When I was pregnant I always wondered if my growing baby could hear sounds or music. Well with the new Bellybuds it’s a great way to play music and voices for baby in the womb! I received a Bellybuds kit from Bellybuds and couldn’t wait to give them to my friend at her baby shower.
“If you ask Curtis Williams (creator and co-founder), the inspiration for bellybuds happened during the 2nd trimester of his wife’s pregnancy with their first child.
“We had read that playing prenatal music to the womb was beneficial – so right around the fifth month, my wife began placing her ipod earbuds on her belly and playing classical music for our daughter. The only problem was that in order to do that, she had to lie on her back and couldn’t move – which is a lot to ask of my multi-tasking wife. It seemed like there was a possibility for something more convenient.”
After searching the internet and finding nothing designed specifically for the playing of prenatal music or other sounds from a digital music player to a developing baby in the womb, Curtis decided to pursue the idea. he contacted a friend who was a product designer to help design and engineer the piece. Initially, he asked him to help make a one of a kind product for his wife, but as they worked on the idea and talked about it with others, Curtis realized that the concept might have a broader appeal. That’s when the endeavor began in earnest to create bellybuds.
Influences for the product design came not only from pregnant moms-to-be, but also from some rather unexpected places. The brainstorm for a music player that could possibly adhere to the belly, for instance, derived from an adhesive device Curtis had previously used to relieve sore muscles. Another “a-ha!” moment happened while using underwater speakers in the seal tank at the New York Aquarium – much of the same sound direction and design technology employed in that specific design could likewise be applied to bellybuds. A few tweaks and additions later – bellybuds were born!
Today, bellybuds are available for all parents-to-be and the creators couldn’t be more proud: “It’s been quite a journey.” says Curtis, “It has definitely been a bonding experience for our family and we’re very happy with the result. we hope that everyone will enjoy bellybuds as much as we have enjoyed creating them!”
Bellybuds is such a great way to let your baby listen to what is going on in the world outside of the womb! I also think it’s really cool that you can record voices from grandparents, daddy,siblings etc and play them to baby!
A baby’s hearing is fully developed in utero at about 20 weeks and studies have shown that memories begin at 30 weeks. Whether it is music, soothing sounds or even loving voice messages, Bellybuds are a convenient and effective option for playing audio to the womb.