The Truth About Amber Necklaces?

The debate and mystery surrounding the truth about amber necklaces has being going on for decades now and by the looks of things, doesn’t have any plans to stop any time soon. In my mind there are 2 main areas for debate:

  1. Does amber actually have any affect on a baby’s teething.
  2. The health & safety aspects of a baby wearing a necklace or anklet.

truth about Amber Necklaces

Some of you may have noticed that Ted wears a necklace made from Baltic amber. It’s pretty popular with celebs; Alanis Morissette and Rachel Zoe have both used them with their children but I’m pretty sure that they both copied Ted!

Let’s address the 2 key points in turn:

1. So the story goes that, amber has special properties that help reduce a baby’s symptoms of teething. The question is; how can merely wearing amber possibly affect your symptoms? And it’s a good question.

Is this just an old wives tale? Is it Harry Potter style magic? Is it just a pile of crap? Or is there some truth in it?

To start off with, I’ll tell you about Ted. I bought him an amber necklace that he wore for eight of his first nine months. At 9 months, we decided to change his necklace and updated it with a black amber one. In theory, it does exactly the same, but it’s made using much darker stones.

So far, Ted has grown almost a full mouth teeth. People say that, early on, the front two at the top are the worst in terms of hurting the baby and the baby will show many teething  symptoms as a result. We didn’t even know that Ted had grown them until we saw them in his mouth! He showed no signs whatsoever.

He has never had red cheeks, slimey poo, worse nights, been under the weather or been whiney when his teeth were coming through. If you ever needed a case of amber working, this is it. “That’s not really proof” I hear you say! And you’re right. We have no way of telling whether this would have been the same without the amber. Maybe we just got lucky with a baby who dealt well with teething symptoms?  And that’s the crux of the problem.

Ok, time for the ‘science.’ Basically, this is homeopathic medicine for children. There are currently two thoughts on why amber has healing and pain relieving properties:

  1. When amber is worn on the skin, the skin’s warmth releases miniscule amounts of healing oils, which are then absorbed by the skin and into the bloodstream.
  2. Apparently, scientific findings show that amber is electromagnetically alive and therefore produces organic natural energy, that has healing properties.

They also say that wearing amber can protect us from electronic devices like televisions, microwaves and mobile phones. So those parents who give their babies iPhones to keep them quiet (and, yes, I have seen this), should wrap them up in amber! Baltic amber also contains succinic acid which is a substance used in contemporary medicine. So, I guess there are some scientific theories, facts or studies that support the wearing of amber necklaces.

2. The health & safety side of this debate is an odd one for me. It seems as though parents decide to pick and choose which health & safety ideas they want to follow and which they don’t. Obviously there are some safety guidelines that must be followed, in particular the length of the necklace needs to be measured carefully to ensure it fits the baby wearing it perfectly. A necklace that is the wrong size could be very dangerous. It is also vital that you research the company you purchase the amber from and check that they are following all of the health and safety guidelines.

So, there you have it! Is there evidence to suggest it does work? I’ll let you decide but I, for one, will not be taking Ted’s necklace off. Whether it’s because of the amber or not, Ted’s teething has gone remarkably well, and I think he looks pretty damn cool too!

If you want to find out more about amber necklaces, check out Love Amber X. They can advise you on all the health & safety guidelines plus talk to you in more depth about the benefits.

They’re also offering all Dad Network readers 15% off on amber necklaces! Just use this code at checkout: DAD

If your baby is teething then take a look at this post with 5 ways of soothing your baby when teething.



  1. Suzi 13 January, 2016 / 8:13 pm

    We love our amber necklaces in this house! Both of my kids have worn them from about 4 months old – my daughter took hers off through her own choice when she was 5 (I think she was sick of the attention it attracted as an early adopter!) and my 2 year old is still going strong with his. I didn’t realise how well it worked until we took my daughters off for swimming one day and couldn’t find it to put it back on…. we rushed out to get a new one after 2 days without it!

