For some reason both of my children have been easily distracted nurslings. Little noises or movements could cause much fanfare with popping off, looking around, squirming and sometimes even (gasp!) biting. Until we got our nursing necklaces from Tickled Pink.
Talk about lifesavers. When my son was about 4-months-old, we got our first one — customized with his name on it, just to add to the fun. And now, the lovely folks at Tickled Pink have sent me a new necklace for review, made expressly for my daughter, and a new one for my son, as well.
My daughter is now enjoying an Extra-Sensory Exploration Necklace ($22.99, pictured at intro of review) whenever she’s nursing and in a fidgety mood. It’s packed with so many colors and interesting beads, including some that even slide around on the necklace. And my son has been having a ball proudly sporting his ABC Alphabet Sibling Necklace ($22.99, pictured at bottom right) and pointing out all the interesting beads to anyone who will listen.
Tickled Pink nursing necklaces are extremely safe. While you’re not to use them as teething toys at all, they are threaded on a super-strong fiber cord and outfitted with a safety bead (Tickled Pink was the first to use this kind of safety bead on nursing necklaces) to prevent any chance of beads spilling everywhere should a child yank a little too hard. As a bonus, the safety bead is also helpful when older children start wearing their necklaces, as it eliminates any strangulation worries.
My favorite thing about the Tickled Pink nursing necklaces is their versatility. No, you’re not likely to be wearing them out on the town if you’re in a stylish mood (although Tickled Pink also sells some very mom-friendly nursing necklaces, as well). But you will use them over and over again in countless ways. At first, they’re just great for a little one to stare at and possibly swat at while nursing. But as baby gets older, the necklaces become even more entertaining, encouraging children to focus on the task at hand and — to put it bluntly — stop bugging their mama.
The key is to keep the nursing necklaces novel. Don’t let baby play with them all day. Hide them away (in the diaper bag is where I keep mine) so that each time you pull them out, they’re new and exciting. Tickled Pink even suggests owning one or two extras and putting all the nursing necklaces into a rotation so they stay ‘new’ to baby.
A child doesn’t have to be nursing to benefit from the necklace. As my son has grown, I’ve found the nursing necklace to be a great parenting tool. For a while, it was an excellent distraction to pull out of my bag once in a while when I needed a moment or two of supervised quiet. Now, it’s become a great inspiration for head-to-head ‘I Spy’ games when he needs some entertainment.
As for my daughter and her Tickled Pink nursing necklace? Well, how do you think I’m finding the time to write this review?
Tickled Pink nursing necklaces are available here. Products ship worldwide.
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