Disclaimer: I received two baltic amber necklaces from Art of Cure in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own. This post contains affiliate links.
What is Baltic Amber?
Baltic amber is from the Baltic region and is also known as succinite (as it contains 8% succinic acid). For hundreds (thousands?) of years, baltic amber has been thought to have many special qualities, mostly involving natural healing and pain relief. It is because of this that people swear by baltic amber to help with all kinds of medical ailments as a form of alternative medicine.
Recently, authentic baltic amber has made a comeback, especially with mothers of young children going through the pain of teething. In natural brick-and-mortar stores and in a growing number of online shops, baltic amber necklaces and bracelets have become a popular, yet controversial, form of assistance for teething pain relief.
When the baltic amber, a natural fossilized resin, touches the skin, it is said to heat up and release the pain-relief into your body, helping with muscle aches, stomach problems, other pain, mental stress, etc. One website I found claimed that the baltic amber adapts itself to your condition and works with your immune system to create a perfect solution (In my opinion, that’s a little kooky that the baltic amber can “think,” but that’s my thought about it.).
Baltic Amber Necklaces and Bracelets for Babies
In these store and online shops, you can purchase individually hand-knotted necklaces and bracelets for your baby to wear. If worn as a necklace, it is meant to be touching the skin, worn under clothing, and NOT to be chewed on. For this reason, it is rather short in size. It will not be a choker length for an infant, but it isn’t a long dangly chain either. The knotting in between each bead of baltic amber is meant to help with the choking hazard if it breaks (so Baby can’t swallow the whole necklace if it should break). The necklace for babies is around 12.5 inches long. In addition, you can purchase bracelet lengths (usually 5.5 inches) that can be worn on the wrist or ankle, again touching the skin.
I will be the first to admit that when I originally heard of baltic amber necklaces and bracelets, I was hesitant about putting something around my babies’ necks. Even if we took it off when they were unsupervised, a lot can happen with something around a baby’s neck. Plus, with two babies, there are times when you turn your head and miss what a baby has done. So I did a lot of research on baltic amber necklaces, and there are people who feel strongly both ways. Some swear by them for their help with teething and their safety. Some will not touch them because of the potential risks.
I was intrigued, especially when I read about using them as bracelets or anklets instead. What a perfect solution. They can still get the healing qualities but not the risk of strangulation with it around their neck. I knew that it couldn’t go on Audrey or David’s wrist, however, because of their newfound love of their hands and wrists. Putting something there was just asking for it to go in their mouths (as seen by their love of their Wristy Buddies).
Trying Out Baltic Amber Necklaces/Bracelets
I received two necklaces from Art of Cure. I love the selection of different colors and styles of the necklaces and bracelets that Art of Cure carries. I asked that they send me two of their most popular colors (I was so overwhelmed that I just couldn’t pick). They sent me two necklaces in the butterscotch color.
Before I put them on Audrey and David, I wanted to try them out myself to see how they worked. It is said that the resin will heat up when against the skin. Now, I can’t vouch for that, but I will admit that when I wore the necklace (as a bracelet, wrapped 2 times around my wrist… I have tiny wrists), the pain in my shoulder seemed to diminish greatly. Who can say if it is because of the baltic amber or the physical therapy finally working, but I will take it!
I took it off for a day, and my shoulder pain came back. Back on it went. Now, I will be getting one of these for me to wear as a necklace, as Audrey keeps trying to pull it off of my wrist.
Now, the trial with Audrey and David…
Audrey and David were 4 months old and had not starting teething when we received the necklaces, but we knew it was soon. We had noticed a lot more drool in both babies, especially David (Audrey has always been a drooly baby). So, although we don’t see teeth popping out yet, we are close. In the month that we have had the necklaces, we have tried them wrapped twice around their ankles, but unfortunately they are just too large and would fall right off. Putting them around the wrists are a no-go as well, because the necklaces would go immediately in their mouths.
We’ve tried them at different times on their necks, but I am still uneasy at times (as I stated earlier). First of all, both A and D are spitty babies (they are prone to spitting up). To have these necklaces around their necks all the time mean one more thing that we have to clean off during the many spit-ups during the day. Still, I have tried them as necklaces, and I can see a noticeable difference in the amount of drool on the days where they wear the baltic amber necklaces and the days where they don’t.
Because we haven’t officially gotten to teething yet, I can’t talk about how they help with the teething pain. I can say, however, that I know that they help me with the chronic pain of my shoulder. If they can help me, I know they will be able to help A and D as well.
As we continue on, I know that I am going to be so glad that we have these. We will be careful in how and when we use them to prevent the risks, but if there is anything we can do to holistically help our babies through their literal growing pains, I’d like to do that.
If you are interested in purchasing through Art of Cure, here are some of the baltic amber teething necklaces:
Adult and Child Set: