Cozy Bump Pregnancy Pillow Review – Best Option For Stomach Sleepers?

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The Cozy Bump inflatable pregnancy pillow offers pregnant people a chance to lay on their stomachs comfortably. Because the pillow is inflatable and comes with a travel bag, it is easy to take with anywhere (just don’t forget the electronic pump!). Need more comfort? Simply add a pillow on top of it and sleep, text, read, scroll Instagram or do work while laying on it.

There is a lot to know about this pillow, how it’s designed, and the best ways to use it. To decide if it’s something worth considering, read on for my full review.

Key Features

  • Dimensions: 72″ x 28″ x 9.5″
  • Made of a PVC fabric (a form of plastic material) that is phthalate-free, azo-free, and cadmium-free
  • Weight limit: 300 lb
  • Inflatable and adjustable pillow designed for pregnancy
  • The patented functions allow gravity to kick in to decompress the spine, which may help relieve back pain during pregnancy
  • Two separate air chambers help individuals adjust to the desired size
  • OB/GYN- and chiropractor-approved 
  • Can be used with or without a regular pillow
  • Comes with a “swaddle” to help support the stomach when lying face down on the pillow
  • Comes in blue and pink colors
  • One size; $75 for a pillow
  • Comes with a carry bag

Pillow Construction

The Cozy Bump inflatable pregnancy pillow is sizable: The dimensions are 72″ x 28″ x 9.5″. It almost looks like an inflatable pool float or canoe. There is a circular opening towards the middle to place a growing baby bump. The idea is to relieve pressure on the back and decompress the spine as women lay on their stomachs.

The height is broken down into layers or chambers. The first chamber is 7″, and the second inflatable chamber (around the circular opening) is 2.5″ fully inflated. The pillow is long enough that most people can fit the entire length of their body onto it — it’s about 6′ tall.

The entire pillow is made of a PVC fabric that is phthalate-free, azo-free, and cadmium-free, according to the company. It comes in both blue and pink color options.

Those wishing to inflate this pillow will need an electric pump or inflator to fill the two chambers of this pillow. One chamber is the majority of the pillow and the other is a small rounded section around the open area, so the person can adjust the pillow to her comfort level as she is lying on it.

It also comes with a Cozy Bump swaddle — a thin piece of cotton/linen that can be placed over the opening on the Cozy Bump so that it helps support the stomach as the mother-to-be lies on the pillow.

Who Makes It?

The company that makes this pillow is appropriately named Cozy Bump. They specialize in the Cozy Bump pregnancy pillow as well as a few accessories such as massagers and apparel. Their pillow has earned awards from Mom’s Choice Awards and Baby Maternity Magazine.

Cleaning

The company explains the best way to clean the Cozy Bump pillow on their FAQ page:

“Get a cup or bowl of hot water and mix in dishwashing soap until the water is soapy. Dip a cloth into the soapy water and then scrub the area. [Repeat] this a number of times until the stain is removed. Once done wipe down the area with a wet cloth that doesn’t have soap. Allow the Cozy Bump to fully dry before putting it away. (Do not use a scrubber or anything that will cut the Cozy Bump.)”

Pros

  • A nice option for stomach sleepers who want some back relief
  • Safe to sleep on overnight (always check with an OB first)
  • Easy to inflate (as long as the person has electronic pump/inflator)
  • Travel bag allows it to deflate for easy travel
  • Lightweight
  • Puts the pregnant woman in a position to get a back massage or nap

Cons

  • The electronic pump or inflator is necessary and only sold separately
  • Taller people may feel their heads or feet hang off the ends of the pillow (around 5′ 8″ or taller)
  • Some off-gassing (chemical smell) means it will need to ventilate it before or after inflating
  • Not necessarily  sustainable overnight; some will find falling asleep on the pillow easier than others
  • Women with bigger chests may want to use an extra pillow
  • Takes up a lot of room in the bed or on the floor
  • Pricey

My Experience

Pregnancy can take its toll on a woman’s back — and her sleep. Towards the latter part of pregnancy, many women must sleep primarily on their sides and avoid back and stomach sleeping. This can be quite a change (and not always in a good way) if she is used to mostly sleeping on her back or stomach.

