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amber teething necklaces: i’m a believer

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Amber teething necklaces: I was a skeptic, a total skeptic.

But I was also at my wit’s end.

I needed to try something else… so I jumped at the opportunity to test and review an amber teething necklace from Hazelaid.

And let me tell you, I’m no longer a skeptic… I’m an adamant believer.

Wow.

As trying as the latest bout with teething had been, Murphy’s Law kicked in and when our necklace actually arrived (compliments of Hazelaid) Levi had ceased to be showing any signs of teething. All was well and quiet on the home front for a couple of weeks.

And then all of a sudden things got tricky. He got the flu (fever, coughing, sneezing, etc.), while at the same time he began to show some of his “normal” signs of teething. For Levi this is usually runny nose, mild diaper rash, more drool than normal, chewing on his finger (or anything he can get his hands on), and our most obvious teething indicator: the monster breath. He always gets really foul breath when he’s cutting a tooth.

And of course thrown into that mix is incredible crankiness, lots of fussing, and meltdowns at the drop of a hat. It generally looks something like this:

{disclaimer: i take absolutely no credit for that outfit. that was ryan's interpretation of "something comfortable" for our poor sick boy. lol.}

 

In any case, we decided it was time to try the necklace. It certainly was worth a shot!

It took some time for him to get over his sickness. We really weren’t sure which of his symptoms were due to being sick and which were due to teething, but we kept the necklace on anyway.

By last week it was clear that his sickness was gone (except for this nagging cough that is still lingering through the night after five weeks now!).

But it also seemed that he was teething… at least judging by the return of the finger chewing and monster breath.

The strange thing was, Levi’s mood had not changed. He was his normal, happy, bouncy self. Not irritable or cranky at all like he usually is when teething.

And wouldn’t you know it, last week two teeth popped through – a top canine and a bottom canine, both on the left – and this week the two right canines are coming through. Aside from the bad breath and finger chewing we would have never known he was teething by his mood and attitude and behavior… and that’s with all four canines coming through at once!

Ryan and I are both convinced that the necklace is the reason for him having little pain, and I am genuinely adding amber teething necklaces to my “must have” recommendation for moms of babies and toddlers. I only wish we would have had one of these when Levi began cutting his first tooth at four months old!!!

{"milk & butter" amber necklace from hazelaid}

 

Here’s an expert from the Hazelaid website explaining how it works:

Commonly known as “teething jewelry” in Europe, Baltic amber has been a natural remedy for pain relief for hundreds of years. It is not a “stone” but a natural resin. As it warms with the body’s temperature, amber releases oils containing succinic acid, a natural pain reliever, which are then readily absorbed into the skin and the bloodstream.

Baltic amber has some of the highest concentrations of succinic acid found in nature, and this is what makes it so special. Succinic acid is a natural component of plant and animal tissues, and its presence in the human body is beneficial in many ways. Amber is known to relieve headaches, teething pain, reduce inflammation of the throat, ear and stomach, and to fight infections and respiratory diseases as it improves the body’s immunity.

Natural amber beaded necklaces are a completely non-invasive remedy for rashes, upset tummies, earaches, fevers and colds. It is a natural analgesic that will help calm your child and is recognized by allopathic medicine specialists as antispasmodic and anti-fever. Many adults report improvement of arthritis discomfort and carpal tunnel pain in their hands when wearing amber jewelry.

Hazelaid also makes hazelwood necklaces (and amber/hazelwood combo necklaces) that help with things like acid reflux, heartburn, migraines, acne, and eczema, but since we have only tried the amber necklace, I’ll stick with that one for this review.

The necklaces (and bracelets) come in child and adult sizes. The child sizes retail for about $20.00. Apparently the lighter the color and the cloudier the bead the stronger the effect. We have the “milk and butter” 12” necklace and I will absolutely be order more, both for the new baby and to give as baby shower gifts to my friends.

Like I said, I’m a total believer now.

