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How to Make Your Own Nursing Necklace

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nursingnecklace.jpgNursing necklaces serve the dual purpose of giving hip mamas a bit of style while offering a distraction for nurslings who like to explore with their hands while they nurse. (My first daughter liked to give me a “dental exam” with her hand in my mouth; my second has given my hair a tug or two).

Nursing necklaces retail on the web anywhere from $13.50 to $125 plus shipping, but it would be a fun project for a mother or even a mother and her older children to make bead necklaces at home. There are several bead stores on-line. Your local bead store will carry beads for every budget including high-end beads, while craft stores such as Jo-Ann Fabrics and Michaels will offer less expensive choices. For beading techniques, design ideas and projects, visit one of the many jewelry craft sites available. I've added some safety tips for nursing necklaces as well and a free necklace design and step-by-step instructions.

If you'd rather shop for a ready-made necklace on-line, here's a list of retailers selling nursing necklaces from U.S. $13.50-$125:
Alternative Baby
Attached to Baby
Booby Beads
Cypress Studio
Earthy Babes
Mommy and Me Necklaces
Natural Bambinos
Nursing Notions
Tickled Pink Designs
Twiddle Baubles

Leave a comment to tell us about your nursing necklace project or your favorite retailer!