Some may say that teething necklaces don’t work, that it is a myth, a placebo effect. Some may say that they are dangerous.
I am not one of them. I was, but not anymore. After about six months of watching my sweet babies suffer from teething pain and after being kept up into the late hours of the night trying to comfort a baby who is suffering from pain she has never known before I broke down and ordered two. I did some research and spoke to some friends who had been using them about what type to get. I found mine on Etsy, a seller in Lithuania. The necklaces are made from amber, amber comes from the Baltic sea, near Lithuania, so this made sense. They took what felt like months to get to us.
Teething pain comes and goes, bothering babies for a few days here and there, maybe lasting as long as a week, but for those few days life is hard for the little ones and for mom and dad. As soon as I received the package I put the necklaces straight on the girls. Teething pain had started again a few days before. That night they slept, without interruption. Maybe it was coincidence, I don’t know and I don’t care. We haven’t seen either baby experiencing the level of discomfort they did prior to wearing the necklaces, so as far as I am concerned they work. I wish I had ordered them sooner. If I could do it over my girls would have been wearing them from when they were five months old.
Amber has been used throughout the world to relive pain, it has succinic acid in the resin that when worn warms on the skin and releases some of this natural anti inflammatory into the skin and thus into the blood stream. The most pure Baltic amber will contain about 8% of the succinic acid.
My girls wear the necklaces all the time. I only remove them for bath because warm water and soap can, over time, reduce the effectiveness of the amber. My girls sleep in their necklaces. They are made in such a way that they are as safe as possible. First, the necklace is knotted between each bead, so that in the event that the strand does break, only one bead will fall off. Second, the necklaces are too short for the girls to pull them up into their mouths, so they can’t and are not meant to be chewed on. I tuck the necklaces into whatever shirt or pjs they are wearing and they girls hardly notice that they are even there.
And as a bonus, they are supper cute and surfer baby looking. One more thing I would have done differently was to order two slightly different necklaces so that our family and friends could use the necklaces as a way to tell them apart. I ordered this necklace in particular because I originally read conflicting beliefs as to weather the light or dark beads were more effective. Since ordering the necklaces I have read more times than not that the darker the bead the more succinic acid it contains.
I finally got the babies to open wide and show us the pearly whites! Both Talia and Jordan started cutting their bottom front left tooth about a month ago and now the bottom front right tooth is quickly popping up. The first week or so of the teething experience gave us some very fussy babies, Jordan especially, she wanted to be held all the time. The best teething item I have found so far is a wet baby washcloth in the freezer for 5 or ten minutes. It’s ok if it stays longer it’s just harder when it comes out, but quickly softens up and becomes a great teether. The cold wash cloth is nice for the babies to hold on their walks in the afternoon when it so hot outside. It’s really fun to watch the girls figure out how useful these teeth are, more and more they are biting off bits of food that we give them, bread, rice cakes, waffles, my next goal is to get a photo of their little bite marks!
Miss Jordan and her two front teeth
Miss Talia and her two front teeth.
(she’s covered in avocado!)
If you click on Talia’s photo the picture will open wider and you can really see the teeth.
What are your favorite healthy foods to feed baby?
This past weekend was a bit exhausting in our house. After several nights of babies waking up multiple times at night and not going back to sleep for hours and a super fun day Saturday with friends at their river side home the girls were over tired and way off their nap schedual which led to cranky babies and on top of that, we discovered that Miss Jordan has begun to sprout some bottom teeth which we think may have been causing her 11pm waking and two hours of crying, poor baby. Wetting a baby wash cloth and leaving it in the freezer for a few minutes or a long time then giving it to the baby to chew on helps some. As does frozen fruit in the mesh bag. So on Sunday we went for a long walk first thing in the morning then tried to go to a local festival but both babies were so cranky they needed to go in their cribs for a nap right away, there was no time to pack up the car and get organized for a car ride nap. Talia when right to sleep, but Jordan wasn’t interested in a nap, until an hour or so later when Talia woke up. So we decided to spend the rest of the day around the house. My husband was a champion basement organizer, he arranged things and cleaned things and it’s becoming more and more a pleasure to visit our storage basement. We hope to have this space function as a storage/mudroom/craft space one day. And I got to do something really fun and exciting, I took one baby to Costco! That baby was Talia. Wow, I never imagined how easy it could be to run an errand with one baby. I put her in the car and when we got to Costco she went in the baby Bijorn and shopping we went. It was so EASY and she had so much fun. She helped push the cart. People looked at her and smiled, probably because she was having the time of her life and smiling her super fancy grin to everyone she saw. But no one spoke to me, no one asked how old she was or what her name was, we were in and out of Costco in under and hour. When I got home my husband was playing with Jordan who had woken from her nap while we were gone. She was in a much better mood and they two of them were having a great time too, just the two of them.
Later that day we decided we needed baby Oragel to help with Jordan with her teething pain.
So She and I went to Target together! Another fun, super easy, outing. My husband and I both agree that hanging out with one baby weather it’s playing at home or out and about is as easy as pie and maybe we should each take one every now and again. But for the most part, the weekends are our time to be together as a family and whatever struggles and sacrifices come with having two babies at the same time, we’d rather deal with them than be apart. But it’s good to know we have the option.
UPDATE:The back of the Oragel box says to consut your Dr for children under two. Turns out mu pediatrician does not like for parents to use the Oragel because it keeps the necessary oxygen the gums need from getting to them. So back to Target it goes. That’s ok,. I love an excuse to go to Target I can always find something I need there.
BTW. I failed to mention yesterday that it was my wonderful parents 40th wedding anniversary. I love you guys, thanks for being the best example of how to love forever!