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Amber Teething Necklaces: Helpful or Hype?

By Amalah

Amber Teething Necklace

Hey, woman! Just found your site and am loving it. (OMG HOW DOES ANYONE NURSE WITHOUT A SMARTPHONE?! Needless to say, I’ve now read, like, half your posts ever since the baby is having a growth spurt and eating constantly.)

Anyhow, you and I seem to be a similar degree of granola-crunchy but not dirty-hippy, so here goes. I’m a cloth diapering, clothesline-using, breastfeeding, Ergo-wearing, organic container-gardening, babyfood making, composting AND worm farm type of gal. Dear lord I can’t believe I just typed that. (Oh crap, maybe I *am* a dirty hippy.)

I like going the natural route if possible, but on the other hand I’m a scientist by trade and I HEART FACTS! So a lot of this magnetic-bracelet/aura healing crystals/green tea detoxifying foot patches, etc. just PISSES ME OFF.

SO, onnnnn to the question! Amber teething necklaces. Do they work? I get that they contain succinic acid, which is an anti-inflammatory, but… ya know… really? And do the possible benefits outweigh putting BEADS on your BABY!? (I think my baby is making NOM NOM NOM noises just thinking about ripping such a thing off and devouring it.) Uh, choking hazard much?

So what do you think?

Skeptical Dirty Hippy Scientist

Did you steal my brain? Were we separated at the birthin’ place many many years ago? Because like you, I feel like the most curmudgeonly skeptical hippy in the world sometimes. Yes, we cloth diaper and baby-wear and make our own baby food and grow vegetables and compost and shun anything processed and artificial and recycle and all of that, but…well, I chose my green/natural initiatives after reading, you know, FACTS that changed my mind and laid out the benefits clearly and objectively. I am not the moron from the pro-HFCS commercials who just says “oh, that’s bad for you!” because I maybe heard it from somebody somewhere and then stares blankly when asked to elaborate. Ask ME why we don’t consume HFCS and you’ll get a damn lecture with Powerpoint, at the end of which you will probably run away screaming and swear to never talk to me again, because ANNOYING.

But…amber teething necklaces. Yeah. I’ve never owned one. Never really thought about owning one. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this wives’ tale gone mainstream: Baltic amber contains a “natural analgesic” that can, in theory, be absorbed through your skin to relieve pain. Here’s the wiki on succinic acid, where there is indeed a passing mention of it being historically used to relieve aches and pains — though just how far back in history isn’t mentioned. Today, you’ll often see amber advertised for back pain and arthritis, but also for teething pain. Mothering message boards are chock full of parents who SWEAR the necklaces work, or at least helped, though there are usually a couple people who say the opposite, or admit that it’s little more than a placebo effect for exhausted parents. He’s not crying at this particular moment! He slept better last night! Well, yes, teething pain does come and go, and sometimes we misdiagnose all sorts of other crankiness/discomfort as ongoing “teething”…but he’s wearing the necklace! That HAS TO BE IT.

I have two problems with the necklaces, even if we do buy into the idea that succinic acid is strong and concentrated enough in the jewelry to be absorbed THROUGH YOUR SKIN, INTO YOUR BLOODSTREAM and STILL be strong enough to make it to the source of pain — better than or equal to, say, a straight liquid analgesic like Tylenol or Motrin, or teething tablets inserted directly by the gums:

1) A lot of what’s sold as “amber” these days is actually mostly resin OR has been treated artificially to look pretty and sparkly and sun-kissed. There’s a very high scammy quotient among products being specifically sold as “healing” amber. Basically, if you decide to buy a cheap one just to see if it works at all, you’re probably still getting ripped off with stones that don’t really contain much of the magic acid in the first place. (True Baltic amber contains about an 8% concentration of the stuff.) I’m sure there are reputable places selling the real deal, but be prepared to do some research first and educate yourself on how to spot real Baltic amber before buying the first necklace you see because it looks cute.

2) Beaded jewelry on a baby. Around their NECK, even. I just…yeah. I have a hard time being not nervous about that part. I just came from a message board where MULTIPLE PEOPLE admitted that they NEVER took the necklaces off — even at night. And others simply wrapped it around their baby’s wrist or ankle at night, convinced that it was the reason their fussy baby was sleeping better, and that the baby wouldn’t be able to figure out how get it of since it was under their clothes or something. People: I don’t care how sturdy the construction is or how safe the clasp claims to be, or what ancient cultures used to let their babies wear, please please please don’t put your infants in a crib unsupervised with beaded jewelry wrapped around their necks or limbs, okay?

Personally, after the amount of research I’ve done just on the topic of pregnancy and TOPICAL chemicals, oils, and other ingredients in health and beauty products, I remain incredibly skeptical of the idea that enough of the acid inside a stone could really enter a baby’s bloodstream in amounts that would have a real, profound effect on pain. I mean, think of all the crazy nasty stuff in hair dye, and the relatively insignificant amount that actually gets through your scalp. (I guess that’s the justification for letting babies wear the necklaces 24/7?)

However, there’s obviously a pretty decent and vocal population out there who swear the necklaces worked, or were even their own personal teething lifesaver. You know? Good for you. I’m glad you found something that worked. If you want to give them away as shower presents because they worked so great, that’s really no different than any parent praising their own favorite baby product to the skies. Replace “amber teething necklaces” with Miracle Blankets/obscure pacifier brands/gripe water or whatever One Thing we all have that in our minds, is the Greatest Thing Ever because it worked well for our particular baby.

And seriously, I get that I am technically knocking something I have not tried. The most obnoxious thing ever, right? Personally, teething was all over the place for us. Both of my boys were early teethers, and prone to getting teeth rapid-fire, one right after another. Sometimes they’d just wake up with a tooth, like it was no big deal at all…and then the next tooth involved a protracted period of misery and drool and crankiness. I used Tylenol and Motrin sparingly — never in amounts I felt were excessive, but whenever it was undeniable that they were seriously in pain. I used Hyland’s teething tablets, which HA HA IRONY, have now been brought under scrutiny by the FDA. I always thought they did a great job, but — again, HA HA — other parents find them completely useless. (And I imagine the increased popularity of the amber jewelry could go hand in hand with parents trying to find an alternative to the tablets, now that even THOSE have been flagged as worrisome. We cannot win.)

Other than that, we survived teething (including molars!) just fine, with chewy rings and toys and letting them chew on cold washcloths. Ezra liked to gum on nice cold pickles or carrots — supervised, always, while Noah preferred those tried-and-true plain old plastic teething beads. I did own one piece of teething jewelry…for myself. I wore a Smart Mom Teething Bling necklace for Ezra to grab and pull and gnaw on to his heart’s content. We got an amazing amount of traction and entertainment out of that pendant. It was awesome, with no quasi-science involved other than babies like to pull and chew on Mama’s necklaces more than anything already, so why not just wear something kind of cool-looking that makes it okay?

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Amy Corbett Storch


Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Ama...

Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Amalah. Also, it’s pronounced AIM-ah-lah.

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Amy is mother to rising first-grader Noah, preschooler Ezra, and toddler Ike.

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  • JCF

    January 22, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Okay, usually I agree with Amy, but I’m going with the cliche “don’t knock it till you’ve tried” it line this time.

    I didn’t use a teething necklace on my first baby, mostly because I was skeptical and didn’t want to shell out $20 or so for something that wouldn’t work. He was a horrendous teether, and we gave him tons of Motrin and Tylenol, which I felt terrible about, but the kid was miserable. My second baby got her first tooth, was miserable, and I broke down and bought one. She never suffered through getting a tooth after that, except for once when the necklace got lost, we had a terrible night up with her while she screamed about a tooth that was breaking through, and I broke down and ordered another. My third baby is currently wearing a teething necklace, and it has seemed to work for him as well. Saying that the parents are just claiming that it works to make themselves feel better is like saying the exact same thing about Tylenol. You’ll know if it is working.

