Everything you need to know about Amber Teething Necklaces
You’re here reading this for one of two reasons, either your baby is struggling with teething or you’ve seen other babies wearing amber necklaces or bracelets and you’re wondering what the hype is all about. Well let me tell you my friend, the hype is REAL!
My Experience with Baltic Amber
Let me tell you about my eldest. She started with teething symptoms when she was about 2 months old, and she didn’t get any teeth until she was 9 months old. That’s a looooong time to have teething symptoms with no result. The drooling, the red cheeks, the spotty bottom, the pain, oh the pain, oh how we heard about the pain. My poor darling baby was in so much pain! Then someone mentioned to us about Amber. “Don’t you have an Amber necklace?” What is an Amber necklace. I’d heard of Amber of course, but for children? Really?
Well what a difference it made to her and to us. No more drooling, no red cheeks, less pain, less crying!!!! Still no teeth for a while, but then one day at 9.5 months old, pop, there it was, and they all followed quickly. I thought it must have been because she could now bear the pain. She still had the occasional spotty bottom right before a new tooth appeared, but we could cope with that. The crying had stopped ?
We did start to wonder if it was just coincidence, but if we ever forgot to put it back on her after her bath, wow did we soon know about it. The hype is definitely real!
How does it help?
Amber is said to contain 8% Succinic Acid , which is used as a natural antibiotic and general curative effects which helps to calm down the babies and help relieve their teething pain. The amber stimulates the thyroid gland to control drooling. It is naturally occurring in most Ambers (although Baltic Amber seems to be the best) and it is released in very small amounts through the skin, so these are not for chewing on, just for wearing.
When does teething start?
Teething can start any time between 3 months and 12 months of age, and there are 20 ‘milk’ teeth to come through which will likely be through by the time they turn 3. Most start at around 6 months though. For my two, H was 9 months, and A cut her first bottom tooth 2 days after her 1st Birthday, and a month later still only has the 1.
Which Amber to Buy?
Most people tend to lean towards Baltic Amber, as sold by Amber Pumpkin (receive a 10% discount by following this link [you’re welcome]. This tends to have the most effect on teething symptoms. There are also lots of suppliers on Amazon UK and US if that’s your preferred go to shopping hangout.
Baltic Amber is thought to make up around 90% of the world’s current Amber, and comes from the Baltic Sea. It is collected along the coast, mostly from Kaliningrad Oblast of Russia and often washes up on the beaches around the Baltic Sea. It is a very dense supramolecole, and was formed over millions of years from the resin of several varieties of Pine trees that grew in the area during the Eocene epoch. Amber also sometimes includes insect and very rarely small vertebrates which were trapped in the resin as it flowed.
How should I clean it?
I’m so glad you asked! Amber is easy to clean, you can just rinse it in a bowl of clean water, or run it under the tap then dry it with a soft cloth. You can also (if you can brave a night of your little one not wearing it) place it onto a windowsill in the moonlight, as this can help recharge it too.
How long does it last?
Your Amber should last for around 2 years, before it may start to show signs of wear. By this time your babies teething journey should be finished though, and you have a lovely keepsake for your child when they’re older.
Can it help with anything else?
YES! Amber has been used for centuries for various purposes, but it is often used now to boost the immune system, help cure hangovers, and as an antioxidant in removing toxins. But the most interesting side effect is that in aged people, succinct acid is capable of restoring energy levels which deplete through the years, and will help the user regain youthful energy! I haven’t tested this out yet, but I’m about to place an order for my Mum, so she has the energy to run around with my little ones haha!
Is this scientifically proven?
In short no, and there are many sceptics. But not surprisingly, these tend to be the ones that haven’t tried it with their young children! I don’t know how it really works, I’m not sure if anyone really has the answer, but I do know that this world is very magical and many things don’t have a scientific answer
But how do I know if I’ve bought genuine Amber? I hear you cry! Simple, do a salt water test.
- 2 cups Warm Water
- 1/4 cup salt
Stir until dissolved, then put in your amber necklace. If it mainly floats (the clasp and wet string may make it sink a little) then it’s genuine. If it sinks, it’s fake. Try it without the salt and the genuine necklace will sink. I have no idea how or why this works. Are there any scientists that might know?
6 things to look out for when choosing an Amber teething necklace
- Baltic Amber
- Strong thread such as silk
- Small beads to reduce chance of choking
- Knots between each bead in case of breakage, only 1 would fall off
- Safety clasp which would break before it strangled
- Keep it against the skin
- Don’t let baby wear it around neck when unsupervised or sleeping (I used to double it around her ankle under the babygro