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How to Wean a Toddler from Breastfeeding

How to Wean a Toddler from Breastfeeding

You’ve been breastfeeding your toddler for what feels like foreeeever, and you’re ready to wean. But how? In this post, I’ll break down some tips for how to wean a toddler from breastfeeding.

I’ve put in a combined roughly 94 months of breastfeeding so far between my three kids. I’ve dealt with everyone from biting to latching issues. My first weaned at around 2.5 years, and I’m currently gently weaning my 2.5-year-old twins. If you’re wondering how to wean a toddler from breastfeeding then you’re in the right place. Starting your breastfeeding journey is a bit bumpy for many moms, and the weaning process can be bumpy as well. This isn’t an exhaustive list of tips, but are tips that helped me personally navigate this sensitive time

Deciding When to Wean Your Toddler

The choice for when to wean your toddler is up to exactly one person. You. Moms feel a lot of pressure from friends, family, society, or social media. That is especially true when it comes to breastfeeding. Everyone seems to have an opinion on what you should do with your own breasts.

If you wean too early people will say you couldn’t stick it out, but nurse longer than some people are comfortable with they’ll call you weird. Just know that no matter what you choose, there will be naysayers. But let the parent who is 100% perfect throw the first stone, and spoiler alert, there are no perfect parents.

So when deciding whether it is time for you to wean is a personal choice that is no one’s to make except for the person doing the breastfeeding, and of course the child who is breastfeeding gets *some* say in this too. I say some because you can’t really force a child to breastfeed. If they don’t want to nurse, they simply won’t. Though you might be ready before your child is to stop, and thats ok! Even a little bit of breastmilk is helpful for babies, so if you’ve made it this far you are a rockstar.

What is the Best Age to Stop Breastfeeding?

The best age to stop breastfeeding will vary wildly based on the mom and baby’s needs. There are a myriad of reasons why a mom would choose to either continue to breastfeed or to wean. There are however some expert organizations and studies we can point to when thinking about what we want to set as our goals for breastfeeding.

WHO and UNICEF recommend that children initiate breastfeeding within the first hour of birth and be exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months of life – meaning no other foods or liquids are provided, including water. 

Infants should be breastfed on demand – that is as often as the child wants, day and night. No bottles, teats or pacifiers should be used. 

From the age of 6 months, children should begin eating safe and adequate complementary foods while continuing to breastfeed for up to 2 years and beyond.

-From the WHO website

What are the Side Effects of Stopping Breastfeeding?

The most common side effect you will probably have to contend with is engorgement or potentially mastitis. If you decrease the amount of nursing you are doing, then you will have a surplus of milk supply. Cutting off nursing and/or pumping too quickly then you might end up with some clogged ducts or mastitis. Instead, try to wean off slowly to prevent this.

Another common side effect of stopping breastfeeding is depression. Choosing to end your breastfeeding journey can bring up a lot of emotions, but there is also a physiological reason for feeling down after weaning. One of the perks of breastfeeding is the release of oxytocin, which can make you feel awesome. It’s called the “love” hormone for a reason. So when you quit nursing that production goes down. There’s not a ton of evidence or studies around this, but it is hypothesized that this may cause depression in some moms.

And don’t forget about the tantrums. Breastfed toddlers are used to getting their warm mama milk their entire life now. You can wean gently and over time, but once you start saying no, it could lead to a tantrum as many things tend to do with toddlers.

How Long Does it Take for Milk to Dry Up After Weaning a Toddler?

The majority of your milk will probably dry up within a week or two. But some moms report being able to express some milk for months or even years after weaning! Sounds far fetched, right? But it’s not. It’s common enough, and it makes sense that while your supply does adjust fairly quickly to increases or decreases in demand, the milk factory doesn’t necessarily just shut down right away after it’s used to chugging along every day for months or years.

How Do I Stop Breastfeeding? Weaning Slowly vs. Cold Turkey.

Unless you need to quit cold turkey for a non-negotiable reason, I would suggest weaning slowly if possible. Not only will this help ensure you don’t get clogged ducts and mastitis, but it will make the entire process easier with way fewer tears from both mom and baby.

While I have don’t countless hours of research into breastfeeding over the years, this next bit of advice is just my personal opinion from experience. The weaning process truly starts when the baby begins to eat solids. While babies under 1 year should continue to receive breastmilk or formula, adding in solid food to their diet naturally means they are going to have less and less breastmilk or formula over time. Without necessarily planning to, you’ve probably already started the process of weaning your toddler.