    Some things to know:
    1. I got my necklaces from a company called Inspired by Finn, which is a reputable company that sells real Baltic Amber
    2. The darker colors of amber have a higher concentration of succinic acid, so at least pick one with multiple colors of beads (dark and light), rather than just light.
    3. Look for strands that have knots in between each bead, so should the necklace break, your baby won’t be surrounded by tons of loose beads.
    4. Some places sell magnetic clasps, so that the necklace will pop off if pressure is applied. Others have regular screw type clasps.
    5. The cords are apparently not made to withstand a ton of force, so if the baby gets caught by the necklace, it would break rather than choke the baby. We’ve never had a chance to test this, so I can’t personally confirm it.
    6. I tuck the necklace under the baby’s clothes so they’re not getting ahold of it to chew/pull/get caught. It has never really been a problem. They don’t really even notice that it is on.

    Baltic amber necklaces are extremely common in Europe for teething babies. My dad is from France, and none of his relatives bat an eye when they see the necklaces. They’re sold all over the place there, and everyone seems to know what they are and accept that they really do work.

    I hope teething goes smoothly regardless of what you choose!

    • Shawna

      August 3, 2014 at 1:58 pm

      I got my daughter’s necklace there, too.  It worked very well.

      I never let her sleep in it because I don’t like to sleep in jewelry, so its removal was about comfort, not so much about safety.  

      She is six now and we still have the necklace.  She doesn’t wear it only because it is too small now.  We bought her a 12″ necklace when she was teething.  It fits her like a choker these days and she says it’s too snug, so it has not been worn in three years or so.

      I swear by teething necklaces.  My child went from crying fits and restless sleep to being more mellow and not needing any medication of any type to help her teeth come in.  They all popped in quite peacefully.  

      I’m actually surprised more moms don’t take a chance on them.  Even if they don’t work for all kids, the babies get a cute piece of baby jewelry to wear.

    • Lenae

      February 20, 2015 at 11:42 pm

      The following was posted to facebook. This person is very lucky her child did not strangle to death. The images are scary. ……””Genuine baby sized Amber teething necklace on 21 month old”

      This is a warning to all my mummy friends. I am feeling so lucky to still have my beautiful girl smiling at me today.

      For the last 9 months Ellie has worn a amber teething necklace pretty much 24/7 and I swore by them, it really worked for her. I thought she was old enough, there was no hazards in her cot. She would be safe and fine right? and it worked..

      This morning I went in to check on her because she was sleeping longer than normal and my mummy worry kicked in enough to check.

      I found her with her arm looped through her necklace near her shoulder. How she got her arm through to that point I will never know. I undid it she thankfully roused straight away and is fine. But if the pressure on her neck had been in a slightly different point.. It’s unimaginable.”

  • BB

    January 22, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    This could not be more timely for me. I was just reading posts about someone using them on a message board the other day, and was wondering what the heck they were talking about. I totally agree with you about the placebo effect, Amy. But I think I was cut from the same cloth as you and the OP.

  • Chris

    January 23, 2011 at 12:20 am

    Wow, there are a bunch of us out there! I’m actually a scientist (I’m a biologist/toxicologist)/ dirty hippy mom too.

    I’d like to chime in that I absolutely agree- it’ seems very unlikely that a baby would be getting succinic acid in therapeutic doses by chewing on amber. I’m skeptical, also, about if there actually is any analgesic effect of succinic acid- I did a quick search of the scientific literature, and nothing seems to be jumping out documenting its use as a pain-killer, it looks like it’s more used in the synthesis of other drugs. And honestly, the choking risk really seems to outweigh the hypothetical benefit, in my opinion, even if it does work.

    I know moms want to go with a ‘natural’ solution to problems, but you have to be careful. Not only is the delivery method potentially a choking hazard, but you do have to remember that even natural chemicals are CHEMICALS, so there’s potential for them to have adverse effects within the body, just like synthetic chemicals.

  • Cassandra Potier Watkins

    January 23, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Hello I am not a dirty hippy, but do just about all the things that you do for your kids. I come from a family with engineers, doctors and other very logically minded people, not to mention that one side of the family is French and thinks that half of what I do is because I am a crazy Californian. I don’t get on too many bandwagons.

    So here is our story about how we were won over by the amber necklace. Our baby boy had an awful case of skin rash on his neck from incessant drooling. I kept his neck clean and dry and also tried some creams but nothing worked. One day I took him to the doctor for a check-up and the pediatrician (who had always given me very good advice) recommended that he wear an amber necklace. I immediately replied with a ‘you gotta be kidding me?!’ She told me that the calming teething pain part of amber necklace is an old wives tale that comes from the fact that in many cultures babies were given necklaces to wear while teething. They were not given the necklaces, however, to calm the pain, but to alleviate skin irritations from drooling. The succinic acid is drying and soothing to the skin’s surface. I immediately went and bought one from a high quality source. My entire family laughed at me when they saw it… but they were not laughing one week after when our boy’s rash was gone and never came back!

    I took it off of him at night, because I was scared of choking. He chewed on it for a bit in the beginning, but then he forgot about it. It was of course a high quality child safe necklace. Each bead was knotted.

    If your kid has neck rash… I highly recommend this product.

    • hilda

      August 10, 2015 at 3:57 pm

      My pediatrician suggested the same thing for my little guy. Has the same problem too, DROOLER galore. I just ordered one from a good source. I am hoping it helps with the drool. He already wears a bib all day and those can be strangle hazords too. I am planning on removing the necklace at night, though.

      • Tara

        January 2, 2016 at 8:34 pm

        Where did you do research to find reputable source? Looking into this now.

  • Olivia

    January 24, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Haven’t tried the amber necklace because my daughter didn’t seem to have too much trouble teething. The Hylands Teething Tablets worked most of the time (I stalked up and will be using them with the next babe), and when she was really in pain we gave tylenol. We only had to give her that a few times.

  • Bethany

    January 24, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    I tried one of the teething necklaces, and it did absolutely nothing for my daughter (except look cute). I took the necklace back to the store and exchanged it for some cloth diapers, which are actually useful. 🙂

  • Kim

    January 24, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Huh, the neck rash thing. That makes sense. The soothing powers, not so much. But Hyland’s didn’t make sense to me, either. The expensive trendy teething thingy that did? Sophie the Giraffe, or as she’s known around here – Chompers. Bought it for the Big when she was working on molars, because you can work the legs all the way back into the mouth, and the Little just chews on her all the time. Motrin, Orajel, and washcloths filll in the rest.

  • Caitlyn

    January 24, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    I’m a engineer/skeptic/hippy mommy too, which is why I love reading this blog!  So nice to find someone who seems sane on these issues.

    I’ve always been thoroughly skeptical of amber teething necklaces (the facts just weren’t adding up) and I’ve been pretty skeptical of teething tablets as well, so I’m glad the FDA is looking into them.  The basic “laws” of homeopathy don’t make any sense (look up “law of similars” and “law of infinitesimals” if you’re curious) so I’m disinclined to trust anything made using those laws.  (A few homeopathic products do work, but it’s by coincidence rather than by principle.)

    By the way, could you give me a couple links to start reading up on HFCS?  I should probably read what’s out there, and I don’t feel like wading through the fearmonger sites.

    • Tara

      March 1, 2016 at 8:22 pm

      Just an FYI: The FDA, is a government body that actually supports and approves the use of toxic pesticides that are put onto our food, consumed by children everyday, chemicals that are known to cause cancer and have detrimental affects on our own health and the health of the planet, killing bees and pollenators. When the FDA is going to “look into” amber necklaces and see what they think about them, this is not a governing body you can trust to make fair and responsible decisions that affect family health. They are supported and funded by big corporations so in all honesty, the last thing they care about is the health of your family. I wouldn’t trust the FDA if they feel putting toxic pesticides on food is considered safe. 

