FAQ about our designer chewable, sensory and educational resources.
Sensational solutions for Fashion, Stress Relief, Anxiety Reduction and Sensory Stimulation.
FAQ are all here – all the answers you need!
Silicone designs that are age and socially appropriate to fill your sensory tank!
Unisex “educational aids” for extra stimulation in class!
Resources to better enable people to self-regulate. Hence, they will be more likely to participate and concentrate while in class or at Uni, work, home and more!
They can be worn discreetly under uniforms and/ or in pockets while not in use!
Jewellery to help reduce stress, anxiety, built-up energy and fidgeting.
A healthy alternative to chewing on T-shirt collars/sleeves, pens, pencils, hair or other unsafe objects. While also helping to reduce fingernail biting and thumb sucking.
Referred to as fashion accessories, nursing necklaces, sensory resources, chew necklaces and also oral sensory resources. Proudly also referred to as Autism resources, special needs resources, sensory stimulator and calming tools.
Put simply, Source Kids magazine is ah-may-zing!
Source Kids is Australia’s first and only magazine for parents, carers and professionals of children with a disability (Birth – 24yrs). It has well and truly become the leading online and magazine resource since inception just three years ago.
There are almost 850,000 people in Australia under the age of 25 years with a disability. Source Kids now delivers important information to those caring for and working with these children and young individuals. This ‘source’ of information includes education, health and nutrition, travel, sport, safety, therapy, technology, grants and funding, products and services, what’s on calendar and also an up-to-date directory, plus so much more.
Ninja Babies has featured numerous times throughout the Source Kids “Products We Love” and “Fashion and Accessories” sections. We have also proudly worked collaboratively with Source Kids magazine holding competitions to win Ninja Babies products. #WinnersAreGrinners
Publication and Distribution:
Their glossy, national publication is printed quarterly i.e. one for each season.
It is distributed for free through therapy, medical and education centres and specialist locations throughout Australia.
At Ninja Babies, we have excitedly left many other businesses in our wake to become a distributor of the great Source Kids magazine. A limited number of copies area available from our Market Stalls that we usually have at Caloundra Street Fair, Queensland.
We also feature in the Source Kids Business Directory of businesses they love and support!
There are many signs of Sensory Processing issues
Below are some common signs of Sensory Processing issues:
Extra-sensitive to touch – they don’t like to be touched or can’t be touched enough
Sensitivity to sounds – they may cover their ears when the same noises don’t bother others
Picky eaters – they will only eat one or two familiar foods.
Avoidance of sensory stimulation – they won’t put their hands in anything messy such as glue, clay or mud. They only wear certain clothes.
Uneasiness with movement – they fear amusement parks rides, playground equipment or being turned upside down
Hyperactivity – they can’t be still during the day or get to sleep at night
Fear of crowds – crowded areas bother them to the point of frequent public meltdowns
Poor fine or gross motor skills – they have trouble with handwriting or kicking a ball.
Excessive risk-taking – they may be unaware of touch or pain which can unfortunately come across to others as aggressive behavior.
Trouble with balance – they may be accident prone or fall more often than others and have a preference for activities where they are sitting or engaging in little movement.
Try some of our Ninja Babies designer sensory resources and chewable jewellery to help with your or your ninjas sensory processing issues.
Shop Now for some sense-ational tools to fill your sensory tank!
Why do we chew? Well, for a variety of reasons…
One explanation for the question “why do we chew?” is “stims” or “stimming” which is short for self-stimulatory behaviours . These are behaviours most people exhibit. We might twirl our hair, jiggle your leg or tap a pencil while working on a difficult problem or task – that’s stimming. Chewing or mouthing objects are also examples of stimming. The difference between acceptable stims and those we consider inappropriate is in the type and intense repetition of the stims.
Commonly, people living with and without autism spectrum disorder (ASD) engage in chewing or stimming for a variety of reasons.
One explanation is quite simply that it feels good. Chewing releases opiate-like substances in the brain called beta-endorphins, which can produce either a euphoric or anaesthetic effect.