Thinking about it as a process, or a part of development similar to learning to walk and talk might help take a little pressure off of the situation and allow you to go with the flow. For me, I just started to know intuitively when it was time to bump up the process of weaning a little bit. There came a time with all of my kids when the nursing sessions started to dwindle or decrease in length, and when I tried redirecting them, they were easily moved onto something else instead of breastfeeding. It’s at that point that I focused more on the following:

Feed your weaning toddler more solids. By the time most babies become toddlers they are probably eating solids fairly well. But when I choose to start nudging the weaning process along I push as much solids as I can, especially ones that I think will fill their bellies and kind of mimic the comfort of having breastmilk.

So for example, lots of yogurt or glasses of whole milk, and I always keep plenty of their favorite snacks on hand, even things like chocolate. I give my kids a wide range of foods, including sweets and candy. For me, it’s about balance and moderation and teaching that from a young age. Also, having those tempting treats are good to have around when you need to give a little distraction from the almighty boob.

Redirect, redirect, redirect. As often as I can, instead of just saying “no” to my toddler having milk, I try to redirect their attention to something else. That might include a yummy snack, a hug, some tickles, a game, a toy, something interesting near us like a butterfly or airplane in the sky. You get the point. Find something to distract them with instead fo continuously saying no.

Know when to give it and when to hold your ground. This is a tough one that you just have to follow your gut on. The point of this is to try to reduce the amount of time you are breastfeeding and eventually wean them. But if you’re doing it gently and slowly it means you are still going to be breastfeeding for a while. So how do you find that balance between continuing to meet their emotional and physical needs while beginning to get a little space from your nursling?

The answer is truly up to you, and takes intuition and knowing your child. I know when my little ones really need a little boob time when they are truly upset and need comfort vs. when they have the more typical 2-year-old meltdown that is akin to saying no to getting a toy at Target. It’s still totally valid for them to be upset when hearing the answer is “no,” but as a mother, you can usually tell the different types of upset, why they are mad, and how best to support them. Sometimes supporting them means letting them go ahead and nurse, and sometimes it is holding that boundary while empathizing with their emotions, maybe offering a hug or a kiss instead.

How Can I Get My Toddler to Sleep Without Nursing?

All of my kids share a bed with me and my husband. We have a queen mattress and king mattress pushed together on the floor of our master bedroom. We chose to start bedsharing when our first was a baby. After falling asleep with her in the rocking chair while nursing her as a newborn I did some research and found that was much less safe than choosing to bedshare while following safety guidelines like the safe sleep 7. At that point, I decided to take the precautions necessary and bring her to bed with me, and all of our kids have slept with us in various arrangements since.

Sleep training and crying it out just aren’t for me and my family. I like to go with the natural development of my children and support them as they learn to sleep on their own naturally. This means a lot of nighttime cuddles and breastfeeding over night. With my first, she started night weaning around 18 months with very little effort from me. All I needed to do was start giving her a little pat on that back with some shushing and she’d usually fall back asleep without needing any milk at that point.

My twins though? They were still nursing at night like babies when they were over 2 years old. I spent all night with both boobs out like a smorgasbord, and eventually I couldn’t do it anymore. So I decided to try night weaning them. After hearing from other moms who practice gentle parenting that the Jay Gordon method worked for them, I gave it a try. Within a couple weeks, my boys were night weaned. You can read the details here, but to put it simply, I decreased the amount of time they could nurse each night slowly over the course of days/weeks, until they were no longer night nursing. We had a couple tough nights, but I was with them and cuddling them through it.

Also try these book to help prepare there:

Sally Weans from Night Nursing

Nursies When the Sun Shines: A little book on nightweaning

Coping Emotionally When Weaning Your Toddler

Even if you are so over nursing you just want to be done, you might still get some feels. When thinking about never breastfeeding your toddler again, it’s normal to get sad.

Breastfeeding is an incredible bond. When you’ve breastfed for many months or years it’s normal to get emo. That’s a lot of skin-to-skin and cuddles. We know that our little ones will grow up and they will become more and more independent. Knowing that and seeing it happen are two different things.

Just feel those feels mama. Don’t deny them or push them away. Find another mom who nursed who you can share your emotions with. Someone who understands. Check out groups where you can get support at the links below. Lean on them for support.

