It’s definitely cuteness overload to dress yourself and your daughter in matching jewelry before sending the pics onto social media. But what happens when your children start expressing interest in wearing jewelry for longer than five seconds? Is it okay? Kids and jewelry: there are some important things to know.
Avoid Costume Jewelry
Children and jewelry are the least likely pair: children are known for being energetic as well as getting hurt, so you might choose costume jewelry for them as a starting point. Like training wheels for a bicycle. The problem is that costume jewelry may contain harmful substances such as lead, which is especially dangerous if consumed. Lead harms the body in various ways, such as affecting DNA, the immune system, metabolism of bones and teeth, and more.
In addition, costume jewelry is associated with allergic reactions such as contact dermatitis. One of the reasons for this is that nickel, a common allergen, is often found in such jewelry. Avoid the risk by choosing hypoallergenic items instead. These are made from pure metals and include stainless steel, fine silver, sterling silver, platinum and 18K gold.
Choose the Right Time
You don’t want the jewelry you buy for your children to cause them harm. This is why you need to be careful about where you let your children wear jewelry and the types of jewelry they wear.
If your children are active and playing with friends, they should avoid wearing jewelry. They can get tangled in a necklace on the slide of a jungle gym or the bracelet they’re wearing can scratch them, as examples. They can also cause harm to other children. Even wearing small diamond studs can get in the way. Think of how easily that stud could get caught on something and rip an earlobe. The safest idea is to opt out of letting your children wear jewelry during playtime, just like you should avoid wearing jewelry when you go to the gym.
If you are attending a sit-down family dinner and your daughter asks to borrow your beautiful pearl bracelet, this sort of occasion is safer because there is a lower risk of danger. However, always make sure that whatever you let your children wear doesn’t have anything that can be harmful, such as sharp edges. With younger children, this is especially important to take note of because they put everything in their mouths.
What to Know About Ear Piercings
So many kids get their ears pierced from a young age that this is probably one of the first jewelry-related options a young girl will be interested (especially if all her friends have them). Although it’s common for kids to get their ears pierced, bear in mind it’s equally common for ear infections to strike. Reduce discomfort for your child by only piercing their ears when they’re older than two years.
After getting your children’s ears pierced, you need to consider the earrings they’ll wear. Again, stay away from nickel and costume jewelry in favor of hypoallergenic pieces.
Teach Them Responsibility
You should help children become more responsible by teaching them about jewelry as they grow older. They watch you wear gorgeous jewelry but they should also watch you clean it and how you store it away. As your child grows up and starts to take greater interest as well as care of jewelry, then it will be safer to give her more expensive jewelry.
Keep it Age-Appropriate
However, even if your daughter is responsible, you should always make children’s jewelry items subtle instead of something that looks too grown-up. For instance, a heart charm bracelet will look more age-appropriate on a ten-year-old than a fancy tennis bracelet. Likewise, pretty stud earrings make more sense than chunky earrings.
Make it Memorable
When introducing kids to jewelry, use the opportunity to make the journey they’re starting a special one. Girls always remember their first jewelry pieces, after all. Start a gemstone collection for your child or buy yourselves matching bracelets during a special holiday. Adding a special thought to every piece increases its sentimental value and makes it timeless.
Letting your children wear jewelry is an exciting prospect so you don’t want to tarnish it with allergies or physical harm. Follow the above tips to keep children stylish but safe.
Naomi Shaw lives in Southern California with her husband and three kids. She is a freelance journalist and stay at home mom that enjoys writing on fashion, beauty, jewelry, and interior design.