My amber teething necklace story and 4 safe alternatives

My amber teething necklace story and 4 safe alternatives

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"Does it work?" That is the question I am asked every time someone notices my daughter sporting her amber teething necklace. Sometimes I hear how pretty it is, but she's not wearing jewelry for vanity sake; these necklaces reduce teething pain. Or, at least, I think they do.

Okay, so that's debatable. I am not a scientist. I have not run rigorous blind studies on my children. My evidence is purely anecdotal as is the evidence I've been given by my mom-friends. I used an amber teething necklace with my first. I wasn't sure it was necessary. We had a few rough days, but she seemed to handle the pain of teething fairly well. Was it that she has a high pain threshold...or did the amber help dull her pain?

Then we had our second baby and I misplaced our teething necklace. I wasn't too concerned because, as I said before, I wasn't sure it even helped. But when Evie started drooling and chomping on anything she could get near her mouth, I began looking around more thoroughly for her missing necklace. It was with some relief that I found it. Within a week she was drooling less and didn't seem as forceful about chomping on her chew toys.

Even though I've been willing to try an amber teething necklace, I tend to think of them as my magic feather. There is no scientific evidence that they work. The American Academy of Pediatricians does not recommend them and warns they are a choking and strangulation hazard (an 18-month-old strangled to death on a necklace while napping), and are definitely not to be worn by unsupervised or sleeping children, day or night. So I only put a necklace on my kids while I'm actively watching them.

Still interested? The AAP offers guidelines for parents who want to use amber teething necklaces (such as wearing them around a wrist/ankle instead of the neck).

In light of that I've looked into some safe alternatives. There are many beautiful and functional jewelry options for parents to wear. Here are just a few I found, but there are many great options out there.

This Stanton teething bracelet from Chewbeads was one of my daughter's favorites. I liked the way it felt on my wrist, and I was able to use it to remind myself of which side I'd nursed on by switching wrists after feedings. These are made with 100 percent silicone with no BPA, phthalates, cadmium, lead, or metals.

This Egg Teething Pendant from Siliconies offered an interesting soft texture for my daughter's tender gums. I loved watching her develop hand-eye coordination as she grabbed the pendant. The break-away clasp and the ability to shorten the length as needed are also great features. All Siliconies products contain no BPA, PVC, phthalates, cadmium, latex, or lead.

My husband likes the Hudson teething necklace from Chewbeads and says it's particularly useful while wearing babies. Evie faced in and had something to munch on besides the sides of her carrier. This necklace, like the bracelet, is made with 100 percent silicone and contains no BPA, phthalates, cadmium, lead, or metals.

Another bracelet alternative if necklaces aren't your thing is the Gramercy teething bracelet from Nyme Organics. They're inexpensive so you can mix and match a few baubles for effect. The geometric pattern and ridges offer quick relief to sore gums, and they're made from 100 percent food grade silicone.

Opinions expressed by parent contributors are their own.

Watch the video: Teething Necklace. Life Saver. Koala u0026 Co (August 2022).

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