Can we talk a little about teething? As a mama of three, I’ve tried it all when it comes to soothing my babies’ teething pain and symptoms. Teething tablets, numbing gels, frozen wash cloths and frozen bagels, Tylenol and Motrin, cold teething rings, hard and soft “chewable” toys of all shapes and sorts… you name it. Some worked, some worked for a few minutes only (I’m talking about you, Baby Ora-jel), and some didn’t work for us at all. We mamas hate to see our babies in pain, don’t we? And after months of listening to my babies crying in pain, drooling constantly, fussing and pulling on their ears, not sleeping well or waking up mid-nap or in the middle of the night…. and losing lots of sleep myself… I finally tried a natural remedy.
If you’re open to a natural remedy for your own baby, then I have a suggestion for you. What I’ve found to be most consistent is also the most attractive: the Baltic Amber Necklace.
I know that every child is different, and each little one responds in their own way. This is just what worked for me for both my girls. I wish I’d known about it when Parker was a baby.
Baltic Amber is a live resin with analgesic properties that are activated when warmed by your baby’s skin. These analgesic oils contain succinic acid, an anti-inflammatory that helps with your little one’s pain relief and teething symptoms. These necklaces are NOT meant for your baby to chew on; rather they are to wear tucked into their shirt and worn against the skin. I think Lila might have chewed on hers for the first couple of days, but after that she seemed to forget about the necklace and never minded wearing it after that. (The photos above were taken for the purpose of showing the necklace itself, although she wore it tucked beneath her shirt or dress the rest of the time.)
From our own personal experience, Lila cut two of her molars without my even knowing it, while she was wearing her necklace. Her other teeth came in as a non-event as well. She also did not drool excessively like most teething babies do. In fact, she hardly drooled at all, and wasn’t nearly as fussy about her teeth after we put the necklace on her. And we mamas know the difference between a cry of pain, and a cry just for the heck of it. ;)
We have since passed on Lila’s amber necklace to my nephew, whose teething symptoms were drastically reduced when he wore it.
This is the first day we put it on him. I don’t think my sister has seen this much drool since!
And now that Charlotte is seven months, she wears one too. No teeth yet, but she will have them soon! Although all three of my kids showed teething symptoms at around four months old, they also were seven or eight months old until they finally got those first teeth in. Talk about a long wait… for them and for me!
There are a few guidelines when thinking of having your baby wear an amber teething necklace. Yes, amber necklaces can be quite controversial, as most natural remedies can be. Do they work? Are they just hype? Well, you’ll have to be the judge of that – they obviously worked for us! But with a little research, and if used properly, these necklaces might be a blessing for your baby.
Here are some things to keep in mind…
- It is very important to look for true Baltic amber when purchasing a teething necklace for your little one. There are lots of “pretty” amber necklaces out there, but look for a quality, well-made necklace from true Baltic amber, as these contain the highest amounts of the anti-inflammatory property.
- Look for necklaces that are knotted between every single bead of amber, so that in case the necklace should break, your beads won’t fall off the string and scatter everywhere, becoming a choking hazard.
- The necklaces are meant to break when pulled on hard enough, rather than choke your baby. (Although, fortunately, we’ve never been able to test that theory!)
- Check the size of your necklace to make sure it’s NOT quite long enough for your baby to chew on it, but that it’s long enough to be worn comfortably. Measure your baby’s neck and determine the proper size. When wearing, tuck the necklace under your baby’s shirt so that it’s not a temptation for him to bite the beads, and also so that his skin can warm up the amber.
- Shape can be a major consideration when thinking of comfort while wearing. These beads come in all shapes and sizes, but the rounded ones would appear to be more comfortable, if you ask me. Lila’s necklace was made of smooth chips, while Charlotte’s beads are more rounded in shape. It’s your preference!
- Amber necklaces come in beautiful colors, from a light lemon-yellow to a deep brown cognac, and beautiful warm tones in between. Lila’s necklace was a mix of light and dark beads, while Charlotte’s are all a lovely cognac.
Darker beads are said to have a bit more power than lighter ones.We’ve since heard from readers saying that the opposite is actually true, so I researched it again and want to correct the article! Some websites say that the light amber is more analgesic than the dark colored beads (have a higher content of succinic acid), but other websites state that they are both equal in their therapeutic aid. You be the judge! :)
What about you? Have you ever tried amber teething necklaces? Did they work for your baby? We’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below!