Some things I like:

  • Um, they work. I could probably end the review there… because that’s just good enough reason to try it.
  • It’s a natural pain remedy and I love knowing that I don’t need to be dosing my little ones up with meds all the time just to give them some relief.
  • The child necklaces are knotted between each bead, so if the necklace breaks you don’t have a million beads flying everywhere and becoming a choking hazard.
  • They are small and don’t bother the child (Levi, at least).
  • If you look after the necklace (take it off before baths/swimming and don’t get lotions on it) it should not wear out. A natural pain remedy that’s a one-off purchase really does seem too good to be true… but this is what I’m told by Hazelaid. Wow!
  • They are a good conversation-starter – I can’t tell you how many people make comments on Levi’s necklace… though most initially think it’s a fashion statement. (Which for us it’s definitely not!)
  • Hazelaid is a family-owned business that got started while on their own quest to help their children overcome health issues. I like that.
  • The customer service is fantastic. Being the skeptic (but wanna-be-believer) that I was, I had lots of questions regarding what to order and what would work best. My emails were all responded to quickly and warmly and I felt very well looked-after.

What I don’t like:

  • I’m not a big fan of putting a necklace on my little boy. Although I don’t mind him traipsing around the house accessorizing with my necklaces and scarves, to me one in his size for constant wear just looks a bit “hippy-ish”. It’s not my style (or what I’d chose for him), but certainly something I can easily overlook when comparing that to the benefit of wearing it! No big deal really.
  • Even though I do think it’s a miracle necklace and I’m totally in love with it, it’s hard to overlook the fact that it doesn’t fold laundry, cook dinners, or do the dishes. As you can see it definitely has its flaws.

One lucky commenter on this post will win a $25 gift certificate from Hazelaid for the product of your choice. You may leave up to one comment per day until this giveaway closes on September 23. For extra entries, follow the Memos on facebook, link to the giveaway on facebook, tweet the giveaway via @mommyhoodmemos, or mention it in one of your own blog posts. (Please leave a separate comment here for any of the above that you do – it’s your comments here that will be counted in the random draw.)

Readers of the Memos will also receive a 10% discount by using the code Memos10 on all orders from now until October 7.

Dear friends, have you tried one of these wonder necklaces from Hazelaid yet? If not, you sooooo need to. I hope you end up loving it as much as we do. And by the way, the opinions in this post are genuine and my own. Thanks again (a million thanks actually!) to Hazelaid for providing the necklace for review.

i’m a believer,

 

 

112 Comments

  • Reply Laura 13 September 2011 at 10:21 pm

    This is so cool! One of my friends has been using it for her 4 month old, and she also reported that it really does work! I’m a believer; Georgia’s already finished teething for now, but I’ll certainly be using it for our next child (whenever we’re so blessed).

  • Reply Rachel 13 September 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Oh pick me! Please pick me! I’ve been shopping around for an amber teething necklace to try but they’re not cheap. You can be sure I’ll be commenting every day :-)

    • Reply Rachael S 18 September 2011 at 11:46 am

      Love hazelaid necklaces!

  • Reply Rachel 13 September 2011 at 10:34 pm

    I also like the Memos on FB!

  • Reply Tracy Dickinson 13 September 2011 at 10:44 pm

    i so need this necklace. my youngest is teething right now and baby #3 is on the way! i know it would come in handy!

  • Reply Rachel 13 September 2011 at 10:46 pm

    And I linked to the giveaway on FB. I’ll be back tomorrow!

  • Reply Alicia 13 September 2011 at 10:54 pm

    I would love to try something like this. I am totally with you on not wanting to drug my son up all the time for him to get a little relief from the pain. This seems like an interesting alternative.

  • Reply Lindsey Whitney 13 September 2011 at 11:50 pm

    Would love to win!

  • Reply Lindsey Whitney 13 September 2011 at 11:51 pm

    Retweeted your tweet.

  • Reply Lindsey Whitney 13 September 2011 at 11:51 pm

    Posted on facebook. I’ll be back tomorrow!

