By Lisa Orkin Emmanuel Associated Press
Every mother knows that teething children will stick just about anything in their mouths, so some enterprising mothers created child-friendly jewelry that babies can suck or chew on safely.
“It’s pretty cool,” said Chandra Turner, executive editor of Parents magazine.
Amy Maurer of Silver Spring, Md., partnered with another mother, Kendra LaDuca, and created Smart Mom in 2002. It took them four years of product testing and development before they put their silicone pieces on the market.
“We didn’t want it to look like you were wearing a teething ring around your neck,” Maurer said.
The company has three main designs: a bracelet, a doughnut-shaped pendant and a heart-shaped key chain. They come in a variety of colors and range from $12 to $20 each.
Becky Durham, co-owner of the jewelry company Sonny and Reed, said the beads on her company’s chewable jewelry is made with extra nubs for teething. They’re enlarged to make sure they’re not a choking hazard. The necklaces are made of both FDA-approved acrylic and colors. They come in black, blue and clear, slip on and include 15 beads. They cost $29.50.
Another company, Dr. Bloom’s Chewable Jewels, designed by dentist Helen Bloom Smith, makes translucent necklaces, bracelets and key chains made from silicone approved by the FDA. All pigments used for the colors are also FDA-approved and include emerald and topaz. A set of three bracelets is $19.95 and a matching set of a bracelet and a necklace sell for $19.95.
Caryn Paradis, from Deep River, Conn., a mother of two, created Oh Plah, a cuff bracelet of medical grade, antimicrobial thermal plastic. It comes in six colors and is priced at $19.99.