Sweaty Mommy Survival Guide Tip #15: Let the Music Play for Baby
Although there’s no real evidence that playing music for unborn babies will make them smarter, there are some studies that suggest babies can recognize music played before they were born. Those nighttime lullabies, or those holiday playlists on repeat - your baby might remember them and be soothed by them later!
Babies’ hearing is fully developed at 20 weeks (although sounds from the outside world are most likely pretty muffled). So… how do you play music and voice recordings for your unborn baby?
Wireless headphones are so passe. Put the wires back on and press play.
Active moms no longer have to lie still on your back and hold your earbuds to your growing stomach. And you can stop holding the phone up for a long-distance relative (or daddy) who wants to talk to your stomach.
Wavhello Bellybuds are designed by a first-time dad-to-be who wanted to be able to play music and sounds for his unborn baby.
Bellybuds are speakers that adhere to your stomach, hook up to a music source like regular headphones, and even come with an audio splitter so that you and your baby can share the beat.
Use the accompanying app to record lullabies, stories, and voice messages.
Babies can identify their mother’s voices soon after birth, the bark of the family dog, and may even recognize music played for them.
There’s even research showing that young babies will tune their ears to hear your voice over unfamiliar female voices. Your voice has calming effects on your child’s brain. Your voice can:
- Soothe your baby
- Reduce levels of stress hormones
- Increase oxytocin, a social bonding hormone
A recent study found that these effects showed up even in ages 7-12, not just in infants and toddlers. Your voice can trigger specific activity in your child’s brain, including areas that manage speech processing and social abilities.
These Bellybuds are discreet, portable (come with a travel pouch), and have no messy buckles, velcro, straps, or belts.
These are perfect for moms-on-the-go. Buy them for yourself or for a mom-to-be to load up a fitness playlist and take a long walk knowing that you and Baby are listening to music together.
We also think they’re great for people with friends or family that can’t be there for those three trimesters. They can record a reading of a storybook, a message, or even a lullaby, and you can play it for your baby to become familiar with someone else’s voice.
Already have a baby?
Wavhello’s other bestselling product is a Soundbub: an adorable white noise machine and Bluetooth speaker that’s chew-proof, rechargeable-battery-powered, and, did we already say adorable?
The three animal shapes have a clip for hanging on strollers or cribs and a timer or continuous mode for sound.
Soundbubs use the same app as Bellybubs to share your recorded memories, too.
Soundbubs are a great buy for moms on the go because they’re so easy to travel with. Whether you’re staying in a hotel or taking a stroll, there’s no reason you can’t add music or white noise to help calm and comfort your baby (and you).
Users report that it only needs charging every few days and can even be charged by plugging into your phone. Customers love its convenience and durability.
Check out the products and even purchase a bundle pack to save some money. These would make unique gift sets, bound to help any mama share musical taste and voice with babies, both out of and in the womb.
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