Post # 1
Just happened upon the “Chewbeads” teething necklaces (http://www.chewbeads.com) and wondered if any moms out there have one? I’m thinking of ordering one, but having a hard time deciding on colors and don’t want to order more than one if it ends up being a dud of a product. Anyone hear of these before??
Post # 3
I am not a mom and I do not have this product but the concept seems cool. I just wonder if that would teach baby it is okay to put necklaces in his/her mouth and they would start doing it more to othere people as well as other necklaces. This could end up creating a bad habit and getting something toxic by accident. I saw this after a friend’s baby ate some tiny stones off a necklace once. Her mom and the necklace wearer were both fine with her putting it in her mouth as it was sterling silver and ultimately she was fine but her mom has since made sure to check what goes in her mouth more carefully. Considering those are beads, I would be afraid of the potential choking hazard of non-child friendly beads that coudl break. Maybe I am over thinking this one.
Post # 4
I think that @slicey19 makes a great point. If you choose to use these, I think you will have to be very diligent that your child does not eat or chew on other necklaces the same way. But I do think that these necklaces are very different than your standard necklace (unless you wear a lot of huge, oversized beaded necklaces).
I don’t have a kid yet but I did buy a necklace and bracelet- the hudson in black. And I just saw that a local baby store near me is now carrying them. I think the concept is great– the reason I bought it isn’t so much that I’d want my baby chewing on it. I just think that as a new mom, I won’t want to wear my regular jewelry once my baby starts pulling/grabbing. I think that the chewbeads are a lot safer (they do have a breakaway clasp in case your baby yanks really hard, and they are safe for babies), so I thought these would be a good alternative when I do want to wear SOMETHING to dress up an outfit, but dont’ want to wear my delicate sliver/gold neckalce. I also think that babies will use the necklace as a way to focus during breastfeeding– holding onto the necklace, looking at it, etc.
Of course, I have NO IDEA since my baby isn’t here yet… but we will see!
Post # 5
I haven’t seen this particular product before, but a lot of mom’s I know in real life using amber teething necklaces. It seems like a good idea, and supposedly amber is naturally soothing and non-toxic.
I also think it’s very important to be diligent about what your child is putting in his/her mouth, regardless if you decide to go with a teething necklace or not. Babies and toddlers put everything in their mouths, so it’s really important to watch them constantly and make sure whatever they’re chewing on is appropriate/safe.
Post # 6
As a mother and as a nurse that has worked heavily in pediatrics, I personally would not use these. I’ve seen several brands and while they look cool, it does teach baby some bad habits that could potentionally lead to him/her choking or ingesting something very dangerous.
Post # 7
I have a set of these that I got as a gift and Liv LOVES them. She does try to put my pearl necklace in her mouth too, but honestly, at this age, she puts EVERYTHING in her mouth, Most of the time I dont wear it and have her chew it. I loop it through the rings on my ring sling so she can grab it when she wants it, and other times I wear it and let her chew it. I agree that it COULD lead to her putting other necklaces in her mouth, but Im jsut diligent about it now.
I have the beads that look more flattened like stones, not the round ones. The round ones just look like a choking hazard to me
Post # 8
I wear a lot of long, beaded necklaces on a regular basis and babies ALWAYS play with them and try to chew them when I’m holding them (regardless of whether their mom wears teething necklaces or not). Considering this, I guess I’m not concerned with creating any “bad habits” because I think those types of behaviors are somewhat unavoidable anyway.. Might as well provide the baby with a chance to interact with something that is safer & less of a hazard. I was thinking of replacing my usual “signature long necklace look” with these types of necklaces to avoid damaging my jeweelry or constantly having to tell my little one to stop touching my jewelry. I would certainly never think about letting my baby play with the necklace unattended.. It would be something I would be wearing while holding him, so I would be supervising him at all times with the necklace. I really appreciate everyone’s safety concerns though! I am a first time mama and paranoid about safety hazards. I’ve seen amber necklaces that worry me because of how they are constructed – it seems like if they break the beads would certainly be a choking hazard, and the ones I’ve encountered are meant to go on the baby himself.. I definitely am not cool with the idea of a baby or young child having ANYTHING around their neck.
HopingToBeaMama– Are you happy with the quality of the necklace you purchased? I was wondering what they look like in person.. Does it scream “rubber teething necklace”? Or would it pass as “normal” jewelry too? What color did you get? I’m having a difficult time deciding on color.. I want them all!
Post # 9
@MaggieGirl: I got it in black, simply because I wanted it to look like normal jewelry, and I thought that I would get the most use out of black. The other color I was contemplating was the turquoise or the cream colored. I think you could use any of those three a lot. I think the other blues and yellow and green will be a lot more limited since you’d need the perfect outfit to wear with them.
I love it! It doesn’t look like a rubber necklace. I got the hudson necklace, which is the flatter one. I think that looks more like an elegant necklace. I saw the other one (with the round “beads”) in a store, and I didn’t think it looked as elegant. But it was still nice. I was just looking for something that looked more like regular jewelry, but wouldn’t be a hazard for a baby.
Post # 10
My ILs next door neighbors have a little one and they have one of these necklaces. Their little girl is currently preparing to cut teeth and they said she LOVES the necklace.
Post # 11
I haven’t used them but I wouldn’t personally. My son is teething like crazy and also at the i-want-to-grab-everything-and-put-it-right-in-my-mouth stage. he grabs my necklaces and earrings like crazy. i feel like if i wore a necklace like this he would start to think it was okay to pull on and chew my jewelry. his traditional teething toys seem to be working just fine (his fav is the avent front teether 🙂
Post # 12
Ordered one today and am excited for it to arrive. I think it’s a great product concept, personally. I’d much rather have something that will work for me and baby rather than teaching baby not to play with something that will be in his face constantly. I just don’t want to be the kind of mom who has to say “no you can’t play with that even though it’s hanging in your face at all times”. Just seems like I’d end up not wearing jewelry if it became a problem that he was pulling on it constantly. I guess my original intention with this post was to hear from people who have actually purchased the product and saw the quality of it, rather than moms who have never even seen or tried to product passing judgment on my decision to even consider purchasing it. Sorry folks, I’m buying it anyway!!