Monday, August 1, 2016

How I Got My Baby to Stop Hitting Himself in the Face (Plus a Giveaway!)

Happy World Breastfeeding Week! In honor of this celebration from August 1st to the 7th, I'm doing a breastfeeding blog post every day and linking each one back to my small giveaway. And now for the giveaway...

Why nursing necklaces? Because they've made a huge difference for my baby.

In the last month, my baby started hitting himself in the face pretty darn hard. Just totally extending his arm sand then thwacking his face at full force. Sometimes he'd hit himself in the eye, which scared me. After a little research, I found out babies hit themselves for a couple reasons, but it boils down to comfort. Hitting is a self-soothing technique. They do it sometimes if they're in pain, like if they have an ear infection, or they hit if they're tired.

My little one hit when he was tired. I tried to redirect his behavior like I'd read online, by taking his hand and stroking himself or me and saying things like, "Be nice to yourself." That didn't work at all.

Thwack, thwack, thwack.

As I was trying in vain to redirect the behavior, I saw someone selling nursing necklaces, and it clicked. Nursing necklaces help babies stay focused because it gives them something to play with while they nurse. And I'd noticed that if I wore a necklace (one I didn't want him yanking on and breaking), my baby tugged on that instead of hitting himself.

Duh! The solution was so simple. So I bought a little red nursing necklace along with pineapple and lime colored necklaces for a giveaway from an Etsy shop called Getting Sew Crafty. (Read more about the necklaces there.) Something he could yank and yank on without breaking.

He held onto it right away and, no kidding, he hasn't hit himself in the face since.

These all-natural silicone necklaces are good for teething too. Even though my son hasn't started teething yet, his loves chewing on them. One day, my husband and I were shopping for our niece's birthday present when our boy started getting cranky in his carrier. I bounced him around the store to try to calm him, and then when he calmed, I looked down and saw this...

 He was just chomping away, totally appeased. Woo. I love this necklace.

The only thing I did was modify the length of the necklace because it was a little long for my liking. I love this necklace so much, I considered keeping the other two so I'd have variety. Buuut sharing is caring and giveaways are fun. Plus I'm so happy about World Breastfeeding Week, and this is a good way to celebrate.

Entering the giveaway is easy. For every task you complete on the rafflecopter link below, you get that many entries. Winners will be chosen at random. There will be one winner of the lime green necklace and one winner of the pineapple necklace. This contest will end at 12:00 AM Eastern Time Zone on Monday, August 8, 2016.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thank you for participating! Happy breastfeeding!

More posts to enjoy:
Breastfeeding without a Cover Doesn't Compromise My Modesty
How I Got My Baby to Stop Hitting Himself


  1. My two favorite colors! But I think I like the green the most. I'd love to see if this would help my daughter stop beating me up. Haha.
    Breastfeeding makes me feel empowered. I love providing the best for my daughter and I love the "us" time.

    1. I'm glad you like my color choices! That's why I modified the length of the necklaces--my son tugged at them and ended up hitting me in the boobs. Ow! But I shortened the necklace so if he does that, he hits my breastbone and it doesn't hurt. You're reasons for loving breastfeeding are wonderful! I definitely agree.

  2. I would love to have the lime green necklace. There are so many things I love about breastfeeding, but the most awesome are all the health benefits to my son and me. Thanks!

  3. My favorite necklace is the yellow one! I love breastfeeding my little one because I know its so healthy for her and I love the bonding time <3 My baby still has no teeth and is 13 months old but she loves to chew on everything! :)