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Meet Keri Smith of Dents de Bébé Teething Boutique

Today we’d like to introduce you to Keri Smith.

Keri, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started making teething necklaces in February 2018 when my daughter began teething.

I loved the idea of having a piece of jewelry to wear that can also be used to help soothe my daughter’s gums! I put my cute, fashionable necklaces on hiatus when she started teething because I didn’t want them to get broken when she tugged on them or for her to put them in her mouth. And I remembered my niece and nephew loved playing with my mom’s necklaces when they were babies!

I knew that teething necklaces existed, but the ones I saw in the stores were never in colors or styles that would match my everyday clothes! I decided that I needed to make some necklaces of my own… and then, of course, I wanted to share them with other trendy mommies! I started out making teething necklaces that looked like most of the ones you’d see with the large hexagon beads but made them with a bit of flair.

A friend of mine designs jewelry, and after seeing one of her new necklaces, I decided to try and make a teething necklace similar to hers. It turned out absolutely beautiful, and my customers loved the new concept! So I decided to make more and eventually phased out all of the traditional teething necklace designs and stuck only with fashion teething necklaces!

As my business grew, I learned more about how these necklaces are beneficial to everyone, not just mommies with teething babies! They are great as fashionable sensory necklaces for people with sensory needs, such as anxiety, ADHD, some forms of autism and more! Plus, they are non-toxic, so they are much safer than the cosmetic jewelry found in stores, which continue to show toxic materials being used!

Dents de Bébé teething necklaces can be found in maternity boutiques across the US, and even one in Sweden! News is spreading that now mommies have teething necklaces that they’d be proud to wear, even if their baby isn’t around!

Has it been a smooth road?
Since this business started out being just a hobby business, I’ve found the road over the past year to be pretty smooth! Things just kind of grew on their own as people started learning about my new concept of fashion teething necklaces!

Many people have jumped at the opportunity to get their hands on them, while some still have never heard of teething necklaces, let alone the need to have ones that look like regular necklaces. So I guess I’d say that’s my biggest struggle… getting people to see the need and the benefits of my product!

We’d love to hear more about your business.
As with other teething necklaces, Dents de Bébé necklaces are made out of materials that are not only 100% safe for babies to chew on, but that babies LOVE to chew on! The food-grade silicone is rubbery and soft, unlike the plastics that many teethers are made of. Babies become obsessed!

But unlike other teething necklaces, which tend to look like they are obviously chewing toys, DDB thinks of Mommy first! Mommy should enjoy wearing the necklace and want to wear it even when it isn’t being actively used as a teether.

Dents de Bébé Teething Boutique is the only company that designs teething necklaces to coordinate with the current fashion trends. So I come up with new collections every season to reflect the new trends and colors!

I’m incredibly proud to provide a product that makes mommies feel good about themselves at a time when we tend to feel less attractive and less like our pre-baby selves. Our bodies are different, hair tends to fall out, hormones are out of control!

Dents de Bébé provides a product that mommies can buy for themselves and not feel guilty because it’s just as much for their baby as it is for them!

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Dallas is the PERFECT place for a business like mine! There are so many trendy moms out there of all ages! And with over 40 different designs available at one time, there’s something for everyone!

And since Dallas is full of people of different backgrounds, ethnicities, age, career choices, etc… Dallas (in my opinion) is the perfect place to start a new business because it’s very likely that you will easily find your target audience somewhere in this city!

Pricing:

  • Dents de Bébé teething necklaces range in price from $22 – $40, depending on the style!

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