Unfortunately, most beads that would work for a nursing necklace have the potential for choking-that's why you really need to be sure you have strong cord-leather is good. Check what your local places has and pull on it, tug it, and really try to see how mcuh it can take-of course, you're stronger than a toddler but you want it to stand up to a lot of tugging. Don't use a clasp to close it-you'll need to tie it in a knot-again-pull it, etc to be sure it's going to hold-since they are longer anyway you shouldn't have to worry about undoing it to take it on/off.
There are so many beads out-glass, wood, plastic-just pick what you think will grab his attention.
One more trick, you may want to tie a small knot every few beads just in case it would break to prevent all the beads from coming off.
And don't forget to look at the size of hole in your beads to make sure they'll go over the cord you use-leather is larger so you'll be more limited in what you can use if that's what you go with=just an FYI
hmmmm.....what about a weighty hemp string? That should be pretty good. Thanks for the suggestion of making knots every few beads. That's an excellent idea. Do any of you have a picture you could post of the necklace that you made? So I can get ideas.
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