  • Reply Jenni 14 September 2011 at 12:47 am

    I heard about this from my sister-in-law. I am very interested in trying it out! :)

  • Reply Kaitlin 14 September 2011 at 1:08 am

    I’ve seen these…I would LOVE to get one for my little boy–and wear it around the house :)

  • Reply Luci 14 September 2011 at 1:39 am

    I’m also a believer of Amber Teething necklaces!! It was the only thing that worked for my little one! We tried teething granules, gels, teethers, nothing worked better than Amber to sooth his pain!

    The work by releasing natural oils when in contact with the warmth of the skin. The oils have analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.

    I got ours from http://www.wildsheep.co.uk. They have wonderful range of necklaces. I used this coupon for a 10% discount: WLDSHEEP092911

  • Reply Ana 14 September 2011 at 2:40 am

    I’m willing to try anything! We have a monster child now with his teething :(

  • Reply Ana 14 September 2011 at 2:40 am

    I like MHM on FB too :)

  • Reply Teva 14 September 2011 at 3:56 am

    I am very interested to try this. I have heard a lot of interesting teething remedies. This one sounds like it might hold some water. At this point, I am even willing to try the egg in a sock method. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply DeAnna Lent 14 September 2011 at 4:02 am

    Would love to try these, they sound great!

  • Reply Katherine 14 September 2011 at 4:13 am

    great to know! my 1.5 year old is currently teething and i’d love to help ease some of that pain!

  • Reply Teva Beasley 14 September 2011 at 4:24 am

    I just LIKED Mommyhood Memos on Facebook.

  • Reply Jennie 14 September 2011 at 4:27 am

    I have been curious about these, but am also a skeptic… I’m tempted to finally give them a shot! I’m going to their website right now!

  • Reply Teva Beasley 14 September 2011 at 4:29 am

    I just added a link to your giveaway on my facebook page, I know so many mommas who could benefit from this affordable alternative. I also know so many suffers of eczema. I am so grateful you shared this.

  • Reply Sam N 14 September 2011 at 5:10 am

    Would love an amberwood necklace, never know their benefits!

  • Reply samantha 14 September 2011 at 5:15 am

    would love to try out something natural for when baby #2 arrives in november!

  • Reply jess 14 September 2011 at 6:54 am

    Pretty sure my 6month old has been teething for two months. Would love to have one.

  • Reply Carmell 14 September 2011 at 7:02 am

    Interesting! Please say it will produce a calm, serene nature in your child as well.

  • Reply Pez 14 September 2011 at 8:41 am

    I’ve also been a massive skeptic…but perhaps I will give it a try! You have inspired me…

  • Reply Jen L 14 September 2011 at 10:01 am

    I’ve been skeptical of amber as well… But at this point in our teething journey, I’m willing to suspend my disbelief. Thanks for the review (and giveaway)!

  • Reply Monica 14 September 2011 at 12:21 pm

    I’m also a sceptic (my husband even more so!), but seems all the babies around me have them and all the mums are convinced, so I’d love to try! Chase has 4 teeth and I think more are lurking…….!

  • Reply Elizabeth 14 September 2011 at 7:28 pm

    this product sounds wonderful! i’m so interested. :)

  • Reply Rachel 14 September 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Just checking in for my daily entry!

  • Reply Lori 14 September 2011 at 10:36 pm

    ummm, yes please. (she writes as the child gnaws at her nipple!) I was a skeptic too, but Adriel’s word is good enough for me! I would love this, especially since we can’t get anything like this here!

  • Reply Lori 14 September 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Liked mommyhood memos on fb. Oops sorry I hadn’t done so before. I promise I like you in real life even if I don’t on fb :)

  • Reply Lori 14 September 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Shared a link via fb.

  • Reply Debi 15 September 2011 at 12:22 am

    Ummmm…you are starting to convince me….Tegan’s teething this time around has been the worst! And it is lasting forever!!! I need to try this

  • Reply Samantha 15 September 2011 at 5:41 am

    Wow! I might just have to try one. And get one for my sister-in-law’s son who REALLY has a hard time while teething. Amazing!

