Although teething jewellery has really taken off over the last couple of years, lots of people have never heard of it and have no idea what it's for. So here is a little guide!
What is teething jewellery?
Not to be confused with amber teething jewellery which is worn by the child, silicone or wood teething jewellery is designed for the caregiver to wear. Babies can fiddle with and chew the necklace or bangle whilst their caregiver wears it. They are particularly helpful to use whilst feeding the baby (breastfeeding or bottle feeding), holding and cuddling the baby, or whilst babywearing.
How does it help with teething?
The beads used in teething necklaces are designed to be mouthed by baby. We all know that when babies are teething, they like to chew on things to help cut their teeth. Our jewellery is designed with this in mind. The silicone is tactile and has some give - the perfect material for a good chomp!
What are the beads made from?
The beads that we use are made from certified food grade silicone, which is similar to the material bottle teats and dummies / pacifiers are made out of. It is known for it's durability and antibacterial qualities and contains no BPA, PVC, phthalate, latex, cadmium, lead or heavy metals. In other words, nothing nasty or toxic. A few of our designs use unfinished beech wood.
What should I look for when buying a teething necklace?
The most important thing to consider when buying a teething necklace is safety. In the UK, there is no specific regulation of teething jewellery so it is often up to the makers alone to ensure their products are safe. Although not compulsory, any responsible teething jewellery business will have their products independently lab tested by a testing house. The factories that we all use for our beads provide the certification that the individual beads are safe - however, we also need to have the finished product tested for strength, durability, flammability etc. Many businesses don't do this (would you believe) so please check before you buy.
What age are they suitable for?
Because our designs are not toys, they are suitable to use from birth but babies generally put them to best use from around 3 months.
What a great idea, is it yours?
I wish I could claim it was but unfortunately it is not! Teething jewellery has actually been around over 15 years and was invented in Australia.
Can they be used as a toy?
Necklaces are jewellery and must not be used as a toy and should always be used with adult supervision and never be handed to a baby.
Our bangles can be handed to the baby for independent use as a teething toy.