From the moment my littlest bub was born, she was a fantastic nurser. She latched great, drank eagerly, and was content to nurse anywhere and everywhere. After the difficult start to my nursing relationship with my son, I was so pleased to have an easier go at it the second time around. I breathed a sigh of relief…nursing was a breeze!
…until 3 months…
…when my silly baby decided to basically fast. The best way I can describe it is that she WOKE UP. Baby girl realized there was a whole wide wonderful world around her…and nursing? Well, ain’t nobody got time for that! Our nursing sessions were a series of 3 second latches followed by 30 seconds of squirming and fussing as I tried to convince her that milk was more enticing than her surroundings. In the end, the baby won (you can lead a horse to water…) and I gave up. But you know what happens when your baby hardly eats all day? She wants to nurse all night long. Because nights are boring and there’s nothing better to do anyway. Can we say exhausting?
And I know I’m not alone in this! Around 3 or 4 months of age, babies’ vision improves. They become more aware of their surroundings and are very easily distracted…and then they turn from cute blubbery blobs to cute blubbery wiggle worms. They squirm, twist, grab at things, and “oh wait, what was that noise behind me?” *pop* all done nursing!
Sound familiar? Yea it’s a baby thing. Us, we just waited it out (for almost two months…ugh)…but it doesn’t have to be like this! I wish I’d known that there was a solution back then…maybe I would have slept more at night. Have you ever seen necklaces like these?
They are MAGIC when it comes to grabbing a baby’s attention. Wearing this while nursing will draw your little one’s focus back to where it needs to be – your chest. And they offer tactile engagement so it gives them something to pull on other than your hair or your bra strap. Or, as in the case of my baby doll, trying to pull the lips off my face.
But not only is it a great nursing necklace, it also doubles as a teething necklace. The beads are made from baby-safe silicone that are soft to chew on and soothing on aching gums.
And to top it all off, it’s super cute! I wear mine as I would any other necklace, except this is one I actually WANT my baby fiddling with. (Unlike my other go-to necklace…that she broke). It comes in really handy when it’s milk time or just to keep my antsy baby occupied while I’m holding her.
You can purchase these nursing/teething necklaces from several different places, but my favorite is from My Natural Baby. Why? 3 reasons:
1) They’re BEAUTIFUL – They come in so many cute colors and styles. Personally, I love their Sugargems line…I’ve never seen any other silicone necklaces like this!
2) They’re SAFE – My Natural Baby uses FDA approved, food grade silicone beads, that are free from BPA, PVC, phthalates, lead, cadmium or heavy metals. (Which, believe it or not, is not so uncommon in baby things). If my baby is chewing on it, I want it to be as non-toxic as possible!
3) They WORK – Visually interesting, tactile stimulation, and they promote development of fine motor skills. Plus, they love it! I mean, look at this bub…happy, no?
My Natural Baby is a family run business offering eco-living products that are good for both mommy and baby. The owners, Kelvin and Kelly, have two precious daughters. In their years as parents, they have researched, tested, evaluated and weeded out countless of natural and organic products, so they are able to offer you the best of the best in their shop.
But not only are they knowledgeable, they’re also generous 🙂 My Natural Baby is offering one lucky Best of Baby reader their choice of a Sugargems teething/nursing necklace. Have a silly, distracted baby? Or maybe you just want a cute new necklace? Enter below! But if you’d rather not take your chances on winning, Kelly is offering free shipping for any orders over $30 Australian…but that’s actually only $24 US…a steal! Use code BESTOFBABY at checkout.