Like many infants her age, my daughter has begun wiggling, poking, tugging at my hair, and pinching while she nurses. Though these behaviors can be a bit frustrating, they’re a good sign—they’re completely appropriate for her age and show that she’s on track developmentally.
Be that as it may, how can I get her to settle down and eat? I’ve found a solution in a breastfeeding necklace.
What is a breastfeeding necklace?
A breastfeeding necklace is a piece of jewelry designed to capture baby’s attention while nursing. These necklaces can be made of various materials (cloth, yarn, wooden beads, etc.) and are often brightly colored.
How to make a breastfeeding necklace
You can purchase necklaces made by others (see examples here) or you can easily make one of your own. Here’s how I made one:
- Shoelace (or a similar string)
- Large wooden beads
- Scrap fabric and ribbon
- Large buttons
String the beads and buttons on the shoelace and tie strips of fabric and ribbon between them.
It doesn’t get any easier than that! Though this is a nursing necklace, not a teething necklace, keep in mind that baby will be touching the necklace and might at some point put it in his or her mouth. Thus, be sure to use child-safe beads (I used lacing beads designed for children) and wash the fabrics and ribbons before adding them.
My daughter loves grasping and gazing at the necklace! This was a great item to make because it cost next to nothing to create but it is incredibly useful.
Have you ever used a breastfeeding necklace? Was it helpful?