When I was pregnant with my son in 2012, I don’t recall seeing any breastfeeding/teething jewelry. After my son’s birth and focused on breastfeeding 24/7, I wanted many breastfeeding accessories. It wasn’t until 2014, after the birth of my daughter that I noticed all these wonderful, fashionable, silicone, wooden, fabric and silk teething and breastfeeding necklaces mommies were wearing for their babes to enjoy.
At first, I didn’t see any I thought would fit my wardrobe and style, and I didn’t think my daughter would like them. It was interesting to think how they could be useful to my daughter if I was wearing it all the time. If she was not nursing, and if her teeth were bothering her, she had her binkie. But after some time, realizing she was always on me anyways, I wanted one and I was convinced my daughter would like them.
I asked for one for my birthday last year, when my daughter’s teeth were always bothering her at 9-10 months old. She was breastfeeding all the time and preferred to be on me all day, so using a teething necklace that was on me seemed practical, now. We went to a local baby boutique and got an all black, silicone ball teething and nursing necklace. She loved it! Except one thing was wrong after about a week of using it: I did not like wearing it.
I was so disappointed because I looked forward to getting it and this necklace was not cheap. In fact, it was one of the most expensive ones I have ever seen. I obviously did not do enough shopping around before purchasing it. The silicone balls go completely around the necklace, so it pinched my neck and pulled on my hair. Ouch.
After my disappointing purchase, I started shopping around to find one that would fit me better. I found endless options and so many different styles out there! I decided to try and find one that would work because now I knew too many benefits to using these necklaces.
Here’s what’s great about teething and breastfeeding necklaces:
- It can keep your baby focused on breastfeeding or feeding if bottle-fed. As we mothers know, sometimes it’s hard to get our babies to focus on feeding and to not be so distracted by their surroundings.
- It keeps your baby busy and something to do while nursing rather than pulling on your hair, clothing, and non-nursing/not kid-friendly jewelry.
- It can even distract your baby enough to stop them from pinching and even biting while nursing.
- And, for babies’ growing and developing minds, it can provide a very stimulating visual and tactile.
There are so many great, little and passionate companies you can get them from, which can be endlessly found on Etsy (my favorite). There are beautiful selections of silicone and wood, using striking and fashionable cotton and silk, nylon cord, and even leather or crochet.
Just remember to read the warning labels and to use as directed. These are still necklaces, with string and made for adults to wear, so never leave your baby or your toddler unsupervised with one.
Do you use breastfeeding/teething necklaces? If so, what is your favorite brand, and what is it made out of?
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