I've spent a lot of time nursing. In total I've nursed for over 7 years. A lot of baby items I find superfluous and terribly gimmicky and thus refuse to be lured in by their ridiculous beguile. Other items are just absolutely necessary. Then there's those items that you never knew you needed until in a sleep deprived frivolous mania you buy one and then wonder why on earth you'd never bought one sooner.
If you're a breastfeeder chances are you've been scratched, pinched and poked by the talons of your vicious spawn mid feed as their wandering paws 'explore' your landscape leading to you exploring the depths of your blue vocabulary. It's not that they're gits per se... They know not what they do. Honest. They're just curious little beasts. They're also easily distracted and without something to focus on can become fussy at the best resulting in stretchio-nippleo syndrome (yes, I did just absolutely invent that term) as they attempt to pull away and look at something whilst still in the process of nursing. Ouch. Sods.
With Thing Two I bought a 'nursing necklace' which was basically a long necklace of lurid plastic beads. It was supposed to enchant her. It was supposed to entertain her. It was supposed to stop her gouging into tits with itty baby claws . Yet the only thing it achieved was making me look like a prat. Even The Dude wouldn't entertain it unless he wasn't feeding and he could wear it. Much more fun to grab a fistful of my flesh and pinch whilst feeding. But hey, it's okay, he stared adoringly into my eyes as he did it.
The only thing that occasionally engaged their hands was a muslin placed between their grappling fist and my ginormo boob of doom. If the muslin remotely attempted to impart an iota of modesty to us it was ripped off with an angry growl through a suckling mouth full of boob. What can I say? My kids are proud of feeding and like to show it.
With Moomin being our last ever baby I'm on a mission to try the things I've been curious about. I've been drawn to the beautiful simplicity of wooden fiddle necklaces for a while. They're beautiful and wearable. They're understated and tactile. They don't scream out baby or functional. Then I found the teething necklaces. Thing Two was rather partial to teething on the leather strap of my Mother's handbag; strange child. It still bares the teeth marks. As I'm a babywearer it would be handy to have something always at hand for Moomin to chomp on with the added bonus of being able to fiddle with it instead of yanking my hair. I bought mine from the lovely Monkey Mama Necklaces.
As soon as it arrived I put it on. It has an adjustable cord so can be worn as a long pendant when nursing for baby to fiddle with or to chomp on when sat on my knee. Worn shorter she can access it when in the sling. Without a baby it simply looks like a funky necklace.
What can I say? She loved it. As soon as her hands began to stray and grab fist fulls of my flesh I'd dangle the pendant near them and she'd grasp it. She's since fallen asleep several times clutching it tight. It was invaluable at entertaining her at the recent influx of school performances keeping her occupied in my arms and on my knee as she fiddled and gummed it. She evidently finds something satisfying and comforting about the tactile nature of the wood and the beads.
The only problem I face now is that as I wear it daily I find myself wanting a selection of them in different styles and colours!
I highly recommend them regardless of wether you breastfed or babywear as all babies have curious hands and pesky gums.
You can buy one from Monkey Mama Necklaces. She makes a variety of fiddle necklaces and teething necklaces varying from natural to subtle to fun and colourful.
***Disclaimer: I received neither payment nor gift for this review. I bought the necklace myself and was impressed enough to share. All views and images are my own.
Please note these are not a toy. These should be worn by an adult and babies and toddlers should be supervised at all times.