The Amber Monkey

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Let me preface this article: I am generally not someone who utilizes holistic approaches to medicine. In addition, this article is in no way written by a medical expert. Please consult your pediatrician prior to utilizing Baltic Amber.

My son started teething pretty early. Now, at 18 months old, he’s still teething. At around 7 months old, his discomfort from teething was pretty unbearable. He was fussy, drooling, and not sleeping well. While we did give him teething toys often, most other remedies were utilized infrequently (Tylenol, tablets, etc.)

I heard the hype of authentic Baltic Amber, and initially dismissed it. After seeing the buzz time and time again, I decided “why the hell not?” We purchased our first Baltic Amber necklace. It was the right size for my son’s neck, had a release clasp, and was knotted between beads. He wore it all day, except for in the bath, and at night we wrapped it around his ankle under a sock. And while I can’t say indefinitely that it was the amber, I can say that within a week there was a considerable difference in his demeanor and even less drool. He wore his necklace for months until he outgrew it, and then we ended up getting one from The Amber Monkey.

Their necklaces are authentic Baltic Amber. They have various sizes and styles, and sell both adult and children’s necklaces. They actually sent us an adult sized necklace, too, that I’ve been wearing!

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But truly, the Amber Monkey sells quality items. I inspected each necklace and was impressed by the styling and attention to detail.

Here is some additional information on Baltic Amber:

For centuries amber has been treasured not only for its beauty but also for its health benefits. The Amber Monkey’s 100% certified Baltic amber jewelry comes directly from the amber mines in the Baltic region of the world. For hundreds of years, people have worn the Baltic amber fossil, which releases trace amounts succinic acid, a natural analgesic and healing agent.

Amber is the fossilized resin from ancient forests which has gone through multiple changes over the centuries. This metamorphosis resulted in an exceptional gem with extraordinary properties. Various types of plant life as well as insects may be encapsulated in the amber resin, adding a peculiar uniqueness. These trees fell and were carried by rivers to coastal regions. There the trees along with their resins became covered with sediment which hardened into amber over hundreds of years. Geological events have repositioned a great deal of the amber, however many amber deposits remain in the ocean residue and can be found on the shores of the Baltic Sea and the North Sea.

Due to its ornamental uses, amber is often considered to be a gem stone in the same class as semi-precious stones such as jade and turquoise. However semi-precious stones are mineralized whereas amber is a wholly organic material derived from the resin of an extinct species of trees. When amber is touched with fire, it gives off the scent of burning pine.

For hundreds of years the properties of Baltic amber have proven to be very beneficial. Many people boast of wearing Baltic amber for relief of migraines, head, neck and throat congestion, teething and toothaches. Amber can be beneficial for controlling rheumatism and arthritis pain, for aching muscles and joints, for carpal tunnel syndrome and sports injuries. For the best results it is recommended to wear the Baltic amber as close as possible to the painful area. From infant on thru the sunset years, wearing Baltic amber can be invaluable in providing natural healing. Baltic amber is the only fossil resin that contains 3/8 percent succinic acid, which is a powerful therapeutic substance. For the greatest effectiveness, it is recommended to wear the amber as close to the painful site as possible. The warmth of the body releases the healing properties of the amber.

Amber is sometimes used as a body oil as well as an ingredient in perfumes. Many spas and wellness facilities use amber oil for message. As the amber warms to the touch, it exudes a pleasant, relaxing fragrance while messaging away aches and pains.

The Amber Monkey offers a complete line of classic style amber necklaces and bracelets. Because of the wide color range of amber, The Amber Monkey jewelry can include a stunning arrangement of tones and hues. The Amber Monkey also offers Baltic amber in combination with semi-precious gemstones to give an added splash of color to the jewelry.

Baltic amber comes in a variety of colors and shapes. Colors range from golden tones and opaque cream colors to olive green, deep cherry and several shades of brown. Color has no significance on the effectiveness of amber, it is purely a personal preference. Bead sizes range from small to large in a variety of shapes, including slender chips, baroque (rounded beads), square beads, and flat olive shaped beads to name a few. Some beads are left in the raw, unpolished state and others have been polished to give a vibrant luster to the bead. This again is a personal preference of the appearance and does not affect the amber properties.

Those who prefer an elegant one of a kind piece of jewelry will certainly not be disappointed in The Amber Monkey’s selection. Our designers regularly add new creations to our collection. For the fun-loving customer, The Amber Monkey has many flirty styles that are sure to please.