Where to Find Support While Weaning

Legendairy Mamas

The Cleavage Club: Breastfeeding Support Group

LLLI Breastfeeding Support Group

La Leche League for Moms of Twins/Multiples

Breastfeeding Mama Talk Privately

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Getting outside is so important for little ones to get fresh air and run off some energy, not to mention it’s great for mama too! This is our list of the best outdoor toys for 1-year-old that kids and moms both love.

We’ve put together a list of our toddlers‘ favorite outdoor toys and others highly rated by moms on Amazon so you can have some picture perfect outdoor time with the littlest ones.

(Heads up mamas. Links included here are affiliate links, meaning I get a small commission on any products purchased at NO extra charge to you.)

 

Splash Pads! Stay cool outdoors with the kids.

These are seriously amazing for kids of all ages. My twins were just about 8 months old when we got our first one and they loved crawling around in it, and now that they are bigger toddlers they STILL love it. A splash pad is definitely a must-have outdoor toy for babies and toddlers. (Click images to shop Splash Pads on Amazon.)

 

Sandboxes for toddlers are awesome. Just make sure they don’t eat the sand. LOL.

There’s nothing that says summer and the outdoors more than sand between your toes. My kids can’t get enough of their sandbox and it’s a big treat whenever I make their dad haul a big bag of new sand out for them. If you need a bit of relaxing mommy time, putting your kid in the sandbox is a perfect way to get some space while keeping the kids entertained guilt-free. (Click on images to shop sandboxes on Amazon)

 

Water tables for toddlers are awesome!

These are seriously amazing for kids of all ages. My twins were just about 8 months old when we got our first one and they loved crawling around in it, and now that they are bigger toddlers they STILL love it. A splash pad is definitely a must-have outdoor toy for babies and toddlers. (Click images to shop Splash Pads on Amazon.)

 

Gardening for kids is so fun, even tiny ones.

When I am planning activities, I try to find something my toddlers AND bigger kids will love. Gardening fits that bill perfectly. They love digging in the dirt, making mudpies, planting seeds, and watering the garden. Shop gardening for kids on Amazon here.

 

Tiny bikes for toddlers.

Even the littles members of the family can get in on bike riding. There are a ton of options for bikes and trikes that work for one-year-olds, and some can grow with them so you can use them for years. Shop bikes for toddlers on Amazon here.

 

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Don’t reinvent the wheel. Push and pull toys for toddlers are perfect. 

My toddlers can’t get enough of cars, wagons, and anything they can push around. Perfect for toddlers starting to walk, these are favs of so many little ones outdoors. Shop all the wheels on Amazon here.

 

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The BEST resource for learning how to totally rock momlife is the wisdom other moms learned in the school of hard knocks. So we are sharing 28 best mom hacks that real moms swear by and shared on our Facebook page.

Honestly, some of the tips and incredible mom hacks on this list totally blew our minds! Motherhood can be hard, but moms come up with the most genius ways to make motherhood just a little easier, and we are totally here for it.

What is a mom hack anyway?

According to Urban Dictionary, a Mom Hack is:

A tool or technique that makes some aspect of a mom’s life easier or more efficient.”

Basically it is all those little tips and tricks that moms have figured out by on-the-job training of motherhood that save time, money, energy, sleep, you name it. 

So let’s dive in!

Just a heads up, there are some links included to products or services moms recommended and some are affiliate links, meaning if you purchase using our link we get a small commission at NO extra cost to you.

 

You gotta try these mom hacks… 

“I use scissors to cut messy foods like spaghetti or lasagna! Quick, easy, and my kids can do it too.” -Ayla W.

“Taping bubble wands to something stationary so kids can dip independently without spilling all the bubbles out.” -Jennifer O

“I do a reward system for potty training. But instead of candy I use elderberry gummies and the smarty pants vitamins. Most of the doses on these for kids call for multiple gummies so they get one gummy each bathroom trip as a reward. They think they’re getting candy but they get what they needed anyways 😜😆” -Lauren M

-shared by Kristen K

“Lay out outfits the night before… for anything… school, appointments, anything…” -Jen B

“Put your baby in a laundry basket or in a baby bath in the tub with you while you shower so you can keep an eye on them and bathe them at the same time.” -Jessica B

Grocery delivery :)” -Suzi W

“Microwave frozen tater tots or (already cooked) chicken nuggets for a couple of minutes then put them under the broiler in the oven. Cuts cooking time SO much and they’re still crispy.” -Jessica B

