I’d heard miraculous talkings of amber teething necklaces and anklets ever since I started hanging around the more natural parenting forums when I discovered I was having Chloe. It all sounded great, your LO wears one and their teething pain is vastly reduced, simple. Well it did all sound too simple to be honest but I did mean to try one on Chloe as they arent expensive and obviously I’d rather use something more natural to stop any pain. But for one reason or another, I completely forgot about getting one which was mostly down to Chloe being pretty good with new teeth coming through, sometimes I wouldnt even know she was teething until a new tooth had popped through! But in the last month or so she has been having a tough time, nappy rash, chewing on anything in sight, not settling for bed, waking up during the night etc. So I suddenly remembered about Amber teething necklaces and started to do a bit of research.
I did my usual searching for reviews and information on the internet and I came across Dino-Daisy as a good place that sold and made custom amber teething jewellery. If you’re still not totally sure what on earth I’m on about, let me explain the whole thing with some useful bits I found from the website.
“For centuries throughout Europe, Baltic amber has been used for healing and wellbeing. When worn by your little ones, The warmth from their body releases the amber’s natural oils into the skin, soothing the misery of teething aches and pains, offering a completely natural remedy.”
What is it that causes the amber to soothe pain? Well Baltic amber contains succinic acid, a known analgesic reputed to boost the immune system, reduce inflammation and accelerate the healing of wounds. Sounds fantastic doesnt it, a magical, natural wonder! So that all sounds fab but what actually is amber?
“Baltic amber is a fossilised resin produced by pine trees in Northern Europe. As it is organic, sizes, colours and the shape of each bead is unique, making no two pieces the same.”
So yes, not only is each necklace or anklet unique but each individual bead is a one off. Its like having a little piece of history with you that began its journey to you around 40 million years ago, I find it all totally amazing.
Amber is non-toxic so it is safe to be used by babies and although I’ve read a few pieces suggesting that the closer you wear it to the site of pain (neck for teeth etc) I’ve also read that a lot of people like the anklets and they’ve worked fine. So if you’re not too keen on the thought of your LO wearing a necklace then there is still another way!
Dino-Daisy make all of their amber jewellery by hand, at home in Scotland, and all of the amber used is genuine, authentic, natural Baltic amber. No artificial, plastic, synthetic, reconstituted or substitutes for amber is used. I have heard of a few people who have bought amber from other places that have broken or have turned out not to be made from proper Baltic amber (and so also of course not working). So do make sure you buy yours from a reputable seller of true Baltic Amber or you might as well just not buy anything at all!! It isnt expensive so by trying to save a few pounds buying from somewhere that seems to be ‘a bargain’ might mean that you’re actually just throwing your money on a fake. I’m sure fake ones aren’t common but I’d hate for people to get them thinking they were doing something good for their LO when it has no affect.
The teething jewellery is designed to be very durable with each bead knotted in between to prevent a choking hazard (in the unlikely event of the cord breaking, only one bead can come off). But again, amber is non toxic so is safe and Dino-Daisy amber beads are light and too small for a baby/child to choke on. The strong cord comes in various colours and you can get it matching to the amber colour or even something contrasting. And every necklace uses twist screw closure, clasp or strong magnetic clasp for safety. I asked for Chloe’s to be made with pink thread and it looks gorgeous, you can only really see the pink up close but I think it’s a nice touch to be able to choose the thread. And it has a screw closure which I’m sure even if Chloe knew how it worked, she wouldn’t be able to undo it.
As mentioned above, each stone is different and gorgeous in its own right and they come in a range of different shades/colours, from the more typically amber colour to browns, yellows and even dark cherry, almost black looking colours. So if you go for a custom piece you can choose to have your item made in one type or a mix of the rainbow colours. I went for a mix of Butterscotch and Lemon amber, very light and I thought fitting with Chloe’s fair colouring. There are easily 15+ different colours to choose from, so there’s definitely something for everyone and then there’s always the option to have a few of the colours combined on your piece, making it even more unique. As well as picking the thread colour you can also pick the length of the necklace, Chloe is quite slim so hers is a little long but obviously it might be shorter on a bigger child, so it is worth measuring to make sure you get the length you want.
The style of the amber comes in different kinds as well, a ‘Baroque’ which is more rounder uniform beads and ‘Burst’ which are bean like and there’s also the ‘raw’ version which of course is the most natual. I went for the more rounder symetrical type and I think it looks stunning. I felt like Chloe was getting a one of designer piece – which in a way she is, an ancient history designer piece!
Of course there are instock pieces you can buy as the custom pieces are made to order so can take a few days longer to get out to you. Dino-Daisy also have a lovely range of mummy jewellery, which looks fab and I think I’m going to ask OH for a piece for Christmas! As a rough guide for custom pieces the amber necklaces start at about £13, which is nothing really compared to the relief for your LO, I would happily spend a lot more then that if I knew if would ease some pain.
Now there is a bit of conflicting things I’ve read about the colour of amber, a few places have said that the darker the colour/cloudier the amber then the better it works but Dino-Daisy state on the site that they have seen no truth to this, and I’ve read the same elsewhere. So I just went with something that I thought suits Chloe.
So how has it worked for Chloe? Well for two days before the necklace arrived, Chloe was waking up every 4 hours or so during the night, Calpol was being used and she was generally a grumpy girl through out the day, bless. When the necklace arrived I popped it straight on her and that night she slept fine, without waking once. Now I am a normally skeptical person but I have to say, we havent had any teething trouble since wearing it. Now obviously there is no real way to test that the necklace is working – it could just be that Chloe isnt teething at the minute, but I find it to be a big coincidence if that is true! I guess we could keep it off and as soon as she shows signs of teething, pop it back on and see it if goes away, but really who is going to use their LO like that and possibly expose them to even the slightest hint of uneasiness or pain. So personally I am pretty much convinved the amber is doing something good so whilst Chloe is happy to wear it then I’m happy for her to wear it. OH actually thinks it looks kinda cool and I was suprised by how little Chloe seems to care about wearing it. For the first few minutes after I put it on her she was interested but now she doesnt even notice it’s there. I’m sure the experience if different to each LO, and of course I doubt it would stop really the really bad pain of a troublesome tooth coming through but even if it stops that slight niggling uneasiness then it’s 100% worth it in my opinion.
So I would definitely recommend them to anyone with a teething LO (or even as a preventative measure fo a LO that has yet to start having any pain). They arent expensive and they arent ugly or heavy or dangerous (no more so then anything that you give your LO). And you can truly make them beautiful and personal, a little piece of art almost. And Dino-Dasiy are lovely and friendly and can offer you help if you’re stuck on what you want. I think amber necklaces would make a lovely gift as well, I just only wish that I’d got one sooner!
After talking to Dino-Daisy about getting Chloe a custom piece, they kindly offered to give it to us to review for free, however no one has told me what to write, all words (including spelling mistakes) and opinions are 100% my own and genuine.
Dino-Daisy have super kindly given me an amber anklet in the same Butterscotch and Lemon colours on a pink thread to give away to a lucky winner. Dont be alarmed if you have a boy as I think the pink is very subtle and I would definitely be more then happy for my boy to wear it, if I had one!
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- And closes at 11.59pm on Friday 8th July 2011.
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And the winner thanks to Random.org is…
Ashley Hartford (4)
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