Let the record show that six months is my favorite infant age. It’s the BEST. I remember loving this age with Briar and I am enjoying it all over again with Landon. They’re just so squishy and interactive but not too mobile yet. I am trying my hardest to savor this sweet spot (and every spot!) of infanthood since I am all too aware of how fast it’s going to fly.
By the time Briar was this age, we had already moved her to her crib. But I’m much smarter and more protective of my sleep this time around so Landon still sleeps in our bed. I have no idea when he’ll move into Briar’s room but I do know I’m in noooo hurry to get him there. He still nurses throughout the night and I don’t have to get out bed to feed him…heck, I don’t even have to sit up! All I have to do is pull him close to me and then fall right back asleep. It’s kind of the best. Then in the morning when Briar wakes up, she climbs into bed with us and we all snuggle until her demands for Mickey Mouse Clubhouse reach a fever pitch.
But it’s not just nighttime nursing that I’ve become wiser about; it’s also nursing in public. When Briar was an infant, I always used a loose blanket to cover myself and inevitably it would get kicked off or blown open and I would spend the whole nursing session fumbling to keep it in place. It was awkward AF, and well, I just wasn’t interested in repeating that with Landon. So! I decided to try my hand at making a stretchy cover that I could keep in my bag and pull out anytime, any place.
Since I always assume it’s makes more sense to just DIY everything instead of buying things premade, I often find myself at the craft store rifling through random materials, wondering what in the world I was thinking. But this time, I really did know what I was doing! “I mean, how hard could it be to whip up a nursing cover?” I asked myself while bouncing the baby in the Ergo, repeatedly removing handfuls of thread from the toddler’s kung fu grip, and requesting a yard to be cut from a bolt of jersey fabric. As it turns out, not hard at all.
To create a no-sew nursing cover, all you need is a yard of stretchy fabric (go for something super soft and not too see-through), permanent fabric glue, and sharp scissors.
This is what I look like while holding a yard of fabric. It might seem like it’s going to be way too much, but trust me, it’s the perfect amount to ensure ample coverage.
The key to making a usable nursing cover is to make a narrow opening at the top of the cover and a wider opening at the bottom. I folded my fabric in half and measured 8 inches in towards the fold to denote the narrowest part of my cover.
Next, I began cutting from the bottom corner of the folded fabric to the mark I made at the top. I didn’t do anything to ensure a straight line; I simply threw caution to the wind and did some wild freehand cutting.
Once I had the outline cut out, I applied glue along the edge of one of the panels and then sandwiched it against the other panel and let dry. If you thought my freehand cutting was a sight to behold, BUCKLE UP. My freehand glueing is even more unimpressive. But! Once both ends of the fabric were adhered together, I turned the cover inside out and you would never know how uneven the two sides once were. BOOM.
Finally, I took my DIY masterpiece for a test drive. As soon as Landon saw me putting the cover over my shoulders, he dove right in like the hungry hungry hippo that he is.
Here’s my favorite part about this type of nursing cover: you don’t have to do anything to ensure it stays in place. There’s no need to fear that your baby will yank anything off and expose your tots to an innocent passerby. The stretchiness and the length of this style of nursing cover keeps everyone — and everything — firmly intact.
And when you’re relaxed, your baby is relaxed.
This six month old babe makes me so happy. It may have taken me two hours to write this post as I bounced him on my lap and typed with one finger, but man, with toes as cute as those, who could complain?