The Cozy Bump promises to safely cradle the baby bump so women can rest on their stomachs comfortably. At 28 weeks pregnant, this sounded pretty appealing to me and I’m glad I had a chance to review this unique pregnancy pillow.

Before purchasing the pillow, make sure to have an electric pump that will work for most air mattresses. This type of pump should work for the Cozy Bump as well. People can also purchase a pump off of the Cozy Bump website for an additional cost. Either way, it’s going to need something electric to inflate this pillow — blowing it up with manually would be serious work and our lungs are already compressed to begin with.

I made sure to read all the instructions the pillow came with and watched the videos they provide online. I’d highly recommend this to get a clear and concise understanding of how the product is designed to aid a pregnant woman and what it should look like in terms of supporting the body. Make sure to fully inflate both chambers first before using the pillow!

The Cozy Bump is easy and quick to inflate with an electronic pump. While the plastic material should be safe if it has a smell once unpacked, feel free to leave it outside to let it breathe before using it. Because the pillow is made from a plastic material, it can be spot-cleaned at best.

Don’t forget to use the “swaddle” linen or a bed sheet to put over the Cozy Bump. Putting this over the opening before laying on it adds extra support for the growing bump that I personally found crucial to staying comfortable. It will also help keep the pillow clean by preventing any spills from happening directly on the inflatable part.

It took me a little bit of time to adjust the smaller chamber around my bump and feel comfortable — but I did enjoy laying on my stomach again after weeks of avoiding it. I felt support from the swaddle underneath so there wasn’t as much pressure from gravity on my lower back.

Women can choose to use or not use a traditional pillow with the Cozy Bump but I found it more comfortable using it when trying to rest.  Otherwise, I relied on my elbows to prop myself up to text, read, or do work on my laptop.

I really liked the Cozy Bump because it gave me a chance to change things up and take a break from sitting up, reclining on my back, or laying on my side to rest. I can see how it would work well for small periods of rest (although I was never able to fully fall asleep), but I am doubtful I could sleep through the night on the pillow.

Size is a big factor with this pillow because the entire piece must be inflated to achieve full-body support – but it takes up a lot of room. I used the pillow on the floor, but I’ve seen people put it on top of their mattresses as well. This would take up quite a lot of room in a Queen sized bed.

At 5’7″, my feet were just touching the bottom and my arms were resting at the top. I think this is the right size for me but anyone taller might find their feet or hands dangling off.

The Cozy Bump is an enjoyable and supportive pillow when a pregnant woman needs a break and wants to lay on her stomach without putting pressure on her stomach. Those planning on sleeping on it overnight, I would just run it past a doctor to make sure they feel like that’s a long-term option. Otherwise, I think it’s a nice short-term pillow to rest on.

The price for the pillow is fairly high if it’s only going to be used for breaks to rest but it will be up to a woman to decide if the relief she gets from lying on her stomach during her pregnancy is worth it.

Overall

I can really see the appeal with the Cozy Bump and its ability to give pregnant people a chance to take pressure off their backs. While the product has been approved by an OB/GYN and chiropractor, I would recommend that a mother-to-be consult with her personal doctor if she’s planning to spend the night sleeping on the pillow.

It’s simple to add or remove a decent amount of air in the pillow, and I think that affects how tight the pillow is around the bump as well as the angle of the body. It’s imperative that everything looks like it lines up and feels right first before using it for a long period of time.

I believe that I will continue to use this pregnancy pillow for short-term use throughout the rest of my pregnancy, especially when I’m feeling back pain and when I want to change my position and rest on my stomach. I don’t think it will work on my bed overnight, but there is still a lot of use for the pillow and its unique design.

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Katie Golde

Katie manages the day to day operations of the Mattress Clarity news site and reviews sleep products in addition to writing and editing sleep news.She hails from Austin, where she lives with her growing family. She is a Certified Sleep Science Coach and has a master’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University and has a background in health and science content. Her work can be found in print and online publications like Discover Magazine, USA Today and The Huffington Post.