Others believe that stimming could be due to the mechanism that it provides. It provides an extra dose of internal stimulation for people with ASD who feel under-stimulated or a feeling of tranquility for those who feel overstimulated or alleviate the high levels of internal anxiety.
Stimming isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as long as it doesn’t hurt you or your child while doing it.
Children and adults with and without sensory issues often feel compelled to chew. Generally, the levels of chewing are described as light, moderate or aggressive.
Light chewers or oral sensory seekers leave some tooth marks on those types of objects when chewing or put objects in their mouths without necessarily biting down on them. Therefore, we recommend these:
SHOP NOW FOR DESIGNS CATERING TO LIGHT CHEWING
Moderate chewers can sometimes damage objects by chewing on them but doesn’t regularly shred objects to pieces. Therefore, we recommend these:
SHOP NOW FOR DESIGNS CATERING TO LIGHT TO MODERATE CHEWING
Aggressive chewers often chew and destroy pens, pencils, erasers, t-shirt collars/sleeves and other unsafe objects. Therefore, we recommend the most durable (yet not indestructible) designs:
SHOP NOW FOR DESIGNS CATERING TO LIGHT TO AGGRESSIVE CHEWING
The thicker the bead is the more durable it is. Hence, the more aggressive your chewing is, be sure to choose a thicker beaded necklace.
Choose the design and bead thickness depending on how you intend to use the design. For example, what level of chewing are you going to do, run the beads/pendant through your teeth, fidget with the beads/pendant or suck on the beads/pendant.
Absolutely! We have HEAPS of designs and colours that are suitable chew necklaces for boys and men! Our designs are unisex!
We have a massive range of chew necklaces for boys and men. Our products have been specifically chosen and/ or designed to cater for boys and men. We recognise that boys and men also want to wear some funky jewellery simply for fun or to help with their special needs, sensory stimulation, stress reduction etc.
Many older men and Dads place orders as they too want to have a funky and “cool” looking chew necklace or chew pendant etc.
Ninja Babies jewellery designs are unisex. Many can be used from infants through to adults for a range of uses. (check individual products)
Ninja Babies originally set out to help teething babies soothe their tender gums with a range of hand held silicone Ninja Chews and Bravery Bangles. However, women of all ages (with and without children) quickly realised our jewellery is also great for something nice and bright to wear. So, we continue to expand our range to include more funky designs and colours that would appeal to boys/men, tweens and teens.
Our designs are also fantastic to match with your swimwear to wear to the pool or beach!
Office workers love the Bravery Bangles as they don’t clang on desks!
Educators love the child-friendly aspect of the jewellery as well as bringing a pop of colour to their outfit.
Many customers are living with disability and/or special needs use the Ninja Babies chewable jewellery in many different ways.
Ninjas of all ages are using the Bravery Bangles as stress relievers – either chewing or squeezing them.
We have also had many customers purchase designs to help them quit smoking!
Ninja Babies jewellery is stylish, bright and are perfect for both males and females of all ages and abilities, educators, childcare workers, office workers – anyone really.
You can simply wear this jewellery as fashionable, graceful and clever solution to accessorise your outfit or for a pop of colour.
Wear whilst playing sport or swimming (they are soft, safe, waterproof and odourless).
All our products can be used as special needs resources in many different ways!
Ninja Babies chewable silicone jewellery are great special needs resources. They can assist and are desired by people of all ages living with special needs, particularly those who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Asperger’s Syndrome (AS), Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and also Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). In addition, they can also increase concentration and decrease fidgeting, anxiety, stress, built up energy and nail biting to name a few.
They can help to help fill the sensory tanks of those with oral sensory needs or sensory processing issues.
A fun and socially appropriate alternative for ninjas who crave oral stimulation and heavy mouth work i.e. chewing on their clothing, hands, fingernails, pencils or other unsafe objects.
A great stylish and sensory tool for self-regulation allowing and redirecting ninjas to calm and focus.
Parents, educators and therapists love them because when your oral sensory tank is full, you are better able to concentrate and participate.
Many ninjas find chewing or squeezing soothing, calming, stress reducing and also help regain balance when overstimulated.
