*UPDATE AFTER 2 MONTHS OF USE AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS REVIEW*
A few weeks ago, I discovered a wonderful website called Tomoson.com where bloggers can apply to review items. Based on your qualifications, you may receive the items that you applied for. Well, there are lots of cool gadgets, new products, books, and items to try and “win,” and I’ve been really fortunate to be selected to review the Twin Z Pillow!
Now, I will preface this post by saying that my twins haven’t been born yet, so my review will be based on what I know so far. I did not receive any compensation for my review, other than the free product.
When I first heard about the Twin Z pillow, I was a little hesitant. All of the MOM (Moms of Multiples) sites and groups recommended the My Brest Friend Twins nursing pillow, as that is the leader on the market. As these are our first babies, I suffer from “First Time Mom-itis,” which is defined as wanting only what is best for your child(ren), no matter the cost or hassle. Still, when the Twin Z pillow popped up on Tomoson’s site, I applied to review it (hey, free is free!), and then I scoured the internet for information about it. What I found surprised me. I saw review after review of it, comparing it to the My Brest Friend Twins pillow… and the Twin Z came out waaaaaaaaaay ahead. So, why was My Brest Friend’s nursing pillow the leader in the market? My thought is that it has to be tied to marketing, advertising, and product placement in stores.
Score Count: 1 (for previous reviews)
When I found out I won the Twin Z pillow in yellow, I was overjoyed! I was even more shocked when I received it less than a week later. I love a company that has such amazingly fast shipping, as I also suffer from I-Want-It-Now Syndrome.
Score Count: 2 (+1 for quick shipping)
Now came the actual product. I was so happy that when I opened up the box, the pillow was already inside its own travel bag. It looks like great water-resistance material with a nice drawstring top. I can imagine that this will be handy for traveling and storing, to protect the pillow itself.
Score Count: 3 (+1 for a travel bag)
We then had to put the cover on the white pillow. The cover was a super-soft yellow minky fabric, although there are lots of different colors that you can choose for the covers on their website. You can also order extra covers for $35.99, which we will be doing. Adding the cover was a two-person job. You had to start at one end of the pillow and stuff-and-pull, stuff-and-pull. It was a really tight fit, and I couldn’t have done it without Tim’s help as well. We then found the holes where the straps weaved through, got them out, and velcro-ed the pillow cover closed. It was a tight fit, but it was perfect. I can see why they made it so tight, as it made sure to keep the shape of the pillow.
Score Count: 5 (+1 for fabric, +0 for adding the cover, +1 for look when finished)
Next came trying it out! Again, I am still twincubating until the fall/winter, so I can’t actually try out breastfeeding the twins on the Twin Z, but I want to say how much I love it already. There are 4 uses for the Twin Z pillow: breastfeeding, bottle feeding, tummy time, and sitting up support. After actually seeing how sturdy the pillow is, I have no doubt that I will be using this pillow for every single one of those purposes.
The pillow is absolutely huge, and it is shaped like the letter M. Each of the “legs” is incredibly sturdy, yet it also can be manipulated and moved into different positions to accommodate the different uses. The clip helps keep it in its different positions. For breastfeeding or holding both babies, you would push the center “leg” up and use it as a back rest. I am actually sitting in it just like that as I write this, and it is heaven for my sore lower back! If you want to make sure the arms stay where you want them, you can clip the arms together. This is how I picture using the pillow the most, while I try to breastfeed both twins at once. With the “legs” clipped together, it brings your arms up to a good breastfeeding height, but with it unclipped, it puts the arms a little lower. I personally find it more comfortable to have my arms a little higher. I guess we will see what I like better with babies in my arms in a couple of months.
Score Count: 7 (+1 for breastfeeding options, +1 back support)
Unfortunately, I don’t have any babies to demonstrate the 3 other uses for the Twin Z, but I do want to show you some pictures from their website to illustrate how it can be used.
Score Count: 11 (+1 tummy time, +1 bottle feeding option, +1 newborn/preemie size adjustment, +1 sitting up support- not pictured)
While the My Brest Friend Twin retails for $78, the Twin Z sells for $99.99 (which includes one cover). While the starting price is a little more, I just love love love the additional uses for the pillow after breastfeeding is over. I think that the additional $21 on the Twin Z is well-spent, given the additional purposes.
Score Count: 12 (+1 for affordability due to versatility)
So the final Score Count is 12/13, with the only negative being how you apply the cover to the pillow. Overall, I would highly recommend the Twin Z to a M.O.M. I absolutely LOVE the options available, and I feel like the different uses far outweigh the other options on the market.
It is also important to note the following about the Twin Z:
- Made in the USA
- Foam Free
- Lead Fee
- No Chemicals Added
- No Flame Retardants
If you want more information, please watch this video to showcase the Twin Z: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KP3uGMzD-8. You can purchase the Twin Z pillow on their website: http://www.twinznursingpillow.com/, as well as see other pictures of the pillow in action. Like the Twin Z and just want more? Like Twin Z on Facebook.
4 thumbs up, Twin Z!
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
UPDATE as of 1/31/14:
Thanks so much for your comments and questions about this pillow! Now that Audrey and David are 2 months old, we still love our Twin Z as much as when we first received it.
Let me tell you that this thing was not only a lifesaver in the hospital, but it was also the talk of our lactation consultants and nurses. They were so impressed with its size, construction, and capabilities (both while breastfeeding and after). Given that these women see it all, I loved that we could impress them with a new pillow.
First of all, if you nurse in a bed, couch, or low-arm chair, this pillow is IT. You are going to love how it supports your incredibly-sore back while giving you a little back stretch if you lean back. It is also so snug and secure, so your babies aren’t going anywhere with the football hold. We used this pillow exclusively during the hospital stay and when we were letting the babies sleep in our bedroom. During those first two weeks, I nursed either in bed or in one of the low-arm armchairs in our bedroom, and both proved to be amazing when paired with the Twin Z. This was a really hard transition to be “tied to the chair” and feeling stuck, but having this pillow really helped.
Once we moved to the nursery for feedings, we found that it was difficult for us to nurse using the Twin Z. When we were shopping for a nursery chair during my pregnancy, I knew that I would be nursing two babies at once, so we got a chair with really high arms. While this was a great idea at first, it caused problems once we started really needing to nurse both babies at once with the Twin Z. I was literally pushed out of the chair because of the size of the pillow and the height of the arms. So I sadly can’t use the Twin Z exclusively because of that. If I had to go back (knowing what I know now), I would have gotten a regular glider or rocker (regular/low arms are the norm for these chairs) so that I could use my Twin Z exclusively.
That being said, I would recommend the Twin Z IN A HEARTBEAT to anyone who is looking for a nursing pillow. Once we start bottle feeding, I know that the pillow is going to be used daily again! Because of the ages of Audrey and David, we are also going to be able to let them sit in it more to help with physical development as well. I love that this is a pillow that grows WITH our babies!