Guest post by Bert
If you haven’t tried Baltic amber yet I dare you to give it a try. I first heard about it from my fairly crunchy friend, Shannon. Now Shannon’s a nurse so she’s got a good and smart head on her shoulders but I thought, when she suggested a Baltic amber necklace for Buggie’s teething pain, Really Shannon? Okay you are taking this natural living thing way too far! Boy was I wrong!!!
Desperate times call for desperate measures. After Buggie had finally broken two teeth at once the sweet relief that came from the sleepless and short naptimes, long nights, ear pulling, slight fever and loose stools we had gone through the two weeks before convinced me that I had to try this necklace. We had been using Hyland’s teething tablets which were about $7 at the time (keep in mind this was two years ago) and we were going through those puppies about every two or three days. My hubby is the number cruncher in the family (an accountant) and he suggested that we try our crunchy friend’s necklace. He figured that with the cost, if it worked we’d be saving ourselves a lot of money.
We ordered our necklace and I promise you, no exaggeration here, within an hour our little boy’s painful demeanor changed drastically. At the time he was getting another tooth and I had spent the day holding him, trying to get him to sleep and being very unsuccessful at it. (Buggie’s always been more dramatic, much more dramatic than Lady Bug is. I have to admit that he takes after me, not my hubby, so when I’m frustrated with him I have to remind myself of what my parents went through with me. You can only imagine that with his dramatic nature, teething Buggie was a miserable baby to be around.) After wearing the necklace, suddenly Buggie was back to his happy, laughing and smiling self. I couldn’t believe it. Crunchy Shannon was right; the darn necklace works.
How does it work, you ask? Balticamber is a natural pain relief method that’s been around for hundreds of years. The amber has succinic acid in it which is a combination of plant and animal tissues. When the amber is against the skin the warmth from the skin releases the succinic acid which is pain relieving. When you’re buying Baltic amber you’ll want to buy a stone that is opaque; if you can see through the stone then there will be less succinic acid in it. The more opaque it is the better.
So then how does your baby wear it? Simple: When measuring your baby for the necklace, you want the necklace to be long enough so that it doesn’t choke your baby. But it also needs to be short enough so that when your baby is putting things in his or her mouth they can’t chew on the necklace. The necklace is not for chewing on! When Buggie was sleeping we would wrap his necklace around his ankle so that we didn’t need to worry about it getting caught on something. Also when you’re looking to buy your necklace you’ll want the beads to be individually knotted so that if (and that’s a big IF) the necklace breaks only one bead will come off not the entire strand of beads.
Like I said, I was such a skeptic but crunchy Shannon was right (she usually is!). The necklace works, Buggie was happy and he wore his necklace until he was two years old. Actually it was hard to get him to take it off. How cute is that?! Happy teething travels!Elizabeth (aka Bert) Anderson married her college sweetheart in 2005, and started her journey into motherhood in 2008 with the birth of her son. She started blogging in 2009 as a way to keep track of her thoughts on being a first time mom, especially her struggle with postpartum depression, and as a way of reaching out to other moms who are struggling with the same things. This July, Bert had another first in her motherhood travels - a little girl! Even though she's newly a mother of two, Bert maintains that no matter how many children you have you will always be a "first time mom" because there's a first time for everything! Visit her blog, at FTM. Bert is a contributor for She Thinks Media.