Sunday, February 5, 2012

Amber Teething Necklace Review & Giveaway!

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Congrats to Susan - chose you as the winner of a $25 gift card to Hazelaid!
Thanks to everyone who entered! Don't forget that you can receive 10% off your order by using the code 'cubs10' when you click on the pink button for Hazelaid on my right sidebar.

Back when Elsa was one month old I was given an amber teething necklace from the nice folks at Hazelaid. She wore it occasionally, but it wasn't until recently that the signs of teething meant it was time to bring the teething necklace out again for a more thorough review and boy am I glad I did! Elsa has not been a very good sleeper from about 4 months on. That means for the past three months I've been getting one 3-4 hour stretch of sleep a night if.I'm.lucky. Much of the time I'm nursing her back to sleep.

When the drool and the gnawing on her hands started in earnest I knew she had to be working on some teeth. Within 24 hours of wearing her necklace she was sleeping/falling back asleep on her own for 10 hours in a row. It has been two weeks now and she's still going strong with long stretches of sleep between feedings. I can put her down at 7pm and often don't need to feed her until 3am. She had been a good napper as well until the past month or so when she'd only sleep 20-45 minutes and then wake up crying. Darn teething again!  Now she consistently takes 1.5-3hour naps in her crib two times a day.  

I'd heard how amber can help with teething pain but now I've seen it first hand. But how does it work? I highly recommend reading more on the Hazelaid website but here's a snippet from their site:

Baltic amber is not a “stone” but a natural resin. As it warms with the body’s natural temperature, Baltic amber jewelry releases healing oils containing succinic acid which are absorbed into the skin and bloodstream.

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 its presence in the human body is beneficial in many ways.

Commonly known as "teething jewelry" in Europe, Baltic amber has been a natural remedy for pain relief for hundreds of years.

Amber is also known to reduce inflammation of the throat, ear and stomach and to fight irritation, infections and respiratory disease as it dramatically improves the body’s immunity.

Natural Baltic amber jewelry is a completely non-invasive remedy for side effects associated with teething, such as lack of appetite, redness in the cheeks, swollen gums, diaper rashes, upset tummies, earache, fevers and colds. Baltic amber is also a natural analgesic that will calm your child and is recognized by allopathic medicine specialists as antispasmodic and anti-fever. Many adults report improvement of arthritis discomfort and carpal tunnel pain in their hands when wearing amber on the wrists.  You can think of it as a natural Ibuprofen.

 It is meant to be worn against the skin and as you can see the 12 inch version that Elsa has still fits her despite my initial concern about her outgrowing it too fast. She wears it 24/7.

The clasp is strong and made with two plastic beads meant to match the amber. It blends in nicely don't you think? She doesn't even know it's there and has never reached up to grab at it even when she doesn't have a shirt over it.

Elsa and I (and hippo) are happy to announce that Hazelaid is giving a $25 gift card to one of my readers so you too can benefit from amber or Hazelwood! The good news is that if you don't win or don't want to wait for the winner to be announced, you can use the code Cubs10 to receive 10% off your order!  The giveaway is open to everyone, not just in the U.S.

How to enter:
Manditory: Become a public follower of my blog (at this address, not the old one)

Bonus entries:
1) visit and come back and tell me something you learned about their products
1) leave a comment telling me your favorite product Hazelaid sells.
1) Tweet about the giveaway
5) blog about the giveaway and leave the link to your post in the comments

Please leave a separate comment for each entry.  Giveaway closes on February 14th at 9pm central.  

Disclosure: Hazelaid sent me a necklace for the purpose of reviewing it, but all the opinions I've shared are 100% the real deal.

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  1. I thought they were just for teething. But eczema too- Emma has it so bad. I would love to see if it helps!

  2. Tweeted!!/EssieBurns/status/166348732919582720

  3. I really want to try the Hazelwood with Emma.

  4. I've heard of the amber necklace..but never knew firsthand if it worked or not!

  5. I'm following...which is strange because I always thought I was!

  6. I love the Baltic Amber one that Elsa has on. Adorable.

  7. Honestly, I learned everything I now know about Hazelwood and Baltic Amber from reading their intro...interesting stuff!

  8. I didn't know it could held excemza. I'm sure I spelled that wrong.

  9. I love the milk and butter hazel/amber necklace for adults. I would totally wear that.

  10. And I OF COURSE follow you :o)

  11. I'd love to try one of these necklaces on our 3 month old! He's not teething yet, but it's inevitable that we'll have to cross that bridge. :) He too, takes short catnaps during the day and is only sleeping in 4-5 hour stretches. He's a happy guy but I want to make sure he's getting the rest he needs.

  12. Oh! I'd love to try some bracelets of necklaces for myself too..

  13. I became a public follower of your wonderful blog on Twitter

  14. I visited the website and I learned the following about their Baltic Amber:

    "The lighter the color and the cloudier the bead the stronger the effect."

  15. My favorite product that Hazelaid sells is the 18" Baltic Amber necklace in super butter :)

  16. I retwitted your giveaway mentioned on your twitter page:!/SheilaAPeacock

  17. I love the fact that these are not only a homeopathic method of helping our babes ease their discomfort, but they are cute to boot! After a couple of boys, I am loving the idea of these on my little baby girl, I didn't know that they were effective on skin irritations too- double bonus! -Jane

  18. And I also follow your blog!


  19. I was very excited to learn that baltic amber can be used to treat migraines!

  20. My favorite is the baltic amber necklace in dark green.

  21. I retweeted your giveaway tweet!


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