For being such a natural thing, breastfeeding is not always so easy.
On a previous Mommy B guest post, I shared 8 Things No One Told Me About Breastfeeding. It’s been almost four months since I wrote that post, and I still have some challenges.
One thing that has not changed in the nearly seven months I’ve been nursing is the need for a pillow to help position my daughter to my breast. I always use a nursing pillow in the house and a travel version (it’s inflatable) that I leave in the car and take with me as needed.
Even though the pillow is inflatable, it’s not always convenient to tote around, but for me, it’s essential.
That’s why I was very excited when I learned about a product that is a pillow, nursing cover, changing pad and purse – the Peek Away 4 in 1 Essentials Nursing Kit.
The Peek Away is approximately 13 x 6 x 3 ½ inches when it’s folded. It has hooks and a strap that can be attached so you can carry it like a purse. You can also use that strap to secure the pillow around your waist. It also features a nursing cover with a “rounded” collar so you can peek in on babe while he or she is nursing. The pillow unfolds into a changing pad and there is a pocket with a reusable wipe container. There are also two additional pockets you can use for keys, your cell phone, credit cards, etc.
It was designed by a husband and wife who found it was difficult to travel as frequently as they did while conveniently nursing and having the essentials they needed easily accessible.
Overall, I think the design and functionality of the Peek Away is fantastic. What a great idea to have something that you can use for a quick errand or travel (especially air travel) that can function in so many ways.
However, there are several areas that can be improved to make the kit, which retails for about $45, a truly remarkable product.
- The multi-function strap cannot be used to secure your pillow around your waist since you’re likely
going to use it primarily for the nursing cover. This is really a small detail and in my experience, the
pillow didn’t really move much anyways.
- The pillow turns into a nice, cushy changing pad although it would be great if it were a tad bit longer.
The integrated wipes container is a fantastic idea, but it needs to be a higher quality plastic as it’s not
- The fabric used for the newer prints (bright, pink or green floral) is not what you would expect for
a $45 price tag. It’s on the thinner side and in bright light at the right angle, you can see through the
nursing cover. However, it’s lightweight which keeps you and baby cooler. In addition, the stitching on
the kit is inconsistent and doesn’t look polished.
The owners of Peek Away are aware of the quality concerns with the current kit which are a result of the manufacturer not following the company’s specifications for materials or workmanship.
They are in the process of addressing these concerns and selecting another manufacturer to produce an improved, higher quality product and anticipate having them available in the Fall of 2012.
Peek Away is offering an incredible deal on the current lot of the floral kits – 65% off the retail price. You can buy one on their website for only $16.99. At that price, the kit is affordable and while it does have some minor quality issues, it is still functional and could make nursing-on-the-go an easier experience for you and your baby.
Peek Away provided products for this review, however, the opinions expressed are my own and were not influenced in any way.
After a 13+ years PR/communications career, Jamie K. recently took on her most challenging job yet – as a fulltime CFO (chief family officer). Currently, she lives in Alabama with her husband, an officer in the Air Force, and her toddler son and infant daughter. She’s a big fan of deal sites, attempts to be eco-friendly, and struggles daily with the great balancing act of being a super mom.