Years ago, when Bellybuds’ co-founder Curtis Williams birthed the idea for the unique “baby-bump sound system” it was to design a product to aid in the bonding between parents and their babies-to-be, while offering a safe way to share music directly to babies in the womb. In fact, the first product tests came from Curtis’ wife, while she was pregnant with the couple’s first child. During the product development stages, countless research articles were examined on how music impacts babies in the womb, and what benefits it could provide in-utero and after birth.
Today, our Bellybuds’ team receives inquiries from parents and potential customers wanting to know both the risks and benefits of using Bellybuds and playing music to babies in the womb. We developed a “Research” page on our company website, but we also want to remind parents about some important facts and findings regarding our product and playing music to babies-to-be.
Below are a few common questions we are asked, our answers and links to more information:
Q: Is the sound level of Bellybuds' speakers dangerous for a baby’s hearing development?:
Even at maximum level, the sound through Bellybuds' speakers still reaches a baby in the womb at a level lower than the mother's own heartbeat.
Q: A baby in the womb can already hear music and sounds without putting speakers on a mom’s belly; why are Bellybuds useful?:
Yes, babies can hear sounds and voices without the use of speakers. In fact, we encourage parents-to-be to indulge in the practice of exposing their babies to various sounds - whether it be singing out loud, playing ambient music, reading a book or any other kind of auditory stimulation. It's a great way to bond and share! However, there are times when it might not be convenient or appropriate to play music or read out loud, and in those times, Bellybuds are a great option! For example, a pregnant mom may want to play music to her baby while she’s at work or other times when playing music out loud is not possible - like in the middle of the night when Daddy is trying to sleep. Also, with the VoiceShare® recording network, expecting moms can play the voices of family and friends who may not live nearby but still want to start bonding with the new baby. With VoiceShare® others can record special messages, like reading and singing. These messages can then be played directly to the baby using Bellybuds.
Q: Should a developing baby’s exposure to music be limited to a certain time length?:
We recommend consulting with your physician before beginning any new prenatal practice, however, we suggest limiting your use of Bellybuds to 1 hour a day. Also, we recommend first determining if your baby is awake so as not to disturb their sleeping pattern unnecessarily. While still in the womb, fetuses, like newborns, sleep most of the time - heading into the 3rd trimester babies are awake on average between 2 to 4 hours a day. This is the optimum time to sing, read, talk to, play music or play voices to your belly. Up to a half-hour session twice a day is a recommended usage time.
Q: Is it true that playing music to the womb and then playing that same music in the nursery will make my baby sleep better?
There are a multitude of exciting studies which claim babies recognize rhythms, beats and voices in the womb. There is also research supporting that both short term and even long-term memories begin in the womb as well. The theory is the baby will recognize sounds heard in the womb after they are born (similarly to how they recognize their mother’s voice) and these sounds can assist in calming them or making them feel safe in the world.
Please feel free to ask us other questions about the safety of our products at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, use any of the above links to learn more.