August 7, 2012


You see this peaceful baby boy? He melts my heart!

The worst feeling in the world is having your little one in pain and not being able to tell you or show you what is wrong. When Spencer is sick, I swear it takes more of a toll on me than it does him. I mean granted, he is the one who doesn’t feel well, but at the same time I feel so terrible for him and do everything and anything I can to make him comfortable. When I’m sick and uncomfortable, I at least know what to do for relief. Now it’s either a trip to the Pediatrician with every stuffy nose or the guessing game, which we play about once every couple or few months. I’m hoping it will be much easier to know what’s wrong once he’s able to actually speak. Luckily we’re all in good health today. I firmly believe that we are lucky in the aspect of having a nanny watch Spencer instead of the dreaded daycare. After being spoiled, I can’t imagine it any other way for him or I.

“Voodoo mama” …
“Trying to ward off the evil spirits”…

These are just the few recent names I’ve been called by Rich, jokingly of course. He's just been disapproving.. aka "hatin". Spencer has been rocking a cute new necklace as of late. He’s only been wearing it for about a week now, but this is the cause of the name calling. Since I am one of those mamas that will try new things to provide relief for my babies, we I invested in an Amber Teething Necklace. Everyone who has seen us over the past week has inquired about it and while I give my brief summary, here is a little more info as to why my son is wearing a necklace:

Baltic amber is not a stone, but a fossilized tree resin.
Historically, Baltic Amber has been used in Europe as a natural and traditional remedy and curative for many ailments for centuries. Long ago it was considered one of the leading medicines of its time. Baltic Amber is the most esteemed amber in the world, and the healing qualities of Baltic Amber make it unlike any other type of amber found in the world.
When baltic amber is worn on the skin, the skin's warmth releases trace amounts of healing oils from the amber. These oils contain succinic acid and are absorbed into the skin.
Baltic Amber has some of the highest concentrations of Succinic Acid found in nature, and this is what makes it so special. Succinic Acid is a natural component of plant and animal tissues, and it's presence in the human body is beneficial in many ways.How can baltic amber help us?
  • Pain Relief -
Baltic amber contains analgesic properties and helps take the edge off of many types of discomfort associated with dental issues, headaches, joint pain, etc.
  • Strengthens the body's immune system -
In many different and subtle ways, succinic acid helps boost the body's own natural healing ability and immune system.
  • Restoring Energy
The human body naturally produces succinic acid. The salt of succinic acid (succinate) is one of the most active substances in the processes of cellular respiration and intercellular energy creation. Succinic acid restores oxygen and energy supply to depleted cells and helps the body return to a normal, functioning state.
Succinate is a raw material and a catalyst in the Krebs Cycle which is one of our main sources of energy. During the Krebs Cycle carbohydrates, fats, and proteins are metabolized for energy.
  • Maintaining Wellness -
When the human body reacts to stress, the body's cells begin to use oxygen more quickly. Oxygen plays a central role in the intercellular creation of energy, and a lack of oxygen can result in feeling lethargic.
Oxygen is alkaline-forming in the blood and maintaining a slightly alkaline blood ph helps keep us healthy. Whenever the body functions in a state of low oxygen, it is much more susceptible to illness.
  • To help break a cycle of (chronic) inflammation -
Where chronic inflammation is present, disease lurks.
When the body's cells are chronically inflamed the human body's immune system response is to increase production of free radicals. Chronic overproduction of free radicals results in inflammatory-related disease. Chronic inflammation is a common denominator of many seemingly unrelated diseases.

While wearing a piece or two of baltic amber jewelry may not cure all that may ail you, it has been a proven benefit to many!

The idea is to wear the amber closest to the area of pain. While Spence currently has 10 full teeth, and four others breaking their way through, I figured this is worth a shot. It’s natural and kinda cute too. I know SO many other moms who swear by these things, who have testified that it has worked wonders for their baby. I wish I would’ve jumped on the amber boat back when Spence first started teething, but since he’ll be teething for at least another year, if not longer, we’ll get our monies worth.
Since he’s been wearing it, he’s been a lot less cranky and not drooling as much. He also doesn’t constantly have his fingers in his mouth anymore. This past weekend when he had the necklace off he started chewing on couches to teeth. Once I realized it was off, I put it back on and either he was extremely distracted by his surroundings (nothing changed), or the necklace helped soothe him. I’m not sure if the necklace is contributing to his positive change in behavior, but I’d like to think it has something to do with it ;o)
We started with a necklace from Amazon which was a little too polished. I’ve read that the lighter the color and the raw –vs- polished beads are best and most beneficial. So after my additional research, I ordered a new necklace from Inspired by Finn I got the raw mixed color amber and can tell a huge difference in the color and finish/texture of the beads. Appears way more natural.
For any mama having teething issues with their baby, give amber a chance. I’ll definitely be getting another one in the future for Baby C v2.0. I’d be more than happy to try and answer any questions you may have too.

baby boy wearing the first polished amber necklace

this is his newest multi-colored necklace


  1. Try letting him use a traditional toothbrush for teething--that worked wonders for my kids.

  2. He does that too. We have an entire pack for him to chew on :)