I have been intrigued for some time now about amber and its fame in apparently winning the battle against teething, and was recently given the chance to try it out for myself by the guys at Natural Amber. We have been trying out our necklace for the past few weeks and have had many people notice and ask about it. It came at the perfect time as we had just hit teething head on for the second time in the space of two months, and I was ready to try ANYTHING if it would help my poor red cheeked, whingebaggy, dribble soaked, toxic pooing, nocturnal child!
Twink has teethers like her Sophie giraffe which she absolutely loves and chews like a dog does a bone, however they don’t reduce the pain. And we do have Calpol on tap if we really need it however I feel uncomfortable with dosing her up on a regular basis. We tried the teething gels, but they are just useless in my eyes. For a start, please do tell me of one parent who has actually been able to apply this stuff properly without the globule being swallowed whole by the baby or just spat/sprayed through the force of a raspberry everywhere?! So when amber presented itself as an option I thought ‘why not?!’ People swear by holistic treatments such as this, and I shouldn’t knock it until I try it.
So…baltic amber teething jewellery…what’s all the fuss about?
Well first up…here comes the science bit, paying attention? I shall try and keep it simple…
I initially thought that amber was a kinda crystal healing based idea, which didn’t really float my boat. That kinda theory just doesn’t do it for me. But its not, far from it it turns out….
The necklaces are made from Baltic amber. This type of amber contains one of the highest levels of succinic acid you can find. Succinic acid is released from the amber when it is warmed against the skin and absorbed. This does some kinda magical magnetism thing that acts as a way of relieving pain like teething. And thats about as scientific as I can get my friends….although I do have one more fact mums and dads….succinic acid can be found in some wines and beers. Who’da thunk it?? Use that information as you see fit…
Can a necklace on a baby really be safe?
Well, amber itself is a natural fossilised resin that comes from trees. All natural, no nasty chemicals. Nice and safe. In regards to the necklaces themselves, they are designed and created carefully so that each bead is individually knotted so that if it were to break you wouldn’t end up with a bajillion beads everywhere that baby can then feast on. The necklace that we received has a screw clasp to make the jewellery tricky to remove, although to be fair Twink doesn’t even seem to notice that she is wearing hers and she is one inquisitive grabby baby – I 100% expected her to try and yank it off!
Actually, while I am here, I will touch upon a few simple safety tips as I think that this is so important if you choose to go for amber jewellery. At the end of the day it is the adult’s responsibility to use the product safely right?
- Amber jewellery shouldn’t be worn whilst sleeping whether that be a power nap or a full 12 hours (I have to stop here momentarily and chuckle at that second example as I am yet to know what it feels like!)
- The jewellery should not be put in the mouth/chewed on/sucked.
- Make sure that a child who is wearing amber jewellery is supervised at all times. I would like to add here, that in my mind, this also means when a child is in a car seat.
So what’s the cost?
I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the cost* of these bad boys. In my mind I had imagined that they would be sky high in price because of what they are, but they are in fact very reasonable especially when you also think about how long will can last you and just how many bouts of teething your lovely little human will go through, poor mites!
*Natural Amber prices start from £9.99 and go up to £16.99 depending on the type of product and design that you choose to buy. The jewellery is delivered in lovely little organza bag and comes with a certificate of authenticity and safety guidelines for use.
So, the million dollar question. Does it work?
Now… I am all for trying something new, and realllyyy wanted to believe that baltic amber would be the magical turning point in our teething journey, and something that would make changes overnight. But really, I am just not sure if I have seen results yet. I say yet as I think that perhaps we just need more time to really test the theory, so am not discounting it at all. Twink is definitely chilled when she is wearing her necklace, but then that could just be coincidence…or then again maybe it’s not… I’m just not convinced that I have seen enough gobsmackingly clear difference to honestly say that it works and shout about it just yet. Which is annoying, as I have heard other parents swear by it and want to be able to do the same, but am too weary of the placebo effect. I am the kind of gal who likes hard evidence – I think I need to do a bit more of my own analysis and recordings before I can preach with the choir.
Oh…and in impeccable timing for this post going live today… guess what popped up to say hello yesterday morning? Our first tooth! Hoorah!
Have you tried amber as a way of healing discomfort? Did you see results? I would love love love to hear your experiences?
Disclosure: We were sent the baltic amber necklace by Natural Amber. All views & opinions are my own.