Baltic amber necklaces have been a traditional baby teething remedy for centuries. Baltic amber’s natural analgesic, anti-inflammatory, pain relieving properties naturally soothe and calm a teething baby. The amber may also help reduce teething related symptoms such as swollen gums, runny nose, diaper rash, fever, and redness in the cheeks. Baltic amber is great for parents wanting to care for their baby naturally.

Proper fitting of children’s necklaces is critical.

With proper care Baltic amber jewelry will last for many years. Simply wipe the beads with a clean damp cloth. Never expose the jewelry to chlorine, oils or lotions as it will damage the beads. Disclaimer: Baltic amber is for external use only. The amber jewelry is designed to be worn only under adult supervision. Take caution to avoid contact with the mouth. The jewelry contains small parts and is not intended for children. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.”

I’m a firm believer that Baltic Amber has some healing properties. A web search provides mixed feelings and minimal scientific evidence, so I can only speak for our own experience utilizing amber for teething pains.

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Want to try one? Check out this map to find out where to buy yours.

– Katie

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Sophie la girafe: A must for little ones

Teething babies are the worst. Plan and simple, teething sucks. Sometimes you get lucky and have a baby that doesn’t show he or she is in pain, so you’d never even know they’re teething at all. My first daughter was like that; you’d never know she was cutting a tooth because she was still happy-go-lucky like she always was. My second daughter is a whole different story. Of course every baby is different but she is reeeeally unhappy FullSizeRender (95)lately. She’s working on her bottom two teeth and she’s just a fussy, drooling mess. I’ve tried silicone teething necklaces and bracelets that she likes to chew on when I’m holding her. But when I’m not holding, I’m won’t leave her alone (while I do the dishes or laundry) with a necklace.

Ever since my oldest was born almost four years ago, I’ve seen little ones always chewing on a rubber giraffe named Sophie. It seemed to be a big hit with babies and parents alike, but I never took the plunge and spent the $25 to get her one (being a stay at home mom and only having one income, things were and still are financially tight). But with my youngest being a tiny teething terror at a young age, I reached out to Vulli, who makes Sophie la girafe, to collaborate with Burrito Buzz on a review. They were FullSizeRender (97)sweet enough to send us a gift set with a Sophie la girafe for my youngest and flash cards for my oldest

As soon as I opened Sophie and washed her, I handed her to my almost five month old and she immediately snatched her by the leg and starting gnawing on her head. Sophie was so easy for her to handle and actually keep a hold of. The way the giraffe is shaped, with its long neck and legs, it allows for little hands to grab any part of it and bring it to their little mouths.

Sophie also has the cutest little face; I think she’s just adorable! In fact, her face has stayed the same since she was born in France in 1961. She’s made of 100% natural latex rubber, which comes exclusively from Hevea trees growing in Malaysia. Sophie is an award-winning toy not only with little ones and their parents, but among the toy industry as well. My one and FullSizeRender (96)only gripe with Sophie is that she squeaks like a dog toy which drives my dog, Mesa, insane. My oldest runs around squeaking as much as she can to taunt him. I know that one day he’s going to snatch her and it’ll be game over for our beloved Sophie. But we’re going to enjoy the relief it brings my baby until then.

Sophie came in a gift set ($31.28) that included flash cards for my almost four year old. She’s starting her second year of preschool and we’ve been working on letters and numbers all summer and these flashcards are perfect to continue practicing! They’re quality made with bright and colorful pictures. The 26 cards each have a unique picture on them so she can familiarize with the alphabet (A is for Apple with a picture of an apple, for example). They’ll be perfect for when she starts spelling words, too! I love that I can use these cards with the baby when she gets a little older to learn objects, letters, etc. Sophie la girafe’s picture is on the left hand corner of each card, which little ones will love as they can learn with their Sophie!

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Sophie is definitely be a permanent fixture (until Mesa gets her) in our house. I just love how easy it is for the baby to chew on her and our baby actually gets relief. I give Sophie la girafe and the gift set a 5 out of 5 stars. It’s the perfect gift for both toddlers and babies and a great gift  for baby showers. I totally get the hype of Sophie la girafe now, our family just adores her! I really wish I would have spent the $25 a few years ago; I know my oldest would have loved her just as much!

Be sure to chIMG_4191eck out Sophie la girafe website, as there are many more amazing products; gift sets, teethers and rattles, early learning toys, and bath, mealtime and travel products to name a few! We also have a discount code exclusively for Burrito Buzz readers, use code BURRITOBUZZ10 at checkout for 10% off your purchase! {Code valid until 9.17.16}

Don’t forget to follow Sophie on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter to stay updated on products and sales!

