Boppy Noggin Nest Head Support Pillow

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We like

  • Machine washable and easy to clean
  • Helps keep your baby’s head round and not flat
  • Can fit in any car seat, bouncer, or bassinet
  • Works with any three or five point harness system
  • Comes in fun colors and designs
  • Adds protection to your baby’s head and neck
We don’t like
  • The velcro wears away easily
  • Is only good for the first three to four months of your baby’s life

How it works

Most babies spend a lot of time in car seats, cribs, bassinets and other places where they must lay flat on their backs. As a result, some babies’ heads will start to flatten out from them always being in the laying down position. To prevent this, a lot of parents put their child in a helmet that will keep their head round as they learn to move and hold their head up by themselves. For parents who do not want to put their child in a helmet to round out their head, the Boppy Noggin Nest Head Support Pillow was created. This specifically designed pillow will cradle your baby’s head while their skull continues to grow and shape and become less soft.

 

Design

Design

The Boppy Noggin Nest Head Support is designed to give your child’s head the room it needs to grow and develop even though your child may be laying on their back. The pillow is large enough that it will cover your child from their head to their waist. It has velcro tabs on the sides that allow you to velcro the head of the pillow to the body cloth that is attached to it. Some parents have found that the velcro dies quite fast because your baby will constantly be moving and squirming around and the velcro will consistently be pulled away from the cloth and the pillow. However, the velcro does seem to last as long as it possibly can. In the grand scheme of things, you will only be using the pillow for about three months, so it won’t make that big of a difference. The pillow is made out of cotton and can be washed in any ordinary household washer and dryer to keep the pillow clean from any spit up or spills that may occur.
The Head Of the Pillow

The Head Of the Pillow

The head of the Boppy Noggin Nest Head Support is shaped like a halo. The pillow is reminiscent of massage tables that have the head support with the hole cut out. Although your baby will never be face down on the pillow, the hole cutout is for the back of your baby’s head. Around the opening of the hole, the pillow is raised ever so slightly so that when your child’s head is in the hole, it will never touch the back of the seat or the crib or wherever they may be lying. The back of the head will always be elevated until your child’s skull has completely fused and the risk of having a flat head is eliminated.
The Sides Of the Pillow

The Sides Of the Pillow

Around the headspace of the Boppy Noggin Nest Head Support Pillow is a semi-circle ring of fabric and stuffing. The ring creates an additional area of comfort for your child. All children squirm and move about when they are lying on their backs and as they approach the three-month mark, they will begin to want to turn themselves over and discover the areas around them. There is the risk that your child’s head may turn and come out of the halo of the Boppy Noggin, and if that is the case, the extra ring of protection will prevent them from hurting their necks or having their head and neck fall into a weird and uncomfortable position. In some cases, while your child is in their car seat in a rear-facing position, which would be the case for a child of this age range, a parent may find it hard to keep an eye on their newborn while they are operating their vehicle. Although there are mirrors set up so that a parent can see their child through their own rearview mirror, it may not be available to the parent to pull over the car and adjust the head of their baby. With the Boppy Noggin Nest Head Support Pillow, the pillow will keep the baby’s head safe and secure until the parent can adjust their baby in the car seat.
Cotton Fabric

Cotton Fabric

The Boppy Noggin Nest Head Support Pillow is made of cotton, which makes it safe for your baby. Some pillows and blankets are made out of fibers and fabrics that are not natural or a blend of several fabrics together in order to be comfortable or easier to clean, but the Boppy Noggin is made completely of cotton, which is a natural fiber. It’s almost as if you are laying your child on top of a comfy t-shirt. Cotton is natural for your baby and will add a nice level of comfort to the pillow especially since the pillow is made for newborns. The softer the material for your child the better they will be considering they are new to the world and any harsh or unnatural fabrics may not be best for them.
Cleaning

Cleaning

Cleaning the Boppy Noggin Nest Head Support Pillow is quite easy. Because the pillow is made entirely of cotton, it can be placed in any household washer or dryer with your ordinary laundry detergent. It is recommended that you wash the pillow in whatever detergent you would wash your baby’s clothes so that there is no discrepancy between the detergents. This way your baby will be exposed to the same detergent for everything and you can minimize the risk of there being any allergic reactions or discomfort for your baby.