  • JCF

    January 24, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    @Cassandra–Interesting to hear about the rash! I hadn’t ever heard that particular use of amber, but I’m glad to hear that works. My son had a terrible rash on his cheeks from teething. I wonder if that would have helped, or if it would have needed to be against the actual skin affected.

    @Chris–The necklaces aren’t supposed to be chewed on. They are supposed to rest against the skin, and the succinic acid is absorbed by the skin.

    • dori

      August 5, 2014 at 6:10 pm

      “…I don’t feel like wading through the fearmonger sites.”

      why not? you actually trust the FDA. 

  • professormama

    January 24, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    So we’ve never done the amber necklace thing, but both our kids have worn beaded necklaces since shortly after birth.  They slept in them, wore them int eh bath, never took them off, they were not long necklaces, and we never worried or had cause to worry, but the kids slept next to us until they’re almost 3 years old.  I wouldn’t leave a baby alone in a crib with a necklace on, but then again I wouldn’t do it without the necklace. I think cultural practices go together, like for example baby jewelry and co-sleeping.

  • Sarah

    January 25, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Amalah, I love ya, but you sound a little hypocritical here. Didn’t you tell us all not to put anything lavender on boys skin because of phytoestrogen?And don’t you also avoid parabens and other yucky additives if possible when it comes to skin care? So you obviously believe chemicals CAN be absorbed through the skin, maybe because they are hard beads and not a oil or water base you think they probably don’t work? I have never used them, considering it for child-on-the way. The necklace thing is kinda scary, I don’t think I would leave the babe unsupervised while wearing it…

  • Sherri

    January 25, 2011 at 3:01 am

    ^Not exactly hippy-ish… Love my Ergo & cloth diaper when I feel like it… Prefer vitamins & herbs to big pharma, but when I’m really sick-o I head straight for the Doc… 😉

    Baltic Amber has worked for us!

    I didn’t discover amber until my 3rd came along… her terrible teething started @ 4 mos. & within about 3 days of initially putting her Amber on her drooling was cut down by 90%, her mood was much more even-keeled & her sleeping was MUCh more restful.

    I got pregnant with #4 when #3 was only 5 mos. old & my pubic symphysis diastasis kicked in earlier than it had with pregnancy 2 OR 3… & thinking back to the wonderful results we’d had with Amber for my #3’s teething, I bought some for myself! Within a week of initially wearing my Amber, my constant hip pain was nearly GONE! (I say nearly, because I did still suffer flare ups when I over-exerted myself…)

    Purchasing high-quality, handcrafted necklaces or bracelets from a reputable dealer is your best bet. It is VITALLY important to get the PROPER size so that it won’t be a choking hazard. All 4 of my kiddos (8, 5, 17 mos. & 3 mos.) wear Amber 24/7! 🙂

  • DBV

    January 25, 2011 at 6:10 am

    I’m a pediatric registered nurse, crunchy momma of two little boys. My first boy was a pretty good teether & the occasional Tylenol/Motrin did the job. The second boy not so much & NOTHING worked!!! After weeks of night waking every 2 hours, daytime fussiness & horrible drool rash, I caved & bought an amber necklace. Best purchase ever. Pretty sure it’s not the placebo effect as all the aforementioned symptoms return if we happen to take the necklace off for an extended period of time. Please don’t form opinions if you haven’t even tried it yet. I was highly skeptical but when you run out of options (you can’t give Tylenol/Motrin every night & Orajel didn’t help), perhaps you might change your stance. It seems to me the ‘amber haters’ in this discussion have easier teethers & maybe haven’t reached the point of desperation we mammas of difficult teethers have. . .

    • Hannah

      June 17, 2014 at 6:36 pm

      Hi Sherri,
      Where did you purchase your necklaces? My son is 4 months. What size should I get for him? Thanks!

      • hilda

        August 10, 2015 at 4:02 pm

        Hi, I purchased mine from hippiehoopla on etsy. Also mamapotamus (spelling??) has some good posts on amber necklaces. The recomended infant size is 11 to 12 inches. Hope this helps.

    • Lindsey

      July 7, 2015 at 2:34 pm

      Amen! My husband holds a PhD in biochemistry and works for one of the country’s top labs. He was a major skeptic when I brought it up for our oldest, but after 3 nights in a row of handing him back and forth every 2 hours because of the screaming, he said, “Fine, whatever, we have to try all available options.” Worked like a charm! Less fuss, less drool, better sleep, I’ll take it! We take it off for baths, and if he’s teething and we forget to put it back on, we remember within 10 minutes because the fussiness will drive you bonkers. Our youngest is only 11 weeks, but I already have one on standby for him when he’s old enough. 

  • Sarah

    January 25, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Another fan of Amber here! Our son will ask for his necklace when his teeth are bothering. We don’t give him medication for his pain so I was glad to find something that seemed to help.
    When first purchased we thought it was cute but probably wouldn’t work. However you can tell when he has it off just how much it HAS been working!

    His rashes clear up, less drool, sleeps better (we also co-sleep) and longer and is in much less discomfort.

    knocking a product before trying it and then knocking it publicly? Lame.

  • Emily

    January 27, 2011 at 9:09 am

    I’m tempted to try it just for the drooling help! I know I’m going to have to get over my ick of drooling and other messy things.. but I’m not there yet. Speaking of countries with baby jewelry – anyone ever use baby rings? A lot of people with French ancestry responded above. My husband’s side is French and they gave me his mothers and his grandmother’s baby rings. I don’t know when to use them and sorta afraid she’ll lose them or swallow them.

  • Susan

    January 27, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    I bought a teething necklace for Snackbox when he was about 8 months old and it appeared all of his teeth were going to come in at once. I never left it on him during naps or at night, and once he discovered he could pull it out from under his shirt and chew on it (~10 months) I stopped putting it on him. I think it helped somewhat, but so did dosing him with Tylenol EVERYSINGLENIGHT.

    Oh, and Orajel? That stuff is horrible – it numbs Baby’s throat so they can’t swallow very well – talk about a choking hazard.

  • Anna

    February 24, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    We using amber necklace for last 4 months and difference is huge, finally we can get some sleep. It works for our son (11 months), don’t know if it will work for everybody, but have to try at least.
    P.S. I got from, but there is more stores course, but they ship for free and tax is included.

  • Jen

    March 6, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    @JCF: actually, I’ve heard the lighter colors of amber have the highest concentration of succinic acid or that color doesn’t really matter. The raw amber is what has the highest concentration of succinic acid and what I would recommend since polished amber is easier to fake.

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  • Renee

    March 22, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    I used a small amount of clove oil on my teeth when I had my wisdom teeth removed as a teenager. It worked wonderfully. I forgot about it until I stumbled on a blog post on a herbal blog I follow recommending it for teething babies. I plan on using clove oil when my little one starts teething.
    Here is the link, hope this helps!

    • Jamie

      October 3, 2014 at 12:55 am

      Clove oil is dangerous for small children and babies. It is definitely not recommended. Please research negative reactions before you give your child any essential oils. They can have negative side effects just like big pharma meds.

  • Ande Spenser

    April 18, 2013 at 4:15 am

    I heard about these necklaces a couple days ago when my employee told me about them. I’m like, uh, are you serious? But today a customer called and asked if we had amber baby teething necklaces, so I thought I’d do a little research.

    It just sounds like new age woo-woo to me. I am a qualified expert in new age woo-woo. I own and run a metaphysical shop where we deal in woo-woo all day long. But we have a definite line we will not cross when it comes to medical issues such as pain relief.

