OK~ I've decided to go with the Manduca, but I want ALL the accessories (more than I'd realized when I made the decision!) so I'm searching for the best price online now...
In the mean time, I've found something new I'm eyeing... teething baby-safe jewelery!
I first saw some of these necklaces and bracelets at a maternity boutique when I was back in Canada last summer. At the time I thought it was a bit odd, but a cute idea... now that the Pumpkin Head puts EVERYTHING into his mouth I'm a bit more keen on the idea!
While looking up websites I came across this ABC article attesting to the growing trend. These days there are quite a few companies who make these items and are selling in smaller boutique shops and online. Most carry bangle-style bracelets and necklace pendants ~ but man, I really want some sort of earring!
I used to be a necklace person, then a few years ago I had an allergic reaction to something and stopped wearing all jewelery for a few weeks... after that I would rather wear bold earrings and no necklace (plus I think it makes my neck look longer). :p~
Some people warn that these items encourage babies to put jewelery into their mouths ~ and that could be a valid point. But at this age, PH doesn't understand the word "no" and will put things in his mouth anyway ~ so it may as well be safe and soothing for him. Plus, even if I wear no accessories, he'll find SOMETHING to suck on... >.<
Anyway, this is what I've got my eye on:
This is a set from the "Teething Bling" line from Smart Mom, and is made from a food-safe, phthalate-free, federally-approved silicone.
Kinda cool, eh??