As I rule, I refuse to enter any restaurant that serves Italian, Asian, American and Mexican fare. It just never works out. So when the gals at Rookie Moms asked me if I wanted to review the Dria Nursing Cover, a cover that could be used as a pregnancy poncho, nursing cover, car seat cover AND stroller sun-blocker...I was skeptical at best. A bit snarky, even. I think my initial response was a, "will it feed and burp the baby too?"
So imagine my shock when the nice folks at Dria sent me this little number:
Whoa. This thing was cute. Like really, really cute.
(And I love how Raines is also posing. Good grief - what am I teaching him?)
Anyway, the Dria cover also looks really cool belted...voila:
So yeah...at this point, I was tentatively on board. However, I really wanted to put this little cover through its paces. I mean, yeah it looks cute, but can it nurse? Can it cover?
Ooooo....yeah, baby. It can cover. And nurse? This cover was born to nurse:
In all seriousness, I was skeptical about nursing in this cover. I've always been a big fan of the wire-wrapped neckline a la the Hooter Hider, and thought that a poncho would be too overwhelming for the little guy.
Nope. The Dria cover is so lightweight, and the poncho neckline so large that nursing is a breeze. While I'm holding the neckline up in the photo, I can just as easily adjust the neckline to either show or hide little Pax. And because the Dria cover is also a poncho, nursing modestly is a no-brainer, which is perfect for a nervous, new mom.
Now I'm a fairly fearless nurser, so an accidental nip here or there doesn't bother me...unless I'm either:
A. On an airplane (and will have to continue to sit next to that embarrassed, horrified business man for the rest of the trip)
B. Nursing in front of my co-workers or friend's husbands. It just gives me the creeps.
And these two situations are where the Dria cover really shines. You are totally covered, yet totally comfortable. And while Pax's mad fist waving could take down our Hooter Hider in 2.3 seconds, he has yet to defeat the Dria.
Additionally, due to the crazy-lightweight fabric, this cover balls down into virtually nothing in my bag and mysteriously never wrinkles. I use it constantly for nursing, I've hung it (in various configurations) on the stroller to block the sun, and, when traveling, I've even swaddled with it (it's actually a perfect shape for swaddling).
So yeah - the Dria cover is my new favorite new-mom must-have. Who knew?
I'm wearing the Larisa ($60) in the photos, but I'm also loving the Oslo (stripes, also $60) and the Casablanca (made out of a limited-edition, Missoni fabric, retailing for $180. Yup. Finding the most expensive option - it's a special talent of mine.)