Picking jewelry for yourself is one thing, picking one for your baby is another. You need to be ten times more careful, because the jewelry you choose may pose a safety threat for your baby. The baby can swallow it, accidentally choke herself with or be simply allergic to the material of it. For that reason, we have collected 3 main points to consider before buying your baby a new piece of jewelry.
The first thing that comes to mind while buying baby jewelry is whether your baby would have an allergic reaction to it or not. In order to prevent this from happening, you should stay away from cheap pieces of jewelry and try to buy the pieces that do not contain nickel. According to MayoClinic, you should search for jewelry composed of materials such as stainless steel (nickel-free), titanium, high-karat gold, or solid gold and sterling silver. Moreover, you can buy some other metals if they are plated well. In any case, do not forget to ask the seller to be sure. You should not take any chances when it comes to the health of your baby.
Likewise, the material that is holding the pieces should not be made of something elastic, that can be ripped apart easily. If the baby manages to break off a bracelet with a lot of small stones; there is a possibility that she swallows those stones.
Your jewelry pick for your baby must fit her tiny wrists, ears, and necks well, in order to prevent possible accidents.
If you do not want your baby to take off her ring, earrings or bracelet and swallow them; or do not want any trouble that can come from a loose necklace, you need to find the perfect pieces that will not create any danger.
If you have eradicated all possible dangers that can come from the jewelry, now it is time to pick what type of jewelry you want for your baby. Surprisingly, there are a lot of different types of baby jewelry to choose from. I have listed as many as possible down below:
The baby rings are quite small considering their fingers, and it is a must that they should fit perfectly. As they are very small, and on the finger where the babies can reach easily, it is one of the most dangerous pieces of newborn jewelry. For this reason, if you have to buy a baby ring, please find one that suits the finger very well.
If having a baby ring is some kind of a tradition within the family, like a family heirloom, you can also prefer turning the ring into a necklace, by adding a chain to it. In this way, you will have reduced the possible dangers coming from it. Or, if the baby ring has to be shown to others on a special occasion, just make an exception for that event and remove it immediately as soon as the event is over.
If you want to have a unique ring, inside which there is a message or a saying, the name of her parents or the birthdate of the baby. It would be a great memory to keep this ring until your baby is grown and imagine the days when she was a little one. Some parents keep the pictures drawn by the baby, her little socks and clothes, etc.; and you may decide to keep her jewelry instead.
If the message engraved inside consists of the family name, or a famous family motto like “A Lannister always pays his debts,” this ring can be transmitted to the younger generation as a tradition and become a precious family heirloom.
In my opinion, baby bracelets are the safest options when it comes to baby jewelry. If they are made from a solid, endurable material; the possible health risks will even get lower.
Gold bangle bracelets are one of the most common types of baby bracelets that you can see around. As most of the parents buy gold baby jewelry to minimize the risk of an allergic reaction, gold bangle bracelets are a good choice. Moreover, gold jewelry does not only come in yellow gold. There are many other options such as white gold and rose gold pieces.
The only downside of gold jewelry is that you need to get it cleaned from time to time. You can either go to a jewelry store or do the cleaning yourself. I recommend the first one.
Silver is the first choice of people who do not want to wear gold. They are cheaper, and they look great as well.
In order to refrain from any possibility of an allergic response on your baby’s skin, you should find a real sterling silver material. Sterling silver means that it is consisted of at least %92.5 silver in its essence. To understand whether you buy a ‘real silver’ or not, the ultimate tip is to examine the jewelry and check out whether there is a ‘sterling’ stamp or the number 925.
Just like identity rings, if you want to have unique jewelry for your baby, you can consider getting an identity bracelet.
They are nothing new and have been given as a gift for decades; therefore, it will be a traditional choice if you buy one.
If you do not want the classical type of bracelets, such as single gold and silver pieces, you can consider buying a beaded bracelet instead. As they come in with different materials and colors blended into one, they have a more dynamic and modern look.
Do not forget to buy a tight one which your baby cannot open easily, because we do not want your baby to accidentally choke on it.
What is better than a stone that has been symbolizing purity for centuries? Both in term of what it symbolizes and the way it looks, a pearl bracelet is a good choice for your baby girl.
If you are not a fan of white pearls, you can easily find them in various different colors. If you also buy a compatible pearl necklace with it, I think you will have all the necessary items for a cute photo shoot.
Bracelets with Flowers
Flower-designed jewelry is one of the common choices of parents for their baby. The thing is, most pieces of baby jewelry have a rather boring design. The manufacturers do not really get too creative as I believe the demand is not that high.
