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#1 MrsMammaB

Posted 10 January 2013 - 07:19 AM

My DD isn't teething but I'm wondering if an amber necklace would help her sleep better? I've read that you can get anklets which of course would be safer. She's going through 4 month sleep regression so it may just need to run its course but I'm willing to try anything that may help!

#2 LemonPie

Posted 10 January 2013 - 07:26 AM

Hi there

I don't have an answer but will be watching your thread with interest!

I've heard mixed reviews myself but I don't think it has been scientifically proven or not - if that makes sense.

#3 elmo_mum

Posted 10 January 2013 - 07:29 AM

ummm - you shouldnt let you lo sleep with it on!!!!!!!!

its a choking hazard!

#4 ♥~Bodhichitta~♥

Posted 10 January 2013 - 07:31 AM

I never used one for my DS, however I know my 11 mo nephew wears one all the time (including to bed).  He sleeps absolutely dreadfully, so it's certainly not helping him  original.gif

#5 MrsMammaB

Posted 10 January 2013 - 07:51 AM

Elmo_mum read my post properly and you will see that I mention an anklet for that very reason.    
I have friends that swear by them for teething but no idea about sleep.

#6 lozoodle

Posted 10 January 2013 - 07:54 AM

I personally think those necklaces are a big crock. Placebo effect anyone?

#7 _Alana_

Posted 10 January 2013 - 07:57 AM

My son wears his necklace 24/7 since around 5 months.
It has not helped sleep
It has not helped teething ( almost 1 just have first tooth poking through)
In general does nothing at all for him - now I just think it looks cute !

#8 elmo_mum

Posted 10 January 2013 - 07:59 AM

still wouldnt put an ANKLET on a baby, when the sleep,  as they can still get themselves caught in it

regardless - you shouldnt let babies sleep in it!!!

and yea - i think that they area crock!

#9 Jekaho

Posted 10 January 2013 - 08:01 AM

I think you've got nothing to lose using an anklet. It might make no difference, but if it does help, great!

#10 farfaraway

Posted 10 January 2013 - 08:01 AM

In my experience? No. Sadly.

#11 MrsMammaB

Posted 10 January 2013 - 08:09 AM

Ok so maybe not. I'm willing to try though Jekaho!
Elmo_mum my DD sleeps swaddled. Can you explain how she might get caught in it?

#12 HRH Countrymel

Posted 10 January 2013 - 08:10 AM

I am a huge fan of amber - as a substance.. but I think you know logically that it can't actually help sleep. Yes amber can hold a slight electrical charge but it is SO slight it has no real ability to do anything (well if you rub a bit of amber you can make a tiny scrap of paper stick to it) or effect anything.

What can actually aid sleep is the scent of lavender!  Have you tried a lavender bag tied to her cot?

My nephew had a lavender filled teddy that my scientist sister poo pooed as being able to help him sleep... but I did notice he kept it in his cot and they would be surreptitiously squeezing it when he was being unsettled!

#13 Genabee

Posted 10 January 2013 - 08:15 AM

QUOTE (_Alana_ @ 10/01/2013, 08:57 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My son wears his necklace 24/7 since around 5 months.
It has not helped sleep
It has not helped teething ( almost 1 just have first tooth poking through)
In general does nothing at all for him - now I just think it looks cute !

Pretty much this!

DD has had hers on non stop since 4 months. I did go through a few weeks when she was about 7 months where I took it off her, as I thought it may have been creating too much heat and hindering her sleep (in a very hot Perth summer!). But alas, it made no difference.

So, now at 19 months, she still has it on all the time and she usually sleeps pretty well (3 hours during the day and 12 or so hours over night, uninterrupted).

I'm not even sure if it helped with teething or not... She's always had it on, so not really a whole lot to compare it to. First tooth cut just on her 1st birthday. We don't really ever give her any pain relief though and admittedly she has recently cut some molars that I didn't even notice she had!

