Rant below. If you’re a Teething Necklace/Bling fan you might want to stay away from this post!
Since I started up truly “mom blogging” I have heard about teething necklaces. No, not the new-age amber ones which are supposed to soothe the baby when teething and are NOT meant for chewing in any way shape or form. I’m talking about the plastic silicone (thanks for the correction) ones which the mom is supposed to wear and let her teething baby chew on. Really? The first time I saw this I was kind of surprised that anyone would go out of their way to make something like this; I honestly thought it was one of the most ridiculous baby products I’ve ever heard of.
I mean, we all teethed as children and did not need to constantly have something in our mouths. If we did need relief, they make specific teething rings and toys just for this purpose. With Zachary, I particularly liked giving him the frozen ones – after each use, I’d quickly wash it in the sink and throw it back in the quick freeze section of the freezer. I had about 4 of these that he would alternate between so I never was out of frozen teethers. He also had other toys that he’d enjoy chewing on, and sometimes I’d use a frozen washcloth. My friend Hillary’s daughter enjoyed the mesh feeders so she could give frozen or cold fruits, though Zachary never got the hang of those.
There are SO many reasons why allowing your child to chew on YOUR NECKLACE is ridiculous. And unsafe. And can I say ridiculous once again? Aside from the fact that germs get trapped on your clothes/skin or whatever else you touch and transferred to your necklace, there’s reason number one. An even bigger reason is that it teaches your child that CHEWING ON JEWELRY IS OKAY. Guess what?! IT’S NOT!
When Zachary was very little, he started chewing on my necklaces, so guess what? I stopped wearing them! Why? Because they were dirty! Sure, maybe you clean your teething necklace in soapy hot water every day. But when your daycare provider is holding your child, or your cousin, or your mom, and he goes for the necklace… All I can think of is that’s absolutely disgusting. You have no idea where someone has been before they see or hold your child. What if they were in the bathroom and didn’t wash their hands, and then touched their necklace to adjust it, and your kid chewed on it because you are teaching him that eating jewelry is okay? Yeah… Gross, right?
I don’t rant very often on my blog, but I’ve seen so many of these necklaces mentioned on blogs and giveaways and they annoy me soooooooo much when I think about all the germs. Soooo grossss.
ETA: I touched upon this in the comments but didn’t go into it as much in my post, so I wanted to add that I simply don’t agree with the idea of teething necklaces because I do not believe that teaching a child to use jewelry for teething is the right thing to do. I don’t believe it is a good behavior to promote. That’s why we have teething toys – and there are plenty of BPA-Free, baby-safe toys out there. For those of you coming from Facebook, yes, Amy from Teething Bling/Smart Mom Jewelry did offer me a sample, which was very nice of her, but I am not interested in trying this product since it goes against my beliefs of what is right to teach my child. Thanks for checking out my blog!