Firstly, sorry for the radio silence, but for the last few weeks I’ve been dealing with a full on slobbery, red cheeked, clingy, sleep regressing 4 month old monster albeit a cute and cuddly one, who has hit teething hard. Luckily for us, some relief came with the arrival of two #gifted teething products from Fiddle Beads…happy post indeed, and just in the nick of time!
Fiddle Beads is a one woman business based in Manchester. Owner and crafter Hayley makes all her products by hand and will create bespoke items that can be personalised.
Fiddle beads fiddle necklaces were first created by Hayley when her sling riding, breastfeeding daughter was pinching and pulling at her all of the time when feeding and being worn. Fiddle beads were the perfect answer to keep her attention at the breast and also keep her hands and fingers occupied.
Fiddle beads fiddle necklaces are fully safety tested to BSEN71-1-3 and conform to all EU safety requirements, which means they are totally safe and perfect for teething or gumming on.
All the silicone used is also:
* BPA FREE, Phthalates FREE, Cadmium FREE, Lead FREE & PVC FREE
* Highest quality food-grade silicone on the market (made specifically for teething babies)
* FDA Approved, CPSIA and CPSC Compliant
* NO smell NO taste
Since having James two years ago, I’ve noticed the increase in silicone products on the market and was keen to give them a try. The products I have been sent are made from both silicone and juniper wood which feels like a step in the right direction away from the countless hard plastic teethers I had previously used (and lost) with my boys.
Hayley and I are ‘gram fam’ and have been chatting with each other over on Instagram for a while now (ha ha yep, I’ve just used the term ‘gram fam’ at the ripe old age of 38…I’m so cool!) so the products that she chose to send couldn’t have been more perfect. A rainbow silicone teether with a wooden T Rex personalised with Eli’s name, and a silicone fiddle necklace in muted blues with a colour pop of mustard. Anyone that knows me in real life will know that those colours practically make up (along with a cheeky Breton stripe) my entire wardrobe.
Eli took to his teether straight away, at only 4 months he hasn’t yet mastered a full hand grasp so the soft ‘bracelet’ design allowed us to pop it onto his wrist and he was away. Therefore, it can probably be used earlier than most traditional hand held teethers.
I especially love the bright rainbow colours and unsurprisingly they really seem to grab Eli’s attention. The poor dinosaur has also taken a good gumming from Eli too, that’s when he’s not too busy waving his hand around admiring the colours. We’ve struggled recently to get Eli to settle for naps, but if he’s wearing his teether he’s happy to suck and gum until he finally falls asleep.
Onto the necklace, what a great idea! The versatility of this product makes it ideal for breastfeeding, babywearing, teething and also has the possibility of being a great find for adults with sensory needs too. The thing I liked most was the fact it didn’t shout ‘baby’ so I felt comfortable wearing it simply as a piece of statement jewellery with the added peace of mind I had something quite ‘literally’ on me with which to soothe Eli if he became agitated i.e. usually the minute a hot coffee and slice of cake are put in front of me. The soft cord allows for the necklace to be pulled and played with without any discomfort for the wearer. The slip knot design makes for easy adjustment to the length which is especially handy while nursing and prevents fiddly fastenings getting tangled in your hair.
I would really recommend these products, specifically the fiddle necklaces as an alternative to traditional teethers as they are just so versatile. I’m all for packing the bare minimum of baby stuff for a day out, so anything to make that easier gets a big thumbs up from me. And even I would find it hard to lose something that’s around my neck! The necklaces are available is lots of different designs and would make great gifts for Mummy, Grandma or Nana with Mothers Day just around the corner!
A fiddle necklace like mine retails at £12.00 and a personalised dinosaur handheld teether from £12.00.
These products were gifted to us in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
All images are my own unless otherwise credited.