  • Reply Samantha 15 September 2011 at 5:43 am

    shared via fb! : )

  • Reply Amber 15 September 2011 at 7:26 am

    I’ve been a skeptic too, but it looks like our son’s teething may finally start soon. He’s 9 months, so we’ve been lucky so far… but I think our luck’s about to run out.

    • Reply Adriel @ The Mommyhood Memos 17 September 2011 at 10:36 am

      if you come back for another entry… please make sure to leave your email address in case you win! :)

  • Reply Teva Beasley 15 September 2011 at 11:12 pm

    After posting the link on facebook, I had three very interested mommas. I love it when mom’s share tips.

  • Reply Sam N 16 September 2011 at 2:45 am

    Coming back for my second day of posting! Spent a lot of time on their website, so if I don’t win I’ll order my own.

  • Reply Gretchen 16 September 2011 at 3:36 pm

    How exciting! We’d love one :)

  • Reply Rachel 16 September 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Stopping by for my daily entry! I think I missed yesterday :-(

  • Reply Shelley 17 September 2011 at 3:12 am

    How awesome! I’ve been wanting to try one of these, but can’t justify spending the $$. A giveaway is totally awesome!! Thanks so much for doing this!

  • Reply Shelley 17 September 2011 at 3:14 am

    I just “liked” you guys on facebook. Thanks for an awesome blog, as well as this sweet giveaway!

  • Reply Shelley 17 September 2011 at 3:19 am

    I also just posted a link to the contest on my facebook page. Again, thanks for doing this! (And too bad I don’t have twitter to cover all my bases, haha!

  • Reply Shelley 17 September 2011 at 3:28 am

    I just blogged about this contest! The link is here: http://thepleasantestthings.blogspot.com/2011/09/contest-central.html

  • Reply Samantha 17 September 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Hoping to get this necklace!

  • Reply Alicia 17 September 2011 at 5:38 pm

    I’m just trying for another entry. And I’m going to read a bit more about it because I’m wondering if something like this would help my sister with some of her chronic pain she has since her accident.

  • Reply Lindsey allen 17 September 2011 at 6:11 pm

    I follow mommyhood memos!

  • Reply Lindsey allen 17 September 2011 at 6:12 pm

    I need this necklace for my teething toddler!!! :)

  • Reply courtney stasko 17 September 2011 at 11:05 pm

    I have an 11m son and I have been skeptical too. But he is a horrible teether and I have friends that LOVE these. I am actually considering an anklet for me as that is where my problem is and a hazelwood combo for my son since it looks more boyish.

  • Reply Hillery Cross 18 September 2011 at 2:44 am

    I have one for my son and love it. I hear they’re great for adults with various pains as well and would love to get one for my mom who has breast cancer.

  • Reply Christan 18 September 2011 at 2:48 am

    I bought one for each of my boys for the healing properties and also one for me as I have tendonitis. I do believe the cyst that was growing in my wrist is now gone since I have been wearing my bracelet. I would love to have another one for my other wrist!

  • Reply Rachael S 18 September 2011 at 3:04 am

    Just “liked” you. Hope to win. I love hazelaid.com.

  • Reply Shelley 18 September 2011 at 3:05 am

    Hey! This is my daily entry! Thanks again!

  • Reply Charly S 18 September 2011 at 3:07 am

    Oh man, I feel this mama’s pain!!! My 5 month old is crank city right now and I feel like I’ve tried everything! Time for an Amber necklace I guess! :)

  • Reply Rachael S 18 September 2011 at 3:11 am

    Just linked on my FB page.

  • Reply Katie 18 September 2011 at 3:20 am

    I have one that helps with skin problems and it works wonders… Glad it helped! :) they are great!

  • Reply Kelly R 18 September 2011 at 3:22 am

    Just had my 2nd child and really want to try these!

