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My DD is 3.5mo and is drooling and chewing on everything. Sometimes she gets cranky and I can't figure out why. I'm wondering if she's having some preliminary teething pain, and considering putting the amber necklace I bought for her on. Is there any reason I shouldn't do this? How old was your baby when you put on a teething necklace?

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#2 of 31 Old 07-22-2010, 12:08 PM
 
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I put Cecilia's on her at around 2 months old. I have definitely noticed a change in her temperament when I have it off for a day.

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I put Eloise's on her at 40ish hours old. Never had an issue with it being there. I put one on Desmond when he was around 3 months. I have never had issue with them having them on as infants.

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I put one on DD1 at ~6 months, at about a month for DD2 and at just a few days old for DS2.

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this may seem silly but Why? why an amber necklace I haven't heard anything about that...

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Amber is a fairly soft resin, and it contains a mild analgesic. When worn against the skin, the warmth of your body heats the amber enough for some of the analgesic to sink into your skin. It's supposed to help with teething pain for babies without giving them medication.

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Sorry if this is a dumb question (new mama here!), but isn't is kind of unsafe to have a necklace on a small baby? I would think there'd be some strangulation hazard. Maybe I'm just being paranoid. But if it's safe (and I guess it is if you all are doing it, right?), this sounds like a great idea!!! Glad to find out about it.

I don't mean to threadjack, but a PP mentioned 2 and 3 month olds wearing one for teething. Do they teethe that early? I could've sworn I saw a couple teeth buds on my 2 mo's lower gums, and noticed he's been drooling a lot all of a sudden, but figured it couldn't be teeth already....could it????? Maybe it's time for me to get an amber necklace!!!

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The necklace I got is short enough that she never tries to grab at it, and if she did, it's designed to break, and each bead is individually knotted so they won't go everywhere. I feel 100% confident in its safety. Elsa's been wearing hers since she was almost four months.

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The necklace I got is short enough that she never tries to grab at it, and if she did, it's designed to break, and each bead is individually knotted so they won't go everywhere. I feel 100% confident in its safety. Elsa's been wearing hers since she was almost four months.


Not to mention the biggest time I'd be worried about would be sleeping, when I'm not watching her cause I'm sleeping too, and she sleeps swaddled so she can't grab it in her sleep.

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I put mine on my 4 month old because I was sure he was teething......7 months-still no teeth.
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Do you suppose you could try it for other ailments,too? My dd has arthritis and often has low level pain.
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Do you suppose you could try it for other ailments,too? My dd has arthritis and often has low level pain.
DH and I wear ones for headaches, they seem to work for us. So yes you can use it for other ailments.

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Do you suppose you could try it for other ailments,too? My dd has arthritis and often has low level pain.
I've read that their great for other things, not just teething.
Any rec's for a good break away one?

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She was about 3 months I think. she got her first tooth at 5 months and her other one just a couple days ago (she's 6 months)

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I got mine from Inspired by Finn. They have a hyenacart and you can find them on Facebook. They seem to run lots of sales too.

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We started having our kids wear them at around 3 months. This LO is seven months old and now cutting her 3rd and 4th tooth this week. It seems to help. Even if it doesn't they are so cute and I get lots of compliments on her necklace.

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Yep, mine is IbF too.

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Yep another happy IbF customer here as well.

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Not to mention the biggest time I'd be worried about would be sleeping, when I'm not watching her cause I'm sleeping too, and she sleeps swaddled so she can't grab it in her sleep.
Why would it be dangerous for the baby to grab it? Just curious. I put ds's on him around 3 months, I think. He is 10 months now, and grabs the necklace all the time. I'm not worried about his safety.
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The only concern I would have would be if it wasn't breakaway (it is) and she was able to grab it when I couldn't supervise her (sleeping at night). But it's a moot point since she sleeps swaddled.

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I also have one from IbF - It seems to help. DS had two teeth break through last week at 5.5 months. He has been wearing it (off and on) since about 3 months.

At night, even though we cosleep, I put the necklace around DS' ankle (it fits perfectly wrapped around twice). At night, I just feel more comfortable with it there than around his neck.

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Do you suppose you could try it for other ailments,too? My dd has arthritis and often has low level pain.
You can try. My daughter has juvenile psoriatic arthritis and it does nothing for her arthritis pain but did wonders for teething.

You can buy the necklace made for babies so it will break if yanked on and each of the beads are individually tied on so the whole string does not go every where.

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Thanks for the rec's Mama's. I'll check them out!

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8 Weeks. I think its a bit big on his neck though so he wears it as a bracelet. It fits perfectly on his wrist. The sooner the better I think - they get more used to it then and won't even notice it is there when they are old enough to grab and pull at it, etc.

This is a pic of him with it on his wrist:

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I don't mean to threadjack, but a PP mentioned 2 and 3 month olds wearing one for teething. Do they teethe that early? I could've sworn I saw a couple teeth buds on my 2 mo's lower gums, and noticed he's been drooling a lot all of a sudden, but figured it couldn't be teeth already....could it????? Maybe it's time for me to get an amber necklace!!!
Most babies teeth this early. Teething usually starts around 12 weeks of age. Of course, that doesn't mean they will have a tooth any day from that early on...it just means that is when the teeth start shifting under the gums. Mind - some babies are born with teeth, so it is possible that a baby could actually get a tooth/teeth that early. DS1 started teething around 12 weeks of age - but didn't get his first tooth until 6 months. He wasnt fussed about teething after 7 months when his second tooth came through - but teething really bothered him from about 12 weeks. DS2 - I think he has been teething since 8 weeks. Apparently I got a tooth at three months.

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If its an amber teethng necklace in general - I would assume they are made baby safe. I havn't seen one yet that wasn't made baby safe (breakaway feature, beads individually tied, etc).

Hamish has been wearing his for awhile now and a lot of people just think I fancied putting some jewelry on him! lol Very few have said 'Oh is that one of those amber teething necklaces?'... Usualy I just get 'You think hes a girl?' and 'How is that safe?'. As if I would endager my own baby! This baby is in a sling 99% of the day, breastfed, never left to cry, etc...you would think they would get the hint that I do infact have his best interest at heart here! lol

I am going to make him a rose quartz one as well. You can buy rose quartz nuggets that are the same size and shape as the amber on amber teething necklaces and I am then going to buy the same type silk thread and individually tie them...then you can buy the hypoallergenic break away clasps that I shall clasp it with! Rose Quartz is supposed to be calming. We shall see how he likes it!

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Cecilia's been showing signs of teething for over a month now, so I would say around 9-10 weeks. It didn't surprise me, since my mom says I cut my first tooth around 4 months old, and the same for my sister's kids.

ETA: Ann, that makes me want to make Cecilia an amber and rose quartz necklace! Maybe with the stones intermixed. So pretty!

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I went ahead and put the necklace on her. It won't hurt, and it's super cute.

I never heard of the Rose Quartz idea. My son was playing with his necklace, which is why I took it off of him, but maybe I'll make him a Rose Quartz one.

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