To help children who bite out of frustration learn what they can and can’t sink their fangs into.
The are super for practicing biting or chewing skills and also strengthening jaw muscles or stability.
Safe textured surfaces to choose from for varied sensory experiences.
The pieces in our range have been specifically chosen to be discrete, affordable and easily accessible for those wearing them.
These bright and non-toxic Ninja Chews are used for play therapy and imaginative exercises.
Due to the vast range of needs and diversity of users, these products may not be suitable for all children/adults.
**PLEASE ALSO SEE THE DIFFERENT LEVELS OF CHEWING FOR FURTHER REFERENCE 🙂
Cleaning your Ninja Babies jewellery is too easy!
Cleaning your jewellery is easy! Just wash with warm soapy water, rinse with clean water and then air dry.
Absolutely Australian owned!
Ninja Babies Pty Ltd is proudly 100% Australian owned #TrueBlueAussie!
The founder, Kate O’Shea, her husband and their three young ninjas are #FairDinkum all born and bred in Queensland, Australia.
The Ninja Babies Headquarters is currently on the Sunshine Coast in South East Queensland, Australia. Our HQ is a great base to design, create and appraise our soul-soothing products.
Our products are made from soft-feel silicone rubber.
Made from a non-porous surface, our products are heat resistant and will not support the growth of mould or bacteria.
Unfortunately there are no silicone factories in Australia, so our beads and pendants are safely imported from overseas.
We source our products direct from our reputable manufacturer (with no “middle-men”). Hence this is, yet another, reason we are able to keep our prices affordable for our valued customers.
You are loving the work of our photographer Sarah from Sarah Jay Images!
A MASSIVE shout out to Sarah Jay Images who proudly shot most of the gorgeous website photos! Sarah is a magical photographer based in Townsville, Queensland. We have always been super lucky to have her work with us and our hoard of crazy kids!
We are so happy with the superb quality of Sarah’s work and dedication… and the parents & children featured in them are stoked also!
Ninja Babies totally recommends Sarah Jay images to everyone wanting product photos and also wedding photography, engagements, family, babies… basically every type of photo!
It’s super easy to adjust the cord length!
You can adjust the cord length to suit your individual needs in a few simply steps:
- Push the cord through the smaller end of the clasp.
- Measure to where you want to adjust the length to.
- Tie a new know in your cord. Check the clasp will not pull over your knot and the knot is secure.
- Carefully cut off the excess cord with scissors and pull the knot into the middle of the clasp.
- Your necklace will clip back together and voila! It’s ready to go!
Your necklace cord could also be attached to one of our bangles or hand-held chewies. This is a great way to have them readily available for use – easy access is always helpful!
Are the necklace cords safe for customers within Australia and New Zealand:
The current ACCC mandatory safety standards in relation to necklace cords…
Are they safe for 3 years of age and over = YES!
Are they safe for under 36 months old = NO!
Every one of our Ninja Chews, Ninja Necklaces and Powerful Pendants have an approximately 65cm long necklace cord with a safe silicone breakaway clasp. If too much pressure is applied, the clasp will open, preventing pulling and breakage.
Each silicone bead, pendant or hand-held Ninja Chew is soft and rounded to prevent sharp edges damaging the skin.
Ninja Babies understands the necessity of safety, hence:
SUPERVISION by a responsible adult is always required for all children using and wearing the Ninja Jewellery.
Ninja Babies jewellery should NOT be used as an unsupervised teething aid. It should also NOT be given to children for use as a toy for independent play or be worn unsupervised.
The necklace cord could be a STRANGULATION RISK. It should NOT be worn while asleep or when a child of any age is unsupervised.
The break-away clasp on the necklace cord contains small parts and may be a CHOKING HAZARD. It is not designed to be chewed and damage may also occur ~ DO NOT CHEW ON IT!
Always inspect and monitor the Ninja Babies jewellery before use/wear and cease use if any damage or irregularity is evident.
Are the necklace cords safe for customers outside Australia and New Zealand:
The necklace cords comply with various safety standards around the rest of the world.
