I’d never really heard of older children chewing on non-food things until I had my two guys and then it got real. Like all infants, my little guys were droolers and chewers and pretty much put everything in their mouths when they were teething. Normal, right? Except the mouth thing kind of never went away.
This past winter, Aiden (3) destroyed his coat collar by chewing it to pieces. He did the same with his spring coat. Liam puts everything in his mouth. Like screws, nails, and most recently, a small piece of a balloon he found at daycare. Or that time at the beach that I pulled a small seashell from his mouth. He’s almost 5. When the boys aren’t chewing non-food type things they’ve got their (mostly dirty) hands in their mouths. Gross. Just gross.
When I mentioned this lovely habit to our OT she mentioned chewable jewelry. Say what? I’ve never heard of such a thing but when I hit up Amazon, sure enough, there they were. Mind officially blown. Because I wasn’t really sure about how my guys would take to this sort of thing, I reached out to Laura from Munchables who kindly offered to send me one to try out.
To say this chewable jewelry thing was a huge hit is kind of a massive understatement. Aiden loves his shark necklace and proudly wears it everywhere. We’re working on his sharing skills. As in, not offering it to others to “have a chew”. Bless him. Since that was such a hit, I promptly ordered a second one for Liam. He got to pick out the beads he liked and has finally stopped putting everything in his mouth. Because the necklace is there now. #winning
A couple of things I’ve noticed in the month since we’ve had the necklaces…
- The nose picking (and booger eating) has stopped! (Sorry, should have inserted a gross out alert there)
- The boys have stopped eating their shirts, collars, and coats.
- No gross hands in their mouths (Why are boys hands always so dirty?)
- Fewer toys in the mouth. One still puts things in his mouth when he can’t find his necklace but the other has stopped completely.
- The anxiety factor seems to be reduced in Aiden, in particular. He uses his jewelry to self soothe and seems less anxious all around.
If that’s not reason enough to jump on the chewable jewelry band wagon, we’ve got a giveaway running until July 15, thanks to Laura from Munchables who kindly agreed to donate a shark to our lucky winner.
Enter below by visiting and/or liking FASD Families and Munchables on Facebook and I’ll announce the winner on July 15!
And if you can’t wait until then, you can grab your own here: (affiliate links included)