BellyBuds for Baby and Me!

bellybuds-300x249When I was pregnant the first time my regular routine was to play music in my car really loud during my commutes to and from work so that my unborn son could get the benefit of not only hearing the latest and greatest (and yes, quite a bit of 80’s) music, but he also got to hear his mommy sing her little heart out each day. These days, however, my new little one can get all the benefits of hearing music in utero, without being tortured by my loud off-key singing, thanks to BellyBuds!

BellyBuds are specially designed “headphones” that stick to your belly allowing your baby to hear music played through the headphone jack on your portable mp3 device. The sample pack that the BellyBuds folks were kind enoough to send for this review come with Buddons™attachments that work to dampen the external sound. The sound dampening effect is handy in keeping the music limited to playing for baby instead of the whole room.

What I loved about the BellyBuds is that they use a hydrogel adhesive that sticks gently to my skin, allowing me to move around with the BellyBuds on and not worry too much about them falling off like traditional headphones would. The benefit of this is that I even when I’m chasing my older son around trying to stop him from destroying, well, everything, I didn’t have to worry about the BellyBuds falling off mid-session. That said, I’ll probably need to buy replacement adhesives since my extra-lotioned belly has reduced the effectiveness of the ones that came with the sample pack rather quickly.

Of course, more often than not I found that having a toddler in the house limits the amount of time I can spend using the BellyBuds. My son is just so curious that he is always trying to pull the BellyBuds off my belly! Either that or he wants to play with my mp3 player. To avoid this I sometimes use the BellyBuds at the end of the day while watching tv in bed. Of course, get me in a nice comfy bed and the first thing I do is fall asleep! At least my little baby has a chance to enjoy the music while I’m napping!

And speaking of my little one, it’s hard to tell if the music is having any effect. I try to use the BellyBuds while the baby is awake, but since our schedules rarely match I wouldn’t be surprised if I was playing music while he/she is asleep because I don’t get much kicking or activity while the music is playing. I like to think that the music is so soothing that all he/she wants to do while the music plays it to just hang around and listen to the mellow tunes. I don’t know if that’s actually the case but I like knowing that I’m expanding my baby’s musical repertoire by exposing him/her to new and interesting sounds.

BellyBuds are available for purchase online for $49.99 US. Extra hydrogel adhesive packs can be purchased for $2.99 US a pack.

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