Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Wooden Teether Giveaway

Who needs plastic teethers, huh? After bpa in baby bottles and formula and cans and pacifiers and who knows what else, it's a relief to handle a hunk of wood carved just for my baby's mouth. amy t sharp of doobleh-vay is an inspiring blogger (check out her poetry lessons for chil'ren) and she also creates fine waldorf-y wooden toys for her etsy store, Little Alouette. I just bought a few of her wooden teethers, for CBoy and for our newest baby-girl friend on Earth, so I can vouch that they are solidly beautiful and magically delicious.

In case you have never been on over to etsy, it is a "place to buy and sell all things handmade." In general, I think that we all buy and consume way too much. But supporting independent artists and buying secondhand when we do choose to buy gifts for others or absolutely necessary toys for our tiny ones are practices I can get behind.

All that said, it's lovely to host a giveaway of something that won't be leaching anytime soon. Amy kindly offered to give a teether to a lucky Surely You Nest reader! So leave a comment by Friday 5pm EST and EGirl will play Vanna once again. Also? Please leave some way to contact me in your comment, ie an email address if you're not a blogger, and/or email me with that info at surely you nest at gmail dot com if you'd like to keep it private. And by all means, check out her etsy shop, 'cause she sells wooden blocks and pennants and all sorts of creative items for small people. By the way, I've got no connection to ms sharp other than that of satisfied customer and avid blog readership.

xoxo

14 comments:

Burbanmom said...

Wow. I'm SOOOO happy to say I no longer have any need for teethers in my house ;-) But what a GREAT IDEA! My dog eats sticks all the time and it hasn't hurt her yet.

How did we get so entrenched in plastics that seeing a wooden teether seems like the world's greatest new invention?

Burbanmom said...

Wow. I'm SOOOO happy to say I no longer have any need for teethers in my house ;-) But what a GREAT IDEA! My dog eats sticks all the time and it hasn't hurt her yet.

How did we get so entrenched in plastics that seeing a wooden teether seems like the world's greatest new invention?

MamaBird said...

Yeah, the omnipresence of plastic *is* amazing, Burbanmom. We need some pics of pre-WW2 teethers, right? I think they had carved wooden pacifiers way back. And another trick (free) we picked up from our dog? Giving our kids frozen washcloths and rags. We just wet them, roll them up, and when they're frozen solid hand them over. The kids gnawed on them happily. Also, frozen mini-bagels.

Feener said...

my girls are too old, however my oldest has oral needs and this might be perfect. I am in.

Linda said...

Great idea to have one made of wood. And I LOVE etsy. It's an awesome site. I only ever looked at it for jewelry and didn't know they had other stuff on there. Cool!

Susannah said...

Don't start any rumors about me -- this is for my newborn "nephew" (college roommate's baby so he's gonna call me "Aunt"). You know where I live :)

Green Plan(t) said...

I've only recently started learning about how much dangerous chemicals are in so many "baby safe" products. It makes me feel rather guilty, and a little paranoid, about the things I did give my 18-month-old so far. *cringe*

He hasn't had all that much exposure, orally at least, to plastics, except for his pacifiers. He's only ever used the silicone variety, but it still makes me nervous. Thankfully, he's due to be weaned off of them very soon.

angel said...

I have a 2 month old I am trying to keep safe!
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Katie said...

Thank you for all the helpful information on bug repellants!

I just got this necklace for mother's day, http://www.hazelnut-cottage.com/catalog/item/5354578/5455097.htm#image_1. Check it out!

I have a teething 11 month old, so I'd love to be entered into your giveaway!

Tech Savvy Mama said...

Thanks for the tip on Little Alouette! I'm definitely visiting her etsy shop even though my kids are past the teething stage.

Jessica McFadden said...

My glass-bottle guzzling godson Michael will be needing one of these pretty soon - thanks for the tip!

Marketing Mommy said...

My 10 month old is working on tooth #10 (!), so we could put this to immediate good use. In the meantime, there's always my necklaces, my shirt, my shoulder (ow!).

amy t sharp said...

Thank you mama bird for such a sweet write up- Hello to all! xoxoxox Amy
Good Luck!

Nanna said...

what a nifty teether! My daughter is expecting her second child--we just found out and are SOOOOO excited!