Posts Tagged ‘teething baby’

Product Review: Baltic Amber Necklace

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

I first learned about Baltic Amber when my second son was a few months old. I was eager to try it out because it sounded like a fairly easy way to provide comfort to a teething baby. Plus, I won’t lie, the cuteness factor appealed to me too. 🙂

It seemed everywhere we went people would comment on his necklace. My oldest son became a little jealous of all the attention his younger brother got from wearing an amber necklace. He asked me if he could have one too. Sure, why not? There are supposed benefits beyond teething and no potential harmful effects of amber. I honored his request and got him a necklace that matched his brother.

Once both boys had necklaces, then we really got a lot of attention! People would inquire about them all.the.time (even during super inconvenient times, like when I was pushing a shopping cart full of groceries while simultaneously carrying a screaming baby and chasing after a busy toddler, some old lady wants to chat about amber…um, was she really that unaware it was not a good time for me to talk?, lol!).

On most occasions I could (and would) share a quick explanation of the benefits of amber. This almost always resulted in people asking me if they actually worked. Honestly at that point, I wasn’t really sure? My older son was well beyond teething so I wasn’t able to gage that particular benefit with him. While my second son was in the thick of teething, it was a pretty mild teething experience overall with him; perhaps due to the necklace? It was hard to say for sure? So I decided I should get one for myself so I could experience the effects of amber first hand.

The very first day I wore my necklace I honestly felt amazing. I even remember a friend commenting to me how “peppy” I looked and I told her “I swear it’s the necklace. I put it on this morning and have felt great ever since!”. I was completely convinced that amber really did have healing properties to it.

3.5 years and several more amber necklaces later, I am still feelin’ the love for amber! I wear one almost daily. One area in particular that I feel amber is especially beneficial to me is with my running. I experience very little aches, pains, or inflammation despite running an average of 30+ miles a week. Even after some pretty long and grueling trail runs, I experience very little soreness.

Currently Izzy (20 months) is wearing two amber necklaces. Just this evening when his mouth was wide open, my oldest son happen to notice that Izzy is getting two new teeth. And guess what? He is showing virtually no signs of teething! Don’t know about you but I’ll take that for a teething toddler any day!! 🙂

The main curiosity about Baltic Amber seems to be the question of effectiveness. People want to know if it actually “works”. All I can say to answer that is, I believe it does! 🙂

Want the chance to try a FREE Baltic Amber necklace for your teething baby? Be sure to enter our Baltic Amber Necklace giveaway!!

-Sarah

Monday Funday Giveaway: Molar Muncher

Monday, October 29th, 2012

If you have a teething baby, you are going to LOVE this new product at Mom’s Milk Boutique…introducing the Molar Muncher! At first glance it looks like a pacifier, right? However this unique teether functions way differently than a pacifier and serves a much different purpose. The Molar Muncher is specifically designed to provide soothing relief to the entire gum line simultaneously. The soft u-shaped tab reaches all the way back to the molars to effectively comfort a teething baby by providing contact with the entire dental arch. The Molar Munch can be used hands-free, unlike most teethers where baby (or parent) have to hold the teether in their mouth.

In addition to being super effective, the Molar Muncher is made in the USA from BPA free medical grade non-toxic silicone. Due to the manufacturing process where a single mold injection is used, there are no small crevices for icky germs to hide. Although it is dishwasher safe for times it needs a little extra cleaning.

Would you like to win a Molar Muncher for your teething babe? Then be sure to enter today’s giveaway below! Winner will be announced on Sunday, November 4. Winner will be notified via email and is asked to reply within 48 hours in order to claim prize.

 

Good luck mamas!

-Sarah

 
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Alternative Comfort Measures for Teething Baby

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Raise your hand if you have a teething baby! I do! Teething can definitely be hard on the whole family due to sleepless nights and an unhappy baby. Some of the signs/symptoms of teething include:

  • excessive drooling
  • chewing, biting, gnawing objects
  • excessive fussiness
  • low grade fever
  • loose stools
  • vomiting
  • disrupted sleep
  • increase in breastfeeding/comfort nursing
  • decrease in appetite
  • red, inflamed/swollen gums
  • diaper rash

Caring for a teething baby is certainly challenging as it may take some experimenting to find what comfort measures are effective for your baby. Also what works one day, may not work the next. Here are 3 alternative ideas to provide comfort for a teething baby:

  • Amber teething necklace – you may have seen babies (or mamas) wearing Amber necklaces and wondered if they were just a fashionable trend? While babies do look incredibly adorable in them, amber necklaces actually hold healing properties. Wearing amber can help restore energy, provide pain relief, reduce inflammation, and help maintain overall wellness. How can a necklace do that? Baltic Amber is a fossilized tree resin that has a high concentration of succinic acid which is a powerful anti-oxidant that can protect and heal our body. Although these are called teething necklaces, they don’t actually go into baby’s mouth. Rather succinic acid gets absorbed into the skin through contact. Some parents are concerned about the safety of amber teething necklaces. While adult supervision while baby wears necklace is strongly recommended, the necklaces are designed with these key safety features: 1) The thread is knotted after each bead so if the strand should break, loose beads will not scatter everywhere and 2) the clasp is designed and tested to release if excessive force is applied to the necklace.

13 month old teething baby happily playing thanks to two Amber Teething Necklaces

 

  • Breast Milk Popsicle – Often cold objects help soothe inflamed gums. You could just use ice or frozen fruit, however you might consider making breast milk popsicles (also known as “momsicles”) for your teething baby. Pour expressed breast milk into small popsicle molds and freeze. These are also a good option for a sick baby if you are concerned about potential dehydration.

 

  • Teething tablets – Teething tablets are a homeopathic remedy use to reduce the pain and inflammation associated with cutting teeth. They are made of all natural ingredients such as Chamomilla which is known for decreasing irritability. The tablets are white balls about the size of a pine nut. You can place them under baby’s tongue and they will dissolve in saliva or you can dissolve in a teaspoon of water before giving to baby. Teething tablets are a safe, effective, and gentle way to provide relief to teething baby.

Getting through those teething periods can be difficult! We all want to ease our baby’s discomfort quickly and ensure adequate sleep for everyone! What has worked to comfort your teething baby? Would love to hear your tried and true methods! 🙂

-Sarah