    Are there any scientific studies on this issue? any blood/drool/urine tests that show whether or not this succinic acid actually makes it into the bloodstream? I’m serious – I want to know so that I can disclose this to the customers. If there’s some maybes on it, scientifically speaking, that’s interesting. But if it’s just an old wives’ tale, I’d like to let them know that we don’t really think it will work, but that it’s a nice little bauble for the kid anyway.

    That said…

    Copal resin has been used, and is still sometimes used, in South America today when dentistry is unavailable, for helping with the pain of cavities and loose teeth. Amber is a resin from a very similar tree, so theoretically amber might contain some of the same types of chemicals.

    Here’s the thing, though: the copal is actually put in the mouth, rubbed on the area and reapplied as necessary, not worn. That is medicine, an herbal remedy. Nobody is saying “hey, wear this copal, it’ll make your cavities stop hurting.”

    Amber is a fossil. A bioplastic. It has completely transformed from being tree sap to being basically a rock, if you will. Two million year old copal from Columbia is still in the process of changing, and is known as “copal amber”. but it is not quite yet stable and will go sticky if rubbed with alcohol or acetone. Proper amber, including the baltic variety, doesn’t do that.

    Some minerals will indeed leach into the skin, such as cinnabar causing mercury poisoning. So yes, some kinds of rocks can cause a physical change in the body, over time. And we all know what can happen when you drink water from lead pipes over a long period of time.

    But to endorse wearing amber as a pain remedy would be like saying a person with mood swings would benefit from wearing lepidolite because it contains lithium mica. Or that copper is good for arthritis. A lot of people say it is but there are no studies that show it to be true; in fact, repeated testing has shown that copper jewelry is merely a placebo.

    But is it the wearing of the amber that causes teething pain to disappear? Or is it that each individual tooth has a different timeline for its eruption and the pain seems to lessen when the necklace is worn simply because the pain was going to lessen as the tooth got closer to coming through the gums anyway?

    Clinical studies are needed before you can definitely say yes or no to the amber necklaces. I would be more concerned about the safety of them, but that is something each parent is going to have to decide. I’m not going to tell someone how to raise their kid.

    Are there any known cases where someone’s kid did strangle to death from a teething necklace? or is that just an unfounded fear as well? Lots of people sleep in necklaces and you never hear about them choking to death. I would be more worried about an unattended kiddo getting caught somehow. but then, their shirt collars could do that too, and we don’t get paranoid about putting them to sleep in clothing, so… yeah.

    So, I am not going to go as far as to recommend teething necklaces to my customers. However, I am thinking of making a few, maybe some micro-macrame in the hippie hemp style. A little new age woo-woo isn’t going to hurt the kid in this case (teething is just part of life, and while it’s no fun, it’s not lethal), so if they don’t work, what the heck, no harm done, and if they might work, way to go me, I’ve got a happy customer and a little extra money in my till.

    I would like to point out that the page on them from amber artisans (I think that’s them, sorry I lost the tab) states that the teething necklaces are not meant for children under 36 months. Fat lot of good it would do a 3 year old, huh.

    FWIW I just used orajel on my kids, along with those teething beads you stick in the freezer. And my mom used teeny dabs of a concoction made of whiskey, honey, and clove oil on me. We turned out okay without any fancy necklaces. But back in those days, you know, people were tougher, and you just took the teething phase as part of the job of parenting.

  • Lisa-Jayne Jones

    April 25, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Hi there!
    I know your post regarding teething beads is over two years old, but I’ve only jut come across it and just had to respond.
    My daughter is turning one in a few days and so far, only has two bottom teeth through. The first one was awful! She was so upset, her sleep (and mine) was disturbed, she was drooling like a Bulldog; you know, the usual story. Like all other mums I tried everything; gels: granules: toys to chew on: cloths to suck on: nothing relieved her symptoms enough to improve out quality of life. Finally, as a last resort, I asked for advice from other mums and dads by posting a plea on a social networking site and I received a very interesting response, with a high percentage of parents suggesting I try amber teething beads. I was at the stage when I was open to anything and besides, I’m a believer in crystal healing and always prefer natural remedies so show me where to buy them!
    I managed to buy the beads locally and I have to say I cannot believe the difference they have made. The second tooth came through without us even noticing! My daughters appetite increased, the nappy rash ceased, as did the drooling and we get a good nights sleep now. Maybe it’s just coincidence, only time will tell, but the difference seems a little too extreme to be purely coincidence.
    I only take the beads of her for bathing as they really need to be worn all the time for full benefit. The beads are obviously specifically designed with babies in mind, so they are strung on cotton that is strong enough for normal daily wear and tear, but weak enough that it will break if tension is put on it. Each bead is individually knotted so if they do break, only one will fall off and they are small enough and smooth enough to be swallowed without being a choking hazard and will just come out the other end… Or at least that’s what I was told.
    Willow has been wearing her beads for five months now and she’s never attempted to pull them or play with them, in fact I don’t think she even realises they’re there. Unlike a stone, amber is very light and warm so it doesn’t feel foreign against the skin.
    Anyway, I’m not saying that they definitely work for everyone but the do work for us, and lets face it, the placebo affect doesn’t work with a baby. I would highly recommend buying them and trying them, they don’t cost the earth and who knows, you may be pleasantly surprised. (Sorry for any typos but on a phone) 🙂

  • John

    June 23, 2013 at 1:00 am

    I have used this for my 15 month old daughter since since she started teething and this product is a god send. We were recommended by a friend so we bought it with a lot of doubt. After a while we didn’t notice our daughter being bothered by her teething so we took the necklace off and she cried blue murder so we put it back on and she was fine. We did this on numerous occasions to see if she was just attached to necklace or if it actually helped. A couple days of not wearing it, her gums were swollen, she had rosy cheeks and was really upset all the time, we put it back on and all the symptoms went away. She accidentally broke her necklace and it is made in a way that all the beads have knots between them so one came off. I highly recommend this product to anyone with child teething. Thanks for taking the time to read my post

  • wastatemom

    June 25, 2013 at 10:06 am

    my cousin used frozen blueberries with his girls. I plan to. my guy is 3 months. no teeth yet. plus I am waiting til 6 months for solids. but I have infant Tylenol to give if he really really needs it…

  • kristy

    November 21, 2013 at 11:07 am

    I don’t know if I quite believe in the necklaces myself but why should we believe in what you just said over what the makers of real amber necklaces say? Your obviously really biased about this when you have no experience on the matter. Just trying to do my own research.

  • Ruby

    November 21, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    I was a skeptic. But my baby was having a HORRIBLE time with teething, and none of the things I was trying were helping. Not. One. Bit. So I figured I didn’t have a whole lot to lose by trying something else. I borrowed an amber teething necklace from a friend – just to try it out. And it helped! *insert happy mama sigh here*

    First time my mother saw Baby Girl after I had put the amber necklace on her, she commented “Man, she’s so mellow today!” (And my mom had no way of knowing she had a teething necklace on, since it was under her clothes.)

    So. Here I am. Signing in as Skeptic Turned Major Fan.

    I’m actually getting to sleep at night now. It’s wonderful. *lol*

    • Eziekle Crafts

      June 15, 2017 at 12:07 am

      DON’T PUT AMBER ON YOUR BABY. DON’T LET IT TEETH ON IT. Amber has ancient bugs that tend to be in a dormant state where they don’t need oxygen. If you baby ingests these preserved ancient bugs they might get ancient scabies of some other infestation that science isn’t prepared for.Before the meteor that killed dinosaurs hit there were all kinds of nasty kritters.It seems to increase your risk of catching lyme disease or morgellons disease which feeds on the amber resin and just loves acids, which this article states amber contains. Make lavendar shampoo with no chemicals and your baby will be protected for diseases, ticks, and have long healthy sleeping patterns.

