BellyBuds by WavHello

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We like

  • Allows parents and child to bond before birth
  • Establishes a healthy and recognizable environment for the baby to born into
  • Voice messages allow all family members to talk to the baby
  • Allows parents who are using a surrogate the opportunity to bond with their baby
  • Affordable to buy and can be purchased anywhere
  • Can be used with almost any music playing device or smartphone
We don’t like
  • The headphone plug may not work on all devices; an adapter may need to be purchased

How it works

BellyBuds by WavHello is a great way for expecting parents to connect to their unborn child during pregnancy. The BellyBuds is an audio system that you can place on your belly during pregnancy and your baby will be able to hear sounds and voices in utero. Parents have found that this is a great way to bond with their unborn child and allow that child to come to hear and understand voices while they are developing. The BellyBuds work through your phone and the app provides parents with a myriad of options to play sounds, music, and even play audio books for their baby. Family members can record messages and parents can play them for the baby. Parents can create messages themselves and also play them for the baby to create a more in-depth connecting experience. With all the new technology available to parents today, the BellyBuds by WavHello is a great way for your baby to come to know who you are as you wait to find out who they are.

Design

Design

BellyBuds are designed to adhere to your belly during pregnancy. When you open the box you will receive a few different items. The most important item is the actual buds that play the music into your belly. The buds are attached by a wire that ends at a plug that you can use to plug the buds into your music playing device. The other items that come in the box are an audio splitter and the adhesive pads. The audio splitter is designed to allow you to hear what music you are playing for your baby. The splitter gets plugged into your device and then you can plug your own headphones into the splitter along with the headphones for your baby.

The adhesive strips are placed on the buds and then the buds are placed on your belly and the strips will stick to your skin.

The final item that comes in the box is a card that gives you directions on how to sign up for an online account called VoiceShare where you and your loved ones can record messages for your baby to listen to while they are in the womb.
Safety

Safety

It is recommended that you consult with your doctor first before using BellyBuds. It is believed that your baby can start hearing sounds at twenty weeks during pregnancy, so make sure your doctor feels it’s a good idea to expose your baby to more sound as their hearing is just developing. Your doctor may feel it’s better to wait or they may feel there is no danger at all, but it is always a good idea to check first before using the device on your belly.
The Buds

The Buds

The buds for BellyBuds are pretty simple to use. The buds connect into your music device whether it’s an Mp3 player or a smartphone, and then the buds adhere to your belly. The buds can either be placed in the waistband of your pants or they can be stuck onto your skin. Many expecting mothers have found that it’s much easier to keep the buds in the waistband of your pants because many mothers-to-be are already wearing high waisted maternity pants and they would have to flip down the waist of their pants to stick the buds on to their belly. To save on the adhesive strips, just stick the buds into the waistline of the pants and they will stay secure and on your belly at all times. This method also allows you to place the buds a bit lower on your abdomen, which is where your baby’s head is going to wind up going, and some mothers have found that their baby gravitated toward the sound and easily flipped upside down for the birthing process.

If you choose not to use the waist of your pants, you can peel back and use the adhesive strips to place the buds on your belly. The product comes with two pairs of adhesive strips, which should last you about a month. The strips stick on to the buds then you can stick the buds on to your skin.
The Audio Splitter

The Audio Splitter

BellyBuds by WavHello comes with an audio splitter. The purpose of the splitter is to be able to plug your own headphones into your music player device and the BellyBuds at the same time. When you can hear the same music that your unborn child is hearing you create a bonding experience like no other. You and your child are hearing the same music at the same time and this will be one of the first experiences that you will share together. If you record voice messages for your baby, this will be a great way to listen to those messages together whether they are your own voice or messages sent by loved ones for your baby to listen to.
Voice Share

Voice Share

VoiceShare is an online account that you can sign up for that will give you the opportunity to create and receive voice messages that you can play for your baby. VoiceShare also comes with one free album of music for you to play for your baby. VoiceShare gives you access to purchase music and audiobooks. Through VoiceShare you can also create voice messages.
Voice Messages

