Beaded Baby Teether Necklace

Have I mentioned that Leo LOVES hair? Grabbing it, pulling it, playing with it, burying his face in it and even eating it. Sometimes after holding him I feel crunchy places in my hair where he has been sucking. He also sometimes rubs and pulls his own hair to soothe himself. Perhaps I’m raising the next Vidal Sassoon? All I know is that what once was cute when he was less strong is now becoming a bit painful at times. Just ask his poor sister. She basically cannot come within reach of him or she gets grabbed or scratched. Oh yes, he’s also a scratcher. Naturally, he doesn’t mean to, but those little fingernails… well… ouch. I’m just hoping that scab on my nose doesn’t scar.

I made the teething necklace above as an attempt to divert his attention. I’ve seen several fun and funky looking ones, and they are easy enough to make. Basically, you

1. Sew a tube of fabric big enough to insert wooden craft balls.
2. Tie a knot in the fabric between each ball
3. Sew the ends closed and add a ribbon to tie it (or twill tape, in this case).

Leo, however, is only minimally interested. It isn’t hair, after all. And so it doesn’t get  a ton of wear. I tend to prefer smaller jewelry anyway (which I don’t wear now, so as not to have it yanked off and swallowed). Ah, well. Gentle admonishments will have to suffice for now…


Vulli Sophie Giraffe Teether – Ooo la la!

Photo above from here.

We bought a Vulli Sophie Giraffe Teether from a local toy shop yesterday. I’ve wanted to get Chloe one for a while. I know it doesn’t seem particularly fancy or engaging, but there is a certain je ne sais quoi about this little French toy.

I saw it first on DeliciousBaby. I must have been blog-surfing when I found Debbie’s excellent advice on traveling with infants, plus kid-friendly city guides to destinations around the US, Canada and Europe. Instantly I imagined Chloe and I in Paris, her dressed Madeline-style and us sitting at a cafe, eating chocolate croissants and taking in the atmosphere of a very-much-hoped-for-someday mother-daughter experience.

My attention finally returned to the computer  and I found her list of recommended baby travel toys, including Sophie, “the most popular baby toy in France”. After that, I would see Sophie again and again, on sites like Land of Nod, Diapers.com and Amazon, where it is ranked as their #1 selling baby toy.

At almost 9 months, Chloe still has no teeth. We also have two flights scheduled to visit each set of grandparents within the next couple months. And I kept thinking about that little teether. Now we have one.

So what is all the fuss about?

Sophie has been in production since 1961, “born” in France on May 25th, St. Sophie’s day. She is made from 100% all natural rubber (BPA and Phthalates free), derived from the sap of the Hevea tree. She smells like rubber, too, but not unpleasantly so. She stands about 5 inches tall and squeaks when you squeeze her. Her body feels soft and yielding, yet firm, like skin. She is slightly cool, but not cold like hard plastic. Her spots, painted with food grade paint, are attractive to baby, and I think her various parts – ears, horns, legs, mouth, etc, provide just the right amount of stimulation for the mouth and gums. She is also very easy to grasp, even for little ones.

So, am I silly to spend so much for a little rubber toy? Probably. But Chloe likes it, and that is good enough for me. 🙂

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