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My three month old is already teething: drooling, fussy (crying for long stretches of time), chewing fingers, bumps and a white spot on his gums.

I've heard good things about the amber teething necklaces, but I want to buy one from a good source. If you have one, where did you get it? Are you happy with it?

Any other teething advice for an early teether would be appreciated!

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Insipired by Finn. It seems to help with my 3 month old's drooling some. She also likes to chew on these small cloth stuffed animals. They're from Under the Nile. I can't believe we're dealing with teething already at 3 months! I wasn't ready at all.
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Insipired by Finn. It seems to help with my 3 month old's drooling some. She also likes to chew on these small cloth stuffed animals. They're from Under the Nile. I can't believe we're dealing with teething already at 3 months! I wasn't ready at all.

Thank you! I was thinking about finding some smaller stuffed rattles or something since regular teeting toys are way too big for his mouth and he seems to like to chew on his shirt, lol!

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I have a discount code from inspired by finn if anyone wants it
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I have a discount code from inspired by finn if anyone wants it
I'd love it, thanks! Really need one ASAP for my 5 month DS

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My dad bought amber stone beads at a bead shop, then a magnetic clasp. We stringed them onto silk thread. I love it! He's so much happier. I was skeptical before. They have them on Etsy too.

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The 1st we bought from Three Sisters Toys. The 2nd we bought from Inspired By Finn.

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I asked on another thread but sadly didn't get an answer, I was wondering how do you make sure what you are getting is REAL amber? I learned a few years ago how common fake amber is (either Resin or another material that is basically young amber with different qualities) on the market. I actually stopped buying amber after I learned this, but now I am curious about it's use for teething, but putting a resin fake on my baby would make me a little mad, you know so how do you know what you are getting is the real stuff?

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Another vote for Inspired by Finn! Best prices anywhere and these things are rugged. My toddler is still wearing hers and it's still going strong. I like that it does not have magnetic clasps which are dangerous because if baby manages to swallow them, it can be life-threatening. Inspired by Finn sells necklaces that are strong but will break if enough pressure is applied to them to cause strangling. The beads are knotted on so if it breaks, they will not all fall off and pose a choking hazard.

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I asked on another thread but sadly didn't get an answer, I was wondering how do you make sure what you are getting is REAL amber? I learned a few years ago how common fake amber is (either Resin or another material that is basically young amber with different qualities) on the market. I actually stopped buying amber after I learned this, but now I am curious about it's use for teething, but putting a resin fake on my baby would make me a little mad, you know so how do you know what you are getting is the real stuff?
Inspired by Finn guarantees theirs and after checking, the one that I bought is definitely 100% real amber. There are many ways you can tell. You can look for seams on the beads. Also, look for imperfections in the surface. With resin beads, they will usually all be the same shape. Choose a necklace with irregularly shaped beads and be sure that they are all different so you know they have not been made in a mold. The most definite way to tell is to heat a pin in a candle and poke it into one of the beads. Resin and plastic beads will melt. Amber will not.

In addition, I have read that ONLY BALTIC AMBER contains the essential painkilling chemical that helps with teething. Also, I have read that the lighter the color of the beads, the more of this chemical (can't for the life of me remember what it's called now) it contains.

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We got ours from timedesigns.etsy.com The necklace is really well made and the amber is beautiful

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I was just looking at the necklaces on Inspired by Finn, and it says the jewelry is not intended for wear on children under 3 years old. That's way past the teething stage, isn't it?! Have you all found them to be safe for teething babies to wear?

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I was just looking at the necklaces on Inspired by Finn, and it says the jewelry is not intended for wear on children under 3 years old. That's way past the teething stage, isn't it?! Have you all found them to be safe for teething babies to wear?

Thanks.
They need to say that by law. As long as you don't let lo wear the necklace unsupervised or chew on the necklace (causing the beads to be loosened), it should be safe.

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Also, I have read that the lighter the color of the beads, the more of this chemical (can't for the life of me remember what it's called now) it contains.
it's succinic acid :-)
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My DD is showing symptoms of teething - She isn't feeding well, is fussing at the breast, latching and unlatching constantly and her appetite generally seems to have decreased.

Will an Amber teething necklace solve the above problems specifically? OR - does it just allow the baby to feel a little relief (while doing nothing about their lack of appetite caused by teething)?




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it's succinic acid :-)
YES, THANK YOU!

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My DD is showing symptoms of teething - She isn't feeding well, is fussing at the breast, latching and unlatching constantly and her appetite generally seems to have decreased.

Will an Amber teething necklace solve the above problems specifically? OR - does it just allow the baby to feel a little relief (while doing nothing about their lack of appetite caused by teething)?




. EDIT: Leighi123 can you give me the code too?
It usually just gives some relief, but that could have a marked effect on the rest of it. It also depends on the child. Some babies feel a lot more pain during teething than others. For some, the necklaces work better tchan for others.

