TOT Runway: Healing Amber Necklaces for Baby?

Healing Amber Necklaces for Baby?

Have you noticed the new celeb baby trend --amber necklaces? Heidi Klum's daughter Leni wears one as does Rachel Zoe's son.
Rachel Zoe with son Skyler, who is wearing an amber teething necklace.

Rachel Zoe's son Skylar
Apparently, it's not only a fashion statement, but naturally therapeutic. For centuries, Baltic amber, which is a fossilized tree resin, has been prized for its healing properties to help relieve teething pain in children. This Child Baltic Amber Necklace contains naturally-occurring succinic acid, a healing oil which, when warmed by the body and released on the skin, is said to provide analgesic and anti-inflammatory benefits to help take some of the "owie" out of teething. They are worn by babies as young as six weeks old! Does it work? Millions of people swear by it and, besides, this necklace so lovely that you will want to wear it regardless.

You can order Baltic amber necklaces for only $18.99 in child sizes at Creative Kidstuff. For safety, each bead is small enough to prevent choking and each is individually knotted so a break won't mean beads spilling all over the room and the plastic clasp is free of allergens. I was afraid my boys would pull on it and try to bite it, but once I put it around their necks they forgot all about it as it's short and out of their eyesight.


To derive the most therapeutic value, baby should wear this Child Baltic Amber Necklace most of the day but never while sleeping or unsupervised and it should not be chewed on. Available in size small (10 inches) and medium (12 inches).

The Australian Consumer Commission has given safety guidelines to parents currently using the necklaces (Essential Baby). Consumers using this product are advised to:
always supervise the infant when wearing the necklace or bracelet
remove the necklace or bracelet when the infant is unattended, even if it is only for a short period of time
remove the necklace or bracelet while the infant sleeps at day or night
not allow the infant to mouth or chew the necklace or bracelet

I actually spotted a pair of twin toddlers with them on in Manhattan the other week too, which got me re-looking at this accessory trend for tots.

Here is Ben wearing his beads:
 

I think it looks cool on him. What do you think?

Also, check out Creative Kidstuff, the award-winning toy store for creative and innovative playthings. You can shop by age and feature unique items recommended by parents and teachers.

Disclaimer: I received samples to facilitate my review, but all opinions are my own. 

14 comments:

  1. NEat - but not sure I would give it to my daughter at such a young age - even now I think she would play with it too much and not really bite it. However, my oldest daughter may have been able to wear it - since she is a much more of a girly-girl thank our youngest. Thanks for sharing, though

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  2. Not sure this is such a good idea. I would worry that my child may choke or strangle on a necklace at such a young age.

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  3. While it is cute and may have healing properties, I don't think that children that small should wear these. I understand that they were made for toddlers and in a way that would prevent choking, but still that knowledge of fear would prevent me from using this. Your son does look adorable in it though!

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  4. I have been reading a lot about amber teething necklaces lately, they would make nice gifts for first time moms.
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  5. Healing necklace, never heard of it but I do believe in the healing properties of stones. As others have said, I would be worried about a choking hazard.

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  6. its just too risky to have these necklaces around babies & toddlers, just one bead can be a choking hazard to a child, let alone a whole string of them.

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  7. very cool but I would not do it, I would be afraid my child would choke on it

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  8. i heard these were good for migraines too. if so i want a few. :)

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  9. I can see using these for adults if there are healing properties for them, but I don't think I would have put on my son when he was a toddler. It only takes a moment for a child to choke on something and necklaces do break.

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  10. I think it is a very bad idea for children that young.

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  11. interesting--not sure I would allow my babies to wear such a necklace in case it breaks and the little one happens to swollow one of those beads--maybe an adult but not a baby

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  12. I WOULD NOT LET MY BABY WEAR THAT TOO DANGEROUS, EASY TO FORGET TO TAKE OFF OR THE BABY WANTS TO WEAR IT SO A NO HAS TO BE SAID. IS THIS ABOUT THE BABY OR THE MOTHER WANTING TO LOOK RICH.

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  13. I think it is cute, but not be a good idea for young children. Thank you for sharing.

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  14. I am not sure if it is worth it if it could break or chip and get a piece in the childs mouth

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