often found it a real pain struggling with blankets to cover up when feeding my son in public and when people came round to visit so when I spotted this item in an Asda Baby event for £5 I snapped it up as the RRP was £9.99. (They are currently in Home Bargains for £3.99)
The comforter is available in 3 colours: Cream with blue star, Cream with pink star and Cream.
The comforter is quite large in size and covers your entire front. There is a cut out section which nestles well into your shoulder and is made of soft towelling material so it is lovely and soft however you use it.
I mainly used the comforter to swaddle my son as he was a real fidgeter when feeding and his hands were everywhere so with this I was able to wrap him nice and snug and not worry about any spillage onto his clothes as this was absorbed by the comforter also.
I have never been a huge fan of muslin and I was in two minds about purchasing this product as to how useful it would be but I have to say it has been more than useful as Alex is a very sickly baby after most feeds he brought up a lot of the feed and we found that bibs were soaked as quickly as we had put them on but with this comforter it was more absorbant and a lot easier to reposition if there was an accident.
The comforter is great when out and about as it can be folded quite compactly into your changing bag but opens out to a large size and when you are out it offers a great deal of coverage if you are not all that confident on exposing yourself.
The comforter is nice and soft and if baby falls asleep you can keep them wrapped in the comforter without worrying that they need a blanket as this does the job.
I think the RRP of £9.99 is quite high but at £3.99 this is a real bargain.
You can wash it in the washing machine with no problems and we also use it on our son's cot now when he is going to sleep to protect his sheets from any milk being brought up.
As the material is so soft it is a great burping aid as our son could snuggle into it without it irritating his skin.
I bought this product on impulse. I got it home and berated myself for spending £8 on a cloth when muslin squares would do the job - After all a cloth is a cloth right? How very wrong I was!
How can a burping cloth possibly offer any design features or special benefits? Firstly the thing that is not immediately apparent from the picture of this product is the generous size of the "cloth". It is practically verging on being a blanket (more about that later) secondly, the cloth is kidney bean shaped which, believe it or not, makes a huge difference when trying to breastfeed a squirming, wriggly baby in public.
The kidney bean shape means the cloth can be either thrown over one shoulder or worn to the front (providing a discrete feeding cover). The "cut out" part fits really comfortably around Mum's neck and the ends hang down the back holding the cloth in place, without the need to constantly readjust (leaving both hands free to support baby when feeding). The fact that the cloth is contoured to fit Mum's body means no accidental "wardrobe malfunctions!" and no time wasted folding square cloths to try get them to fit a curvy body part!
The fabric is very dense and soft. It absorbs spills quickly and without soaking through the cloth on to your clothes. The centre of the cloth is a very soft fur like fabric which is soft and soothing against baby's cheek - after a feed and being winded my baby loved to snuggle her face in to the fur fabric and drift off for a nap
This cloth has remained really soft and the fur has not matted at all - even after being washed several times a week on a hot cycle!
The other use for this cloth is for swaddling a small newborn. For this you place the cloth so it makes a "U" shape and place babies head in the cut out part. The two long sides can then be folded over keeping baby snug. I found the fabric to be so soft that when baby and I started breastfeeding and doing "skin to skin" I didn't bother using blankets, rather I bought a second "3 in 1" feed time cloth and used one as a wet cloth for feeding, and used the other to cover up baby while she nestled against me . As soon as she started to doze I quickly used the clean cloth that was covering her to swaddle her up.
All in all, my impulse purchase turned out to be a complete bargain - it has so many uses (I have had occasion to use it as an impromptu change mat and found the fabric actually soaks up any "damp bits" better than an actual fabric travel change mat I had previously been using!)
I couldn't have been without this cloth in my changing bag for the first couple of months of breastfeeding and being out and about with baby!