Boppy Side Sleeper Pregnancy Pillow Review – Perfect For Your Bump And Back?

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The Boppy Side Sleeper pregnancy pillow is formerly known as the “Boppy Bump and Back”.  The pregnancy pillow is really meant to help provide support to pregnant women when their doctor recommends that they start sleeping primarily on their sides.

There are two main supports, designed primarily for your growing bump and your back, and a stretch panel in between to help them stay in place overnight.

Fortunately, you can use the pillow sitting up, between your knees or in other ways post-partum. It’s easy to clean and has a removable cover. There’s a lot to like! There are also a few drawbacks to the pillow as well. Read on for my full review of the Boppy Side Sleeper pregnancy pillow.

Key Features

  • Dimensions: 24″ x 14″ 
  • 14 oz in weight
  • Soft knit washable cover
  • Filled with 100% virgin polyester fiber
  • Support for your back and baby bump while side sleeping
  • Stretch panel keeps the pillows in place as your bump grows
  • Compact design allows you to sleep comfortably even while traveling
  • Can be used before, during and after pregnancy for support
  • Machine washable pillows cover
  • Made in China
  • Available at several retailers; around $30 per pillow

Pillow Construction

The Side Sleeper Pregnancy Pillow from Boppy is designed with two removable pillows filled with polyester fibers that are connected into one piece by a soft (and also removable) outer cover.

The 2-in-1 pillow quality provides support on your back and your stomach and won’t move because you’re laying on the piece of fabric that connects the two ends and holds it in place.

The pillow comes in one size – about 24″ x 14″. The filling is made up of overstuffed 100% “virgin” polyester fibers. I’m not sure what virgin means in this instance – since I would assume they’d say it was 100% organic if it was.

Pros

  • Seems to help ease people into the “no sleeping on your back” recommendation
  • Takes up less space than a full body or C-shaped pregnancy pillow
  • Can be used in a variety of positions aside from sleeping
  • Easy to clean
  • Affordable

Cons

  • The side pillows can feel a little too tall and by the end of the pregnancy you may feel “squeezed” in between the supports
  • Won’t take the place of multiple pillows the way a C-shape or U-shaped full body pregnancy pillow can
  • Not comfortable all night (my personal experience)

My Experience

Support is the name of the game with this pregnancy pillow. I really like the size, filling, and height of this 2-in-1 pillow (although some other reviewers will disagree with me and say it’s too tall). It really stops you from being able to roll over on your back at night. I also really like how it supports my sides and my ribs when I’m sitting on the couch/bed doing work or reading. Some times I include a second traditional pillow with it for added back support.

I think the bigger you get, the more potentially “cramped” you will feel with this pillow. Although the outer fabric cover does stretch, you will definitely feel sort of wedged between the two pillows and feel them firmly on either side of your back or supporting your bump if you’re asleep on your side.

I can see how this pillow will be beneficial postpartum when I can use it to support my elbows as I hold my baby to feed him.

After using this pillow consistently for a week, I found that I enjoyed it most sitting up to do work and while taking naps. I felt secure with the pillows on my back and my stomach while I slept for short periods. However, when I tried to sleep with it overnight I kept trying to roll over on my back and would end up laying on it awkwardly it would generate some back pain as a result.

Overall

For around $30 I think the Boppy Side Sleeper is a nice choice for moms who want to feel “wedged in” between pillow supports and are hoping for something that is lightweight, easy to care for and can work both during and after pregnancy.

It didn’t work that well for me sleeping overnight but I think I can still get a lot of use out of it during the day while I work or take naps.

The pillow can be found on Boppy’s website or a variety of retailers including big box stores and Amazon.

Katie Golde

An active writer for Mattress Clarity, Katie is passionate about topics around health and wellness (and sleep!). Her interests include trying not to fall off her spin bike, cooking with her family and reading as much as possible.

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