I use the necklace in addition to homeopathics and both together seem to help a lot. DD is still a little cranky when teething, but there is a lot less fussiness and crying.

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I bought my dd's necklace on amberizon.com LOVE IT ! And they are the real deal amber. They have a various selection of beads and necklaces to choose from from light to dark amber, as well as raw amber beads. {this is what I got my dd, it is so beautiful.} They also ship worldwide for a low price, which was essential for me cause we live in Brazil.
If you check out their website, they have a section on there for 10 tests you can do to check if amber is real or not .. very informative.

ETA: they also sell beads loose to make your own necklace and wholesale packages.

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Silly question, maybe. Does the baby just wear the necklace, or chew on the beads?

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Silly question, maybe. Does the baby just wear the necklace, or chew on the beads?
No, make sure the baby never ever puts the necklace in his/her mouth. If they bite them hard enough, the beads can break and they have sharp edges. They should only be worn under supervision. A lot of moms let their babies sleep in them, but I won't do even that unless she's just taking a nap and is right there with me. It worries me too much.

Also, a lot of companies sell amber bracelets and ankle bracelets for the same purpose and they are cheaper, but I have read that the jewelry should be as close to the origin of pain as possible to work, so for teething, you'd need a necklace.

The baby just wears it and their bodies warm the amber which releases trace amounts of succinic acid onto their skin where it is absorbed and relieves pain.

Some moms find that the teething necklaces don't work for their babies. If you buy one from Inspired by Finn, however, she will guarantee them, so you can send it back if it doesn't work for you.

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Ah, thanks. I was a little confused because most teething relievers I've seen are for the baby to put in her mouth. I'd heard of this amber, but couldn't find much info on it.

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Ah, thanks. I was a little confused because most teething relievers I've seen are for the baby to put in her mouth. I'd heard of this amber, but couldn't find much info on it.
Now, I HAVE seen amber made into teethers and pacifiers for teething and I'm sure it would work well, but amber can break, even if it's a big piece and I'd be scared it would be a very dangerous choking hazard.

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With how hard it is to tell the differences what tests do you do to make sure you are not getting Copal (immature amber) instead of Amber? Looking some things up I see it is much easier to tell the differences between Resin and Amber (though no one mentions seams, more they mention taste, smell and using acetone [nail polish remover]), but it seems much harder to tell the difference between Copal and Amber.

I want to figure this all out before my DS starts to teeth in case I decide to try the amber teething necklaces. I will certainly check out the one site if they guarentee their pieces though.

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With how hard it is to tell the differences what tests do you do to make sure you are not getting Copal (immature amber) instead of Amber? Looking some things up I see it is much easier to tell the differences between Resin and Amber (though no one mentions seams, more they mention taste, smell and using acetone [nail polish remover]), but it seems much harder to tell the difference between Copal and Amber.

I want to figure this all out before my DS starts to teeth in case I decide to try the amber teething necklaces. I will certainly check out the one site if they guarentee their pieces though.
This website tells how to tell the difference between the two:
http://www.emporia.edu/earthsci/amber/copal.htm

but for a teething necklace, it does not matter. From a fine jewelry standpoint, yes, you would want mature amber in your nice gold or silver setting because it is more rare, more durable, and it may include fossilized species, but a teething necklace isn't meant to be fine jewelry to last forever. All you would really want it for is it's painkilling properties.

Still, even if it was ancient amber, it wouldn't work unless it was Baltic amber, so I would advise just to choose based on companies that guarantee that their necklaces are of Baltic amber, not just amber.

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Actually, having done some in-depth research just now on the specific types of amber, it looks like Baltic amber, which is definitely the ONLY type of amber that contains succinic acid, is not the mature amber you are talking about.

From what I am reading:

-Mature amber does NOT contain succinic acid and is therefore not useable for teething.

-Baltic amber is the ONLY type of amber to contain succinic acid.

-Baltic amber is also called kauri amber, kauri gum, or resin.

So yeah, it looks like in this case, you actually want the "inferior" stuff.

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Are there any side effects from getting succinic acid in a baby?




. EDIT: Also...where would you say is the best place to buy autnetic baltic amber teething necklaces?
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Are there any side effects from getting succinic acid in a baby?

. EDIT: Also...where would you say is the best place to buy autnetic baltic amber teething necklaces?
There are no side effects caused by succinic acid from wearing teething necklaces, but some babies just do not like them. They may just not like having something around their neck. My daughter never even seemed to notice hers.

I got mine from Inspired by Finn and love it

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Silly question, maybe. Does the baby just wear the necklace, or chew on the beads?
They just wear it.

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We got ours from amberartisans.com. It is baltic amber from Lithuania and the website is great. It explains all about amber and the succinic acid it contains. It was not expensive, IMO, and we actually got a matching set for me and babygirl. It did take a while to get them, though, since the came from far away!

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