One of the most common pieces of baby jewelry is baby earrings. Many new babies have their ears pierced while they are still infants. Babies look very cute in a pair of baby earrings. Sometimes the culture of the parents dictates that the baby needs to have earrings right away. However, there are dangers in having a tiny infant’s ears pierced. Even though ear piercing is a relatively safe procedure, piercing a baby’s ears gives infection a place to start. If you need to have your baby’s ears pierced, make sure to check the site daily for signs of infection. Use a mild cleanser to keep the site clean. If you can, consider waiting until the baby is a few months old to have their ears pierced. There is less chance of deadly infection after a few months of age. Also, make sure that the backs of the earrings are attached very securely, to avoid the risk of losing a pair because one earring fell out, or the baby pulled them out of her ears.
Babies do look quite cute in other pieces of jewelry as well. There are baby sized necklaces, bracelets, and even anklets. Even with these types of jewelry, there are dangers involved. Necklaces, bracelets, and anklets are a serious choking hazard if they should come unclasped and make it into the baby’s mouth. If you choose to put these types of baby jewelry on your child, make sure they are securely fastened. Be very careful with necklaces on babies. A small, light necklace can be very easy to forget to take off. This poses a strangulation risk if the baby goes to sleep with the necklace around her neck. Make sure that you are very careful to remember to take all jewelry off at bedtime.
Another danger associated with jewelry is lead poisoning. Babies love to put things in their mouths, and lead jewelry in the mouth can lead to lead poisoning. Make sure no jewelry you buy for your baby has lead in it. This is a very serious problem and concern.
If you are considering buying baby jewelry for your little girl, consider buying jewelry that is not too expensive. Chances are your baby will damage the jewelry through normal wear and tear. You do not want to have too much money invested in the jewelry collection, only to find that your little angle accidentally flushed her gold earring down the toilet. Babies loose and break things. Avoid too much financial loss by not purchasing real jewelry for your baby.
Baby jewelry is a great accent for special occasions, such as family pictures or holiday get togethers. It is probably not the best piece of apparel for every daywear. When buying baby jewelry, make sure first of all that it is safe, and then keep careful track of it while your baby is wearing it. Take caution when getting your baby’s ears pierced. You just might find that baby jewelry is more hassle than it is worth!