WHO is behind KidCompanions Chewelry? Pierrette d’Entremont, a mom who breast fed her three children, felt there was a need on the market for a safe item to occupy the exploring hands of a baby being fed or held. Pierrette developed a two-part pendant and a custom breakaway clasp which she called HeartString Baby’s Companions . This process took a while. Then this handy chewy or fidget toy for infants and toddlers evolved into a sensory oral-motor tool for individuals with special needs. Here is the KidCompanions Chewelry story!
Pierrette d’Entremont’s first design was and still is called HeartString Baby’s Companions. It is sold on our site here. HeartString Baby’s Companions evolved from a simple concept: Babies like to tug and chew on anything they can touch. HeartString Baby’s Companions are a touchable, tuggable product for a baby and a wearable accessory for the caregiver.
Each set includes a HeartString Baby’s Companion TM pendant, organic 24″ cotton lanyard with breakaway clasp, a keep-safe drawstring pouch and an instruction sheet with tips and information. It all comes in a great little recycled paper box perfect for a gift for new parents!
The Baby’s Companions provide a breast feeding and parenting aid that is a safe, effective and fashionable alternative to jewelry, “made-in-China” pacifiers, traditional teethers, those dirty car keys, grandma’s glasses, and other items potentially harmful to a child.
A Need for KidCompanions Chewelry
Soon Pierrette’s older children, especially the one with Tourette syndrome and sensory issues, were constantly biting the pendant. And from that realization, the KidCompanions Chewelry was designed. Lots of work went into tweaking our molds and perfecting our product to satisfy users with sensory issues or fidgeting needs. Then we had to find colorful, 100% organic cotton lanyards. Around this time, Lorna, Pierrette’s mom, joined the company to bring this unique, wearable, chewable, and functional product to market.
Pierrette and Lorna, mother and grand-mother of special needs children, have dedicated the past few years to bringing a safe, efficient, age-appropriate sensory oral-motor tool to market. The chewable pendants have two textures/materials. The raised heart dot is smooth and harder than the smooth, rubbery rest of the pendant. The heart shapes have a smooth dip in front also conducive to fidgeting. Therefore our KidCompanions serve both groups of individuals, those who need a chew necklace and those who need a hand fidget to help them self-regulate and focus. Buy online at www.kidcompanions.com or on KidCompanions Chewelry Facebook’s Storenvy.
The Features of our Chewable Necklace
Designed by a mom of three little girls, KidCompanions Chewelry has all the features one of the designer’s children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) required so she could wear it and use to satisfy her urge to chew. Yes, we know about the importance of the lanyard needing to be comfortable, the clasp needing to be small, smooth, and lay flat for comfort.
For those who prefer, we have a Clip-on version that attaches to clothing, bedding, seat-belts, etc.
We know the chewy pendants MUST be “just right” to touch, to chew, and to wear. Our chewables are stylish and discreet allowing the user to fit in and is not a distraction to others.
When not in use our “jewelry that you chew” is not on the floor gathering germs or in someone else’s hands or mouth! When the child needs to chew or bite, it is readily accessible. He can pop it in his mouth, chew away and use both hands to work or play. ORAL input is calming and organizing and he can get on with his day.
And then on the part of the moms, who want peace-of-mind regarding safety and hygiene issues, we know all about those wishes also; therefore, our product complies with the child safety regulations. We perfected our chewable pendants and lanyards until they met those demands. Therefore, KidCompanions Chewelry is safe, bpa, phthalate, pvc, lead and latex free. They are made in Canada, sourced in Canada and the USA, and also CE marked.
Pierrette and Lorna welcome your feedback about our KidCompanions Chewelry. We thank all parents, teachers, and health care professionals who send us photos and comments. You can see many of these on our Testimonial Page and check it often as we continually add to it.
Second Line of Chew Necklaces, SentioCHEWS, Launched Nov. 2013
In November of 2013 Sentio Life Solutions, Ltd. that designed and sells KidCompanions Chewelry since 2007, launched their second line of oral-motor tool, SentioCHEWS. These are Tougher-than-Silicone chew pendants often made in Asia that one finds for sale in North America.
Parents immediately asked how our two chew necklaces differ. How do they compare in size, durability, and ability to satisfy the need to bite and chew? Do SentioCHEWS have all the same features as KidCompanions Chewelry has that bring parents peace of mind? AND the biggest eye opener/elephant–in-the-room is WHY the difference in price. Each SentioCHEWS costs you only $9,95 Canadian and our regular price for KidCompanions Chewelry is $17,49 Canadian.
READ this post for all the answers: SentioCHEWS OR KidCompanions Chewelry – Comparing Our TWO Oral-Motor Tools
Buy KidCompanions Chewelry and SentioCHEWS
- at many stores that sell SentioLife Solutions’ chew necklaces – see list of retailers