Chalk this baby product up to something that I’m anxious to try if there’s ever another baby in my future. Amber teething necklaces are an old-fashioned idea that seems to be having a resurgence among mothers. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, maybe you’ve seen a baby wearing a gold-colored bead necklace and wondered what it was all about.
While I admit that in the past I’ve written the concept off as a hippie trend that doesn’t really work, the more I research and talk with my non-hippie friends who swear by the effects, the more I’m convinced that there’s some solid evidence behind the idea.
According to Bouncy Baby Boutique, a former seller Baltic Amber teething necklaces, it’s the succinic acid, a naturally occurring component in amber that makes it so effective. “Succinic acid is a natural pain reliever, anti-inflammatory, and a central nervous system calmer. It is so effective on babies and small children because it simultaneously eases their pain while also having a strong soothing effect on their nervous system – all with zero side effects!”
The beads are meant to be worn against baby’s skin, not chewed, and are worn at a short length so that baby cannot easily grab and pull at the necklaces. In fact, several moms on BabyCenter’s Crunchy Mamas board say that their children hardly notice the necklaces at all. Most often the necklaces are meant to break if pulled too tight, to prevent choking, but beads are individually knotted so they don’t all fall from the necklace. While it’s recommended that children don’t wear them at night, a necklace can be wrapped around an ankle and covered with a sock to keep it warmed against baby’s skin, and still effective while they sleep.