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*Though the above disclaimer may feel repetitive to anyone who is researching Teething Jewelry, it's important. Ultimately as the parent you have primary responsibility to make these kinds of choices for your child. Our goal is to give you the best information available so you can make the most informed decision for your own family.
OK, on to the information:
The first kind of teething necklaces (the chewy kind) are often made of silicone and worn by the parent, sometimes being called 'Mommy Necklaces', and can feature either a chewing silicone ring on a string:
Or even a whole row of chewy polygons:
The relief these provide is in the chewing action. It feels good on the gums.
The second kind of Teething Necklaces (that aren't for chewing) are made of Baltic amber and work by resting directly on the skin to provide pain relief. They're worn by the child who is teething in order to relieve teething pain and other related symptoms:
Though Baltic amber teething necklaces have been in use in Europe for a very long time, amber teething jewelry only became popular in North America in the early 2000's. Note the rise of people searching for information about Baltic amber teething necklaces on Google Trends:
Amber teething necklaces used to be most closely associated with 'crunchy' parenting and would go hand-in-hand with other alternative lifestyle choices, such as cloth diapering or extending breastfeeding. However today amber teething necklaces have become more mainstream and are used by people from all walks of life.
Both kinds of teething necklaces may make up an important part of your personal toolkit in battling through the teething years.