Amber teething necklaces – myth or magic??

Diaper rash + rosy cheeks + irritability + excessive drooling + chomping on anything that comes close to the face + sleepless nights + fever = teething. Every baby will go through it and although  some don’t even get fazed by it most babies will show some sign that they are getting their first chomper.

Kellan (my 2 yr old) got a high fever and was super irritable while on holidays when he was 6 months old. Typically he is relaxed and easy going so I wasn’t surprised when a little white bud poked through. I am not a huge fan of dosing my kids up with Tylenol/Advil so I did some research and bought an amber teething necklace. I am not going to lie I was a little skeptical…. how can a string of amber beads (that looks cute) actually provide teething relief?! Well it worked! He never was fazed by another tooth coming through again. Magic.

Myles is showing some teething signs (eating everything that come into his reach)...so I popped on the necklace this week!

So I am guessing you have some questions about these ‘magic’ amber teething necklaces

What is amber and how does it work?

-  Amber is not a stone or mineral but get this it’s actually fossilized tree ‘juice’…not sap but a thick liquid that turns into a transparent solid that has succinic acid (this is the magic) in it . Amber is a natural pain reliever that has been used for centuries. It warms up against babes skin and releases its healing medicine ‘magic’- a natural anti-inflammatory.  It is also great to help amp up the immune system to fight off other common infections.

Are they safe?

-  Each bead on the necklace has a knot before and after it- so if a bead does fall off it will only be one. They are small enough that it likely won’t cause choking – you will just get a nice little gift in the next diaper change ;). The clasp is made out of an amber/plastic screw so if there is enough pressure it will open (unlike a metal clasp). So- like anything it is up to you if you want your babe to sleep with it on. In my opinion they are as safe as necklaces can come but if it makes you feel better why don’t you put it on babes ankle?

Does the ‘magic’ wear off?

- If you take proper care of it – wash it with warm water, take it off when swimming in chlorine pools etc, it will last years. It is ‘living’ so the magic will not stop working!

check out the clasp and if you look close enough you can see little knots before and after each bead

Do they chew it?

-  Nope. No chewing required. I still recommend a good teething ring so babe can take their aggression out on something ;). Myles loves the new lanco natural rubber apple teether (check it out)!

Does it matter which colour of necklace I buy?

- Like anything natural, no two beads are exactly alike. All of the different colours have the same calming effect so just pick the one that you think is the cutest!

Is it comfy to wear?

- Both of my boys have never tugged on it or seemed bothered by it. It is super light-weight and not sharp so I would say ‘yes’ it is very comfy. I bet your little one wouldn’t even know that they are wearing it!

So I am curious what you think- are you planning to jump aboard the amber necklace train? Do you love your ‘magic necklace’? Or do you have more questions?? Let me know your thoughts! :)

About Lydia

My name is Lydia and I am a momma (still can’t believe that)! My husband and I recently upgraded to be a family of four. We have two precious boys- Kellan (a chatty 2.5 year old) and Myles (a feisty 8 month old)- life sure is busy but we wouldn't change it for the world! I have been working in the baby industry for the past 5 years so when asked if I would be interested in doing some product blogging while on mat leave I couldn’t resist! I am hoping to help all the mommas (& dads) out there who want honest, reliable information in the crazy world of baby products- enjoy! check out my blog at http://itsmommyapproved.blogspot.ca/
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  • Jen

    We bought one of the Amber necklaces because we didn’t want to give our little guy medicine, and sadly it didn’t work at all!! We thought we’d give it a try after trying the Hazelwood and not having it work, but it had no effect either. Sadly $20 for each necklace down the drain :(

  • Tara-Lynn

    My son Rhys has been wearing his amber necklace since he was a couple months old and he his now 17 months. I must say I love it! He has all but his last four remaining molars and he’s never once drooled, been overly irritable, or had any sleepless nights and has never had a major diaper rash! Most of his teeth I didn’t even notice where coming in until one day they were there. The only teeth he had a problem with was his first four molars but I cake that up to the fact they are bigger and all four came at the same time.

  • Tirk97

    Amber necklaces are popular in Switzerland with all babies. My sister in law used one for both her children and has sent one for our baby boy. At 4.5mths, he is now putting everything into his mouth but is not irritable at all. I guess we will see what happens and how well it works further down the road. I’ve also been told to wash it in freezing cold water once in a while and to place it on a window sill during a full moon to recharge the power of the stones.

  • Leelee

    I got one for my first daughter and wow what a difference it made!! Definatly a firm believer and just order a second one for my second daughter!! <3 amber teething necklaces!!!

    • http://itsmommyapproved.blogspot.ca/ Lydia

      So happy to hear you have amber teething necklace success!!

  • http://www.hawthornejewelers.com/ Hawthorne

    I’v heard a lot about these necklaces and niece was born i went out and bought one of these hoping it would help guess what it did no more crying no medicine to be given great piece of jewelry, and as well as a gift.

