I love the idea of jewelry you can wear, which is also safe for your baby to play with and/or chew on as well. For me, dropping $9 to get a teething necklace just didn’t make sense.
I opted to make my own with some things I had around the house. Not only did it save me money, it was fun to make too!
36″ Nylon Cord
1 Plastic clasp
7-10 food grade silicone beads
I used a kit I found on Etsy, because the string was already pre-cut, and it made it pretty affordable. Buying multiple (this was a pack of five) also gave me the opportunity to split the cost with friends, or save a couple of kits to give as baby shower gifts etc.
This Etsy seller also sells beads, and pendants made from food-grade silicone, but I purchased a larger lot on AliExpress, as it was a little cheaper. Keep in mind, orders from AliExpress typically come from China, and take about three weeks to get to you.
To begin, run the end of your cord through one of the halves of the plastic clasp. Tie a knot in the end of the cord, and it will keep the clasp in place. Decide where you want your beads to start on your necklace. I placed mine on my chest, to give me an idea of where I wanted the beads to be.
Tie a knot in the cord where you want the beads to start. String on a bead up to the knot. Follow each bead with a knot. I wanted my beads to be snugly between each knot, so that’s how I did mine. String on as many beads as you want, and when you’re finished, tie on the second half of the clasp, like you did the first half of the clasp.
This would be a fun activity to do with other moms while the kids have a play date, or even to make yourself and give as a gift to your friends!
You can make them for about $3.00 each with the supplies we used, and that’s a great price! Especially for something you can totally customize to your tastes and colors! Have fun making your own, and giving your baby something play with while they nurse, and something to put in their mouth that won’t be a safety issue!