  • Reply Tina R 18 September 2011 at 3:40 am

    I would love to try an amber necklace for my teething cranky daughter!
    tinahdl@hotmail.com

  • Reply Tina R 18 September 2011 at 3:42 am

    I linked the giveaway on Facebook!
    tinahdl@hotmail.com

  • Reply Tina R 18 September 2011 at 3:43 am

    also liked the Memos on facebook…
    tinahdl@hotmail.com

  • Reply Michele Reneau 18 September 2011 at 4:03 am

    My LO has been wearing one since she was 6 months old, long before her first tooth came it at 10 months. I’ve never known she was cutting a teeth until after it arrived. I just got braces in May and my teeth were in so much pain. They hurt for 3-4 days so much that I didn’t eat much. I spied my LO’s necklace and removed it from her and put it on myself. Lo and behold, within an hour, the edge of pain had disappeared. And it got better and better. I truly feel I understand why little ones are so cranky and how the amber affects them. After 2 days, I gave LO back her necklace but I “borrow” it every month when my braces get adjusted. I’d love to get another one for myself!!

  • Reply brooke 18 September 2011 at 4:48 am

    oh yes! would LOVE to win these. i’ve been reading up on these necklaces… my daughter is about to enter teething age, and i’d love to start off on the right foot. and/or get a hazelwood necklace/bracelet for my exczema!

  • Reply brooke 18 September 2011 at 4:57 am

    AND i “like” you on FB now. glad to have found you!

  • Reply Jennifer Atchison 18 September 2011 at 5:03 am

    I would love to win! I have a 4 mth old gnawing on her fists right now!
    Jennifer_atchison at hotmail dot com

  • Reply Jennifer Atchison 18 September 2011 at 5:06 am

    FB fan!
    Jennifer_atchison at hotmail.com

  • Reply Christine Fehr 18 September 2011 at 5:11 am

    I love my amber necklaces for my girls. I can’t believe how well they work. I would like an amber/hazelwood one for myself.

  • Reply Bec 18 September 2011 at 8:32 am

    We would really benefit from this my lil man started teething at 3 months old (now six months) and on top of that has a lactose intolerance with reflux so I’d be keen to try him On the hazelwood/amber necklace. I also suffer from migraines and as a mum of 2 in a different country it’s tough so I’m tempted to buy one for my self also!!
    Thanks for this opportunity!

  • Reply Danlynn 18 September 2011 at 9:12 am

    I have also been skeptical about this “healing” jewelry… but after rading this story and others like it, I’m willing to give it a try. A $25 credit would definitely help me do that. Thanks! danlynn.engberg@gmail.com

  • Reply Rachel 18 September 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Does my email address come up for you? I enter it everytime I sign in to comment. Anyhoo: rachel @ wokabout . net

  • Reply Samantha S 18 September 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Loving the response to this. Can’t wait to see who wins!

  • Reply Sam N 19 September 2011 at 1:10 am

    Coming back for another entry, hopefully my email address shows even though I’m another one of the “Samanthas”!

  • Reply Jennifer 19 September 2011 at 2:49 am

    I’ve got a 13 month old crank-monster right this minute!

  • Reply Jennifer 19 September 2011 at 2:56 am

    Just liked Mommy… on FB!

  • Reply Jennifer 19 September 2011 at 3:35 am

    Just linked to the giveaway on fb!

  • Reply Shelley 19 September 2011 at 7:29 am

    Gosh, I wish I had a teething necklace for my little one today! She has both drool rash and diaper rash! :-(

  • Reply Jess S 19 September 2011 at 7:45 am

    We’re expecting our first in the spring. While teething is obviously a little ways off, I’d love to be prepared when it happens!

  • Reply Jacqui 19 September 2011 at 12:34 pm

    I couldn’t wait to find out if I’m the lucky winner so I just ordered a necklace for my 22 month old son who has been a terrible teether and is approaching the dreaded 2 yr molars. We’re expecting a daughter in November so I would love to get a head start on a necklace for her and hopefully avoid much pain and aggravation for all of us this time around!

