Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Review: Smartmom Teething Bling

I'm a stay-at-home mom of two small kids, a 2-year-old and a 3-month-old. Our lives mainly consist of hanging out at home, walking to the grocery store, and spending a ridiculous amount of time at the nearby Children's Museum.  Since I don't really go anywhere special, and since my outfits are likely to be covered in baby spitup or toddler snot at any given time, I tend to wear the "mom uniform" of jeans and a casual shirt.

Lately though, I've been wanting to spruce up my outfits a bit and have started trying to accessorize better. And this mainly means wearing some bigger necklaces, things that add to my boring solid colored shirts. Unfortunately, as mentioned, I have a toddler and a newborn, and both are fascinated with grabbing anything that Mommy is wearing around her neck.

Enter Teething Bling. I'd heard about these necklaces before, so emailed the company to see if I could do a review. They kindly sent me their Onyx Donut Shaped Pendant.

The Teething Bling necklaces are nice, solid pieces made of food-safe, federally-approved, phthalate-free silicone. The pendant hangs on a black cord with a breakaway clasp-so your toddler can't choke you when he or she decides to try to pull off mommy's necklace and if your infant pulls too hard while chewing on your necklace, you'll be fine.  

I really liked the necklace- it's simple, but stylish, especially this year when the big, chunky pieces are in style.  And I love the concept of having something for my baby to chew on while she's working on growing her teeth and having it right around my neck- I can never find the teething ring in the depths of my diaper bag.

My toddler also thought the necklace was great fun and spent a happy 15 minutes during dinner last night poking it and smashing it and making it bounce off the table.  We like to go out to eat as a family, and entertaining the toddler is always our major challenge, so this is a handy thing to have for entertaining him!

I think this is going to be a great necklace for all of us- stylish for me, a nice teething ring for my daughter and entertainment for my son.

The only (very minor) thing that I don't like about this necklace is that the silicone material picks up a little bit of fuzz and dust, so I'll definitely need to wipe it off or wash it off before my daughter uses it for teething. But that's probably a good idea anyway, and certainly not a major issue.

You can buy the Teething Bling necklaces in a huge variety of colors and patterns at Smart Mom Jewelry. In addition to the donut pendants, they have keychains and bangles and some heart-shaped pendants. You can also get some very nice gift sets on the site. The website also has a list of retailers where you can buy the necklaces.

The donut pendants, like the one I reviewed, sell for $19.10. Right now the pretty Moonstone pendant is on sale for only $9.50, and the coordinating Moonstone bangle is only $6.30, so if you're wanting to try this jewelry out, that might be a great place to start!

Disclaimer: I was sent this necklace to review. All opinions here are mine and mine alone and I was not compensated for this review.