My daughter is a chewer. Specifically she chews on her fingernails. I have not cut her nails with clippers for over a year because of her nail biting habit. She also chews on her toys and sometimes her clothes. As a former nail biter myself, I want to put a stop to my daughter’s bad habit sooner rather than later. I first tried anti-bite nail polish. My daughter disliked the taste but did not stop biting her nails. Then, after seeing Chewigems mentioned on The School Shop Facebook page, I decided to give the silicone jewelry a chance. When I expressed my interest, Christy Komnick, one of the owners of The School Shop, offered me the opportunity to review a chew necklace. My daughter picked out the Chewigem GI Jane Dog Tags.
Chewigem was founded by a mother in the United Kingdom who sought alternative jewelry ideas for her teething infant. After successfully launching the product line, she quickly discovered that these products could also be used to calm the most fidgety of folks and meet the chewing needs of individuals of all ages. Chewigem was born out of the need to provide a stylish yet discreet alternative to children teenagers, and adults who have an extra need to chew. The silicone jewelry from Chewigem are wearable gadgets that soothe the natural need to chew.
Because safety is paramount to any chewable item, more stringent safety tests have been done on the Chewigem product line, allowing up to 100 pounds per square inch of pressure per the bite testing. All Chewigem products consist of FDA approved silicone, are non-toxic, and are free from lead, latex, BPA, PVC, and phthalates. Silicone is odorless, tasteless, and does not support the growth of bacteria or mold. Necklace cords feature a break away clasp for an added feeling of safety. The jewelry is compliant with the United States, European, Australian, and New Zealand standards for the safety of toys. Test reports and safety certificates are available on request.
Chewigem GI Jane Dog Tags currently cost $19.99 at The School Shop. Other styles of Chewigem necklaces cost the same. Compared to other similar silicone teething and chew necklaces, Chewigems costs about the same. I therefore consider the Chewigem GI Jane Dog Tags reasonably and comparatively priced.
Because of her nail biting habit, my daughter was extremely excited to try on her Chewigem GI Jane Dog Tags for the first time. She immediately put one of the two silicone dog tags in her mouth and started gnawing away. As her mother, I can definitely say that having a Chewigem necklace has helped my daughter stop biting her nails so much. If I see her fingers in her mouth, I can remind her to chew on her necklace, and she instantly stops biting her nails and puts one of her dog tags in her mouth instead. My daughter may still be chewing, but at least she is chewing something meant for chewing instead of biting off her fingernails!
The highest praise that I can offer for the Chewigem GI Jane Dog Tags comes directly from my daughter. At bedtime, she puts her necklace on top of her dresser. When she gets dressed in the morning, she immediately puts her “chew necklace” on and wears it the rest of the day. The few times that she has forgotten her necklace before we leave the house, she becomes rather upset and immediately sticks her fingers in her mouth. She has even said that she needs to chew and that she needs her chew necklace so that she does not need to bite her nails. My daughter loves her Chewigem necklace!
Chewigem recommends the Dog Tags and other necklaces for children over 36 months of age because of the long cord, which can post a strangulation risk. I do appreciate the breakaway clasp on the cord, which makes the necklace a little safer. However, my daughter has complained that the necklace is a little long at times. For example, she has to take the necklace off or hold it up when she uses the bathroom to prevent the silicone jewelry part from touching the toilet. I would love for Chewigem to offer a small version of the necklace for younger children, but otherwise I can find no flaws with the design.
The silicone jewelry from Chewigem is easy to care for. The silicone portion is dishwasher safe (remove the cord first). I, however, prefer to hand wash the jewelry in hot soapy water. The actual silicone portion is quite durable. My daughter likes to gnaw away at her Chewigem GI Jane Dog Tags, but I have yet to notice any wear or tear on either piece. At first signs of damage, do discard and replace the necklace to prevent small parts from breaking off. I will update my review when, and if, my daughter manages to chew her Chewigem to destruction.
Update: The Chewigem GI Jane Dog Tags lasted my daughter about two months before she gnawed some pieces off the corners. As directed by Chewigem, I discarded well-loved necklace. My daughter is a voracious chewer, so I am pleased that the necklace lasted her that long! I have since purchased her a second necklace to appease her need to chew. Additionally, Chewigem contacted me about the length issue. The cord can easily be shortened by moving the clasp, tying a new knot, and cutting off the excess cord. I cannot believe that I did not think of such a simple solution to the long length!
If you have a child who chews, I highly recommend Chewigem. My daughter, who notoriously bites her nails down to nubs and still puts her toys in her mouth, absolutely loves her GI Jane Dog Tags! She puts her chew necklace on first thing in the morning and becomes upset if she forgets it while we are out and about, which is high praise from a preschooler with fleeting interest in most toys. I appreciate that the silicone portion is non-toxic and free from lead, latex, BPA, PVC, and phthalates. I also appreciate the break away clasp on the cord, which makes the length of the cord less of a strangulation hazard. I definitely recommend Chewigem to any child with a need to chew including nail biters!
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Chewigem GI Jane Dog Tags in Package © 2015 Heather Johnson
Chewigem GI Jane Dog Tags with Package © 2015 Heather Johnson
Chewigem GI Jane Dog Tags © 2015 Heather Johnson
Clasp of Chewigem GI Jane Dog Tags © 2015 Heather Johnson
Poppy Chewing on the Chewigem GI Jane Dog Tags 1 © 2015 Heather Johnson
Poppy Chewing on the Chewigem GI Jane Dog Tags 2 © 2015 Heather Johnson