Skin to skin contact is something we hear a lot about with very little babies. It's a big topic in the hospital room, minutes after your baby has been born. Maybe your midwife or OBGYN mentioned it to you in those first moments. Maybe you read about it well before your baby was born. What amazes me is how important it is even after the first months, and even the first year!
Desmond has been fully weaned for two or three months now. At first it was hard, but slowly we moved from nursing to touching. He still asks for milk, but it means something different. When he asks for milk, he wants to curl up with me and be close. When we have "milk" we will lay down together and he will rub my growing belly, or rub my arms and my chest. His favorite places for his little hand is either on my bellybutton or on my boob.
This contact is incredibly calming for him. It's the same calming quiet moment that nursing was. Except, there is no nursing. He lays and feels my skin, closes his eyes, and enjoys the warmth and closeness. And this too is only something I can provide. Desmond hasn't tried to curl up with Daddy and rub his chest. Too hairy maybe ;) He still wants to feel comforted by momma.
Skin to skin contact is important (and effective!) as long as your little one is still needing that nursing type of comfort, closeness, and connection. Never underestimate a warm bath together or some naked time with your toddler. It certainly has made this non-nursing time easier for all us.