Have you heard about amber necklaces? If you're a mom to littles there's a good chance you have, they're certainly popular. One of the local boutiques I frequent carries amber necklaces from The Amber Monkey and I bought one for my first child 3 years ago. I had heard that they lessened pain from teething and I figured it was worth a try. I'm a stickler for research methodologies so I can't truly say that it was the amber necklace, but he sure was agreeable through the entire teething process. He wasn't overly grumpy or cranky, there was never screaming and crying and I never once had to give him any medicine/homeopathic for pain. Was he fussy sometimes, yea for sure, and he was perma-latched during teething periods but he seemed way more agreeable than I heard from other parents experienced teething kiddos. So, I figured that while it's possible we were just lucky with a kid that tolerated teething well I also didn't have any desire to take the necklace off.
The Amber Monkey asked if I would be interested in reviewing some of their necklaces now that I've had my second kiddo and since I've already been a customer of their I was happy to do so, and they even sent a necklace for me to try out too!
I'll admit, I really don't have any pain/issues myself that I feel I can say were relieved by the amber necklace. I don't suffer from headaches and don't have issues with pain in general, so in terms of efficacy for me personally I can't say "hey, it's amazing" but I will say that I have a number of friends that will attest to such benefits. I've heard from at least a few friends and acquaintances that have found relief from headaches and neck/shoulder pain, even carpel tunnel too. I think these functional necklaces are understated and effortlessly pretty, and they make some really intricate ones too actually. I've admired some really cool designs at my local boutique. Bonus, I react to most metal jewelry but that's not a problem with these.
I have a screw clasp that I purchased myself shortly after Kendrick was born and they sent me a pop clasp to try as well. I like both options, the pop claps is a little easier to get on and off and I haven't had issues with it coming un-done with it shouldn't (which was my only real concern with it). Both clasps are designed to strip and pull open at a minimum 15 lbs pull force for 10 seconds, to prevent choking hazard. Each bead is individually tied so if the necklace were to ever break (which I've never had happen) you won't have beads everywhere becoming a chocking hazard. Proper fit is especially important with children, and per the Amber Monkey website the necklace should fit loose enough that you can fit two or three fingers but you should not be able to get the necklace above the child's chin so it cannot be put in their mouth. Also per the Amber Monkey website, amber should be worn under adult supervision. For adults of course there are various size options as choking isn't a concern, you can find shorter and longer styles along with multi-string styles too.
Kendrick is 7 months old now and has two bottom teeth. Just like his brother he has been quite agreeable while teething. No screaming and suffering and I've never felt the need to treat his pain with medication/homeopathics at all. So, just as I did with his older brother I'm rolling with it and keeping the necklaces on!!! They're cute and simple and darn it all if I don't think they're functional too.
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