Monday, December 01, 2008

Quandary

It’s a pretty necklace. It’s also a non-toxic, phthalate, BPA, and PVC- free, patent-pending teether, “safe for curious babies to handle and chew.”

Kristen comments that a teething necklace may be like letting your dog play with shoe-shaped toys – not exactly what you want to teach your child. It also brings to mind Penny Arcade’s rant when Gabe discovered Kellogg’s was launching a Lego-branded fruit snack:

I would love to know what sick bastard at Kellogs (sic) came up with this genius idea. I just spent the first three years of my sons life trying to get him not to eat blocks, and now you're telling him they taste like f*ing strawberries . . . Seriously, how in the hell did this ever get past their legal department. You can't tell me that this isn't a lawsuit just waiting to happen. I can only assume that their next product is fruit flavored thumbtacks.

I don’t think I’d actively encourage the micro dude to chew on the “jade,” but it might be nice to have some jewelry where I wouldn’t have to worry in case he did. Any words of warning?

5 comments:

appleseed said...

At first blush I would agree with everyone else and say "Don't go down that long painful road!"
On second consideration, our ids are not as easily fooled as we sometimes fear they are.
I say show him the teether and the real necklace at the same time. Let him chew on the real necklace (once) and the teether as much as he likes. Make it clear to him that one is ok and the other is a no-no. He should be able to differentiate by color and texture between the two.
You'll know right away which he prefers and which path to take. You may still have to define your threshold of tolerance with twiddling with Mommy's necklace...

Magpie said...

Oh, I think it would be just fine. Besides, the teething thing doesn't last forever, like a dog chewing shoes.

Mayberry said...

I've never tried a teething necklace, but that is pretty! I also think Magpie is right.

anita doberman said...

Interesting - I agree the teething passes the necklace stays?

kittenpie said...

I bought one myself - for the convenience of having something to hand him, rather than my old trick with Pumkinpie of wearing an actual and very UGLY teething ring around my wrist. I think to me the difference would be that I'd take off the necklace and let the child chew it, while a real necklace I will ask him not to pull on. I would think, though, that a real necklace's texture would not be so appealing if he tries it once.