Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Amber teething necklaces

I "discovered" amber teething necklaces relatively early in my career as a mom. Luckily for me, the first ones I discovered were from Inspired By Finn. Amber necklaces help with teething NOT by giving your child something to chew on, as with plastic teethers, but by releasing succinic acid as it is worn against your child's skin. The succinic acid is then absorbed into the body and that is scientifically how the pain relief occurs. Practically, however, a fussy child wearing an amber necklace is less fussy. And a child with mild teething symptoms may not be fussy at all.
Baltic Amber is supposed to be the best type of amber for pain relief. That is what they use at Inspired By Finn. Since I am a do it yourself kind of gal, I looked for Baltic Amber beads on ebay only to find that they aren't cheap. Not by a long shot. That being said, the prices at Inspired By Finn are really quite reasonable. I recently discovered the "Inspired By Finn difference." As I said, when my daughter was just a few months old, my mother bought her a teething necklace from Inspired By Finn. Since then, Mom has bought Stinkerbaby a few other necklaces- all from Inspired By Finn. Well, Mom thought she had found a deal on amber necklaces. She asked my advice and I told her it looked like a great deal. She ordered them and what a disappointment! The seller is a great WAHM who primarily runs a cloth diaper store, so I know this wasn't an intentional scam or anything. The difference in quality is stunning!

Here is a photo to illustrate my point:
The necklace on the left is from Inspired By Finn, the color is cognac. The one on the right is from the other seller. I think they call that color butter, if I remember correctly. Since amber being in contact with the skin is what makes these necklaces work for pain relief, the smaller beads and larger gaps between the beads really could make a difference in the effectiveness. The other major difference is that the necklace from the other seller lost a bead almost immediately. Of course, the other necklace is not nearly as pretty either. I suppose that shouldn't matter in a teething remedy, but it does matter.
I am not attempting to fault the other seller, but their product is simply inferior. So, the "great deal" turned out to be quite a learning experience. I still buy cloth diapers from her, but no more amber.

In the interest of full disclosure, I was given a very nice discount on my next purchase of a necklace from Inspired By Finn,
BUT I honestly don't think that influenced this blog post as I was already shopping and had a necklace in my cart before I read about the discount for bloggers.

I really do wholeheartedly recommend Inspired By Finn.

Baltic amber teething necklaces work for us.
Do they work for you? Have you tried them?