    • Al Ferguson 15 January, 2016 / 10:15 am

      Thanks for sharing your experience with amber. Its great to hear the opinions of others too :)

  2. Charlene 13 January, 2016 / 8:19 pm

    Having never heard the science behind it I was always on the fence as to whether this was for realz or a dumbo like talisman. I have heard so many positive reviews though I don’t think it matters!

    • Al Ferguson 15 January, 2016 / 10:14 am

      I felt the same until we tried it :)

  3. Leandra 13 January, 2016 / 8:20 pm

    So glad you’ve blogged about this!! We had literally no teething problems and T wore an amber necklace from 3m. Reading this has really enlightened me on all the health properties of Amber. Thanks for writing x

    • Al Ferguson 15 January, 2016 / 10:14 am

      Thanks for your comment. So glad to hear you’ve had no teething problems :)

  4. Francesca 13 January, 2016 / 9:18 pm

    We got one at 5 months and I was sceptical. Before I got one my boy would wake up screaming like he was in pain and ever since he’s been wearing it, to this day, 14 months later he hasn’t woken up screaming like he had been before. Can’t guarantee it’s because of the necklace but the other 14 teeth he’s grown since haven’t seemed to bother him too much!

    • Al Ferguson 15 January, 2016 / 10:13 am

      That’s how we feel. We can’t prove its the amber but it certainly seems to have worked for Ted

  5. Liz 13 January, 2016 / 9:41 pm

    Interesting reading. My 15 month old is having bad teething troubles recently (only 2 teeth have come through so far). I bought her an amber anklet months ago for teething and had since forgotten about it until reading this. I will dig it out tomorrow and see if it helps. Thanks for reminding me!

    • Al Ferguson 15 January, 2016 / 10:12 am

      Would love to hear your thoughts on it once you’ve started using it.

  6. Simon (Man vs. Pink) 14 January, 2016 / 6:03 am

    I was hoping for more science from an article titled as the definitive Truth. “Apparently, scientific findings show…” needs a link to said findings, as with your other suggestions of scientific benefits. As it is we have your (perfectly valid) opinion & experience, and a link to a seller with a discount code.

    • Al Ferguson 14 January, 2016 / 7:24 am

      That’s why we added the question mark. Still, it got you to read it ;) Thanks for your comment buddy

    • Matt 17 March, 2016 / 11:07 pm

      I have to agree with this, just because a substance is used in other types of medicine to then make the leap that there is science backing up the use of amber is misleading. Also stating that is homeopathic is an instant turn off considering homeopathy has been proven to have no effect whatsoever time and time again!

  7. Ashley 3 June, 2016 / 10:13 pm

    I would really appreciate any opinions or advice on this subject. I gave my 11 month old son his Baltic Amber necklace yesterday. Today he has not been able to sleep at all (usually has two naps a day), then this evening he has a high temperature and hasn’t stopped crying and very hard to settle. He is normally a very happy baby. Gave in and gave him Calpol, he is now asleep and temperature has dropped. Could this be anything to do with the necklace? Has anyone else experienced this in the beginning? Or do you think it is completely unrelated. I told my husband that the necklace will make his teething unnoticeable and now he thinks I’m talking shit!

    • Matthew Wicks 8 June, 2016 / 11:36 am

      I would personally check with a medical professional, especially with a sudden increase in temperature

      • Ashley 9 June, 2016 / 8:45 pm

        Thank you Matthew, I ended up taking him to the walk in clinic. It turned out to be a viral infection so he is fine now and back to his cheeky wee self

        • Matthew Wicks 9 June, 2016 / 8:51 pm

          Glad to here is is better now :)

  8. Becky 18 August, 2016 / 3:20 pm

    Hi there,

    I have always used amber beads for my little ones and it has definitely helped! I have 3 kids and have used amber necklaces with every one of them to help aid the soreness of tender gums from teething.

    What works for some may not work for everyone but I do think its worth a try! I get my amber necklaces from It’s Handmade and could not recommend them enough! they also have a beautiful range of handmade childrens toys.

    Good luck with your amber beads guys im sure you will find them as useful as I have!


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