| Jessica Skelton
Teething… every parent’s worst nightmare! We can’t avoid it, we can’t escape it, but we can help provide those sweet babies with some relief! Teething necklaces are worn by either mom or baby (depending on the type) and can be a game-changer for babies experiencing pain and irritation from teething, but there are so many different options out there it can be tough to decide which option will be best for your baby.
We’re here to help!
Let’s dive into some of the top teething necklaces, their pros and cons, care needs, and where to find them!
Silicone Teething Necklaces
Pros: Silicone is a great teething necklace material because it does wonders for soothing sore gums. The material’s soft and flexible nature makes for a great item for a baby to chomp down to their heart’s content without causing added soreness. These products come in all different shapes, sizes, and colors to let your creative juices really flow to create a teething necklace that will look good on you, catches and keeps your baby’s attention, and provides different textures for the gums.
Cons: Silicone is a synthetic, chemically based material. This isn’t necessarily a big deal if the products are sourced from a company that cares about making sure their products are BPA-free, odorless, tasteless, FDA approved, food-grade quality, etc. (check out Chomp Supply’s full list of safety features here). However, not all companies will check all of the boxes. Make sure you are doing your research and purchasing products that are created using quality material.
Care Needs: Teething necklaces made from silicone can be easily cleaned with soap and water. Products that are purely silicone can typically be placed in the dishwasher for super convenient sanitizing. Make sure to always check the cleaning instructions on the specific product your purchase before washing. Silicone teething necklaces should be discarded/replaced at the first sign of wear.
Wood Teething Necklaces
Pros: Wood teething necklaces are exceptional for giving that extra “umph” to help teeth finally break through the gum line. They are a naturally occurring material so you can worry less about potential chemical exposure.
Cons: Teething necklaces made from wooden materials may require some maintenance. After extended use, the wood may need to be lightly sanded to avoid having rough of splintered areas. The buyer should also be cautious of whether or not the wood is treated. If it is treated, one must be sure that the product used to treat the wood is safe for your baby to chew on.
Care Needs: Whether your teething necklace is all wood or only contains some wood pieces, you should spot clean with only soap and water. Do not submerge the wood beads or rings in water as it can cause the wood to swell.
Wood with Fabric Over Top
Pros: This type of necklace is going to provide many of the same pros and cons list above for wooden teething necklaces. They are typically made in the same fashion as the wooden necklaces; however, extra steps are taken to beautifully and securely wrap the wooden beads in fabric. This brings more color and vibrancy to the necklace, absorbs some of the unavoidable baby drool, and add a little extra texture to aid in soothing sore gums.
Cons: Although is can be a pro that these necklaces absorb some of the drool, that could also be a con, as well, if the feeling of wearing a damp necklace bothers you. Where silicone or wooden necklaces could be spot-dried with a towel, as needed, the fabric would need to air dry. As mentioned above for wooden necklaces, the buyer should also be aware of whether or not the wood beads have been treated. If so, the buyer should insure the product the wood was treated with is baby safe.
Care Needs: A simple soap and water hand wash will do the trick with this necklace and some are even machine washable! Check the instructions for the specific shop you purchase from to view their recommendations prior to washing.
Ready to make your own teething necklace? Check out these tutorials and resources!
Ready to buy now? Check out some of our favorite premade options!
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