Shop Now! Some super popular designs WITHOUT necklace cords…
Shop Now! Some super popular designs WITH necklace cords…
You can collect Ninja Babies products from four easy locations.
Ninja Babies Headquarters
Collect from Burnside or Kiels Mountain, Sunshine Coast, QLD, Australia.
Please contact us for the exact address details and a suitable appointment time.
70 Thuringowa Dr, Kirwan, QLD, Australia – 07 4773 9093.
Please contact Meghan Walsh for a suitable appointment time. Most stock is generally available from this handy location.
20 Keane St, Currajong, QLD, Australia – 07 4759 2060.
Please contact Michelle Cakilac for a suitable appointment time. Most stock is generally available from this handy location.
Ninja Babies Market Stall
Kate also regularly has funky and bright market stalls at various markets around the Sunshine Coast. Please contact us for the latest market locations and time.
While the beads/ pendants are strong and durable – they are not indestructible. Children with fully developed teeth or aggressive biters may be able to damage Ninja Babies jewellery, therefore use at your own discretion and adult supervision is always advised.
The thicker the bead, pendant, Bravery Bangle or Ninja Chew is, the more durable it is. Hence, the more aggressive your chewing is, be sure to choose a thicker option. Please note: The cube and pumpkin beaded Ninja Necklaces, Snazzy Snail, Peace Sign and Courageous Car Ninja Chews, Joyful Dreams Bravery Bangle and Punky Pineapple Powerful Pendant designs would be the most durable.
Choose the design and thickness depending on how you intend to use the design. For example, are you going to chew mildly to moderately, run the design through your teeth, fidget with or suck on the design.
Always inspect and monitor the jewellery before use/wear and cease use if any damage or irregularity is evident. The time frame in which this occurs will be faster with more aggressive chewers. Generally, please discard the jewellery after six months of use, if not before.
Due to the vast range of needs and diversity of users, these products may not be suitable for all children/adults.
“ACCC Teething Necklace Safety – Avoid strangulation or choking
A Teething Necklace is primarily designed to be worn as jewellery. Teething necklaces also provide an additional function as a teether for babies. They are generally made of silicone or other chewable material beads. They are also strung together to be worn by mum and/or advertised as suitable for babies to chew on. Teething necklaces may be found on-line, in shops or at weekend markets.
Choking or strangulation:
Teething necklaces pose a serious choking hazard or strangulation risk to babies and toddlers.
The ACCC is concerned that an unsupervised child could be exposed to particular risks or hazards.
|Action of unsupervised child||ACCC concern|
|Wearing a teething necklace||Risk of strangulation|
|Mouthing a teething necklace with a flexible thread||Necklaces made with small beads could be a choking hazard|
|Plays with the necklace and the thread breaks||Individual beads could be a choking hazard|
Teething necklaces are usually colourful and playful in design, and in turn, may be confused with toys.
Marketing of a necklace as in any way suitable for a child to play with could also lead to the foreseeable misuse of the product.
This may result in choking or strangulation, despite labelling advice attached to a teething necklace warning of associated risks.
The ACCC issued this warning after marketplace testing of various products.
Our results showed that some teething necklaces would fail the mandatory requirements for teethers.
Suppliers and legal advice:
Necklaces manufactured from silicone or other chewable materials, particularly when marketed as teething necklaces, are likely to be covered by the mandatory standard.
Teething necklaces are not likely to meet the requirements of a teether as stipulated in Australian Standard AS/NZS ISO 8124.1:2002 – unless made with larger components or with a more rigid wire thread.
The ACCC recommends that suppliers seek their own legal advice in relation to the application of the mandatory standard as to the marketing, presentation and supply of teething necklace products.”
Copied from https://www.productsafety.gov.au/news/teething-necklace-safety-avoid-strangulation-or-choking
Teething Necklaces for Customers within Australia and New Zealand:
The ACCC changed and reclassified all teething necklaces and teething jewellery as TEETHING TOYS. We need to comply with mandatory safety standards within Australia and New Zealand. Hence, we do not refer to our necklaces, pencil toppers or pendants as “teething” products.