Here, flowers come into play. They look more stylish, more modern and more suitable for kids. Rather than minimized types of classic adult jewelry, flower-designed baby bracelets offer a more childish look for your little baby.
You can find flower-designed bracelets made from many different materials, and choose one of them according to your taste and preferences.
You may want to buy a bracelet for your kid, yet do not want something that is too visible. If you are one of those parents, you should think about buying chain bracelets. They are simple, not heavy and would not disturb the baby too much.
A wooden bracelet somehow sounds more safe and comforting, right? In the case that you do not want to buy any metals, yet still want to put a piece of jewelry on your baby, wooden can be your option.
Even though they are generally cheap and easy to find, there are also some jewelry makers that use tropical or hard-to-find trees to make jewelry. In that case, you would have something both luxurious and unique.
An advantage of picking wooden jewelry is that they are easy to carve and shape. Whether you want a unique design or a simple identification bracelet; it will be easier to find or to be made fast enough.
Indian Traditional Baby Bracelet
These are basically black beaded bracelets. They are known for coming from India and believed that they bring somehow protection and good luck in life. Therefore, if you want to have something that is believed to have some ‘powers’, you can buy these bracelets.
You are most likely to find them in gold with black stones around it.
If you want to add symbols to your baby jewelry, you can buy or create a charm bracelet. It is a type of bracelet which can be made from any material, from gold to silver, and has various symbols on them. They can be united with different gemstones and unique pieces if you want to create something special.
For example, if you want your kid to be a free spirit, you can have birds on the bracelet. If you want her to be lucky, you can add some clover symbols. You are very liberal with your choices of customization when it comes to a charm bracelet, and I guess that is the beauty of it.
You can even have two personally customized charm bracelets, for the parent and the child, and carry them with you all the time. Just like a friendship bracelet, it will symbolically connect you with your little one.
Bracelets with Gemstones
Many gemstones are believed to provide spiritual healing to the person wearing them, according to legends and tales all through history. As each stone has a different story and meaning, it is up to you to pick which stone you want your baby to wear.
To help you with your selection, I can provide guidance about some well-known gemstones.
Onyx – Onyx is known to help with emotions, the way you balance and control them.
Pearl – Pearls are known for their relaxing effect, and it is believed that they bring purity, truth, commitment to its owner.
Sapphire – One of the most beautiful gemstones of all, sapphire is known to help achieve inner peace, reduce pain and foster personal expression.
Ruby – Rubies are believed to help with the emotions and enhance happiness and loyalty.
Amethyst – This beautiful stone helps reducing pain and insomnia, as well as fostering inner peace and strength.
Amber – Amber is believed to help with headaches and heart problems and reducing stress and pain. Aquamarine – Aquamarine brings mental clarity, courage, and calmness. Moreover, it is known to aid the liver and stomach, as well as teeth, eyes, and ears.
Turquoise – Turquoise is known for its balancing and healing effect.
In my opinion, these are the cutest pieces of baby jewelry. They are less dangerous comparing to baby rings and earrings, and more fun!
As soon as your baby takes her first steps, you can get one of these as a gift. If you buy a jingling, noisy one, she will love the sound the anklet makes.
Traditional Indian Anklets
The Indian traditional anklet which is called the Panchdhatu is a piece of jewelry that is made of a combination of 5 different metals.
It is believed that this anklet would bring sanity, health, money, and balance.
What I will say about necklaces is not very different from bracelets. As you know well, there are numerous different types of necklaces, and what you expect from them is up to you. You can get gold ones, pearls ones, silver ones, wooden ones… You can even get religious ones such as necklaces with Christ symbol on them. Yet, I believe that the necklaces should only be worn for special occasions, as there have been too many choking hazards and accidents because of it.
Still, there is one more type of necklace I should mention.
Amber Teething Necklace
Amber teething necklaces are made of fossilized resin and have an orange color. They have been very popular recently, as parents wanted a solution for their baby’s tickling and itching teeth.
These necklaces are said to activate succinic acid, unleashed by the body heat. This acid then absorbed into the blood through the skin, and allegedly it improves the immune system and reduces the pain. At least, that’s what people think while buying it.
On the contrary, Forbes Magazine stated that there was no scientific study or a shred of evidence proving how the succinic acid is released with body heat. In fact, they argue that this acid would only set loose under 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Furthermore, they argued that it was a waste of money to buy one.
Can newborns wear jewelry?
The question is, do they really have to? Knowing the risks of choking and other incidents, it is best not to wear one at all. Yet, if you insist on making the baby wear one, try to avoid necklaces and jewelry with small pieces such as a ring and earrings.
When should my baby start wearing an amber necklace?
Your baby can wear one if her age is between 2 months to 3 years.