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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 love Madre Beads because it’s a soft necklace and teething friendly, but I just couldn’t make the investment at this time in my life. Instead I decided to make my own teething necklace.

How To DIY Teething Necklace Tutorial
How To DIY Teething Necklace Tutorial

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 (affiliate link) and cut it apart to use the beads just like these.

How To DIY Teething Necklace Tutorial
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I cut the elastic that connected all the beads. I didn’t realize that the holes don’t go all the way through. Instead it’s two holes connected at a right angle. This made it a little hard to thread anything through, but I made it work. I would use a long needle to push the fabric into one hole and use the same needle to pick at the fabric to pull the fabric out of the hole.How To DIY Teething Necklace Tutorial
I separated the beads into three different piles by matching up the colors of the beads since each bead was slightly different.
 
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. 
 
I tied knots in between every bead and at the end. I also closed the necklace with a knot. 
How To DIY Teething Necklace Tutorial

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.

How To DIY Teething Necklace Tutorial
How To DIY Teething Necklace Tutorial
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Author: Heather