“Light up toothbrushes to get young kids to brush their teeth (my son calls it a germ-killing lightsaber!)” -Claire C

“Also invest in a couch cover. I cant even count how many bodily fluids, spilled milk or juice have landed on that couch. But with a cover you can just take it off and wash it!” -Claire C

“Make things a game/race. Like putting toys away, peeing on the potty, eating, getting dressed… my kids love to “win” and for me to lose!” -Jessica B

“Keep a potty chair in your car with pull-ups or puppy pads to catch the mess and extra bags. I’ve been to so many areas without a potty available and this just works! Especially when traveling.” -Judy D

“The flaps on a onesie are so you can pull over the shoulders and down. Instead of pulling blowout onesies over babies head.” -Jessica W

“When trying to bring down a fever, I give them a popsicle…in the bath. That way I can wash the mess away and cool them down at the same time.” -Jessica R W

“Defiant toddler wears a clean shirt for the next day w pajama bottoms to bed. One less struggle when getting him ready for school.” -Elise H

“If you need a cheap way to store breastmilk (or making your own baby food) ice cube = 1 ounce. Freeze your goodies and then put the cubes into a freezer bag with date 😊” -Tiffany A

“Throw 1 load of laundry in a day to keep up on it. It’s easier to keep up on. And try to get all the dishes cleaned up every night its better to wake to a clean kitchen.” -Christianna E P

“I have a lunch-making station. All the Tupperware is in the cabinet right above my head, and lunchboxes belong on the counter right there. After supper, leftovers go right into containers and into everyone’s lunchboxes. There’s even a special shelf in the fridge for our lunch boxes. Saves on loads of stress during busy mornings.” -Elizabeth E M

“Air fryer works like a microwave for microwaveable snacks for kiddos but is toasty lol” -Grace V

“The bead-up the nose trick. When toddler/child puts something up their nose and it gets stuck, instead of using tweezers or something that could harm the inside of their nose simply cover the clear/open nostril (the nostril with nothing in it) with your thumb and blow into their mouth (sealing your mouth over theirs to do so) the object lodged in the other nostril will pop right out! There are plenty of youtube videos on doing this and it doesn’t hurt your little one at all.” -Bobbie A

“I use a q-tip to get boogies out! My son lets me do that and nothing else to get them out. Just a quick circle motion and done! 🤷🏻‍♀️” -Mindy P D

-Shared by Kristen K

“Tricking an infant/toddler into taking liquid medicine by slipping the syringe into the back of a sippy cup lid (standard syringes fit PERFECTLY into RePlay brand cup lids, available at Target)” -Kellyann P

“Layer the crib mattress. Mattress protector, sheet, mattress protector, sheet. Helps with middle of the night leaks/spit up etc.” -Cayce P

“Fabric glue on the bottom of socks so my son doesn’t slip on hardwood or tile floors.” Elizabeth W P

“Adding Koolaid aid powder to their medicine to make it taste good.” -Mendy M

“Played laundromat to get them to bring me clothes and pick them up and put them away and they pay me with pennies.” -Mendy M

“Coconut oil on diaper rash kills bacteria and keeps it from becoming a yeast infection and help heal faster, put in hair to keep lice away, when they teeth, to stop thrush, and for breastfeeding moms helps keep the nips infection and bacteria-free while keeping them from cracking.” -Melissa H

-Shared by Jalia B

Mom hacks are the best! It’s YOUR turn now. Share your very best Mom Hack with us in the comments our on our Facebook post here. Then check out more momlife stories below.

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Got a stage 5 clinger who won’t let go of your boob? Like your nipple feels like it’s now permanently attached to your little squish? You’ve got a cluster feeder. These cluster feeding tips will help you survive when your newborn is feeding every hour.

If you’re a new mom just learning to breastfeed, it can be so confusing and frustrating when it feels like you *just* finished nursing your newborn, and those hungry cries start again before you even get a chance to grab a drink or some food, let alone go to the bathroom. These cluster feeding tips were essential for me to be able to survive those newborn phases of nonstop stop feeding my three kids and go on to breastfeed for a combined 6+ years now.

A lot of the most useful tips are actually not even tips at all, but just learning how cluster feeding works and why newborns (and older babies sometimes) do it. Being empowered through knowledge was what helped me stay steadfast in completing my breastfeeding goals.

