It’s unusual, now that I’m three babies into my life, to learn of some natural baby-related item that I’ve not heard of before. But it happened recently. Upon learning that I have a baby whose sleeping habits at night are, let’s say, challenging, someone told me about amber necklaces for children.
I have always loved amber, just for its beauty, but apparently that’s not all there is to it. The site from which I bought it offers a bit more information:
Amber is not an actual stone but rather crafted from the now fossilized resin of a tree. Initially this resin served the tree as an antibiotic that protected it from different viruses. People would at times take the resin and use it as a wound dressing to promote faster healing. Amber from the Baltic region is known to contain the highest concentrate of succinic acid which is why amber is often refered as succinite. Succinite, an ancient fossilized resin, is known as an amazing all natural healer and anti-oxidant.
I think I read somewhere that wearing the amber heats when lying against our bodies, and the heat helps to release its healing qualities.
I was a wee bit skeptical. But you never know, and $22 seemed like a small price to pay for my (sleep) sanity, or even a lottery ticket chance at such sanity. (There are nights when I’d consider trading my left lung for a little more rest.) So I bought the cognac amber baby necklace (there are different shades to amber, but they all work in the same way) and put it on straightaway.
It’s been a few weeks, and I’m here to report that I haven’t noticed any real change in my baby’s sleeping patterns. Some nights are better than others, but that was true pre-amber necklace too. I really can’t endorse the usefulness of the necklace from my own experience.
So why am I writing about it? Mostly because it’s not well known but could be helpful to somebody. Some people really have had good experiences with it – I read a bunch of these voluntary reviews on the Mothering community website. One person believed in it so strongly, it has become her go-to newborn baby gift.
Because it hasn’t worked noticeably for us, I won’t be gifting it, but I think it’s worth a try for any sleep-
deprived mama. As I said, I love amber anyway, so I have left it on my son. It may look feminine – a little girl asked me the other day why a boy is wearing a necklace. But my baby boys have always been mistaken for girls regardless of what they’re wearing – so much so that I have stopped correcting the error – so even if I cared about these things (which I don’t), it wouldn’t make much difference.
Plus, there’s always the possibility that the necklace is making some small, unappreciable improvement, or will do so in the future. If it gives me one additional minute of sleep, I’ll take it.
A modified version of this post appears at The Kings and I blog.