I've been blogging at Hip Baby for over 2 1/2 years and this is the first blog post for which I was uncertain on how to approach, and since I believe honesty to be the best policy, I decided to stick to the truth yet express both sides of the coin.
Ok, that said, first let's tackle the science. Well, there isn't any; there are no independent scientific papers out there that can prove the efficacy of amber for the relief of teething, but, there are none disproving it either. One of the reasons we hesitated carrying these necklaces is that no producer or distributor could actually supply us with a study that backed their claims. And like all things we sell at Hip Baby, we like to do our research in order to provide our customers with reliable and safe products.
So that leaves us with anecdotal evidence, and of that, there is plenty. All over the internet you can easily find claims from moms and dads saying how much the necklaces helped to relieve their child's pain during teething. And I'm a firm believer that, although not scientific, anecdotal evidence can be powerful and sometimes may even trump what science can provide for us. Perhaps the answers live somewhere in between.
The requests for amber just kept coming. And something else we like to do here at Hip Baby is listen to our customers, so we did. We are now happy to carry 100% Baltic Amber Teething Necklaces, buy them online and at our Vancouver and Victoria locations.
And guess what? We're already on our second order. Maybe that's where the truth lives, parents simply trying to provide some relief for their child, and there's certainly nothing wrong with that.