  • Kristie

    January 15, 2014 at 2:05 am

    Hey there,

    A comment on the Scientific Process. Just a reminder on what IS the Scientific Process.
    1. Ask a Question-  Hmmm. What could help in teething?
    2. Do Background Research- Many options; Tylenol, Amber necklaces, magnets, etc.
    3. Construct a Hypothesis- So many moms are having “sucsess” with the Amber Necklaces… it’s worth a try.
    4. Test Your Hypothesis by Doing an Experiment- Let’s put one on Jr when he’s experiencing heightened teething symptoms, or leave it off, put it on again, leave it on for an extended period of teething, and see if the teething difficulties resume in a period of time. Maybe even try it on a difficult set of teeth, etc.
    5. Ananlyze Your Data and Draw a Conclusion- Hey, this really works, or… Hmmm, didn’t see much of a difference.
    6. Communicate your results. (notice, the results don’t have to be publish in a Scientific Journal to be credible)

    Now I’ve seen lot’s of moms going through this “scientific” process, and I’ve heard many of them coming to the same conclusions- they mostly seem to say the Amber is useful. You don’t have to know every WHY to be able to draw an accurate conclusion- you just observe the evidence, and draw a conclusion. Yet many “scientific minds” here aren’t able to follow the procedure, because…???

    It’s been clearly communicated. Most have followed the basic Procedure, yet in the end they are written off by people who have NOT TESTED THE HYPOTHESIS BY DOING AN EXPERIMENT. Now that’s not scientific. Throwing out belittling catch phrases like “wive’s tale” is not scientific, and not fair minded either.  Believing only folks with a PHD or some other “qualification”, and writing off people who have spent “time in the trenches” is a little biased. Only a “scientist” can draw acurate conclusions? Everyday experiences are confirmed and rejected by observation- not just the observations the happen in a lab.

    Try this (I’ve never used an Amber necklace by the way) if the necklaces are only “placebo”, all in the mind, then YOU try having that kind of “mind control” over a teething infant, and if you’re sucessful, I would rightly regard you as a guru. I’d say pure Mind Control like that would be no small feat! In fact, if you could bottle that up, I dare say many parents of two’s and teens would buy some. And by all means, if you got it for a mere $20 in the form of an Amber necklace, I’d say that’s far more powerful than a painkiller of any kind!

    Myself, I have used a simple magnet necklace (yes, you heard right- a knit fabric tube with a magnet, tied around the neck- about two fingers width from the child’s neck- close so that it CAN’T be put in the mouth) with 4 children now, after my first 3 (yep, that makes seven total) suffered through teething with bits of Ora gel and the occasional Tylenol (which is not good for your child, by the way). In fact, my children just pretty much wear them non-stop (yep, through sleeping, etc. If some hook type thing gets close enough to my child’s neck to get up under that necklace, I have a much larger problem than the necklace. We don’t play with metal hooks, or plastic hooks with our babies. I don’t recommend it with or without a necklace.) Anyway, I can’t tell you HOW it works. I suspect it has something to do with circulation. Maybe most of that PAIN exists primarily because of the pressure of inflamation, etc… but that is ONLY speculation! I do know though, that we put it on at the first sign of teething, and dont’ take it off except when it gets grimy (if it ever looks worn or like the magnet would have any chance of coming through, they get a new one) and we pretty much don’t know they are teething until we see the pearly whites! Not sure if it will work for others, but it sure works for us! We heard about this method from our midwife who does a lot of work in Fiji. Very common there. Unheard of here.

    Very scientific process. Results have been observed repeatedly over the course of six years or so now in a “fair” test- having changed only one variable and keeping all other conditions the same. Hope you all find beneficial methods that really work! And my hats off to you if you’ve done it only by the power of your mind!

    • tbopalu

      August 5, 2015 at 9:45 pm

      except that is not really how good science works (i.e. not repeatable, lack of control group, etc)

  • Megan Stork

    January 15, 2014 at 5:38 am

    I’m not a dirty hippy, but was raised by them lol. I’m expecting my third and looking into the Amber teething necklaces. I was pretty shocked to see that they weren’t to chew on and even more shocked that the baby was to wear them 24/7. I liked the teething tablets and loved the frozen washcloth. Guess I will be sticking with the old standbys. 

    • DSB

      March 6, 2014 at 2:51 pm

      I think you might want to rethink your definition of “scientific process.” You have completed oversimplified it. I’m not going to go into concepts like controls, validity, repeatability, etc. As the vast majority of women posting here don’t care about reliable evidence. Suffice it to say, the plural of anecdote is not data. Wrapping beads around an infant’s neck based on dubious claims of benefit is just…I can’t even find a polite way to put it. UGH!

  • Sommer

    January 18, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    I’ve been considering trying one of these. I don’t think they are a choking hazard since the beads are so small (I know some people who have these for their children) and there are typically knots in between each bead to prevent more than one bead from coming off in case of breakage. I am reading conflicting messages about the benefits, and then criticism such as yours and this article:
    I do agree that there is some concern about strangulation, though I am admittedly a worrywart. My 4 1/2 month old baby, our third child, is starting to drool a ton (I actually bought some bibs because we had none and he was soaking his clothes) and he has been very fussy. Our older two had very little issues with teething and never drooled or fussed much at all. We may be borrowing one from a friend to try despite all the criticism! 🙂

  • Cara

    February 2, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Great writing here. Most parents don’t understand how to draw a scientific conclusion (the previous comments prove that.) Instead they’re more willing to go with anecdotal and personal experiences without realizing that everything from “this thing on me distracted me…” could be mitigating their baby’s teething experience to just the ups and downs of teething. No, it’s not as simple as ‘try it, oh, it seemed to help, conclusion, this helps!” It’s as complicated as sample size, control groups, making sure they’re all in the same sort of teething pain, fake amber necklaces the parents are not told are fake with ‘dark’ ones and ‘light’ ones, and denying pain relief to some of them. Considering my youngest is nearly 14 months now and still has only 2 teeth, but she has a friend a month younger who has 12, that’s impossible to do.

    What we can test very easily is “do babies swallow beads and get hurt? Yes? So we know putting beads on a baby is dangerous.” That’s been done for centuries now. “But they’re safety knotted!” Yeah, so why aren’t there a bunch of ‘safety knotted’ baby necklaces being sold if that works? The fact is it doesn’t. I’ve made necklaces in the past… knotting each bead does not work to keep the beads from falling off, it may slow it down but not stop it.

    Reality? Some mom has teething problems with her baby. She buys an amber necklace, reputable source, it costs her $20 at least and everyone laughs and says she’s being foolish. It arrives, baby’s teething has all but passed though, so when she puts it on baby stops having ‘teething’ pain. What pain he DOES have is distracted by the strange bead thing on him that he can touch and move around, so he’s able to self-soothe in a way. If he DOES have any crying spells, mom counts it to being cranky or sick. Mom rejects the idea that the necklace is not helping because that would mean she was a gullible fool who plunked $20 on a piece of worthless jewelry. In order to support her foolish purchase and make sure that she feels like she wasn’t foolish, she talks to other mothers who all pat her hand and say they did the same and it worked for them too. It’s rare you’ll find the mom who will admit to plunking down $20 or more and finding it didn’t help at all because that would mark them as taking an unnecessary risk to follow ridiculous and science-disproven hype. No one wants to admit to being that silly.

  • jenny

    February 10, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Ive been reading a lot of different blogs/ sites on these beads but have yet to try them..however given how upset my baby is at the minute id definitely give them a try. The topic is one which seems to invoke extreme reactions in some people. I can understand if people don’t want to try them everyone has their own reason for or against however obnoxious posts like the one above from Cara really dont help. .they just make u look snide and judgemental.

  • Heather

    April 16, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    I really don’t give a hoot about the scientific process – too many scientists don’t get published until some political agenda has been fulfilled. Cynical? Perhaps. Also, I’m crunchy, but not dirty. I guess I am a pragmatist as my first 2 daughters suffered very extensively with teething and my 3rd daughter was given an amber necklace and has only suffered when it was lost at the in-laws for 4 days. She wears it constantly and I am never worried about it being a suffocation issue.That is enough of a experiential testimonial for me to be searching Google for a decent supplier of amber for the newborn I expect next month.