So we will start by answering some of the frequently asked questions about breastfeeding newborns and cluster feedings.

While I’ve spent a lot of time researching and learning about breastfeeding, plus have years of experience doing it, I am not a lactation consultant or medical professional. So if you are really concerned about you or your baby’s health or nutritional needs, please find an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) for some help.

And just one more quick disclaimer, I may include affiliate links in this post to products I know and love.

Is it normal for a newborn to feed every hour?

Yes. During certain times, like growth spurts, babies will tend to eat for longer stretches more often. Most of the time when a baby is feeding every hour or even multiple times an hour it is due to a growth spurt, developmental leap, or in the evening “witching hour.”

Newborns should feed around 8-12 times a day, or usually every 2-4 hours. But babies aren’t machines and don’t know how to read clocks. So sometimes they will go longer stretches without eating or bunch all of their feedings together into a shorter period of time.

What is cluster feeding?

Cluster feeding is when babies bunch their feeds together into a short period of time. So instead of spreading 8-12 feedings throughout the course of the day, they might feed multiple times in an hour or a couple of hours, especially in the evening a few hours before bedtime.

How long does cluster feeding go on for?

Cluster feeding usually happens during growth spurts, developmental leaps, the witching hours, or also teething and illnesses.

So how long cluster feeding goes on depends on why your baby is cluster feeding. If you can connect your baby’s age to the typical time of a growth spurt or a developmental leap (like the 4-month sleep regression) then that is probably the reason. Usually, this will last a couple of days, but can be shorter or longer.

If your baby tends to cluster feed during the witching hour (the evenings), then it will probably last longer. The witching hour typically starts when they are a few weeks old and can last up to three months. It’s not easy, but it DOES end eventually.

When babies nurse while teething (which can begin months before teeth pop) or illness, many babies will cluster feed for just a few days at most.

Can a baby cluster feed all day?

It can definitely feel like it. Some babies will want to be latched on a lot of the time when they are going through a big growth spurt or developmental leap.

This is generally very normal and not an indication of a problem unless there other factors happening, like they aren’t gaining weight, as well.

It’s also important to note that there are different types of nursing. Babies can either be actively nursing or passively nursing. When they are actively nursing you will probably be able to feel them sucking more strongly and hear or notice them swallowing gulps of milk. When they are passively nursing, it will feel more like flutters instead of strong pulls when they suck. Passive nursing can be associated with cluster feeding and comfort feeding.

What age do babies cluster feed?

Babies can start cluster feeding and can continue to cluster feed from time to time until you end the breastfeeding relationship. This doesn’t mean they will always cluster feed, but rather there will be periods of time that a baby will cluster feed, basically until they are weaned because while cluster feeding is mostly associated with growth spurts, the witching hour, and developmental leaps when they are newborns, it can also be connected to teething, illness, and just for comfort during stressful times as they get older.

So for example, my babies might have stopped cluster feeding months ago, but then out of the blue want to be attached to the boob all day nursing because they are about to pop a tooth and the milk soothes their sore gums. Or maybe one of them has the flu and the milk is a perfect comfort, pain reliever, and immunity support, not to mention mommy cuddles are great too.

Can your nurse your baby too much?

Generally no. When babies breastfeed, they are actively working to get milk. So when they are full they will either stop or just start passively nursing.

The only reasons I have come across that might give you pause is if you have a very strong, fast, and heavy milk flow, like if you have an oversupply. Sometimes if your milk comes out too hard and fast, it can come to quickly for baby to be able to properly regulate how much they are getting, leading to them overfeeding. If you think this might be the case, then you can try paced feeding on the breast the same way you might pace feed from a bottle to try to slow it down a little bit. However, this is NOT the norm and usually isn’t connected to cluster feeding.

Does cluster feeding increase milk supply?

Usually, cluster feeding will increase your supply. Milk supply is based on supply and demand. So the more baby demands, the greater your supply.

This is NOT usually an indication of low supply unless there are other signs, like low weight gain. Babies will many times cluster feed to increase milk production because they are growing and will need more milk as they get bigger.

How do you deal with cluster feeding?

Get comfy and cozy.

Breastfeeding a newborn or cluster feeding baby usually means many hours snuggled up with your squishy newborn binging on Netflix and snacking. If you CAN just relax, get comfortable, and enjoy the process, then do it. One of the best cluster feeding tips is to just accept it and enjoy it. It is normal and you’re doing ok, mama.