– Casey

**Burrito Buzz received this product at low or no cost for the purpose of product review. No compensation for a positive review was provided. All product reviews are based 100% off of our personal experiences and we never guarantee a positive review.**

Relief for Teething Babies: Bitey Beads

Nothing says “I have a teething baby” like the big, soaking wet spot on your shoulder. When baby is teething, you learn not to wear dark colored tops, as dark colors leave spots. My husband has a permanent burp cloth attach to his shoulder when he’s holding our youngest. She’s only four months old, but she’s most definitely teething and her bottom teeth could pop through any day. My oldest didn’t get her first teeth until she was 8 months old, so according to her, her baby sister was getting teeth pretty early. WhileBitey-Beads-Simple-32-Inch--pTRU1-20022023dt she’s learning to grasp objects, she can’t quite hold teethers long enough to chew on them without dropping them. So I set out to find a teether that she can use without dropping. Silicone teething necklaces were the perfect solution. I reached out to Bitey Beads and they were sweet enough to send us two beautiful necklaces for us to try out.

First of all, they’re pretty! Since they’re made for mom to wear (not for baby), I am so glad that they’re cute and fashionable. I can wear them out and it just looks like a chunky, in style necklace. Second of all, my Georgia loves gnawing on them! To be honest, my almost 4 year old likes chewing on them, too! I feel that she is finally getting some relief from those pesky sore gums and I don’t have to hold a teether to her mouth, which is an added bonus! She can easily reach for and grab pic_carolyn-bodenthe beads and bring them to her mouth. Bitey Beads come in several bright, playful colors and the color combos are perfect! They’re also great to wear when you’re feeding baby, by nursing or bottle, as they give baby something to focus on, pull and grab.

Bitey Beads are so easy to clean, too. Just use soap and water or you can even throw them in the dishwasher! Made of food-grade silicone, Bitey Beads are BPA, PVC, lead, heavy-metal and Phthalates free so they’re perfectly safe for precious little babes! There is also a breakaway clasp and no detachable parts, making it safe for both mom and baby. Do not leave Bitey Beads with baby unattended, they are intended to be worn by adults only.

Both Georgia and I give Bitey Beads 5 out of 5 stars! I am so glad I found a product that can soothe her poor little gums but also doubles as a cute, new accessory for mommy. The price is on point at $29.9. It is a heavy duty, multipurpose necklace after all. Products range from $14.99 to $32.99, so there are plenty of options for every budget. And with all bitey-beads-silicone-teething-nursing-necklace-2-tone-turquoise-violet-19c67049f2d06e874662e494ed681ab4the different options of colors and styles, there is something for everyone. Bitey Beads has several other products, like necklaces with pendants, bracelets and even kid sized necklaces! Be sure to check out their website to see their entire product line! Bitey Beads are available for purchase on Amazon, at Babies R US, Kohls and Walmart. 

Follow Bitey Beads on Instagram and on Facebook for new releases and sales!

– Casey

Little Horrid Minions

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As I sit down at my desk to post this evening I am sipping my coffee and thanking Jesus that my sweet sleeping BK#1 is almost done teething…for now! The days are long and the nights are even longer! But as I’m sitting in the silence I am thinking about BK#2 sleeping soundly and wondering how long it is going to last because somehow the poor little guy is teething too, already! BK#1 started teething slightly around 3 months and now here we go again at just 2 months! I am not looking forward to the slobbering, gnawing, crying and screaming monsters that the little white things turn my babies into! I am going to have to dig into my arsenal of tips, facts and products that have helped me before, much sooner than I want to! I have it all already and that is the important part. No longer am I a zombie mom at 3 am struggling to read her computer screen, and googling something to make the screaming and moaning stop. Okay, so maybe I’m still a mom-zombie, but that is beside the point!

What is this arsenal, you ask?? I will share, I promise!

I always start with the facts when I am looking to solve a problem. What causes teething, helps you resolve your LO’s pain! Know the signs! Do some reading and research to know what to look for, and watch your baby like a hawk! ….My LO gets ear infections super easy and that is also a sign of teething. So frustrating. So, call your pediatrician, call your pediatrician, call your pediatrician! Got it? They will never tell you that you are crazy, or wrong for calling and or going in. There is no way to tell if they have an ear infection without looking inside their ear. Any advice here is just that ADVICE! We are telling it how we see it and what we have been through. But none of us are doctors, so when in doubt please call. End rant.  …. The signs!