  • Zach

    April 24, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Stay at home dad here, not a hippie, I have a 3 month old almost 4 months. Up until a week ago my son was very screamy, wanted to chew on bottles and pacifiers not just suck, wouldn’t sleep, wouldn’t nap, wouldn’t eat normal amounts. I’m very skeptical of non-scientific, non-medical for religious reasons. I struggled with the thought of putting some form of stone with “magical healing powers” on my son. But, like any parent who loves their kid, and would like a break from screaming and crying we gave it a try. After a week, the result is a different kid! I’m still not 100% saying it is soly because of the necklace, but something is different! Now we made sure the clasp was easy to undo so if he pulls it or it gets caught it will pop off. Also, we do not have him wear it at night. I want to make sure that nothing is even accidentally going in his mouth when I’m not attentive. I hope this review helps thanks for all the other comments on here.

  • Carrie

    April 24, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    I am a preschool teacher in an infant room and was doing some research on this subject and came across this page. A mother came in and insisted her daughter needed this amber necklace and it was not for looks and the school NEEDED to let her use it. Thank goodness I had at least heard of this amber neckace thing because my co-teachers thought this lady was off her rocker and had no idea what she was talking about. 
    My hands are tied in some ways because I cannot allow anything that goes against state licensing in my classroom, which I am pretty sure having an infant wear a necklace is against the rules, but, I also have to accommodate some hot button issues such as the vaccine stuff. 
    My state licenser never answered me directly about the necklace issue so I agreed to let the girl wear it when she was supervised. 
    Amazingly I saw improvement. 
    She was eating very little and if I put the necklace on she would eat more. She was less fussy. She was easier to calm at drop off times. 
    Personally I am not sure if it was a security item for her (like a lovey, pacifier or blankey would be) or if it really was the amber. 
    Either way, I was completely ready to call crap on this necklace thing and my mind was changed.

  • Lisette Riveira

    May 21, 2014 at 9:19 am

    All these well meaning people really miss the point! Who would knowingly put their child in danger? Besides the fact that peolle selling these beads are breaking THE LAW! By law any baby or child product must be tested and comply with minimum standards. These do not! There are other ways to deal with teething. If you cannot take the heat of being a parent on this one thing then don’t!

    • A.B.

      May 30, 2015 at 11:54 pm

      You’re just being rude with that last sentence.  And I hope you’re not a lawyer, because your understanding seems a bit lacking.  Parenting is a very personal issue and you should really try to be more open minded to people raising their children the way they want to.

  • lalaty

    June 2, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    I came upon this post seeking some sort of discussion on WHY the necklace my 3 year old is wearing has worked. Because it has. Dramatically so.
    In brief I am the same kind of mum as the mum who asked the initial question, and you too, Amalah. A conscientious, fact-seeking, natural living parenting type. So I have read this post with great interest and have had to add my own anecdotal evidence here (my ‘two cents’!).
    My son is a 3 year old with sleep apnoea, due to enlarged tonsils and adenoids (a genetic ‘gift!). He is on a waiting list for their removal, but his ENT is happier with him being older for the surgery, so wait we will. In the meantime his sleep apnoea has recently gotten much worse now that we are in our Southern hemisphere winter.
    I have an amber necklace. It is very child safe, responsibly made version with tumbled, small dark amber chips, that was gifted to us from a friend who found great success with her own.
    I NEVER used the necklace when he was teething, due to my own concerns with it. I then came across it on a cupboard clean out last week. My son is now suffering very badly from his disrupted, restless sleep and I have requested a sleep study from his ENT specialist. As we are waiting for that I thought ‘hmmm, let’s try this necklace’.
    My husband and I have been SHOCKED by the results.
    Our son has now had 7 nights of solid, 11+ hour sleep since that day! Quality, REM-filled sleep, that he has not had since last September. No crying, snorting, gasping or snoring at all! 
    The only thing in our external or inside environment that changed in any way was the wearing of the amber necklace. 
    The properties of the amber must do SOMETHING internally to effect this kind of change. 
    Yes he sleeps in it.
    Yes I get up a few times due to strangulation paranoia.
    So far there is no way I have seen or felt that this could happen, in our style of necklace.
    Amber, in our case, does seem to have very beneficial, anti-inflammatory and/or soothing properties.
    I thought this information could be useful as we are not comparing comparing the effect of amber on ‘teething’ symptoms, but on a diagnosed case of toddler sleep apnoea that has given my son disrupted sleep, every night, for the past 8 months.
    Until last week. 🙂
    I would love to see a study on the effect on the human body of the properties of amber! 

  • Meagan

    June 4, 2014 at 11:45 am

    FYI — your link to the Teething Bling on Amazon now redirects to amber necklaces, because of the search terms. How’s THAT for irony?

    • Isabel Kallman

      Isabel Kallman

      June 4, 2014 at 11:51 am

      Thanks for the heads up on that. I fixed the link.

  • tasha b

    June 15, 2014 at 11:56 am

    I don’t put them around my babys necks till about 6 months.. before that I use it around the ankle. My son used to get terrible rashes on his neck and face. He started using a genuine RAW baltic amber necklace around his neck at 6 months old and within a week his rashes went away. and have stayed away since. So it works for us. I have also noticed that his “chicken skin” has really diminished as well. Not all the way.. but it’s better than it ever has been.  And about the placebo effect….. a baby has no idea what the necklace is for.. and doesn’t even know it’s on him.. so him feeling better or any clearing of rashes, is no placebo. I know some of you were talking about placebo for adults.. but hey- I say, If you see a difference and it helps your sanity as a mom.. then hell- GO FOR IT! Just make sure you get one that is knotted after every bead. 
    I do believe that it helps. IN MANY WAYS. 😀 We have been using them in our family for centuries. Like someone else said they are very popular in other countries. We are new to America, so it’s funny to see kids not wearing them. I have a necklace from the 1800’s that was my great great grandmas. <3 Obviously we don't wear it- because I would be so upset if something ever happened to it. 

  • Jessica

    June 20, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Ok guys, I’ve been researching the bejeezus out of this. I can’t find one single documented incident of a necklace related death or injury. Everyone I know that has tried them swears by them. My (dramatic, intense, fussy) daughter doesn’t even know she’s wearing a necklace but her rashes and flushed cheeks went away after she started wearing it. Drooling is still epic. The boutique I bought from recommended sizing so that while on it can’t get to her mouth, taking it off for naps, baths, and at night, and a safety release clasp. Good luck!

  • bud flux

    July 9, 2014 at 1:47 am

    Faithless naysayers look for the negative. Placebo or not, if it works, it works. Go ahead and listen to the profit driven pharmaceutical companies and like sheep obey. Thousands of years of successful and safe use show that it is more than placebo.

  • Kazu

    July 9, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Get a grip. Necklaces are not choking hazards. Should babies also wear a straight jacket and crash helmets 24/7?

  • Shawna

    August 3, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    What’s with all the comments about being crunchy, being a hippie, being a dirty hippie, not being a dirty hippie, etc.?  Why does it matter?  A person’s opinion of something should be considered as long as the person has experience. 

    I have tried these, and they work.  I even have one of my own that I bought when I bought my daughter’s.  They were purchased from Inspired by Finn six years ago.  Hopefully she is still in business.  She makes a good product.  I found her on a cloth diapering forum.

    Anyway, our backgrounds should not matter.  The necklaces either work for us, or they don’t, and they seem to work for most people.

  • Jcor

    September 21, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    I like to hear both the positive and negative side to anything new when it comes to baby products. You have a lot of great information and I enjoyed reading it. But you just sound angry.