  • melissa

    pp sorry you are so skeptical-I wouldn’t knock it until you’ve tried it. Wouldn’t you rather this work for your child instead of putting chemicals into their bodies?

    I wish I’d had a amber necklace for my daughter when she was teething, but I didn’t hear about them until I was pregnant with my son. Our necklace has worked wonders. You have to give it time, sometimes a week even. (The lighter and more opaque the amber, the better it works as well.) At first we thought it wasn’t working and then we took it off him and his symptoms became much worse. He’s worn his for 2yrs now and I include one in every baby gift I buy now. I have just order a hazelwood one with amber beads as my little guy is almost done his teething, but has developed eczema. Hazelwood will work for that and he will still have the additional benefits of the amber.

    • Jack
      • Lucydoodaa

        Nowhere in the article does it state that children have strangulated from these necklaces, it is only based on speculation that a necklace can cause strangulation, not these specific necklaces. So what’s the relevance? Round objects can cause choking, that doesn’t mean that anything that is round can cause choking. Stop being such a fear monger.

  • Mommaof4

    Since when is natural amber considered “hocus pocus” . Wow.

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  • Emergency eyewash stations

    I was going to come sign-up to your shop, particularly since you are the nearest bugaboo supplier, but after seeing offering of this type of hocus pocus bs I’ll be investing my cash elsewhere…

  • Maksim

    Thanks a lot for sharing

  • Shiv

    To jack that posted the pubmed article,
    Thank you! As an RN I can safely say that i would be 100% against putting on a neckless ( a beady one of that) on a child who knows not better than to chew on beads and choke on it or worse, pull on it and possibly get strangulated led by it. I recently became a mom, and still on mat leave. I keep a very steady eye on my baby b,c shes starting to walk now but u can’t guard her every nano second! That is why obvious dangers like necklesses should not be worn on them. as parents, people need to be more educated about these things and not believe everything they see on tv or the Internet!

    • Amber Enthusiast

      Shiv – Amber teething necklaces have breakaway clasps which will snap if any significant pulling occurs, which effectively reduces the chance of strangulation to zero. Each bead is individually beaded so if it does break, there is no cascade of beads. One bead will fall off. Also, the beads are smoothed and sized appropriately so that if a child does manage to get one in his or her mouth, it will pass right through their system without damage. They ARE safety approved for children under a year.

    • colored_pink

      I have to agree with Shiv, my daughter is 5 months and the idea of her choking on something is a risk we aren’t willing to take, my husband and I have talked with other parents who swear by them, and a public health nurse who dislikes them, and we decide for her safety we returned the one a family friend bought for our daughter.

    • LK

      I was worried about the choking hazard but another Mom told me you can also wrap around the ankle…. still effective.

  • http://www.jewelista.com/necklaces/ Designer Necklaces

    Teething can be so unpleasant for both babies and parents. Amber teething necklaces, pointing out that they can break into small parts and pose a choking hazard to young children.

  • TeethingNecklace.ca

    We have had hundreds of parents who, like you, were skeptical about the benefits of our hazelwood and amber teething necklaces, until they tried them. These necklaces can really have some amazing results.
    Jake
    http://www.teethingnecklace.ca

  • Alan

    So these necklaces release salicylate which is absorbed thru the skin. Any idea how much is absorbed? Any side effects that a parent should be concerned about like Reyes syndrome??

  • lilchamp

    Zero chance of strangulation? What if the baby falls asleep in a car seat with their head tilted forward (as they so often do) and the necklace is putting preasure on the babys throat? I’ve heard of infancts suffocating sleeping like that without the necklace. I’d much rather deal with my baby having a fever and rash than have to make funeral arrangments!!!!!!!!!

    • Lucydoodaa

      If a baby suffocated with their heads tilted forward then the harness was put on wrong and way too close to the child’s neck and that’s what caused the baby to stop breathing. Also, did you bother to read the article or have you ever even seen one of these necklaces? They have pressure clasps that are made of plastic, meaning any amount of pressure and the necklace comes apart, quite easily. Stop spreading stupid rumors that you heard from a friend from a friend from a friend that saw it written on a picture on facebook, all you’re doing is adding to the mass dumbing down of society. Cite one valid reference where a healthy child suffocated from having their head slumped forward and I will send you 500 dollars.

  • Tamara

    are you for real dude (Jack)? go back to the 1800′s and burn a witch. y

  • Melis

    Can u get a replacement plastic screw?? I lost mine

  • christine

    do you realize one bead is all they need to choke on?

    • TeeArrr

      Do you realize that the beads are 1/4 the size of your pinky finger nail, cheerios are bigger if you’re having difficulty imagining the size.

  • SnoZ

    Bought one for my 3 yo who is recently diagnosed non verbal autism. Since wearing has been significantly less agitated and thus less use of Tylenol/Advil which use to use when very agitated because always unsure as to what was really bothering her. Also it is first piece of jewellery she has not been bothered by, it’s as if not even on, she knows its there but doesn’t try to take off. Wish I had discovered earlier and any future baby I will get from them start. A great natural remedy that is unevaisive.