Red and swollen gums, Heavy drooling, red cheeks, sleeplessness/sleep problems in general, ear rubbing, gum biting or sucking, excessive biting, refusing to nurse/drink bottle/eat food, and diaper rash.

Yes, it’s a long list that could be a million other things too, but that is why it is so frustrating. You just have to feel it out, stay calm and keep in contact with your pediatrician.

Why does it hurt so much???

Okay soooo pretty obvious that some razor sharp little white minions are trying to hack away at your baby from the inside to get out. That isn’t the only reason that it hurts. The teeth are starting to push their way out of the gums, yes. But that causes the gums to swell. That combined with trying to eat or drink causes extra blood to flow to that area and increases the pain. Your goal as a parent is to get that swelling down!

How do I soothe my baby? {“Get that swelling down”}

There are literally hundreds of teething products that are on the market these days. Hundreds. The six of us have gone through a lot of them! I am going to give you a little tid bit about the ones that seems to be the most popular and let you know what I think.

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Raw Baltic Amber Teething Necklace (CERTIFIED!!!) – I have some favorites and this is by far the top of my list. Amber is a natural painkiller, the baby’s body heat triggers it to release its oils which help them relax. Amber necklaces are safe when: you make sure you baby doesn’t chew on it, you are around (not during bed time or if you are out of the room), and most importantly it is real and certified. Know the necklace. Real amber warms on the skin when worn. A good necklace is strung and individually knotted between all the amber nuggets, and has a safety twist clasp. The beads should not be perfect, should vary in shape, and should not be slick like glass. My baby wears around her neck, and I double it up around her ankle under her sock if she is messing with it. If you choose to get an amber necklace be sure not to get a cheapy one. I promise it’s worth the money.

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BALM! Baby Teething Rub- FABulous! All natural blend of essential oils. This is my go to right before bed. It lasts quite a while and works like a charm! You put a little on a q-tip or a clean finger and rub it on their little gums. Usually they love you letting them suck on your finger and the massage that comes with it. A little on the pricier end of my arsenal, but you get what you pay for.

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Frozen Teethers- Anything frozen really. But BK#1 especially loved her frozen foot! Cheap, easy and effective!

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Chew beads – I might have a slight problem with this item. I have multiple. They make necklaces, and bracelets and all kinds of stuff. They are little silicon beads knotted and strung on some ribbon. Great for baby wearing momma’s, and the clingy LO who doesn’t want put down! Super stylish and the babies LOVE them! BK#1 has claimed one of my necklaces as her own and has dubbed it her “pretties”! The best thing about them is that they are super safe! Mine have been washed a million times, stuck in the freezer on a regular basis, and just well-loved in general, and they STILL look brand new! LOVE!

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Razbaby teethers- little binky like bumpy thing that is baby heaven! I keep this in my diaper bag for a quick go to! {Speaking of diaper bag- keep a look out for me to post about my diaper bag investment} This little wonder is great! Although I have noticed it doesn’t keep her attention as long as some of the others.

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Munchkin fresh food feeder- Another favorite. Your baby has to be a little older though for this. We have put anything from frozen breast milk and ice cubes to frozen fruits and veggies in this. Works wonders. It is a pain in the butt to clean though. I tend to scrub it out, then run it through the dishwasher to sanitize it and THEN let it sit out and dry. If you purchase just make sure you clean it well and completely dry it so it doesn’t grow mold.

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Milk pops- Binky. Breast milk/cow’s milk. Ice tray. Freezer. Shazam! Takes some time but babies really enjoy it! Like I said earlier. Anything frozen. Seriously popsicles…big ol carrot (If they are on hard solids!) …whatever you let them eat regularly just freeze it. I have been amazed by the frozen food items my baby has gnawed on!

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Hyland’s Gel/Tabs- Homeopathic and low dose. These are used when I have nothing left and my baby is still in pain. I try not to turn to meds for teething, just because they teeth for so long! It feels like its forever! I just don’t like meds myself, and I really don’t want to start a regimen of meds with my baby.

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Infant Tylenol- Last go to. When I am at my whit’s end, she’s been screaming all day because -dang it, mommy, nothing is working, – and I know she doesn’t have an ear infection. (I don’t want to mask symptoms and not get her to the doctor)  

I hope this helps! There are so many things you can do to help your baby, but my best advice is to always go with your gut, and never underestimate the power of a good snuggle and nap time!

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment!

~Amanda