When Odin was born, I told myself I would nurse for the first year for sure. The WHO recommended two years, but I thought I’d wait to see how we both felt after that first year. Odin turned 2 in April and is still quite the avid nurser. Sometimes, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Sometimes, the quiet moments are completely necessary and the ease in which Odin gets over a tumble by nursing is incredible. I don’t think he’s anywhere near ready to be done, but I’ve begun the process of very gently weaning. We rarely nurse during awake hours and I try to limit the nap time and night time nursing (it’s proving exhausting and unsuccessful). We’re still moving at his pace really, but I’ve definitely started to try other ways to comfort him. I’m making quite a bit of art now and it’s impossible to stay motivated when I lay in bed for a half hour to an hour every evening to nurse him to sleep. He’s only ever gone to sleep once for another person and that was Zak, while I photographed a birth. Although I am faced with an obstacle, I still hope to wean at Odin’s pace and do what works for both of us.
When we are nursing, like I’m sure you know, toddlers definitely have a way of make you feel… violated? Ha! Always with the opposite hand down my shirt pinching my skin. I wish I had something like this when he was much younger! Mama’s Mojo Shop sent over a nursing/teething necklace for us to play with and offer as a giveaway. The natural cotton fabric comes in all these great patterns (I’m so glad Cheryl sent this one! Mint and pink look so great together!), and the wooden beads and ring are all untreated by chemicals which makes this necklace entirely safe for babe to gnaw on. Even if not as a nursing necklace, Odin just loved to play with this and I’m sure if he was younger he would love to chew on it too. Not to mention, distraction for babywearing! The ring is lightly brushed with an organic beeswax/olive oil coating to protect the wood. These are all very well crafted, beautiful, organic, and affordable pieces.
So onto the giveaway. Entering is very easy, so check it out below!
Dancey Pants Disco blog readers will be receiving a 10% off in the Mama’s Mojo Shop, all you have to do is enter DPD10 at checkout!