The Boppy Pillow was created by a mother in Colorado named Susan Brown. Her daughter's day care center requested that she bring a pillow for her daughter. She then created a C-shaped pillow that later was marketed as the Boppy Pillow. In 2008, the brand became a part of Artsana Group (artsana.com), which is an international baby product company. At the time of publication, the product line has also developed to include products for expecting mothers and other baby products.
The Boppy Pillow holds a baby up on its back, on its stomach and also helps the baby sit up when the baby grows stronger. When placed on the floor, the pillow allows the baby to relax and study its environment. It also frees the baby's caretaker to do other things. Parents can also place the Boppy Pillow and the baby on the lap while feeding the baby.
The Boppy Pillow has ergonomic benefits for both the baby and the parents. The Boppy Pillow props the baby up to a more comfortable position and helps the baby develop the muscles it needs for support. According to the Boppy website, 30 minutes of lying on its stomach on a Boppy Pillow helps improve a baby's upper body strength. When parents use the Boppy Pillow for feeding, it positions both the baby and the parent more comfortably to minimize stress on any particular body part.
The Boppy Pillow is not designed for sleeping. If a baby lies face down on the Boppy Pillow, he can suffocate, leading to injury or even death. A baby should also not lie curled up in the center of the pillow or sit up too high on the pillow because such positions can hinder proper breathing. Parents or caretakers should always keep the baby under close supervision when using the Boppy Pillow to prevent accidents.