Natural Living, Natural Parenting

Amber Teething Jewelry

Teething can be a serious pain for babies, & their parents! Kaden started teething last September, & we got him homeopathic teething tablets which helped a lot. Unfortunately, when his one year molars started coming in last month, the teething tablets are no longer being sold anywhere.

Determined to find a natural alternative to the common recommendation of children’s Tylenol, I came across amber teething jewelry through two of my favorite mommy bloggers, Kelle Hampton & Emily Jennings. They both claimed it worked really well for their little ones, so I thought it was worth a try.

In my research prior to ordering amber teething jewelry, I learned that it is not for babies to chew on. They wear it 24/7 (except when swimming/bathing, more on that later), & a property in the amber is absorbed through the skin which helps with pain, in this case, from teething. Hazelaid, a family owned company of medicinal jewelry, explains it as “Baltic amber is not a ‘stone’, but a natural resin. As it warms with the body’s natural temperature, Baltic amber jewelry releases healing oils containing succinic acid which are absorbed into the skin and then into the bloodstream.” Because of this it hasΒ been used as “teething jewelry” in many countries for hundreds of years.

We received our dark cherry* Baltic amber necklace & bracelet the first week of August and noticed immediate results. Kaden had been biting everything (the couch, end table, my legs) almost constantly & that stopped completely the first day. His general fussiness that seemed to be related to teething gradually tapered off within an additional day or two.

I was so happy that this solution worked for us. As you may know, I’m not a big fan of conventional medicine & prefer to avoid taking drugs, or using them to treat my family (especially the tinier, more vulnerable members), as much as possible. I really believe there are natural alternatives to almost any medical condition when we look for them, and when I find them I feel so accomplished & happy, which is why I wanted to share this good find with you πŸ™‚

Now, back to caring for Baltic amber jewelry; it is very important that it does not come in contact with any chemicals – lotions, soaps, shampoos, chlorine, etc., or they may interfere with it’s ability to work. Landon took Kaden swimming last Saturday & I forgot to tell him the necklace & bracelet needed to come off first. I was optimistically hoping one time in the pool wouldn’t hurt it, but I’ve really noticed a difference in Kaden’s mood in the past few days since then. He is much more irritable, less calm, & very uncooperative (think a diaper change equivalent to getting a root canal), which I’m almost possitive is related to his teething pain. So we’ll be placing our next order with Hazelaid ASAP, because when baby’s not happy, nobody’s happy.

Hazelaid also offers products made from Hazelwood, which can really help with problems like eczema. My sister Clarissa tried one of their necklaces for the eczema on her neck & noticed major improvements. They have products for a wide range of ailments (arthritis, acid reflux, migranes, acne, etc.), so if you’re interested, check out their website for more info here.

And for all of you fabulous readers, I am so excited to announce that The Thinking Mom is doing our first giveaway! The wonderful people at Hazelaid want to give a random commenter a $25 gift certificate to their online store. So to enter, check out their online store, & then come back here & say in a comment which product interests you the most πŸ™‚ Winner will be announced next Wednesday, August 31.

And if you’d like to order something from Hazelaid in the meantime, they’re offering everyone 10% off orders with this code:

thinkingmom10

(expires 9/14/11)

Hope you found this information educational & helpful! And for their sake, please share with anyone with teething babies! πŸ™‚

Happy Monday!

 

 

*a note on choosing the color of your jewelry: the lighter colors of Baltic amber have higher levels of succinic acid, thus would likely be more effective. We chose a darker color because we wanted it to look somewhat “boyish” (and it feels a little tropical), but if/when we have a girl, I will be getting her the lightest color. Or another option is the “semi-polished” styles, which cost slightly more, but all contain the highest levels of succinic acid.

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24 Comments

  1. Leeanna Scott

    August 22, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Very Cool! I want to bet some butter colored Amber for little man. Hope I win! πŸ˜‰

    1. Amanda

      August 30, 2011 at 7:44 pm

      As I’m a hopeful mommy to be soon, I love hearing about natural products like this. I worked in day schools for many years and got so sick the most common solution (medication) to the children’s discomfort.

      Now that I work in the medical field I find it even scarier to see how many common medications are recalled.

      I would love to try this product!!

  2. Ashley

    August 22, 2011 at 9:01 am

    I want to try the hazelwood necklace, I hear it works wonders on acid in the body and I want to try anything I can to help out my little girl with her reflux! Thank you thinking mom and hazelaid for making this giveaway!

    1. TheThinkingMom

      August 22, 2011 at 9:12 am

      That’s really sweet! And thank you for thanking us πŸ™‚

  3. Kari Nance

    August 22, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    I’d love to try a super butter necklace on my 4 month old baby girl who, I think, is getting ready to cut her first tooth! Poor baby!

