The Best Teething Jewelry

You know it when you see it -- the drooling, the crabbiness, the desperate cries. Yes, your baby is teething, and while those first little teeth might make their smile so precious, breaking through the gums will put your baby in a lot of discomfort (not to mention the discomfort you’ll feel once he learns how to use those teeth).

Teething technology has been around for a while now. In fact, you might have used a teething toy in your formative years. In the past, most teething options were made of soft materials like cloth or latex, and usually came in fun, kid-friendly shapes. But these days, teething products are stepping into the fashion world with teething jewelry that you or your baby can wear! These practical yet beautiful pieces are a great way to soothe your baby’s sore gums while still looking fabulous.

New teething jewelry hits baby stores and fashion boutiques everyday, so what will you wear? Here are our favorites:

Chunky, Fashionable Chewables

You may have already seen these on moms around town. Chewable necklaces are usually statement pieces, brightly colored with gemstone-shaped beads made of soft silicone. When you’re together, your little one can grab onto the necklace and chew away; when you’re on your own, at the office or with friends, your necklace will still be a beautiful accessory that complements your look (just make sure you wipe the spit off first). So if you’re looking for a string of chic chewable beads, try the silicone and wood necklaces by Loulou Lollipop and Little Biting Tree’s raw wood and Rudraksha seeds teething necklace (extra fashion point for the cute tassel - see above!). For an extra chunky look, Chewbeads has everything you need.

Make a Statement With a Simple Pendant

Maybe a full string of beads isn’t for you. Maybe you want something with a little more personality. Well you’re in luck - many chewable necklaces come in a single pendant shape so you can show off your unique tastes. Sport a beautiful colored disc or an adorable little animal. Your child will still find solace in chewing on the silicone pendant around your neck. Mama & Little’s Alexa necklace (see above) features a crescent-shaped silicone pendant that features a realistic and fashionable marble effect. It’s the perfect size for baby to hold, bend and bite. Chewbeads’ newest addition is a fun necklace with a minimalist shark tooth pendant, and Teething Bling’s bronze pendant is a classic. If you want a pendant that has a lot of personality and that’s also fun for your little bundle of teething fun, Loulou lollipop’s donut silicone necklace is for you.

A String of Amber Beads

Amber beads have been one of the more controversial teething choices in recent years. Celebrities (like supermodel Gisele Bundchen) put them on their children’s necks. The New York Times labeled the beads a choking hazard. Others claim that the amber beads release succinic acid, which helps soothe the baby’s gums and makes the teething experience easier (for baby and for you). Amber necklaces are meant to be worn, not chewed. So make sure that it is at the right size for your baby; take any necklace off before bedtime; and choose a brand that double knots each individual bead so that if the necklace does break, only one bead gets loose. if you are firmly in support of amber beads, the online store at Healing Hazel (see above) will help you find the right strand for your baby. Before putting a necklace on your baby, do your research and discuss the matter with your pediatrician to go over safety measures. And if you too are experiencing pain, there’s no reason not so sport a necklace of your own -- amber is a beautiful stone after all.

Safety Tips

Regardless of the type of jewelry you choose for your child, it is important that you consider his safety first and foremost. If you were piercing a child’s ears, you would want the safest metals and earring type available, right? The same goes for teething jewelry. Check out the ingredients in any jewelry you plan to buy, and make sure they are free of any dangerous metals. After all, this thing is going in your baby’s mouth! Avoid very small pieces (too easy to swallow) and of course make sure the necklace is firm - you wouldn’t want the clasp to break and your baby to bite off more than he can chew!

So once your baby starts teething, invest in some beautiful new jewelry -- it might just make both your lives a little better.

Without camps and back-to-school plans still TBD, the cries of "I'm bored!" seem to be ringing louder than ever this summer. And if you're anything like me, by August, I'm fresh out of boxes to check on my "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys.

With that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite wooden toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.


Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!


Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.


Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.


Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.


Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.


Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.


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Why do all of my good parenting or baby-focused inventions come after they've already been invented by someone else? Sigh.

Like the Puj hug hooded baby towel, aka the handiest, softest cotton towel ever created.

Safely removing a wet, slippery baby from the bath can be totally nerve-wracking, and trying to hold onto a towel at the same time without soaking it in the process seems to require an extra arm altogether. It's no wonder so much water ends up on the floor, the countertops, or you(!) after bathing your little one. Their splashing and kicking in the water is beyond adorable, of course, but the clean up after? Not as much.

It sounds simple: Wash your child, sing them a song or two, let them play with some toys, then take them out, place a towel around them, and dry them off. Should be easy, peasy, lemon squeezy, right?

But it hasn't been. It's been more—as one of my favorite memes says—difficult, difficult, lemon difficult. Because until this towel hit the bathtime scene, there was no easy-peasy way to pick up your squirming wet baby without drenching yourself and/or everything around you.

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Check out our favorites to make bathtime so much easier:

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