I'll try anything..

Ok so maybe it's the California vibes out here, but I'm beginning to feel a bit like a crunchy granola mama. I've switched completely to cloth diapering, purchased an amber teething necklace, successfully made Lucy's baby food,  and considered switching to cloth wipes.

More on the cloth diapering adventure later, this post is about those baby beads that are becoming super popular. What is the deal with these magic teething necklaces? You may have seen babies out and about at your local Target sporting something that looks like this:

No their mother does not consider it a fashion statement for their drooling monster... it has other purposes, or so it should. Apparently the warmth of your baby's skin releases a helpful acid, much like a medication to help ease their sore mouth. I bought Lucy an amber teething necklace mostly because I've heard great things about them and my little girl is soaking her onesies from her teething mouth. Contrary to popular belief they do not chew on them, they simply wear them. I am super undecided about this product, and have tons of reservations about it. The way I see it trying something that is $20 to help with teething is totally worth it, even if it is a total farce. Some moms swear by them, others call them a scam.. either way I am giving it a go! The look I got from my sister when I purchased this was pretty funny. Dr. Dan is definitely not sold on the baltic amber baby jewels. Oh! and not to fear... I take it off her when she sleeps. (she is never unsupervised anyway.. but just to ease your minds) Anyway here is more info about what this necklace is supposed to do:

" Baltic amber has been used for centuries for teething and is renown for its healing and anti-inflammatory properties, which is how it can be helpful for soothing red inflamed cheeks and gums. In addition to assisting to reduce pain, drooling (for which amber is said to work by stimulating the thyroid glands) and irritability that is often associated with teething, amber beads have also been claimed to relieve eczema, speed up wound healing and stave off ear and throat inflammation, amongst many other ailments.

Amber can also help with concentration and the body’s reflexes. It offers an energy boost and has positive effects for the nervous system and the heart. Because these little wonders come from nature, they are also good for the environment, and are a great alternative to synthetic pain relief medications, reducing exposure to the ingredients contained in teething gels.
You may assume that babies need to chew on the beads to get relief – but the effects are actually said to come from the beads touching skin, when body heat causes the amber to release succinic acid. The acid isn’t exclusive to amber – its found in many plants and animals. The beads should NOT be chewed at all and the necklace should be short enough so that it cant be placed into the mouth. "

source: bellybelly.com 

I will be sure to write another post really examining if this thing works for Lucy.

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