We are very serious about safety and always use high quality materials for our customers all over the world. However, due to these changes, I simply cannot endorse my collections and/ or designs as “teething toys”, “teething aids” or “chewable” for children under 36 months of age who live in Australia or New Zealand.
I will simply refer to them as “Mummy Jewellery”, “Nursing Jewellery” or “Silicone Jewellery” and also for those who are over 3 years of age.
Please remember the designs with a necklace cord and/or small beads are only allowed to be worn and used by those who are over 3 years of age.
These standards are the same for ALL businesses within Australia and New Zealand. Most of the businesses still marketing their jewellery as suitable for “teething” SHOULD NOT BE! If you see a business advertising their silicone jewellery as such, please refer them for more info and support to our Facebook group: Teething Toy and Silicone Jewellery Safety for Australian Business Owners. You can also choose to report the business and their unsafe product to the ACCC.
Teething Necklaces for Customers outside Australia and New Zealand:
We have many, many happy customers outside Australia and New Zealand. Rest assured our designs comply with safety standards around the rest of the world. Hence, we can refer to them as “teething necklaces” etc for customers around the rest of the world. Customers are welcome to purchase them for such use when purchasing them from overseas. #HappyShopping!
Teething Babies | Which products?
Customers within Australian and New Zealand:
Products suitable for teething babies need to comply with strict safety standards. All of our hand-held Ninja Chew designs along with the Joyful Dreams, Merriest Mist and Atomic Peace bangles comply with Australian Safety Standards for use as a “teether” for children under 36 months.
These particular designs can be a great distraction from sore and aching gums. They can help soothe your ninja as they chew and suck through months of painful teething without destroying your jewellery.
These products can massage their gums, nurture healthy tooth eruption and provides pain relief.
A sensory tool to hold onto and help your little ninja focus while bottle or breastfeeding!
The friction of baby’s gums on these designs can make a pleasant squeaky noise.
They can inspire early reaching and grabbing! They are a touchable soft and tactile feel is irresistible for little hands to play with!
The soft, safe and funky designs are a perfect child-friendly size for little hands to grab onto and hold themselves.
Due to the strict ACCC standards within Australia and NZ, Ninja Babies cannot refer the following design as “teething” necklaces or “chewable” for children under 36 months of age:
Necklaces, Pendants, Pencil Toppers and the Wonderfully Social and Feeling Rad and Glad Bravery Bangle designs .
These collections and designs are ONLY suitable for 3 years old and over. They are NOT A TOY and should NOT be used as a teething toy!
Customers outside Australia and New Zealand:
All Ninja Babies designs comply with safety standards around the rest of the world. They are also FDA Approved as “teething” necklaces for under 36 months old.
Yes – depending on which country you are living.
In Australia and New Zealand, the handheld Ninja Chew designs as well as the Merriest Mist, Atomic Peace and Joyful Dreams comply with AS/NZS ISO 8124.
In Europe all designs comply with EN14372, EN71, EN12586, EN14350, LFGB, MSDS.
In USA all designs comply with US EPA, ASTM F963, CPSC 16 CFR, CPSIA, FDA, US California Proposition 65.
In Canada all designs with CCPSA.
Yes there are safety warnings associated with our products.
Ninja Babies understands the necessity of safety, hence these safety warnings and recommendations for use:
WARNING! Our products are NOT TOYS and should NOT be used by children under 3 years old.
Many of the our necklaces, pendants and Ninja Chews are carefully hand-crafted with each bead/pendant knotted in place on the strand one by one, so that if a breakage were to occur only one bead would come off the necklace.
SUPERVISION by a responsible adult is always required for all children over 3 years old using Ninja Babies Jewellery.
Ninja Babies Jewellery should NOT be used as a teething aid and should NOT be given to infants/ toddlers/ children for use as a toy for independent play or to wear unsupervised.
While the Ninja Babies Jewellery pieces are strong and durable – they are not indestructible. Children with fully developed teeth or aggressive biters may be able to damage the Jewellery, therefore use at your own discretion and adult supervision is always advised.
The necklace cord could be a STRANGULATION RISK and should NOT be worn while the adult or child are asleep.
