Teething Jewellery Buying Guide
How To Decide What's Right For You and Your Baby
Here at HexNex, we place safety ahead of EVERYTHING else. At the end of the day, your little one is the most precious thing in the world, and we want to ensure the products you select for them are safe and fit for purpose.
Teething products use a BPA free, high quality, food grade silicone, which is produced in China. At HexNex, all our silicone comes from our one, trusted manufacturer, who we have worked with from the very beginning. As well as sighting their own safety documents, we have also had extensive tests carried out here in the UK, by independent labs, to ensure the silicone is suitable and safe.
Whether you choose to buy from us, or you decide to shop elsewhere, you need to make sure the seller can answer this question:
"Have your necklaces been tested in UK labs as whole units?"
Many sellers are put off by the high cost of testing their teething necklaces in UK labs. But this is the ONLY way to ensure that the construction of the necklace is safe and strong enough for it to be used as a teething item, including tests carried out on the cord and breakaway clasp. Simply relying on the test certificates provided by a silicone supplier is not sufficient, as this shows that the silicone is safe, but not the necklace as a whole. Testing also ensures that the packaging carries the correct warnings and safety information, to make sure you'll be fully informed about the product you're buying. If the seller cannot provide these documents, then think carefully before purchasing from them.
Timing Is Everything
One of the most common questions we get asked here at HexNex is
"When does teething start?"
And the answer is...there is no right answer! Every baby (as you would expect) is different, and as such, teething for a baby is just as unique as they are! Some babies are actually born with teeth (a slightly terrifying, but totally true fact!) and some may not get their first teeth until they're well past the 1 year marker. Both my boys were 15 months old before they had even the slightest hint of a pearly white.
But to help narrow it down, the average age you'll normally start to see some little toothy pegs popping through is around about 6 months old. You might notice signs of teething for a couple of months before hand, including lots of dribble, red rosy cheeks and an insatiable need to chew on just about everything.
But one of the most wonderful things about our necklaces is that they have so many uses and benefits that start well before teething does. As most mums will tell you, from the very beginning, little hands can scratch and pinch at your skin, or pull on your hair, or grab at your glasses, particularly during feeding times when you're holding them close and might have skin exposed for breastfeeding.
Babies also have a habit of making a complete beeline for any accessories you might be wearing! Brightly coloured or shiny, metallic jewellery will catch their attention and get them interested, and so you might find they are pulling on your necklaces or tugging at your earrings and causing breakages, which is not only a nuisance, but can also be dangerous if small parts become detached or they are putting metal pieces in their mouths.
Our silicone jewellery can help solve all of these issues! The brightly coloured and tactile beads will attract their attention and give them a safe and fun alternative to keep their little fingers busy! Our necklaces help keep baby's focus when feeding, as they sit at just the right height on mums chest for your little one to see them and reach for them. The breakaway clasp means if they do tug too hard, the necklace simply pops undone, saving the strain on mums neck and meaning you don't have little pieces flying off in all directions, creating potential hazards.
So with all that said, we advise mums to start wearing their necklaces as early as possible. They'll come in handy whenever you're feeding, cuddling or carrying your little one in the sling, and then when teething does begin, they'll take on a whole new dimension again!
If you'd like more information, our blog post, The Top Ten Best Things About Teething Jewellery, explains in more detail about all the different benefits you'll experience from one of these small but mighty little inventions!
So with the safety stuff all set out, and the knowledge that teething can strike at any moment, let's get down to the fun bit - choosing a style to suit you and your baby! To make our website easier to shop, we separate all our styles based on the number of beads in the design, starting with our most popular, 5 bead necklaces.
5 Bead Designs
A best seller from day one, our 5 bead designs strike the perfect balance between fashion and function. The stylish combination of 5 hexagons offers endless opportunities to create all kinds of different colour combinations, and these are a great bet if you are buying as a gift. Think about the colours that the mum you are buying for likes to wear, and choose one to match her style, rather than opting for the obvious baby boy/girl choices. At the end of the day, it's mum who is going to wear it! You can also grab any two LouLou designs in our 2 for £16 multi buy offer.
- Fun Fact -
We currently have 37 different coloured hexagons beads. That means the total possible different combinations of 5 bead necklaces is
That's a LOT of combinations! But don't panic, because we're here to help you find the perfect one!
The LouLou vs The Bella
What's the difference?
Our two main types of 5 bead designs are the LouLou and the Bella. The LouLou necklaces use our signature hexagon beads, for a simple but stylish geometric effect, whilst the Bella uses our sharper, more striking 20 sided icosahedron beads.
7 Bead Designs
Slightly larger than the LouLou, our Ella necklaces offer a more statement piece whilst maintaining the simplicity of the hexagon shapes.