I recently received a pregnancy product for review that I had never heard of until now. Bellybuds.
Bellybuds has done their research, you can read more here about the benefits of in-utero music listening.
It works like this: You provide the musical apparatus (i.e. ipod, cd player, walkman - anyone still use those?), and the bellybuds plug right into to any headphone hook-up. There is sticky stuff (medical grade, skin-safe, replaceable hydrogel) on the back so the buds stay in place. You can even wear bellybuds under your clothing while walking, shopping, at work etc.
Mostly I used the buds in the evenings, after my toddler went to bed. Otherwise he wanted to listen to them, he enjoyed having his own mini-speakers to hold. After he was in bed, I would get the bellybuds out, and lay in bed while reading a book, doing my daily Sudoku, or talking to my hubby. I would try to place one bud near baby's head, and the other a little farther away, and would play music for half an hour or so (at a medium volume). Everything from Michael Jackson to Alexadre Desplat (composer), to Muse (the lighter stuff). A lot of times, the baby would move around, and sometimes not.
(this is a photo from their website, my belly has a few more stretch marks than hers. :) )
I have enjoyed using the bellybuds. I like that I can stimulate my baby's brain before he is even outside the womb. I had previously tried to play music for him with regular headphones, but was never sure if he could actually hear it or not. With bellybuds, I know he can hear the music I am playing, plus it's nice that they are hands-free. With regular headphones, I always had to hold them in place and definitely couldn't have worn them out of the house. The buds always stuck in place, and the gel on the back of my buds is still sticky.
To read more about bellybuds, or to purchase them for yourself and your unborn child, you can visit their website.
*I was provided this product free of charge for the purposes of this review. I was not monetarily compensated for this post. All opinions are my own, your opinions or experience with this product may differ from mine.*