Ever wanted to turn your uterus into a high-def concert hall? Then check out this new product that’s becoming increasingly popular for expectant mothers.
Research shows that foetuses as young as 16 weeks are not only able to hear but that they react to musical stimuli by moving their mouth and tongue as if they are trying to speak or sing.
Queue the Babypod! Babypod is a small, bulb-like speaker that is inserted into the vagina like a tampon and is then connected to a smartphone. The Babypod then allows the baby to hear sounds without the barrier created by the abdominal wall.
So, what are the benefits? Studies have shown music stimulates major brain structures in humans and improves their neurological development helping to improve communication, language, expression and coordination skills.
What about safety? High-def concert hall may have been an exaggeration. The Babypod has a control system that doesn’t allow the sound to go above 54 decibels (similar to a conversation in a hushed tone) and has no batteries, Bluetooth or radiofrequency to harm the baby. Made from silicone, it does not irritate the skin and is hypoallergenic.