I’m jealous of nursing mamas who seem to easily master breastfeeding without the need for additional gear like nursing covers and pillows.
But for those of us who need or desire these products, there’s a product that functions as a pillow, nursing cover, change pad and purse all-in-one – the Peek Away 4 in 1 Essentials Nursing Kit.
I reviewed the original Peek Away kit on a Mommy B guest post about nine months ago. Recently, Peek Away unveiled a new (and definitely improved) kit.
The Peek Away is 14.5″L x 6.5″H x 5.5″ when it’s folded. It has a strap that clips onto it for carrying it like a purse. Tucked inside is a nursing cover that features a “rounded” collar so you can peek in on babe while he or she is nursing. It unfolds into a changing pad that’s fairly thick and cushy. At the end of the pad, there’s also a pocket you can stuff diapers into and a reusable wipe container you can easily open one-handed while holding onto baby. 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.
The original Peek Away had several design flaws including a short pad, bad stitching and poor quality materials, among other concerns. The owners of Peek Away were fully aware of the quality concerns with the original kit which they said were a result of the manufacturer not following the company’s specifications for materials or workmanship.
The company worked with the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) to secure a manufacturer to redesign the product. Based on my experience with the original version and the latest version, they have successfully addressed areas I noted needed improvement in my previous review for Mommy B and more.
- Straps – The previous version only had one strap. If you wanted to use it to secure the pillow around your waist to prop baby on, you obviously couldn’t use it on your nursing cover at the same time. The pillow now has its own removable strap and the nursing cover has a “built in” adjustable strap.
- Changing pad – The length of the pad has been extended, making it a much more practical size to change a squirming baby. The height of the pillow is also higher now and the foam is much firmer. The original Peek Away that I keep in my car is much “squishier” and when folded, doesn’t hold its shape well. Also, the top of the improved Peek Away pad (the part that touches baby) is now lined with canvas and the back side is made with neoprene.
- Integrated wipes container – Quality of the plastic and the snap top on the wipes container seems much more durable. The lid on the original Peek Away actually broke off mine the first time I opened it.
- Fabric – The prints for the previous version were bright, pink or green floral, which a mama who likes more subdued prints would not likely love. The new prints include a classy black and white pattern, trendy brown and a gray with subtle flowers. The thickness on the nursing cover has also been improved but is still lightweight.
After using the original Peek Away for nearly a year, I’m excited to see this much-improved version of a kit that is practical and convenient for nursing mamas on-the-go. My only regret is that I didn’t have this version during the early days of nursing my second child as the improvements that were made indeed make this a much better product.
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Peek Away provided products for this review, however, the opinions expressed are the author’s honest assessment of the product.
After a 13 year PR/communications career, Jamie K. took on her most challenging (but rewarding) job – fulltime CFO (chief family officer). She currently lives in Northern Virginia, her 4th “home” state in 5 years thanks to her officer husband’s Air Force career.