I’ve attempted to be a more natural-minded mother since our first child was born, and yet, since he was born back in the 1900s, sometimes I feel like I’m just now learning some natural applications to use with our more recent children. Take the amber teething necklace for example.
They’ve been around for a long time, but I was taught that if a cold teether, and then maybe some Tylenol didn’t work, then you were out of luck. Along the way, I discovered Hyland’s teething tablets and have been using those for years with our little ones when I can clearly see they are cutting a tooth (or even if I just suspect they are.)
Then I began hearing about amber teething necklaces for babies and even children, but thought like many others that the idea seemed a little far-fetched.
But, recently, I received one to try for Lincoln, who by the way, is working on his 6th tooth right now, and boy, oh boy, do we need some teething remedies! We’ve put the necklace on him several times lately when we’ve gone out and about, and at home a few times, too. Honestly? I can’t tell a real distinction if it helps or not. Sometimes it seems to be just the thing. And other times, he bawls and squawls no matter what we do.
I did a LOT of reading before I was comfortable enough to put it on my baby, and ultimately decided that it’s our intended purpose that shows our heart. (Isn’t it always?) (If you’re concerned, then you know what I’m talking about.)
The science behind the beaded necklace is not so much the action of the baby chewing the beads, as I’d once thought, but the oils released and absorbed into the body which reportedly has a calming, soothing effect on people of all ages.
I’m not entirely convinced they do anything amazing, but I think they definitely can help. I will say that the times the necklace seems to help the most are when Lincoln will bite on it. It could be that it’s distracting him by having this handy chew-toy, combined with the gnawing, or maybe even the oils or combination of all three, but if it helps some, then I’ll take it! One of my sweet friends says these things make a huge difference, and she and all three of her kids wear them routinely!
*Note: Teething necklaces are not intended for babies to chew on (although I allow Lincoln to if he remembers it’s there). I personally would never allow a baby to wear one unless they were in my own supervision.*