The Boppy Noggin Nest Head Support Pillow can also be spot cleaned as you go along. Since the pillow is going to be for newborns, the risk of there being spit up on the pillow is greater. Babies have a natural instinct to turn their heads to be sick, so the Boppy Noggin may be the victim of a few spit up attempts. If you are on the go and are not able to put the pillow in a washing machine, you can spot clean the pillow by using a warm washcloth or paper towel to wipe down the fabric. It is not recommended to use a diaper wipe or household cleaning wipe because the chemicals may leave behind an odor or residue that will be very close to your baby’s face and their breathing.

Remember that the material is cotton and has the potential to stain, so as soon as you can get the Boppy Noggin into the washing machine to prevent staining the fabric. Also, do not dry the Boppy Noggin on high heat as it may shrink, and high heat will also cause stains to remain on the fabric, so air drying it is most preferred.
Versatility

Versatility

The Boppy Noggin Head Nest Pillow is very versatile for when and where you can use it. The pillow works with any three or five-point harness system. With that, the Boppy Noggin can be used virtually anywhere you place your child. It can be placed in the bassinet for extra comfort and support and to prevent your baby’s head from becoming flat. It can be used in a car seat for when you are taking your baby on the go. The Boppy Noggin is also perfect when your child is lying on their back underneath a mobile or play mat where they can reach up and play with dangling toys of various colors and shapes. It is practical for nap time anywhere you lay your baby down, and for tummy time for when your baby needs a break and wants to lay on their back. The pillow is great for when babies start working their core muscles to turn and sit themselves up because when your baby lays flat again, their head will be completely protected and won’t hit the floor.
Color and Designs

Color and Designs

The Boppy Noggin Nest Head Support Pillow comes in different colors and designs. The makers of the pillow had your color scheme in mind and they offer a few options for you to choose from. The Boppy Noggin comes in a gray tone that will suit whatever color stroller or bouncer or car seat you own. There is a slight design on the pillow that is swirly lines or there is one that has a polka dot design with animals.

You can also buy a Boppy princess design that has a small crown on the top of the pillow and comes in pink, or you can choose one that reads “Seek Adventure” and is black and white. The pillow is great for the first few months of their life because it will give them the ultimate support and comfort as well as looking chic.
Flat Head

Flat Head

Most parents are most concerned with the shape of their baby’s head. For children that are born naturally, the birth canal can cause the baby’s head to become conic and misshapen due to the tight space in which they are born. It sometimes becomes difficult for the baby’s head to take the proper shape because they are lying on their backs for the first few months of life. For children that are born Cesarean, although their heads have more of a round shape, they still have the same risk of flat head. The flatness is not always in the back. It can be on the side as well.

Some parents who have purchased the Boppy Noggin have found that it didn’t necessarily correct the flat head as much as it prevented the flat head from getting worse. It some cases the skull was able to shift slightly but that is in the early stages of development. Once your child reaches a certain age and their skull begins to fuse, correcting flat head becomes impossible. If you use the Boppy Noggin from the get-go, you can prevent the flat head from developing in the first place and will spare your child the need of potentially wearing a helmet to correct their skull.
Age Range

Age Range

The Boppy Noggin is recommended for children from newborn to three-months-old. Beyond three months, the pillow is no longer needed because your child will be at the point where not only will their skull begin to fuse, but they will begin to start developing the neck muscles to hold up their own head. Once that happens, your children will begin to become more mobile and won’t need the pillow any longer. It is recommended that you don’t continue to use the pillow beyond four months because your child will need more room in their car seat, bouncers, cribs, and play areas and the Boppy Noggin will only be in the way.
Price

Price

The Boppy Noggin is not expensive at all. For the price that you pay for the pillow, it is right on target since you will only have the pillow for about three months. The pillow will sustain a lot of wear and tear and will be used constantly for those first 12 weeks, so you wouldn’t want to spend a lot of money on something that you are only going to wear down and not use again. If you are able to take optimal care of your Boppy Noggin, you can store it and use it for more children whether they are your own or you pass the pillow on to another family. Boppy Noggin is a great purchase and worth the price.
Conclusion

Conclusion

For parents concerned with their baby developing a flat head, the Boppy Noggin is a great purchase. The pillow not only adds security and comfort to your baby’s head and neck, but it also helps them develop in a healthy way. It is easy to clean and maintain and can fit in any device your child lies down in. It is definitely worth the price for the amount of time you will own the pillow, and it is made of soft material that is gentle on your baby. The Boppy Noggin Head Nest Support Pillow is a great purchase for any parent and fits in any parent’s budget.
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