Weaning your Toddler: 12 Simple Tips
First, let me congratulate you on coming this far in your breastfeeding journey. It’s a great achievement and should be celebrated. So, a big virtual fist bump to you mama! Now you’re interested in weaning your toddler, you’re so done. I totally get it. I was there too. In this post, I’m going to show you exactly what I did to FINALLY get my boob-obsessed toddler weaned. I’ll show you what worked for me and what didn’t so that you can find success in weaning your toddler.
Let me tell you a little about my journey and why I decided to stop breastfeeding my son. Don’t worry, I’ll spare the details for another post and get to the point shortly.
I nursed my son for 2 yrs and 2 months. My journey had its challenges, like an inverted nipple, several bouts of mastitis, the constant fear of a low supply, biting, and pumping at work. Those challenges came, we conquered. Then came toddler nursing. The acrobat nursing. The drive-by nursing. The twiddling. Oh. The. Twiddling. I was done by the time he reached 18 months, I gave a poor effort to quit, but decided against it and kept on nursing. Currently, WHO (World Health Organization) recommends breastfeeding up to the age of two or longer, so that was my limit.
Now for the good stuff.
Why I’m not happy about being pregnant
I had a feeling was pregnant but I didn’t want it to be true. I was having some cramps, much lighter than usual. Immediately I thought, implantation cramps. Crap. But there was still time for my cycle to come, so I waited. Then, I was late. I had just recently gotten my cycle back after two years and was irregular so I waited another week hoping I would have a cycle, nothing. Well s$&@. There I was, sitting on the toilet with a test in hand. Naturally, one of my kids come yelling and I throw the completed test on the counter. I come back to TWO LINES. Positive. After saying every curse word in the book and after I crying a little, I immediately messaged my husband, “guess we’re not done”. Two weeks prior, we had just decided that we were done. I was definitely not happy about being pregnant. You can read my post here about how I thought I was done but my behavior may have shown otherwise.
You’re not done having kids when…
When my husband and I were dating, the conversation of kids came up naturally. We talked about how many babies we wanted, how many boys versus girls, and possible names. Even before we were married, we knew that we wanted children. I wanted four, he wanted two. So, we agreed on three.
After our second, we kept debating whether or not to have more children. I no longer wanted four kids. We were really unsure that we wanted to continue. Expanding our family was going to be a big decision. It meant bigger cars, possibly bigger house, and a greater need for daycare. But as I toyed with the question, I realized that maybe I wasn’t done, for sure. Or maybe I was.
If you can relate to any of these than you may not be done having children either, just saying.
DIY Bath Bombs
When I first heard of bath bombs, I thought “hmm… just another spa product”. I wasn’t impressed and I veered away from the craze to spare my wallet. However, the more they kept showing up in my social media feeds, the more interested I became. As I researched bath bombs, I found that not only were they super cool, but they were actually really good for your skin depending on the ingredients that you chose to use or where you bought them from. Most of my DIY projects revolve around my kids so naturally I searched for DIY bath bombs with a little pizzaz to wow the kiddos. After searching for multiple recipes and trying 3, I found one that we really liked and worked well.
What is “No Technology Thursday”?
Most kids these days (including mine) are so plugged in. With the amount of technology readily available, it makes it so easy and convenient to go into “auto” mode. Even with the advancements in educational programs like ABC Mouse, it’s easy to make justifications such as, “at least it’s educational” and “they learn from it”.
Look, I’m right there with you! But who said parenting was easy? Or laid back? Or effortless? I have been struggling with limiting screen time with my kids so this was important to me.
Our children are our future. They WANT to be outside. They WANT to explore. They WANT to learn. The WANT to have fun! Let’s let them be kids. Let let them build relationships. It is a lot harder than you think, and I’d like to share my experience with you today.