Does anyone else read pregnancy, week by week update apps? Just me? Haha. I had like six different ones with Gracie but with this little one, I just have two. I am reading a book, and using one app on my phone to tell me about baby’s growth development each week. It’s so fun to see what’s growing or developing as this pregnancy goes on.
One of my favorite pregnancy milestones, though, is learning that baby can hear outside of the womb around twenty weeks in. I love the idea that this baby can hear Gracie’s laughter, my voice, of course, and my husband’s voice. But sometimes I get a bit sad when I think that baby hears Gracie and I much more often because my husband works super long hours. That’s why I was pretty excited to try out these WavHello BellyBuds. Keep reading to find out how we use them to connect with our new addition!
HOW WE USE OUR WAVHELLO BELLYBUDS
The WavHello BellyBuds are a super cool device that allow your baby inutero to hear music, voices, and even audiobooks! Anything you play into the BellyBuds will safely translate to your baby. They attach gently and directly to your skin or to your clothing with little adhesives, and can be removed just as easily. Want to know how we use them? Here are the three main ways!
As I mentioned above, my husband works long hours. We’re lucky to see him for dinner at night, and sometimes he’s so busy that we don’t see him for what seems like days! We’re thankful for how hard he works, but I do feel sad that the little one in my belly can’t hear or recognize his voice as often as she hears my own, or even Grace’s. That’s why I’m super in love with the VoiceShare app. I had my husband record himself reading a bedtime story, so Gracie and I (and new baby) can listen to it whenever we want! How adorable is that?
Another great use for the VoiceShare app is for family members that live in other states, and whom you don’t see very often. You can record them saying some words, or phrases and play those for baby too.
Classical Music + Our Favorite Songs
So, we’ve all heard that if you play classical music for your bump, baby will be smarter, right? I can’t attest to that, haha, and I don’t know the research behind it, but I do know that I played music for Gracie often when I was pregnant with her, and she is a music lover for sure. I love when I get a quiet moment or two during Gracie’s naps (which usually happens about once a week, since I have other stuff to do during nap time too, haha) so that I can sit down with a book. During the time I read, I’ll either play an audiobook story for baby or have her listen to classical music.
Do you think babies recognize songs they heard inutero? I’m not really sure if it’s a thing, but I played Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes’ song, “Home” almost every day that I was pregnant and even more when Gracie was a newborn. She loves that song to this day. I’ve been playing it for this baby too 😉
Lastly, I love the idea of sharing our favorite holiday music with baby. When I get those quiet moments I mentioned earlier, I have been playing some of my favorites on Spotify. We are really into the Vince Guaraldi Trio, Kenny G, and Elvis Presley this year. I’m also a devout She & Him fan, so their new Christmas album has playing been on repeat too!
I hope these tips are helpful to you. Being a mom of one babe already, it’s easy to forget that I’m pregnant sometimes, but I really do think that using these WavHello BellyBuds has been useful in me connecting with this new baby.
Thank you so much for reading!