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Teething Jewelry

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

teething jewelry

Teething. One little word, so many feels from anyone who’s parented an infant. The drool, the rashes, the fussiness. It’s a tough time for babies and for parents.

There are lots of things parents do to help their little ones. My mother-in-law gave my babies frozen chunks of melon. I remember my mom giving my siblings water-filled plastic rings that she put in the freezer to chew on. My sons have all worn/are wearing amber necklaces and we experimented with teething tablets and mesh feeding bags as well. But the newest thing I’ve been seeing for teething relief in the past few years is teething jewelry.

Teething jewelry is made of wood or silicone beads fashioned into a necklace or bracelet that is worn by a parent. Ta-da! Portable teethers that can’t get lost. Super smart idea!

The first ones I remember seeing were a pendant worn on a string, with the silicone colored to roughly resemble natural stones. Now though, you can get just about anything in just about any color, thanks to the flexibility of silicone material and creativity of designers.

Plusses to teething jewelry are, like I mentioned before, how convenient it is to be wearing a teether. Whether it’s at home or on the go, it’s really nice to have something always on hand. When you are wearing it, your baby can’t chuck it out of the carrier or stroller. You can also choose to attach it to the carrier or stroller.

Also, there are a ton of fun colors and designs available. It’s possible now to wear chewable jewelry and not look like you’re wearing, well, a chew toy. The price point is pretty affordable as well, which could allow you to have a couple different options to wear each day (I almost wrote “match,” but I wasn’t sure what matches spit-up covered busted t-shirts and leggings).

Downsides: Well, like anything, kids are fickle. Not every kiddo is going to like or get relief from chewing silicone teethers. It’s probably best to start with one inexpensive item and see how your child likes it before buying more. Also, I’m not personally a germaphobe, but I could see how some people may not like the potential germ-collecting possibilities of some pieces, particularly bracelets (though all teethers may make germaphobes a bit squeamish as well). The jewelry is very easy to clean with warm, soapy water, low maintenance (yay!).

Meaghan Howard is a stay-at-home mom to three boys (and desperately hoping that they don’t burn the house down someday). She and her family are enjoying living an ex-pat life overseas.

Chewbeads: Jewelry for You and Baby

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

IMG_1447I am not a super girlie-girl. I like earrings and an occasional necklace. Most of the time, necklaces just annoy me, especially if my baby likes to put them in his mouth. Then, I discovered Chewbeads, which entertain your little one and make you look fashionable.

When I wear my Chewbeads, I feel like I am put together. I feel pretty. I also know that my son will be safe if he decides to chew on them, or if he wants to play with them while nursing.

I’ve tried a couple different kinds of mommy necklaces and these are by far my favorite. Here are some of my favorite things about Chewbeads.

  • The Colors: Chewbeads come in a variety of fun, bright colors. You can get a necklace in a single color or one with several colors. I have white, red, and pink. I love bright colors and they are easy to match with whatever I am wearing.
  • The Choices: If you don’t like necklaces, Chewbeads also has other products. I recently bought a bangle bracelet. It’s pink and glows in the dark. How cool is that!  My daughter loves it. Chewbeads also makes stacker teething toys if you prefer to have something that your little one can hold. These sporty ones are my favorite and on my list of things I need for Levi.  If your baby takes a pacifier, they also have adorable pacifier clips. This one in a butterfly pattern is sweet for a little girl.
  • The Options: The necklaces come in several different designs. I have stuck with the “Jane” design which is one single color and a single strand of beads. The stackers, bangles, and teething toys come in several varieties, as well. There is something for everyone. Chewbeads also makes a Chewbeads Jr. necklace for little girls.
  • The Safety for Baby: Chewbeads are make of 100% silicone and the necklaces feature a breakaway clasp for baby’s safety.
  • The Ease: You can stick Chewbeads in the dishwasher or clean them with a mild dish soap.

My son is easily distracted while nursing and these necklaces have saved us. He loves playing with them. If he is cranky in the car, I can give him my necklace to entertain him or a teether toy. I definitely plan on trying more Chewbeads out in the future. Have you tried them yet, momma?

Karyn Meyerhoff is a mom of two in Northeast Indiana where she lives, writes, and wears colorful Chewbeads. 

Diapering a Wiggly Toddler

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

IMG_1690Changing a toddler’s diaper can be challenging. They can be squirmy, kicky, touchy, and grabby. Keeping feet down, hands up, and bums holding still can be a heck of a challenge. This gets harder as they grow, however, because they will eventually become MOBILE.

Mobility is awesome. You get to watch your little one learn to crawl, roll, walk, and climb. It’s amazing watching them discover all these new talents. It’s not so amazing when you just want them to hold still so you can clean that poopy diaper. Gone were the days I could just say, “Snnnnnaaaaaaap!” in an ever-rising, silly voice and entertain my children as I snapped their diapers up while they giggled away.
With my oldest child (now potty trained), I used my Mommy Necklace as a distraction. I would hand him the necklace to entertain him a bit while I wiped. The novelty of that wears off, eventually, and then you have a bored child that just wants down. It’s funny to see mom react when you try to flip over while she’s wiping poop off your butt, after all!I learned to change it up. Sometimes I would hand them the teething or nursing necklace I had on, other times I would take in a random wooden (and easy to clean) toy. Car keys (albeit a dirty alternative) seem to work well from time to time, also.

My favorite discovery with my oldest was a game that taught him things at the same time. We would name body parts as he touched them (also while nursing… if he touched my mouth, I would say mouth) all throughout the day. It became a game at changing time. In an effort to keep hands away from his diaper area (because we do NOT need pinkeye again), I would ask him where his nose was. He would point to his nose, and I would make a big deal out of it. GOOD JOB!!!! Then I would keep naming parts. By the time he was 18 months old, he knew many more body parts than others his age. You can do this game with signs if you do ASL, too.

If your little one will play peek-a-boo with you, that might be a good time to try to get them to play. This will keep hands away from the mess while you clean.

My daughter is trickier. She’s been mobile since a much younger age than my oldest child, and she wasn’t at the point where she would be able to play the body part game with me. I’ve sung to her, handed her random things (she loves the NoseFrida!), given her the really tiny board books to look at, and talked to her about the decorations on the wall. Wall clings near a changing table can be an awesome thing!

For Peek-a-boo, I end up throwing a patterned cloth wipe over her eyes and the top part of her head, and then I start my change immediately. She will lose interest in the game after about two peeks, but then gets interested in the print on the wipe (or diaper cover if I grabbed one of those instead).

For this wiggle worm, what seems to work best is singing…. and only one song at that. I can only please her singing “Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?” from Disney’s Frozen. She is getting better at her signing, and has taken a keen interest in body parts lately, so I have a feeling the “body part game” or “show me a sign” game will be in our near future. She’s also really into animal noises, so we might be able to play a “what does this animal say” game soon.

And here I thought I would have a system down-pat when baby #2 started becoming mobile! Every baby is different, and every baby loves different things. Take what interests your baby the most and try to incorporate that (like singing a specific song, books, or making specific animal noises). If need be, keep a few different items near the changing table (if you use one) so you can give them something different each time.

Mobile babies are tricky, so if you find something that works for you, stick with it! What’s your secret to changing a wiggly toddler?

Christine Kangas is a mom of two trying to lead a greener life. She lives in the mid-western U.S. with her family and three cats.