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Daniella Silver

When my now three-year-old son started teething (around 8 months old) we were hit with the “teething frenzy” which consisted of fevers, drooling, fussiness, colic and sleepless nights. I tried everything to calm him and soothe his gums. I felt like I was driving to Whole Foods every other night, looking for a new remedy to try.

I had never heard of amber teething necklaces and no one that I knew had tried them.

Now, less than two-and-a-half years later, many of my friend’s children are wearing them and they are “all the rage”.

I started to look into the research behind baltic amber teething necklaces when my daughter was born, 6 months ago. I learned that what made these necklaces effective was that the amber contains succinic acid, which, when warmed against the skin, releases an all natural analgesic (pain relief) which can help to ease teething pains, colic, gas and other ailments.

I was curious (and a little skeptical) about what all the hype was about. Two months ago my daughter started to drool a lot, was getting really fussy and irritable and was constantly putting her hands and objects in her mouth. I did not want a repeat of my son’s experience so I bought her a 100% baltic amber teething necklace and I quickly saw her irritability and drooling subside.

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LeeAnne Hamilton

"Let's face it, you knew when you had a baby you would not sleep for the next few years"... 

iStock 000011694478XSmallHow many times have I heard that phrase uttered by a frazzled mother? Each time I can't help but wonder why new moms resign themselves to the idea that part of being a mother means not sleeping? And even more-so, why they think that babies "just don't sleep"?  

Sleep is vital for healthy growth of a young brain. During sleep is when your baby's brain grows and develops, processes new information, and files and stores that information into memory. During sleep is when your baby's body and brain restores itself from the activity of the previous day. During sleep is when YOUR body and brain restore themselves, as well as process, sort and file information. What happens when we don't get enough sleep? You accumulate all that lost sleep in what we call a sleep debt or sleep deficit.

 Adults need approximately 8 hours of sleep each night. If you are getting 5 hours of sleep at night, it would take a mere 8 days for you to bank a 24 hour sleep debt. That's a whole day's worth of sleep lost! Multiply that by two or three years.....I cringe thinking about it! So what's a new parent to do?

What if I told you that it was possible to teach your baby healthy sleep habits right from birth?

What if I told you that your baby doesn't need to fall asleep sucking, bouncing, rocking, driving in the car, or secured in a baby wrap while you swing from the chandelier while singing his favourite song?

"She's Crazy"! You are all saying . . . I can hear it now, I am going to let you in on a secret . . . okay so it's not really a secret to the dozens of families I have spent many nights with as a postpartum doula . . . but you can give your newborn baby all of the cuddling, bonding, loving, singing, snuggly attention they need, and still help them learn to fall asleep on their own and sleep well for longer than 30 minutes!

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