The break-away clasp on the necklace cord contains small parts and may be a CHOKING HAZARD. It is not designed to be chewed and damage may occur ~ Do NOT chew it.
Always inspect and monitor the Ninja Babies Jewellery before use/wear and cease use if any damage or irregularity is evident. The time frame in which this occurs will be faster with more aggressive chewers. Generally, please discard the Ninja Babies Jewellery after six (6) months of use, if not before.
Due to the vast range of needs and diversity of users, these products may not be suitable for all children/adults.
At times, yes, they can vary.
The prices of Ninja Babies products are indicated in AUD dollars. Depending on the value of the Australian Dollar, our prices may increase or decrease slightly.
Other factors that may come into play are: the price of postage, GST, import taxes etc.
Hence, we reserve the right to modify the price of products offered at any time without prior notice to the customer. The customer will be charged the prices displayed on the website at the time the order was confirmed.
Shipping and Handling varies!
Orders under $120.00 (and within Australia) attract just a $6.00 Postage Flat Fee! The postage fee includes the actual cost of the shipping & also the packaging (satchel, box and tape etc).
FREE postage for orders within Australia of $120.00 or over! The more you order – the cheaper it is!
Estimated delivery time is 3 to 10 business days for orders within Australia. If your order is urgent, please let us know & we will endeavour to dispatch it sooner.
Your order is generally posted within 72hrs of receiving payment. However, we cannot be held accountable for unexpected delays in delivery or lost packages caused by Australia Post.
For International Orders, please see the shipping calculator when placing your order 🙂 International orders will be delivered via Air Mail and will take approximately 3 to 21 business days to arrive.
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Before you even register or log in to the PayPal site, our server checks that you’re using an approved browser – one that uses SSL 3.0 or higher. Once your information reaches the PayPal site, it resides on a server that is heavily guarded both physically and electronically. PayPal servers sit behind an electronic firewall and are not directly connected to the internet, so your private information is available only to authorized computers.
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While checking out your order, you will be redirected to the Paypal website.
Be sure to fill in correct details for fast & hassle-free payment processing.
After a successful Paypal payment, a payment advice will be automatically generated to the Ninja Babies PayPal system for your order.
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You DO NOT need a PayPal account in order to make payments through Paypal. Although, we strongly recommend you sign up to PayPal to enjoy the added ease of use.
Without a PayPal account, all you need is a Debit/Credit card that is supported by Paypal. Too easy!
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Product BAN! Baby dummy chains with unsafe decorations!
This ban applies to dummy chains with crystals, beads or other similar ornaments that fail to meet minimum safety requirements detailed in the permanent ban notice.
This ban applies to dummy chains with crystals, beads or other similar ornaments (also known as ‘bling’) that fail to meet minimum safety requirements detailed in the permanent ban notice. These relate to the length of the chain, impact resistance, tensile strength as well as the durability of the garment fastener.
Baby dummy chains include:
- any other similar article which is designed to be attached to baby dummies.
If the ornaments detach from the dummy chain they may become a choking, inhalation or ingestion hazard, creating a risk of death, illness or injury to the baby.
Children under the age of three often place objects in their mouths and do not have a sufficiently well developed cough reflex to clear throat obstructions and are therefore more prone to choking on small objects. Objects inhaled into the lungs can be very difficult for medical personnel to locate and remove, while ingested objects can cause serious internal damage to children.
Consumer Protection Notice No. 34 of 2011(link is external) sets out the requirements of this ban.
Under the Australian Consumer Law supply includes:
- in relation to goods – (including re-supply) by way of sale, exchange, lease, hire or hire-purchase
- in relation to services – provide, grant or confer.
This ban applies to anyone in the business of supplying this product, including:
Failure to supply compliant products can result in the ACCC taking action, culminating in:
- infringement notices of $10 200 for companies and $2040 for individuals
- court enforceable undertakings
- disqualification from being a company director
- court action with penalties up to $1.1m for companies or $220 000 for individuals
- recall of product.
See: Penalties & consequences.
Copied from https://www.productsafety.gov.au/bans/baby-dummy-chains-with-unsafe-decorations