Bellysonic.comLook, I’m not going to say I think playing music for your baby has the massive benefits these companies claim. From what my doctor tells me, Birdie can hear my voice and music just fine without speakers, anyway. And looking at the photos on these websites, all I can think is, “Sure, for your first pregnancy. Who’s lying around having music-bonding time with her belly when a toddler is simultaneously trying to use her as Mount Everest?”
That being said, if a baby-music system seems like it’s for you, go for it! Here are four options, all essentially the same: they hook up to your MP3 player and hold speakers against your belly.
Bellybuds ($49.99 at Amazon): Headphones that stick to your tummy with adhesive rings (20-30 uses per set). Also hook up to your MP3 player.It also has voice capabilities, probably via the phone, so you can use the headphones to talk to the baby or play other sounds you want him/her to be used to after birth.
RitmoRitmo ($129 at Amazon): This one features a “fashionable” washable Spandex belt with four speakers (surround sound!) and a storage pocket for your mp3 player. It can record voices, too, and hook up to a smartphone. Upcoming adjustments should make it somehow useful for the crib and stroller, though those don’t seem to be available yet.
LullabellyLullabelly ($55 at Amazon): Same deal: a soft cotton belt with headphones inside that you hook your mp3 player up to, plus a pocket for the MP3 player. This one also has a splitter so you can listen to the same things.
Do you play music for your baby -- and feel results? Tell us in the comments!
Images via Bellysonic.com, Bellybuds.com, Nuvo-group.com, Lullabelly.com