The 10 Best Teething Necklaces
There's little in this world more difficult to bear than seeing your child in any kind of pain. Unnecessary pains are the hardest to endure–cuts, bruises, broken bones, etc., but that doesn't take the sting out of the necessary pains life brings our way. Injections and inoculation against diseases are one kind of necessary pain. Puberty is another, though it's debatable whether this is more a psychological pain or a physical one. Teething, is one of the first we encounter.
It ought to make sense from any mother's perspective that a baby isn't born with teeth. There's enough pain and damage done in the birthing process without having your newborn try to chew his way out. We can thank evolution for that adjustment.
Once they've been out of the womb and into the world for a few months, most babies will show signs of teething. It's important to note that the teeth in question don't actually cut or break through the gum line. In the days leading up to a tooth eruption, a baby's body will release hormones that cause the area of the gums just above the emerging teeth to die off and open up a space for the teeth to come out.
If teeth make their way toward the surface at a rate that exceeds the release and action of these hormones, or if small pockets of fluid form from mild and mostly harmless infections in the area, babies will experience some discomfort. Fortunately, kids can abate this discomfort by gnawing on soft pieces of plastic or other materials that spread and reduce the pressure along the gum line.
The teething necklaces on our list are subtle and stylish ways to allow your tot to teethe without risking damage to the gums from a sharp metal piece of jewelry or damage to your jewelry from an incessantly teething infant. Most of the designs on our top seven list are made from food grade silicon, so your baby can chew away without fear of poisonous plastics.
The Tooth About Your Appearance
It's tough to look good when you're a new parent. On any given day you're likely functioning on less than four hours of sleep, you haven't showered in a few days, you know that you put makeup on at some point–maybe last week–,and most of your clothes are spattered with a conglomeration of various bodily expulsions. In other words, you're a mess.
Elevating your appearance on a trip out to the store for diapers or to go play the lottery in the hopes that you can win enough to afford a full time nanny can be as simple as accessorizing. The problem with a lot of the accessories you've spent the bulk of your life collecting, though, is that they aren't necessarily baby safe.
Not only are the teething necklaces on our list safe for both you and your baby, they also have teams of designers working to make them as elegant as possible for the beautiful woman in you that your baby seems intent on suppressing.
Most of the silicon-based necklaces we've reviewed are designed to resemble stones one one kind or another, so for the lot of you who look great with a little bit of earthy grace strung about you, these are your best bet. They are all BPA-free by design, and so long as they suit your style, your baby is sure to make good use of them.
As for the size of the pieces, a baby who seems to be taking his or her sweet time teething would do better with a necklace of larger pieces, or with one that has a variety of shapes and sizes. That way, even as they grow, you can keep teething them on the same piece.
If you're more of a silver gal who can't let go of the metallic glint of precious materials, the sterling silver rings necklace on our list will be your darling. It's just as safe for use as the silicon pieces on our list, but it has the potential to accompany evening wear with a level of sophistication the other necklaces can not. Be careful, though, as silver is more susceptible to temperature variations, and a cold teething ring might set your kid off on a crying spree.
Babies have been teething as long as there have been babies. There's not much you can do to stop it, though some of the more ambitious minds in the 15th to the 19th centuries managed to do much more harm than good in their attempts to soothe the teething process.
In fact, of all the infants who died in London in 1842, approximately 4.8% of those deaths were attributed to teething, as though the process could actually cause harm. The truth was that many of these children died from SIDS or some similar ailment, but since there was little medical evidence for a cause of death other than the beginning of the teething process, the logic of the time dictated that teething was the culprit.
Various barbaric forms of assistance dominated the dental landscape well into the 20th century, including lancing and the application of mercury powders (you can imagine how that last try went). It turns out that the simple teething toys and devices that had been around through all of these horrible experiments were then–as they are now–the most basic and effective tools for teething. All that's changed in the tools listed here today is that they're safer and they look nicer.