Is your baby chewing on everything they can get their hands on? Including you, your hair and your baby carrier? There’s special teething jewelry you can wear that’s baby safe and gives them something to chew on that isn’t you! But with so much different chew-able jewelry out there, which ones should you choose? In today’s article, I’ll investigates all their features and provides you with a guide on what to look for.
To be clear, we are discussing items worn by Mom (or any caregiver) and not the Amber or Hazelwood Teething Necklaces worn by babies.
I first found wearable teethers when I was pregnant with my third son. I ran into a local mom at our farmers market and she made clip-on teethers for your baby carrier. She is Michelle from Benjamin’s Buttons and Beads, and we bought a clip-on teether for our carrier that day. It has come in very handy for my babywearing journey and saves my straps from being gummed and slobbered. It was this little clip-on that got me interested in teething jewelry, and I’ve since bought several pieces.
Wearable, chew-able jewelry comes in a variety of styles and materials. Clip-ons, necklaces and bracelets are three great options to choose from depending on your needs. Teething jewelry is also very handy as a sensory object while nursing. Giving baby something to hold and touch while you nurse can save you from bites and pinches.
Decide on a style that works best for you
Maybe you want a bracelet/bangle that slips off your arm easily so that you can hand it to baby during babywearing, nursing, or other times when your little one needs something to chew or hold. Or perhaps you want something always there that won’t get lost, and so a necklace is more your game. For travelling, when you need something on the carrier, car seat or stroller, a clip on teether will be perfect! Or maybe you want all three!
Ensure the materials are baby safe
Polished wood rings (untreated or safely treated with coconut or olive oil), food grade silicone and cotton crocheted wooden beads are the most common materials you will find. It’s important to check that the teething jewelry you pick is specifically designed for baby use. Make sure the silicone is non-toxic, FDA approved and food safe- since baby is going to be chewing right on it.
Be sure the design is safety conscious
Not just the materials, but the design of the teething jewelry itself should be safe. You’re looking for safety clasps that release quickly in an emergency and strong cords that are individually knotted between beads so that they don’t come loose and become choking hazards if the cord breaks. You want to be sure the item is sturdy and feels secure when you tug at it firmly.
Pick something easy to clean
Silicone will get covered in dust and hair after a while so a quick wash now and then is essential.
My Munchables necklace is dishwasher safe, on the top rack, which is super handy. The Teathease necklace could probably go in the dishwasher too but since its a single pendant I just was it with warm water in the sink.
Wood can be treated easily with olive oil or coconut oil as needed. If dirty, it can be wiped with a damp cloth and then left to dry.
Buy from a reputable shop
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Do you use teething jewelry? What brands have you tried? Do you have any advice for moms that are looking to purchase some?