Pregnant women have long heard about the benefits of exposing their unborn babies to music including; positive affects on fetal brain development, prenatal learning, reducing stress levels during pregnancy, improving a baby’s sleeping habits after birth, and providing a wonderful bonding opportunity in utero. With all of these benefits its no wonder that we preggos play the classics for our unborn babes (no, I am not talking about the ’80s classics we blare in the car — I mean the real classics Mozart, Bach…)
But if you prefer to listen to the current hits while baby reaps the benefits of listening to lullabies and classical music, then you will love Lullabelly. Lullabelly is a prenatal music belt that lets you load music onto your MP3 player, plug in your player and let your baby reap the benefits of listening to music in utero.
Not having any Mozart or Bach on hand, I loaded my MP3 player with Jack Johnson and Bubble. (The Jack Johnson CD was what I used to play for K when she was a baby, and it is still the CD I pop in to calm her down when she is sick or having a rough day.) Wearing the music belt around the house, I have to admit I felt a little goofy, especially when K told me I had a zipper on my panties (I guess she thought the band was part of my panties). But after a while I forgot I was wearing it, and so did K.
I was surprised at first that you can’t hear the music at all when wearing the Lullabelly. After I thought about it, it made sense because if I could hear it, it would be way too loud for my baby. But for moms who want to listen to the tunes, Lullabelly includes a splitter, so you can hook up headphones and listen to the music at the same time you play it for your baby. The really clever thing is that it also has a special volume control for the baby speakers, so you can listen as loud as you want and keep it nice and quite for baby.
I have a super sensitive baby belly, I can’t stand the pants that come up over my bump or anything rubbing it, so I found the bulky wires and such a bit annoying on my belly after a while. The little pouch that holds your MP3 player is padded on the outside, but not on the belly side, and if I had one suggestion it would be to add some padding for the belly side.
Overall, it is a cool gadget. It is so easy to wear, and if my baby benefits I am all for it.
The Lullabelly music belt is available on Amazon for $55. It is super soft and comes in five colors; Sky Blue, Apple Green, Princess Pink, Sunshine Yellow, and Chocolate Brown Mint.
Disclosure – I received a Lullabelly to facilitate this review, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.