First off let me say that I don't think covering is necessary. I just happen to have insecurities about it.
Did you have one (like those special ones, i.e. baby au lait) They seem nice since they can't really come off. (DD was tossing blankets off first time around).
But I don't want to purchase it if it is a waste of money ya know what I mean?
CDing, noVaxing, tandom BFing & BWing, coSleeping, minimalist in training 388/2012, mama
I haven't really used a cover-up much with my LO, in most situations I feel comfortable without one. Then I went to a restaurant in the suburbs and felt oh so exposed when I started to nurse (very discretely in a wrap). The old lady hostess was eyeballing me like I'd ripped off all my clothes and was dancing atop the table. Since then I've been packing a large lightweight silk scarf in the diaper bag, It folds to a very tiny size. It's really nice, my LO doesn't mind when I cover her with it because it so lightweight, soft, and breathable. I think I bought it at some random hippie store years ago for $10 or $15.
I have the baby au lait and love it. The viewing hoop is so nice, it's light weight so it's easy to stash and the apron-like neck strap makes me feel secure and covered even when he squirms. I got mine as a gift, so of course I think it's worth the cost. ha ha. But if you can make it yourself, more power to you! It's such a simple design.
ETA: it also has two little pockets in the corners that are perfect for storing a stash of little cards that state your legal right to BF in public
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I like the kind that are like a poncho rather than a blanket with a neck loop. DD was always yanking a blanket aside, but the poncho-style was harder for her to expose us. I think The First Years makes one that's not too expensive. I ended up making my own modeled after the first years poncho, just in a linen blend for the summer. And I don't think I'm going to care quite as much with this pg--for me, its more about avoiding exposure of belly and sides than boobs.
Good luck with finding something you like!
DD Seraphina born at home on 2/21/2012!"Childbirth is more admirable than conquest, more amazing than self-defense, and as courageous as either one."