Using a Nursing Pillow to Encourage Milestone Development

Use your nursing pillow to stimulate your baby’s physical development! Once my baby passed the newborn phase, I found it more comfortable to nurse without using a nursing pillow. Not wanting to waste this awesome device, I did a little research to see how I could continue using the pillow to meet physical milestones.

Propped Play


Using the pillow to “prop” your baby up is a great way to get those little arms closer to toys hanging from their activity mat. It also helps keep their head in line with middle of their body.

Tummy Time

Tummy time is very important in developing key muscles int he trunk and neck that lead to later sitting, standing, and walking. Initially, babies may tolerate tummy time longer if they are positioned over a nursing pillow or rolled up blanket. This positioning supports the chest so they can lift their head more easily. Be sure to position their forearms so that they can use them to bear weight and push themselves up.

Supported Sitting


Babies learning to sit often wobble and fall. This is due to underdeveloped muscles and balance. Placing a nursing pillow around your baby provides support as they are developing the muscles and balance needed to sit independently.



The pillow featured in the pictures on this page is the Leachco Cuddle-U Basic Nursing Pillow and More, Sage Pin Dot. The velcro strap was awesome when Jack was learning to sit up on his own!

Safety Considerations: The positions described here demand your supervision. Nursing pillows should NEVER be used as sleep props. Nursing pillows can cause suffocation in young infants when used improperly.

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