4 month sleep regression is pretty normal... It's kind of the age they are when they realise they are actually alive, and sleeping is just too boring! In all seriousness, I would just ride it out for a few months. Wait until bub is on the other side of 6 months before you start worrying too much. And even then, don't expect too much of them before 12 months...

#14 Romeo Void

Posted 10 January 2013 - 08:15 AM

I doubt it very much but gee they look cute.

#15 FeralGiggelosaurus

Posted 10 January 2013 - 08:32 AM

My DD has worn one since 3 months......lhelped with teething ( you could literally see the change if we took it off to bath her.....red cheeks and drooling with in 15 mins.) but hasn't helped for sleep)...... I second lavender oil or balm.....I put a tiny bit on her temples, and it seems to calm her before bed.

Oh, she now has all her teeth...but necklace stays on....it looks cute, and hell, it's worked for us, for the last 2 years, not taking it off now  original.gif

#16 SuboptimallyPooks

Posted 10 January 2013 - 08:41 AM

It is unsafe for an infant to be wearing a necklace without supervision. My DS wore and anklet for a while, but once he began chewing his toes I took it off as I couldn't trust myself to watch him always. I guess wearing it to bed in a wrap would be okay. I don't believe they help sleep, but some people get great results for teething pain. For sleep, I agree that lavender scents, as well as chamomile and bergamot are known for relaxation properties. Colour therapy suggests that cooler colours are more relaxing, to avoid white (like white sheets). Ensuring you and baby get some sunlight directly during the day has been shown to improve sleep and mood, and is free.

#17 Oriental lily

Posted 10 January 2013 - 08:49 AM

I agree that for it to work there is a massive placebo effect going on.
Not that that's an entirely bad thing. The power of placebo is getting more and more scientific research with amazing results.

With the amber jewellery I think if the parents think its working the interaction with the child is different. More positive, more relaxed and the baby mimics and takes comfort from it.

But I guess if your suss and doubtfull to begin with it won't do much.

Similar to homeopathic.

The power of the mind is an amazing thing.

Op if your going to put it on the ankle make sure the chain has no nickel in it, that it's not to tight or loose.
Check it a couple if times a day to make sure it's in good condition.

#18 winkywonkeydonkey

Posted 10 January 2013 - 08:56 AM

QUOTE (Romeo Void @ 10/01/2013, 08:15 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I doubt it very much but gee they look cute.

I seem to be alone in my opinion that they look ugly . ph34r.gif

#19 Tall Poppy

Posted 10 January 2013 - 09:03 AM

QUOTE (winkywonkeydonkey @ 10/01/2013, 09:56 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I seem to be alone in my opinion that they look ugly . ph34r.gif

No you're not alone.

#20 marnie27

Posted 10 January 2013 - 09:12 AM

QUOTE (BadKitteh @ 10/01/2013, 07:03 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
No you're not alone.


#21 runnybabbit

Posted 11 January 2013 - 08:30 AM

I've posted a few times about amber so excuse the repetition, if you've read my posts on the necklaces before. Essentially there is no scientific basis for them being analgesic for teething or having any anti-inflammatory properties.

Additionally, the mining of Baltic amber causes environmental damage to the Baltic Sea. So it's not quite a harmless placebo -- there is a cost to the environment.

I think they prey on desperately sleep-deprived parents who just want some relief for their children. The beads are also a choking hazard; the necklaces themselves a strangulation hazard.

#22 kuhla

Posted 11 January 2013 - 08:39 AM

I work with teen mums.  They all have them for their babies.  I don't see that they work at all.  

Sleeping with them on scares the living daylights out of me!

#23 kwiggle

Posted 11 January 2013 - 08:46 AM

Child and youth health in SA have posters warning about how dangerous they are all over the walls of their clinic.  Not worth it even if they do work IMO!

#24 Expelliarmus

Posted 11 January 2013 - 08:52 AM

I'm so glad I'm not the only one who thinks they look stupid and ugly. There. I said it. Phew.

#25 Lauren Bell

Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:02 AM

Personally I don't think they work and think parents buy them in hopes that their child will sleep better - but I don't think they work, and I wouldn't bother with them.

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