Get the best breastfeeding pillow

This is a matter of personal choice. When I had just one baby I loved the Boppy for a breastfeeding pillow, but when I had twins and was tandem nursing I couldn’t have lived without the Brest Friend Twin pillow.

Now, I always recommend the Brest Friend Twin pillow. It is huge! It might feel cumbersome at first, but when you’re kind of stuck cluster feeding for hours, it is nice. Plus it has a pocket to stash your remote, snacks, phone, and a drink.

Learn to breastfeed in a baby carrier.

Sometimes you just need to get up and move around but a cluster feeding infant declares they are NOT having that. Make you BOTH happy by popping them into a carrier, whipping out a nip, and going out for a walk or even just a small stroll around the house.

I love ring slings, stretchy wraps, and the Tula for nursing babies.

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What Kind of Pregnancy Test Should I Buy?

What Kind of Pregnancy Test Should I Buy?

Think you’re pregnant or trying to conceive? You’re probably wondering what kind of pregnancy test should I buy?

These 5 questions will help you choose which is best for you, and we’ll give you our pick for the best one. So you can answer the question for yourself on what kind of pregnancy test should I buy, AND get our opinion on the best and most reliable.

Just a heads up, some of the links below might be affiliate links, meaning if you make a purchase via one of these links I get a small commission at no extra cost to you. A great way to support this page if you like this post.

When should I take a pregnancy test?

Ideally, you want to wait until your missed period to get the most accurate results, but I know that isn’t easy.

I know when I was trying to get pregnant I started taking tests just a few days after ovulation squinting until I was cross-eyed trying to see a second line.

I guess that gave me something to do during the dreaded two-week wait between ovulation and your missed period, but it also sometimes adds extra stress and definitely wastes money.

But if you absolutely can’t wait, some tests can start to sense increases in pregnancy hormones around 8 days after ovulation.

What is the best early pregnancy test?

I’ve been in quite a few trying to conceive (TTC) groups when I was trying to get pregnant, and the general consensus is that most moms love First Response, and specifically the First Response Early Response (FRER).

This test claims to be able to tell if you are pregnant up to 6 days before your missed period!

From personal experience, I can confirm that I did get accurate positives at least a few days before my missed period with the First Response Early Response.

Which brand of pregnancy test is most accurate?

According to a consumer study, moms also love the First Response Early Response for its accuracy as well as the sensitivity.

However, other studies have shown that pretty much all the tests on the market are in and of themselves very accurate.

The thing that isn’t accurate is the user.

So be sure you follow the instructions to the letter and any test you choose should give you an accurate result.

For some moms who want it to be as simple as possible, you can try a digital test like the Clear Blue Digital Pregnancy Test which says either “pregnant” or “not pregnant.”

Are the cheap pregnancy tests accurate?

If you use them properly, yes.

Over the counter pregnancy tests are 99% accurate once you hit that first day of your missed period, no matter which test you choose.

This article points out that even the more expensive tests that claim to give you earlier results don’t guarantee 99% accuracy until you’ve missed your period.

So it’s up to you really whether you want to save some cash on cheaper tests or go with the more expensive. Neither has been proven to be more or less effective. Though sometimes the more expensive tests may have a nicer or more convenient design.

How soon will a pregnancy test read positive?

If you are pregnant, then you should get a positive test by the time you’ve missed your period.

But what about earlier?

Here’s the deal. Once an egg is fertilized it takes time for it to travel down the fallopian tube to the uterus where it will implant. It is only after implantation that your body starts to create HCG, the hormone that pregnancy tests look for.

So it’s going to be days until you even start producing the hormone needed to get a positive test. After that, your hormone levels will rise rapidly, but it could still take until around the time of your missed period for the hormone levels to be high enough to get an accurate test.

The earliest some women get an accurate test would be around 8 days past ovulation, or around 6 days before your period. Before that, a positive test is very unlikely, and even at that point, it’s very easy to get a false negative.

What is our favorite test?

I love the First Response Early Response. It’s one of the more expensive ones, but I love the design and the feel of it. It has also always given me accurate results once I hit the testing window.

When you’re testing for pregnancy you want results fast and accurate, and be able to know what kind of pregnancy test should I buy so you can save money and peace of mind.

So let us know in the comments, which pregnancy test is your favorite? Then read this post about what to do the first few weeks of pregnancy.

What Kind of Pregnancy Test Should I Buy?

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