May 7, 2015

That Time My Baby Decided to Fast

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…

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…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?


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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.

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 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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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 (Note: Babies should not be left to play with these necklaces.  Although they are teethers, they are for mamas to wear, not for babies to play with on their own.  This can pose a strangulation hazard.)
Iulia from Best of Baby was given this necklace in exchange for her honest review.  All opinions are her own. Other bloggers promoting the giveaway were not compensated in any way.

My Natural Baby Sugargems Nursing/Teething Necklace


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Iulia is a former educator turned stay-at-home mama of a spunky toddler and a squishy infant. With a touch of sass and a good dose of self-deprecating humor, she has an ever-expanding repertoire of bloopers, insights, stories, and impassioned opinions to share. Iulia likes to think she has this parenting gig figured out, but her littles remind her daily just how far from the truth that is.

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    Reply Daffny May 7, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    These are so neat! I love the idea. I have a really hard time saying “this one is my favorite,” but gut reaction was towards the turquoise/gray/black. I’m guessing the yellow one is the real eye catcher. I sure wish I had something like this when my oldest quite nursing at six months. (Of course, I was nursing under a blanket at least 90% of the time, so that didn’t help, but still.)

    Reply Julie May 8, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    I like the magenta necklaces since they really catch the eye. My little dude always goes for bright purples. Things are always distracting him, especially the TV in the background that hubby is always watching, so this could prove helpful 🙂

    Reply Vickie May 8, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    You explained it so well and the necklaces are cute. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty

    Reply Laura May 8, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    I think I would have to go with the Black/Turquoise/Grey design. My little one is still really into basic visuals.

    Reply Lissette May 10, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    I had a horrible nursing relationship with my son. We actually part time nursed because he just could not get enough to sustain himself. We did have a crochet necklace that I made for him when he started teething and he loved that! But this necklace is awesome with it’s bright colors to catch baby’s attention. This is such a great giveaway! Thanks for sharing at #FridayFunday party!
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    • Reply Bestofbaby May 14, 2015 at 8:49 pm

      I’m so sorry to here that you had a hard nursing relationship…thank goodness for the availability of formula!

    Reply Emily May 10, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    I think Black/Turquoise/Grey?? Hard to pick!
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    Reply Monica May 11, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    These are neat! I bet there are a lot of moms out there who reach the same situation as you and, without knowing the reasons or that solutions exist, give up on nursing because they believe their baby has “lost interest”. Caring for a baby means coming up with new strategies all the time because things are constantly changing. I’ll check out these necklaces for if/when my 2-month-old starts displaying the same behaviour.
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    • Reply Bestofbaby May 14, 2015 at 8:46 pm

      You’re right, I think a lot of people give up because they don’t know that bumps in the nursing road are normal. All the more reason to educate!

    Reply Jaclyn May 11, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    Yes! I do know the feeling! My crazy kid did the same and we found nursing necklaces to be SO helpful!!
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    Reply Sarah May 12, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    Yes! My babies all “fasted” at 3-4 months as well. 🙂 Thanks for linking up with Tuesday Talk! I’m giving away FIVE copies of one of my favorite books. Feel free to stop by to enter to win!
    Sarah (co-host)

  • Reply Anonymous May 12, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    You are just glowing, beautiful mama!!! ❤️❤️❤️

    Reply Emily barry May 12, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    I left that last comment that said anonymous. I thought it seemed creepy. Sorry.

    • Reply Bestofbaby May 14, 2015 at 5:51 pm

      Hahaha that made me laugh! and thank you sweet friend 🙂

    Reply Alex May 13, 2015 at 12:12 am

    I didn’t recall having these fasting problems (rest assured, we had our share of different ones while nursing) but the idea of the necklace is pretty great!
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    • Reply Bestofbaby May 14, 2015 at 5:49 pm

      Alex, that’s awesome that you didn’t have to deal with it. I thought it was a fluke with my first, and then my second one did the exact same thing at the exact same age…

    Reply Christina G May 13, 2015 at 10:40 am

    I’d choose turquoise, mint, white

    Reply amber.m May 15, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Oh my goodness, how cute are you guys?! I love that necklace! So handy!

    Thanks for linking up with us at the best of the blogosphere!

    Reply Laura May 17, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    These are so cute! I especially love the Black/Turquoise/Grey one!

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    Reply ColleenMarie May 18, 2015 at 11:35 am

    I would chose the Sugargems™ – Silicone Nursing Teething Necklace – Navy/Magenta/Orange

  • Reply Anonymous May 18, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    I love all of them but the rainbow one here is beautiful

    Reply Lisa Weeks May 18, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    I love them allbut the rainbow is beautiful

    Reply Sarah Washburn May 19, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    While I am not a mother yet, I LOVE babies and I look forward to the day when I will have them of my own (if it be the Heavenly Father’s will). I like to watch and learn from mothers to see how they handle things! I laughed when you talked about the squirming baby … I have seen lots of those:) Blessings and thank you for sharing about this necklace. ~Sarah (visiting from Radical Femininity)

    Reply Terri Presser May 19, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    This sounds like a good idea and I am glad that you found it and that you are getting more sleep. Thanks for sharing with us at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings
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    Reply Richelle May 19, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    I like the one you can select the color and I would select red.

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    Reply Love May 20, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    You are such a beautiful mama and your baby is so adorable! My daughter is teething right now too she barely eats during a day and nurses the whole night too 🙁
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    • Reply Bestofbaby May 27, 2015 at 10:05 pm

      Thank you so much! What a sweet comment 🙂 And I’m sorry you understand the night nursing thing…it’s exhausting!

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    Reply Kimberly May 21, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    I would pick the solid purple color.

    Reply Stephanie May 21, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    It’s good to know that I am not alone in that fasting experience. I never really thought about it being because of his vision improving, but that makes total sense. Ours lasted for 3 months before he just wouldn’t latch at all for 3 days. So I had to say enough is enough. I will have to keep these in mind for baby #2.
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    • Reply Bestofbaby May 27, 2015 at 10:04 pm

      3 days!! I would have probably said enough too! Geez…

    Reply Jess May 21, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    It’s so hard to pick one! I really like all the mint ones and the navy, orange, and magenta one. I love how they are all so unique and so colorful! This would be perfect for my son who is always tugging on my jewelry at church! Haha. -Jess
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      Reply Jess May 21, 2015 at 10:47 pm

      And I only know about toddlers fasting aka being extremely picky! Maybe if I gave the necklace to my girly girl daughter to wear if she ate everything on her plate….now that might work as a reward! 🙂
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      • Reply Bestofbaby May 27, 2015 at 10:04 pm

        Hahah Jess your comment made me laugh! My toddler is well versed in the discipline of “fasting” too 🙂

    Reply Cathy May 23, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    Wow, what a creative and inventive idea!! Thanks for sharing on Making Memories Mondays!

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    Reply Mamavsteacher May 24, 2015 at 9:23 am

    I had a lovely necklace similar that Sprog really enjoyed to! #TwinklyTuesday
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    Reply swathi May 25, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    Very beautiful, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop pinning.
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    Reply Babyenvye May 30, 2016 at 2:23 am

    Yes! I do know the feeling! My crazy kid did the same and we found nursing necklaces to be SO helpful!!

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