    I got lucky with my son, he never drooled, never acted like he was in pain and he got multiple teeth at a time. My daughter? Now she’s different. She’s only 3 months and she is drooling so much we have to change her bibs almost every half hour. I don’t always believe in Tylenol and teething tablets are a joke. Seeing as how there was a recall awhile back on them. I do believe on cool teethers and such. But that increases the drool. So I’m trying the beads, because it’s another option.

    I will be back to read your site more. I find it full of interesting/useful information.

  • Rebecca C

    October 23, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Whatever you believe about amber (I think it is pretty, but not medicine), the argument that you can’t have an opinion about it until you try it is hilariously flawed. I mean, seriously, do all of you experiment on your children with EVERYTHING before you decide you don’t believe in something? All that awful advice that we all get from well-meaning grandmothers or rude strangers, you try it all? You never dismiss something, even the most ridiculous of things, out of hand because it makes zero sense? I feel for your kids…

  • rebecca

    November 21, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Give the baby a beaded necklace and you will have the same effect. The beads most likely feel good on the gums as it gives a messaging motion.

    • Michelle

      July 11, 2015 at 9:28 am

      It doesn’t have anything to do with feeling good on the gums. They aren’t supposed to put the jewelry in their mouth. The idea is for it to be against their skin.

  • Nicole

    December 1, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    I swear by baltic amber it is amazing my son 13 months has had one on for 10 months of his life the first 2 teething were constant screaming fever horrible diaper rash up every hour at night oy! I bought the supplies and made it for him myself. I got hemp, certified baltic amber beads, and 5 screw clasps as I figured if it worked for him and friends and family were interested I’d make a few more. A week after we started the screaming stopped the diaper rash cleared and never came back no fevers and sleeping through the night I thought all was coincidence except the rash he’d had that since days after he was born we could only use top of the line diapers and cream (every changing) I spent hundreds on creams and diapers the first three months. Since starting the use of amber we can use any diapers no cream and he currently has 10 teeth with no fuss it worked so well I started using amber myself to help with arthritis and it helps! I now make baltic amber jewelry and sell it for only the cost of supplies all over the state and in the hundred of pieces I’ve made only had one person say they didn’t notice the difference. Don’t knock it till you try it. Baltic amber works better than any otc I had to try and I’ll always stand behind it but be careful for fakes if it’s not from Europe near the baltic sea and they won’t give you certification chances are it’s fake and easy to test right at home. I highly recommend baltic amber I’ll use it for years to come and I’ll keep making items for people as long as I feel it’s helping! Thanks for reading!

  • Nicole

    December 1, 2014 at 10:36 pm


  • Ashley Donahue

    December 4, 2014 at 9:50 am

    I have one for my youngest I’ve had it since he was an infant and it is by far the best money I ever spent. My son would scream his gums would swell and bleed when he was teething so I figured I’d try the necklace bcuz what could it hurt at that point. He is three now STILL wears that necklace and I have had zero issues with teething since about a week after I bought it. I haven’t even known he was teething till I spotted the tooth coming in.

  • Heather

    December 20, 2014 at 1:23 am

    Our pediatrician informed us that the Hyland Teething Tablets were recalled by the FDA and Orajel is not being recommended due to: 1) Numbing the back of the throat disrupting the swallowing reflex and 2) There is an ingredient that is shown to be rather toxic to children.

    For babies that truly struggle with teething, there are few options outside the realm of is in relieving medicines and good ‘ol fashioned teethers. Toying with the idea of trying the amber beads. However, for my piece of mind, no wearing them while sleeping.

  • Heather

    December 20, 2014 at 1:24 am

    Pain relieving*

  • nichole

    January 24, 2015 at 10:00 am

    I have recently bought one for my daughter (my third child) and I let her stay in it 24/7 for about a week! I can’t tell that its actually working!! Motrin seems to work better!! Sorry guys. Its pretty but honestly I feel I probably should have taken the $21 it cost and bought more Motrin! 

    • nichcole

      January 24, 2015 at 10:22 am

      And by the way, whether someone feels it actually works or not, a lot of you people commenting are just unnecessarily rude! Jeez!

  • Cici

    February 5, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    If it works for infant pain, is there an adult equivalent?

    • Michelle

      July 11, 2015 at 9:47 am

      Absolutely, you can buy adult-sized beaded amber necklaces and bracelets. I just bought a raw amber necklace + bracelet for myself on Etsy for $45 total.

      I feel it has been working for me, and I have decided that I don’t care that there may not be a technical scientific explanation as to why. I wasn’t expecting it to work, especially not quickly, but I noticed some substantial differences after only a couple of days. I believe that science doesn’t yet know everything, especially when it comes to homeopathic medicine. Science also used to completely deny the mind-body link, and scientists believed that psychology, yoga, or meditation was complete and utter nonsense. Psychology is now a science, and there is more and more evidence surfacing to prove the benefits of yoga and meditation. Same goes for acupuncture.

      Basically, I am saying that I don’t really care why it works, because we simply may not have an explanation for it at this point in time, and there is also no solid proof that it does not work. It seems to work for many people, so I think that’s great. Whether or not that is a placebo effect (which doesn’t make sense for babies) doesn’t really matter. As I said earlier, science used to deny a mind-body link as well, so it would have denied the existence of the placebo effect, too. I do believe that this is one of those “don’t knock it ’til you try it” situations. 

      Also, in regards to it being a choking hazard for babies, I have a friend who has a fitted anklet on her 5 month old. It’s not around the neck, and can easily be hidden underneath a pant leg, or a sock. 

  • Michelle Woolsey

    February 19, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    Since people are still reading/following this and some parents saying their babies wear them 24/7 I just heard a Moms story who did the same and after her child had napped longer than usual she went in to check on her only to find she’d managed to get her arm through it while it was on her neck. The beads left an imprint around her neck and arm so obviously there was pressure on her neck. Thankfully baby is okay but I think this illustrates pretty clearly they are at the very least a strangulation risk if left iunsupervised.

  • Sara

    February 20, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Hi, I am a mother of 5 and I do try to parent naturally but I didn’t when my older children were babies. I am really skeptical about anything that sounds hoodoo voodoo new age. Which is how I ended up on this board. It concerns me that not one person has posed any concern over their child being constantly medicated (if amber really works). I will continue to use Sophie, Popsicles, and Tylenol only if there is a fever. We need to be stronger parents raising stronger kids instead of medicate, medicate, medicate, natural or not.

    • Alice

      September 23, 2017 at 3:11 pm

      I was thinking the same way as you are. IF it does actually act as a natural medication and is working as long as there is heat from the child (not sure how much heat it takes) and they are kept on a child/baby 27/7, could it be overmeditating them AND can it be addicting to the child? Has anyone done any professional research on any kind of side affects from using these?

  • sarah

    February 21, 2015 at 11:58 am

    I am concerned about the justification that some mom’s are using here that as the beads are individually tied only one can get loose if the necklace breaks. As a babies trachea is between 3.5 and 5 mm in diameter one bead can block it. Or if inhaled further the bronchi are narrower leading to a collapsed lung.
    Babies don’t die from teething they do die from choking hazards.

  • Haley

    March 3, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    I’m not a mom so I can’t tell you what does and doesn’t work for a baby, but I LOVE amber so I’m giving some facts that I know. 

    1. Heat treating amber is the most common form of enhancing it and does nothing to change the chemical properties of natural amber besides making the color prettier. It’s been done for centuries (Romans boiled it) and is considered acceptable practice by the International Amber Association. This is the ONLY reputable organization certifying good practice in amber trade. If you bought amber from a company not on their list, odds are not great for it being genuine amber. 