Voice Messages

With VoiceShare you can record a message for your baby and then take the file and store it onto your music playing device. The messages can be messages of how much you love your child or how you can’t wait to meet your child. The messages are a way for your baby to become familiar with the voices of the people who love them and will be in their lives once they come into the world. Baby can only fully hear their mother’s voice, so voice messages from dad or another mother can be played for your baby to hear and will help them recognize the voices other than their mother’s voice. The voice messages played through the BellyBuds is a great way for every parent or grandparent to have the same bonding experience with the unborn child as the mother has. The BellyBuds allow for there to be a closeness between family and child as early as the twentieth week of pregnancy.
Music

Music

Via VoiceShare or your own music collection, you can download and play music for your baby. You can play your favorite music that you want your baby to become familiar with or you can play a playlist of soothing lullabies for your child to listen to. Many parents have found that they wanted to play the music they knew their baby would hear most often when they were born in order for them to have a greater sense of familiarity around the home when they come home from the hospital. Parents have found that the BellyBuds helped them create a certain environment for their child in utero that matched the actual environment of the home and that helped when their child was born because the child already felt at home because they recognized the environment. It is said that unborn babies can retain memories starting at the thirtieth week of pregnancy.
AudioBooks

AudioBooks

Through VoiceShare, you can download and store children’s books for your baby. You can then play those books through the BellyBuds during the gestation period. Your baby will begin to recognize and hear stories that you will then read to them after they are born. The telling of the stories through the audiobooks is a soothing way for your baby to hear sounds and hear language while they are still in the womb. The audiobooks will allow your baby to hear other voices and get a feel for the sounds of the outside world as many children’s audiobooks contain a lot of sounds for children who are building their aural skills. This type of development can be started while you are still pregnant.
On the Go

On the Go

Many mothers have found that BellyBuds work best when they are on the go. Whether the mother is cleaning or walking or running errands, they put BellyBuds on their stomachs and do what they have to do for the day. Mothers have found that this is a great way to continue to bond with their unborn child even if they can’t give the fetus all of their attention. At the time of being active, mother and child can bond and mother can play songs for the baby and voice messages from loved ones and the bonding experience can be deepened without having to stop. BellyBuds are great for the multitasking mom who doesn’t want to stop bonding, but must also get a list of things done especially if mom is still working up until her due date.
Surrogacy

Surrogacy

Not every parent is capable of carrying their own child and, therefore, need the aid of a surrogate to have a child. When this situation occurs, the baby will only hear the sound of the surrogate’s voice and become familiar with that voice. Unfortunately, the surrogate may not ever be a part of the baby’s life, so with BellyBuds the parents who are going to raise the child can record their voices and play them for the baby all the time so that the baby can become familiar with the voices they will be coming home to. Just because the parents or the mother are not part of the gestation process, their bonding will not be limited or hindered by their situation. Instead, the same bonding experience can be offered to them as they await the arrival of their child. Via BellyBuds the baby will know who their parents are and can still hear their favorite music, listen to their favorite books, and hear the voices of the people who will be raising them as soon as the baby gets home from the hospital.
Family Bonding

Family Bonding

BellyBuds by WavHello is also a great way for siblings to bond with their soon-to-be brother or sister. Siblings can record their voices and play them for the unborn child. Sibling bonding is very important for a healthy home environment and the bonding can start as soon as possible with BellyBuds. Talking to the baby can now be a family activity that will set the stage for a warm welcome when your baby comes home.
Price

Price

BellyBuds by WavHello are moderately priced for the type of experience you will gain from the product. The BellyBuds are not inexpensive, but at the same time, they are super affordable to buy and make a great gift for any expecting parent. The buds can be purchased at any major retailer that sells baby products, and the buds can be purchased online as well from online retailers. BellyBuds can easily fit into the budget of any parent and are a great buy.
Conclusion

Conclusion

BellyBuds by WavHello is a great buy for any parent that wants to set the stage for the type of environment their baby will be born into. The buds allow your child to have a soothing gestational period as they listen to lullabies and stories. Unborn children can also get to recognize the voices of their parents, their siblings, and other family members who are anxiously awaiting their birth. BellyBuds are also great for those parents who are using a surrogate but still want to bond with their unborn child. At an affordable price, BellyBuds can easily fit into any expecting parent’s budget. BellyBuds by WavHello is also a great gift, but for those who purchase the product for themselves, this is a great way to always feel connected to your baby no matter what.
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