  4. Heather Teff

    August 22, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    I would like to try the products for eczema.
    Thanks, Katelyn

  5. Cecelia

    August 22, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    I love the single entry! The “like us, like them, tweet here” and so on gets a little tedious.

    I’d get the super butter necklace for my daughter. Our old one went missing on vacation!

  6. Karen Perkins

    August 22, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    I ordered the hazel wood and magnet bracelets for Dad and me and decided to order the necklace as well for my neck problems. I am excited to get them soon. Thank you for the the discount code too. πŸ™‚

  7. Jennifer Moellers

    August 23, 2011 at 9:50 am

    As I don’t have children yet, I am thinking about getting some for myself. I was in a car accident a few years ago and feel I have tried, just about everything, for the pain I am having. I crushed my pelvis, sacrum and coccyx in my accident, along with some other anatomy. When the Doctors told me there was nothing they could do and gave me a bottle of pain killers, it just wasn’t good enough for me. I have been searching for anything to help since. Thank you Katelyn for the great idea!!

  8. Gizella DiVenere

    August 23, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    I am so excited to try the hazel wood for my 1 month old daughter. She has really bad eczema, but is too young for any treatments except cortisone which doesn’t help. I have read great reviews of it and I hope it could help her too! Wish I knew about this product when my son was a baby. He grew out of his eczema. Thanks for having this giveaway!

  9. Carla

    August 23, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    All of the items looks amazing, its hard to pick just one! I would love to try some of the SUPER butter for my son’s teething though. He is 5 months old and is not having a fun time at all! Poor guy! Thank you so much for hosting this giveaway! Love it!

  10. Makenzie

    August 23, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    I’d love to get a amber and hazelwood necklace for my neice who is teething and has reflux!

  11. Brittany

    August 23, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    I’d love to get an unpolished necklace in Super Butter. Although the dark unpolished ones are tempting too….

  12. Mariah

    August 23, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    I have actually ordered from Hazelaid before for my youngest and both the amber necklace and the hazelwood have worked wonders for her pain and spitting up! I am planning on ordering a fun hazelwood necklace for my oldest daughter who has eczema but it would be awesome to win one! Thanks for the opportunity!

  13. Diana

    August 23, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    I would love to order one of the necklaces as a gift for my cousin’s baby girl. She’s not teething yet but I know they would love this!

  14. Stephanie Wojno

    August 23, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    I was getting ready to reply but then got completely distracted by the earthquake. That’s something I never felt before, that was too cool!

    I’d get the superbutter for my cousin that’s due with her first. We recently ordered an amber necklace for my son (who at 9 months old still doesn’t have teeth but has plenty of symptoms) and a hazel necklace for my husband who suffers from GERD. Both seem to be helping them!!

  15. Missy

    August 23, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    A few days ago I bought a “super butter” amber necklace for my teething 8 month old who has been SUPER crabby lately and I’d really like to try a hazelwood necklace for my 2 year old who has eczema, but couldn’t afford to get both necklaces at this time. Would LOVE to win!

  16. summer

    August 23, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    I love the Milk & Butter and the Milk and Honey! My little one is teething πŸ™

  17. Amanda

    August 28, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    I would love to try the Hazelwood.I find the Sodalite very cute! haha. Connor has a few skin problems, including eczema.

  18. MrsMorgan

    August 29, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Thanks for sharing this info! We love hazelaid! I have an amber bracelet, but my husband wants a hazelwood necklace to try to help with his acne. I love that you included a discount code!

  19. Amanda

    August 30, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    I’m going to be having a baby boy in December, I’ve heard a lot about these necklaces from a lot of moms lately and I would like to try one. I would like the darker colored Amber necklace since I think it looks better for a boy. Thanks for posting this Katelyn.

  20. Jenny Scholten

    August 30, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    I went to the website and I think I’d get an additional necklace for Jack (or new baby Noah, due in Dec). I’d like to look into migraine remedies which you mentioned, but I think I’d lean towards the baby amber necklace for the give-a-way, HOPE I WIN! πŸ™‚ Thanks so much!

  21. Stephanie

    August 30, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    I took a look at the Hazelaid website this weekend and ended up reading almost all of the reviews out loud to JC. We are very intrigued and definitely interested in trying any natural cures. Thank you so much for posting this!

  22. Jenna Bo Benna

    August 30, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    Wow! I didn’t realize they had necklaces for OTHER things besides teething! I want to get one for my sister, who has migraines, and my dad, who has headaches! My nephew hasn’t had trouble with teething yet, but he’s only 10 months old, so I bet he will. I’m definitely going to pass this website along to my friends!

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