    Companies I’ve located through their 2015 certification list in the USA: Amberbeata (Amazon), Andzia’s Amber (website), (travel directly to a festival the IAA sponsors every March to purchase), Eve’s Addiction (sources amber through a UK jeweler certified by the IAA). IAA site here: 

    No idea if amber relieves pain or not, but it *does* have some interesting electrical properties. I find it calming to have it nearby because I’m very sensitive to environment and I can feel the change in the atmosphere around the amber. It’s very, very slight, but it’s there. Maybe that’s what some babies are sensitive to, not the acid? theory worth exploring anyway. 

  • Christie

    May 7, 2015 at 11:10 am

    I was totally skeptical of the Amber necklace, but after constantly putting baby ambisol and regularly dosing with Tylenol and my baby was still red-cheeked and drooling profusely…something had to give… I’m SO glad that I bought a necklace. Almost immediately, the drooling stopped, the red cheeks returned to their usual pink and he was sleeping through the night.
    Of course you would not leave a necklace around your babies neck while they are unattended – that is just STUPID!! At night, wrap the necklace around their ankle/leg (under their clothes – onesy is best) and they are fine. The amber works only if pressed against the skin and warms the amber, releasing the succinic acid. The baby is not supposed to suck on the beads, as one person wrote, and if they can get it into their mouth, the strand is too long. Just use common sense and baby will be fine. THE NECKLACE WORKS!!

  • Amethyst

    May 12, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    I recently purchased a necklace for kid number four. I cannot say it is anymore effective than catnip…..something I used with kid number one after she started choking on her saliva 13yrs ago….but I have noticed a difference in my youngest. She is calmer….she isn’t drooling as much….her rashes are fading out…..and not once has she pulled, played with it etc. Still I have to give her tylenol occasionally but I have noticed enough of a difference to order a necklace for myself and test to see if I notice a difference in my aches and pains do to my very physical job. As for the choking hazard…..honestly a stray random lego or a lite brite piece worries me more on a daily basis. Ask my older three 😀

  • Mel

    May 22, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    We received our amber teething necklace from my husbands aunt. She wears them on both ankles & wrists to help manage her MS pain. Until she endorsed them I was completely against the trendiness of them. She gave us one and my daughter began sleep if better instantly. Twice I’ve taken it off and forgotten to put it back on and by the next day she was throwing the most insane fits I’ve ever seen. I’ve stayed away from the teething tablets with her (our second) bc of some serious accusations in their past and would prefer not to give her Tylenol constantly. I think it’s funny that some people are waiting on introducing solids but are willing to give their babies Tylenol. Avocados or Tylenol?

    Also, the aunt is an infant & toddler physical therapist in Chicago…so yeah, she’s a doctor & a pain sufferer herself. I would’ve written the same post A year ago though…

  • Lynne Huysamen

    June 17, 2015 at 2:46 am

    Amber Teething Necklaces have been helpful with both my babies. From the time they start wearing their amber teething necklace I saw a huge improvement. My daughter’s teething poops stopped immediately which was incredible. My son was less fussy and slept much better. The amount of money I saved on bum cream alone for my daughter covered the cost of the amber teething necklaces.

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  • Georgie

    July 4, 2015 at 6:54 am

    I too am a scientist (recently become teacher), cloth nappy user, ergo wearer blah blah. I was given an amber teething necklace, always thought they looked cute, but as I’m a massive skeptic I tried it on an ankle first. I have a sore ankle from spraining it multiple times within a few weeks, inflamed and taking forever to heal. I tried the Amber necklace as an anklet, lucky it’s winter so it was always hidden under my socks, and after three weeks I’m happy to report there was NO marked improvement on my ankle. From my own experiment, with my own body, taking note of the inflammation daily and pain I was feeling, it did not improve the recovery in the slightest.
    My daughter has not had mch trouble with teething until the last two, two year old molars, but I will not put the necklace on her as I believe its mumbo jumbo, dangerous and it plainly doesn’t work. People may disagree, or will, but teething comes and goes, and for some kids it’s not that bad at all!

    • Michelle

      July 11, 2015 at 10:03 am

      I simply want to comment that the scientists on here are stating that the countless number of people who say that it works are simply experiencing a placebo effect. Well, I’d like to point out that the placebo effect works both ways. If you strongly believe that something will NOT work, and if you were so happy to report that it does not work, and if that was your goal in wearing the anklet for 3 weeks, then OF COURSE it will not work. The same goes for most other medical treatments, that are largely backed up by science: If you strongly believe that something will not work, it is likely that it will not for you, and that even includes pharmaceutical drugs, which DO NOT work for everyone, despite the fact that they are 100% backed up by science.
      If you strongly believe that something will work, it is likely that it will, and if you strongly believe that it won’t, it is likely that it won’t. Both of these scenarios describe the nature of the placebo effect.

      I am not saying that is necessarily what happened in your case, and I also am not saying that the amber must work, or must not work. I just really wanted to point out the irony. 

      • Michelle

        July 11, 2015 at 10:04 am

        comment on the way in which the scientists**

  • Christian

    September 4, 2015 at 2:28 am

    Your logic is ignorant. I apologize, but you need to open your eyes and do more in depth research instead of just being spoon fed the things you hear on TV. You stated that Hyland’s teething tablets had come under scrutiny by the FDA… implying THEY MUST NOT WORK IF THE FDA SAYS THEY DO NOT! 
    You must not realize that the FDA just wants you to buy Big Pharma’s meds, which you so clearly did since you fed your BABY Motrin or Tylenol. (WHICH SCIENCE SAYS ARE BOTH HARD ON THE LIVE, AND YOU GAVE THAT TO YOUR BABY) When you support homeopathic or time tested solutions you are no supporting Big Pharma… 

    Oh well, another sheep. 

  • Alicia

    September 15, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Wrong, wrong, wrong! Though I can’t hold it against you. 🙂 I too was skeptical. We got one anyway, and tried it. Every time my baby started acting like she was teething or hurting, we’d put it on her and she felt better within a day. Ok, sure. But we still cant ask her, “hey, is the pain gone?” or know whether the necklace helped or if she was just finished cutting teeth.

    Fast forward. I’m pregnant with my 2nd. I started cutting a wisdom tooth, mentioned it to my dentist, and sure enough, I have both top wisdom teeth trying to come through, according to xrays (taken before pregnancy!). Sometimes they hurt, sometimes they don’t. The top left has already come through, and the right shows no signs of coming in soon. The left one aches and can be relieved by chewing on something rubbery (hmm. Sounds an awful lot like teething toddlers to me).

    so since I’m pregnant, I don’t really want to take meds for the discomfort. I found my baby’s teething necklace (we got her one that clasps rather than the break away type she had before). I thought, well, what could it hurt? I put it on my ankle. Now, a couple hours later, the pain that was keeping me from sleeping was gone. Still skeptical, I thought, ok, coincidence. I kept it on for a few days, and didn’t have even a twinge of pain.

    A few days later, we went to run errands. Since it was on my ankle and is the break away kind, and cost $20, I took it off. We were gone several hours. I had a headache, and my tooth hurt again! When we got home, i put the necklace on again. Relief within hours. A lot of people (including myself) would cry “placebo effect”!!! Well…

    A few days later, it fell off in the yard. I wasn’t aware it fell off. My teeth started to hurt again, lots of pressure in my sinuses/head/ears. I thought “see! It is just a trend! It must have been a coincidence!” when I lifted my pants leg to reprimand the necklace on my ankle… It was gone. I later found it in the yard. It must have fallen off a few hours earlier. I put it back on, and was feeling pain free again by that night.

    My left molar has completely cleared my gum and is almost the height of my other molars now – all that growth in the last month. The only discomfort I feel is when the necklace comes off for more than an hour or two. (Sometimes it comes off at night and the pain awakens me. Put it back on, all good).

    So, needless to say, ima believer!

  • BEads

    November 16, 2015 at 1:54 am

    Hi off subject what is HFCS?

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