  • Reply Tina R 19 September 2011 at 2:34 pm

    here is my comment of the day!! can’t wait to try one :)
    tinahdl@hotmail.com

  • Reply Rachel 19 September 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Stopping by for my daily entry
    rachel @ wokabout . net

  • Reply Shelley 20 September 2011 at 3:47 am

    Yay for another daily entry! If I enter my email address where it says “Leave a Reply”, then it shows up for you, right? If not, please let me know and I will post it here!

  • Reply Tina R 20 September 2011 at 2:35 pm

    here is my entry of the day :)
    tinahdl@hotmail.com

  • Reply Jeniffer Smith 21 September 2011 at 1:18 am

    I’ve heard such great things about these necklaces! I’d love to try them for my (teething) 7 month old daughter!

  • Reply Kendra 21 September 2011 at 3:47 am

    Oh wow do I need this for my teething 7 month old!

    Kendra
    Kmanuel25@yahoo.com

  • Reply Tina R 21 September 2011 at 5:52 am

    and another entry for today!!! can’t wait to try a teething necklace for my baby…

  • Reply Shelley 21 September 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Another daily entry! It’ll be fun to see who finally wins!

  • Reply Jennifer 21 September 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Daily entry! Have a good night!

  • Reply Rachel 21 September 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Counting down the days to find out who wins (hopefully me)!

    rachel @ wokabout . net

  • Reply Shelley 21 September 2011 at 11:54 pm

    I think I’ve been the only Shelley entering! My email address is shelleyclem at gmail dot com. So that’s just in case you can’t read it on the info I already submitted to the site. Thanks again for this promo!

  • Reply Rachel 22 September 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Oh, the anticipation is killing me!

    rachel @ wokabout . net

  • Reply Shelley 23 September 2011 at 1:41 am

    One more entry! I can’t believe the giveaway is almost over!

  • Reply Melissa 23 September 2011 at 6:25 am

    Love hazelaid!!!

  • Reply Tina R 23 September 2011 at 10:53 am

    another entry! :):):)

  • Reply Ana 23 September 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Maybe this will help Phinneas with his teething. He’s not doing too hot right now. Only four of those little buggers have popped through, and he’s drooling up a storm!!

  • Reply Megan Rogers 23 September 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Totally agree with everything said in the “article.” Currently my 15 month old is getting 3 1 year molars at the same time and is still his happy self! Just wish I would have known about amber for my first.

  • Reply Kelly R 23 September 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Would love this!

  • Reply Rachel 23 September 2011 at 1:27 pm

    My 7 month old would love this!

  • Reply Rachel 23 September 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Fingers crossed!

    rachel @ wokabout . net

  • Reply Shelley 24 September 2011 at 2:49 am

    Woot, woot! Today’s the day!

  • Reply Tina R 24 September 2011 at 2:54 am

    here is my last entry!!!! here’s to hoping !

  • Reply Ana 24 September 2011 at 9:06 am

    I hope! I hope!

  • Reply Adriel @ The Mommyhood Memos 24 September 2011 at 8:09 pm

    ENTRY FOR THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

  • Reply Shelley 25 September 2011 at 1:43 am

    Whoops! I meant today, not yesterday. Haha.

  • Reply Frank 4 June 2014 at 8:49 am

    I love the hazelwood from Hazelaid! My only problem with Hazelaid is that their prices seem to fluctuate on their amber products, so we get our amber from Salus Earth. We rotate a hazelwood necklace from Hazelaid and amber from Salus Earth. Within a few minutes my girl can go from screaming to calm. This stuff works!! I’ve been buying a bunch and giving them to friends with kids.

  • Reply Lizzie s 15 September 2014 at 3:43 pm

    This is great! Would love to try as a natural way to help my little one through teething

    • Reply Debbie Edwards 2 August 2016 at 2:14 am

      I have so many health issues, thyroid, fibromyalgia, nerve issues, anxiety, adrenal gland failure, migraines, plus if this could could help just one even a little I would be on top of the world. But a little skeptical.

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