I’ve reached the baby stage where I need a necklace or bracelet that is basically a baby toy. It makes nursing easier because my baby has something to focus on other than her loud siblings in the background, and then I always have a toy no matter where I am to keep her happy. I decided to make my own teething necklace.
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I wanted wood beads because I think wood is so pretty, and I’m kind into wood at the moment. I was worried about what kind of wood beads to get because I didn’t want any chemicals to get into my baby’s mouth. I decided to get a wood bead teething toy because it’s made to put in babies mouths. I found this Baby Bead Wood Rattle* and cut it apart to use the beads just like these.
Teething Necklace Tutorial
2. I separated the beads into three different piles by matching up the colors of the beads since each bead was slightly different.
3. I cut strips of cotton lycra jersey 3/4″ wide by the length that I wanted for my necklace. Remember that the fabric stretches! I made a navy and white striped necklace with really light beads, a mint necklace with medium beads, and a gray necklace with medium beads.
4. I tied knots in between every bead and at the end. I also closed the necklace with a knot.
This is the best necklace. It doesn’t hurt when little hands pull on it because it’s soft and stretchy. When I take it off so my baby can play with it, I can bounce it and it rattles. It’s great, and it actually helps me remember to put on jewelry because it doubles as a toy.
If you make something using this tutorial, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!