Pregnancy is such an exciting part of life. Knowing your child is growing and developing in the womb is an amazing concept, and parents always want to do what’s best for the baby, especially as he or she is on the way. The Lullabelly Prenatal Music Belt is one way the mom-to-be – and even the dad-to-be – can bond with the baby through sweet music. The Lullabelly allows parents to play music to baby in the womb, directly from an iPod, MP3 player, music phone app, or even your computer.
I received a Lullabelly Prenatal Music Belt product for the purpose of this review and I am truly excited to have the opportunity to test this device. Lullabelly is made with an ultra soft fabric that has enough elastic to make the belt just about one-size-fits-all. The amount of elastic sewn into the music belt allows it to comfortably grow with your growing belly so you can listen to and play music for your baby as long as you are comfortable, definitely well into your third trimester. You can also play audio books, voice recordings, and lullabies. The sound level is purposely designed to be safe for baby, using a special technology to ensure this safety.
The paperwork included with the Lullabelly Prenatal Music Belt explains that a developing fetus can hear and respond to pulses of sound as early as 16 to 20 weeks. According to this information, active listening commences around 24 weeks for the developing baby. As a word of caution, check with your doctor to see how much listening time you should use the prenatal music belt. The Lullabelly documentation suggests one hour or less at a time, only two or three times per day.
Remember also that the amniotic fluid can be a good conductor of sound, so you needn’t play the music too loud. Ask your partner to help you adjust the sound to a reasonable level. Also, make sure the belt is fastened with the correct side inward. There is a little tag that indicates which side should face towards your belly. Also, the music belt has a zippered pocket that houses your earphones and splitter. When in use, you can also tuck your iPod or MP3 player inside this pocket for ease of use and convenience. Don’t forget to make a playlist just for this wonderful bonding experience!
I really enjoyed testing out this product – especially because I have a good reason. My husband and I are expecting our first child and I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve delayed my review of this product a little bit because I wanted to ensure our baby could hear – not that I will even know, but it is a good feeling to know you are bonding and both listening to the same music at the same time. Also, I thought it would be nice to announce to our readers that I am actually pregnant and so my review of this product includes my true and honest perspective as an expectant mother.
While I was fumbling with my iPod looking for soft and melodic songs to play for the baby, he brilliantly suggested putting on Pandora and making a channel for Mozart. (In case you didn’t know, they say babies in the womb have shown positive responses to Mozart, but not so much for Beethoven.) I am on my fourth or fifth song and really enjoying the overall experience. The Lullabelly packaging suggests playing the same songs you play during your pregnancy after your baby is born to help with sleeping. Packaging also suggests that music encourages language and memory skills – wouldn’t you want that for your developing baby?
The Lullabelly Prenatal Music Belt comes with a sound splitter and earphones so mommy or daddy can listen while the music plays for baby. I found the earphones a little big for my ears but after some twisting I was able to find a comfortable and stable placement. I thought about trading them for my usual earbuds, but I really like the ability to change the volume independently on my earphones with the set that came with the device. I have another splitter upstairs and I may eventually try to add that to the mix so I can see if my husband and I can listen together. It might be especially nice if we go away on a little trip before our baby is born. We both like to sleep on the plane.
The Lullabelly belt is washable and the speaker comes out easily so you can pop it in the washing machine as needed. By the way, if your speaker is damaged or lost, the company will replace it free of charge, at only the low cost of $2.95 for shipping and handling. At the same shipping charge, moms can get an additional 18 inches of extended belt in the same color and style as her Lullabelly – free of charge other than the ridiculously low shipping charge!
Listening to music in general can help to reduce stress, so it seems listening during pregnancy is a great way to keep your mental and emotional outlook upbeat. Also, the Lullabelly product is so comfortable – at 18 weeks along, I felt like I wasn’t even wearing it. Even now at almost 24 weeks it feels cozy and comfy – not tight or awkward at all. This product also seems much more fashionable than wearing big headphones on my belly!
Lullabelly is available in five colors – Apple Green (it is lovely – this is the one I received… green with white polka dots), Sky Blue, Princess Pink, Sunshine Yellow, and Chocolate Brown/Mint.
Lullabelly is available at Baby Depot at Burlington Coat Factory, at Amazon, and online at Lullabelly.com. Lullabelly retails for $55. If you are interested in ordering your own Lullabelly, you can score free shipping by using a special code – LLB – during checkout at Lullabelly.com. For more information, please visit Lullabelly at www.lullabelly.com.