What is a teething necklace?
A teething necklace is a type of necklace worn for the baby to safely chew on when they are teething. While there are many remedies, teething necklaces have specially designed surfaces to help soothe sore gums while complementing your style.
How does a teething necklace work?
Teething necklaces work the same way with regular teethers, by providing a hard surface for the baby to munch on to massage their swollen, tender gums. The only difference is that they are designed to be worn by the parent or caregiver.
Teething necklaces have beads with different shapes and textures providing your baby with a fun sensory tool. As the necklace hangs securely from your neck, the baby will enjoy tugging, holding, and chewing on the beads. Also, helps to keep tiny hands busy while nursing.
Types of Teething Necklace
There are two types of teething necklaces in the market: the ones made to be worn by babies and others to be worn by moms.
- Teething necklaces for babies (not recommended and potentially hazardous)
These necklaces are usually made from plastic beads for the baby to chew on. They may look adorable but all necklaces designed to be worn by a baby are dangerous. The APP warns against their use because they carry the potential risk for choking and strangulation.
There are also the popular amber necklaces (also designed to be worn by babies) that are marketed as containing succinic acid that is released as the baby’s body temperature rises and then absorbed into the skin to relieve pain. These are only hyper claims for marketing because there is no scientific evidence to show effectiveness.
For these reasons, we urge you not to buy a teething necklace that is designed for your baby to wear.
b) Teething necklaces for moms (A safer option)
We recommend only using these. They are fashionable but also safe for your baby to chew on. Plus, the risk of strangulation is very minimal since you will be wearing the necklace. That said, you still need to keep an eye on your baby as they chew on it, unexpected things happen- they could try shoving the whole thing into the mouth, a bead could break off or they could get injured, etc.
How to Choose the Best Teething Necklace
Below are some factors that you need to consider when deciding the necklace you want to buy for your teething baby.
Safety: Necklaces are made from many kinds of materials including amber, wood, plastic, silicone. Choose a non-toxic necklace that is free from BPA, Phthalates, Lead, Latex, and Cadmium. Food grade or medical grade silicone is one of the safest choices.
Style: teething necklaces come in a lot of styles so that you can look good even as your baby gets something to gnaw on. Most will have beads in different colors so you just have to choose which colors compliment your outfits. But, there are also those made with expensive material like silver for an elegant look without telling the whole world you are wearing a teething necklace.
Now, whatever your style we have rounded the best teething necklace that will go with every outfit and provide relief for your little ones aching gums.
Reviews of the Best Teething Necklaces
This necklace can be worn with any outfit both whether casual or office wears. The beads are big enough for tiny hands to grasp without being so large that they draw attention away from your outfit. The neutral pastel colors also give you a wide range of styling options without being overpowering.
The necklace has a smooth but tough cord that will withstand being pulled on and a breakaway clasp for easy wearing and removal. There are knots at the end of the last beads on each side to keep the beads intact.
This necklace uses food-grade silicone that is safe for your baby to chew on. The beads have different textures and sizes providing sensory stimulation and relief for sore gums. When it needs a thorough cleaning, you can throw it in your dishwasher.
- Well made and durable
- Four beautiful styles to choose from
- Different shapes and textures provide sensory experience and relief for sore gums
- Easy care, wipeable, and dishwasher safe
- Can be put in the freezer to give additional pain relief
- Meets the US and European safety standards
- It might be a bit short for taller people to use and the length is not adjustable
- The silicone material attracts hairs, lint, and dust very easily
This necklace looks so simple yet so stylish you are bound to receive so many compliments when you wear it. In fact, reviewers say that most people are very surprised to learn it’s a teether and not a real necklace. It has a decent length of 15 inches which is comfortable for most wearers and is lightweight also. The beads don’t go all the way around which means your hair won’t get caught up as your baby is tugging and gnawing away.
Whether it’s jeans and tees or a dress, these soft colors will match your outfit. The beads are of different shapes and sizes that your baby will love to play with. And, varying hardness levels for different beads provide your baby with different textures to massage and soothe sore gums.
The beads are made from food-grade silicone which will pick up lint, hairs, and dust but it is one material that you can trust for your baby’s safety. Plus it is dishwasher safe.
- Super stylish
- Freezer friendly and dishwasher safe
- Decent comfortable size
- Extra strong cord and breakaway clasp
- Beads have different shapes and hardness levels
- Beads don’t go all the way around, so sometimes your baby may be chewing on the cord
This necklace makes for a fashionable necklace while providing relief for your baby’s aching gums. It is available in two designs both of which are toned down and can be matched almost any outfit.
The beads are made from safe food-grade silicone and different shapes help to keep your baby busy and provide something to massage their swollen and achy gums. Moreover, this necklace is safe to put in the freezer so that the cold can help to numb and ease really bad painful gums.
The necklace hangs securely on your neck and the length is adjustable to provide the most comfortable fit. It is also super easy to clean- throw it in the dishwasher or wash it by hand with soapy water.
- Uses safe food-grade silicone
- Easy to clean
- Adjustable length
- Affordably priced
- It is a bit heavy
Like the other necklace by Bebe by Me, this is also a very cute and stylish necklace with two-stranded bead style and nice color combinations. The necklace is 15 inches long and can be adjustable to your liking.
It has large-sized beads of different shapes that will attract your baby’s attention and keep their hands busy for hours. The three types of beads have different levels of hardness to provide varying soothing sensations for every teething stage your baby is in. The beads are from the highest quality silicone hence very safe for your baby to chew on.
This necklace is both freezer-friendly and dishwasher-safe.
- Perfect for gifting; comes in an exquisite gift box
- Very sturdy cord and clasp
- The two strands easily get tangled around each other
No one will ever suspect that this gorgeous pendant is actually a teething necklace. It is so stylish and comes in an absurd number of solid colors to match all your outfits. There are no beads at the back to trap your hair and thirty inches length is great for anyone to be relaxed and comfortable when the baby is using it.
It uses food-grade silicone and meets all US and European safety standards. Your baby will love clutching the large pendant as they nurse and the other beads to soothe their tender gums. You can also put it safely in the freezer if the pain is really bad. Also worth noting is that there are knots between beads so that even if the chain was to break off the beads would still be intact for extra safety.
It is super easy to clean; a wipe with soapy water will do or for a thorough cleaning, you can throw in the dishwasher.
- Tons of colors to match different outfits
- Very stylish
- Comfortable length
- Has knots between beads for extra safety
- Dishwasher and freezer safe
- Affordably priced
- Doesn’t have varying textures
If you don’t want a necklace that looks like a teether or silicone teething necklace do not complement your style, this necklace is made from sterling silver and it will look classy and elegant on you. The triple interlocked rings are shiny and have rattles inside, making them very entertaining for your baby while massaging their sore gums.
Don’t worry about the quality or safety; this necklace with a 30″ sterling silver curb link chain is made in the US and tested for safety.
- Uses real silver
- Light with a comfortable length for all
- Perfect for gifting
- Super expensive
- It gets scratches
Jane Lanbert is a mother of two and works as an elementary school teacher. Jane joined MotherhoodHQ to provide expertise on product testing after her stint at Consumer Reports. Jane loves reading and getting immersed in new research on various topics from parenting to pet psychology. When not reading or testing baby gear to review, Jane enjoys hiking in the midwest and hanging out with their two dog pets. Jane is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, and holds a degree in Elementary Teaching. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org