October 26, 2016

DIY Teething Necklace

Looking for a solution to help with your baby's teething troubles? Check out this stylish and affordable teething necklace DIY. The perfect mom jewellery!

DIY Teething Necklace

There comes a time when your baby decides that everything and anything in sight needs to go in their mouth. We have reached that time. Ah, the pleasures of teething.

Since reaching this new "milestone", I have had to start watching what I wear.  Everything from my hair and my glasses to my necklaces, and even a bra strap or two, go straight in the mouth. Safe to say, it hasn't fared well for some of my jewellery. 

To help the babe with her teething troubles, to keep the random articles and germs out of her mouth, and to prevent me having to go buy new necklaces, I decided to make her her own teething necklace- something to chew on and play with for her and some new and stylish mom jewellery for me. I'd call that a win, win.

DIY Teething Necklace

DIY Teething Necklace

  • scissors
  • cord
  • break-away clasp
  • silicone beads (number, colours and sizes of choice)

  1. On a flat surface, arrange the beads to your liking. Get creative and experiment with different arrangements of colours, shapes and sizes.
  2. Once you have your arrangement, thread the beads onto the cord.
  3. If needed, trim the cord to desired necklace size. Remember to keep it a bit longer than usual, so that it is easy for baby to grab and doesn't choke you.
  4. Centre the beads on the cord and tie knots at the top of the beads to keep them from sliding. I also chose to tie knots between the larger, central beads so that the necklace laid correctly when wearing. Knot placement is dependent on your preference, but you should have at least two to keep the beads secure when baby is chewing.
  5. Thread one half of the clasp onto the cord. Slide the clasp a few inches up the cord, tie a knot at the very end of the cord and then slide the clasp back. The knot should be inside of the clasp. Repeat on the other end of the cord.
  6. To keep the clasp from sliding down the necklace, add a knot right before the clasp.

Voila, so simple!

DIY Teething Necklace

Made of silicone, these beads provide visual and tactile stimulation for babies, and are soft on baby's gums, non-toxic and BPA-free. They are also very easy to clean - you can pop them in the dishwasher (top shelf only) or rinse clean in the sink with soap and water. The breakaway clasp on the necklace is safe, especially for those strong babies that like to pull.

DIY Teething Necklace

Specific Materials Used

Rose Gold Necklace (left):

  • 35'' Regular Cord, White
  • Breakaway Clasp, White
  • 4x15mm Rose Gold Beads
  • 4x15mm Copper Beads
  • 4x12mm Dusty Rose Beads
  • 4x12mm Blush Beads
  • 3x Hexagon Cappucino Beads

Blue & White Necklace (right):

  • 35'' Regular Cord, White
  • Breakaway Clasp, White
  • 1x Rose Flower, White
  • 5x12mm Glacier Grey Beads
  • 5x12mm Pearl Beads
  • 5x12mm White Beads
  • 5x12mm Robin's Egg Beads

All materials were purchased through Canadian DIY Supply Inc. All beads ordered in quantities of 5.

I wear a lot of greys, so I was immediately drawn to the rose gold, copper and light pink beads (left). Although this necklace is a bit shorter, I find myself wearing it more because it goes with a lot of the clothing I own. Don't tell Morley, but sometimes I even wear it when she isn't with me. However, I do love the large floral accent bead on the light blue, white and pearl coloured necklace (right). The size of the accent bead and the longer length of this necklace make it easier for baby to grab when I'm holding her.

I've gotten so many great compliments on these necklaces, and people are shocked when I say that I made them. There are many different necklaces such as these for sale on Pinterest or Etsy, and as much as I love supporting local, they're a little out of my price range. For the same price, I was able to buy enough supplies to make two necklaces and one pacifier string!

DIY Teething Necklace

If you're interested in making your own, I ordered the supplies for the necklaces here. However, there are several shops online. The shop I used has a great selection of beads - in all sizes, shapes and colours - as well as closures, cord and clips to make everything from a necklace to a bracelet, pacifier clip or simple teething ring.

Please note: This teething necklace is only considered safe while mom (or dad) is wearing it, and under their direct supervision. Never leave baby unattended with a necklace. 

Pretty happy with my new mom jewellery!

Do you have a teething babe? How do you help soothe the discomfort? I'd love to hear your tips and tricks!
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