Editor's Note: Today, Kate Daneluk rejoins us to provide Part 2 of a review of the Lullabelly Music Belt. Read the first part of the review here and congratulations to my friends Kate and John on their precious new addition, Max! LMH
Review: Lullabelly ® Prenatal Music Belt
A few months ago I wrote about the easy-to-use Lullabelly designed to play music for your unborn baby. Well our baby has now been born and has been listening to music through the atmosphere like the rest of us. We have been interested to see how the Lullabelly effected our son.
Max has shown preferences almost immediately for certain sounds based on his experience in the womb. Mommy’s voice is pretty much a trigger for hunger as he has quickly associated me with milk. His favorite singer is his big sister, while Dad wins for speaking voice. He does enjoy his brothers’ attempts to entertain him with their limited repertoire of pop music complete with dance moves!
Using the Lullabelly, I predominantly played music from the Classical and Baroque Periods. Interestingly, Max doesn’t enjoy Classical music as much as the Romantic Period which grabs his attention and soothes him. The Romantic Period followed the Classical Period. It utilizes the same basic forms but with more emotion and variation throughout the piece. Mozart is the quintessential classical composer, while Beethoven was part of the transition to Romantic.
Classical music is interesting to him when he has energy to listen, not when he needs soothing. This is his same reaction to family serenades of simple folk songs which were heard originally in the womb. Perhaps the music stimulates his brain more because of the longer level of exposure, demanding more work and attention, because Romantic music has the opposite effect. This could be why he can’t handle Mozart when he’s overtired. If he is well-rested, Classical music and family songs get his attention and keep him happy and active.
There is clinical proof that the Classical music is especially helpful in promoting healthy brain development, but I’m not ready to subject Max to any IQ tests!
Max has been coming to Making Music Praying Twice classes with me when I teach and stays conscious for over half an hour before becoming overstimulated, an impressive appetite for musical food for a two month old.
In my last review, I mentioned that I couldn’t hear the music from the speaker in my ears and questioned if it was loud enough for baby. Turns out, it was the volume on my source, my laptop, that was set to low. The Lullabelly was working perfectly.
I’d continue to recommend this product for expectant moms or a gift for a mom-to-be. I’ll never know for sure all the benefits Max received from his pre-birthday music experience, since I don’t have a control Max, but I do believe in the research that shows multiple benefits in brain development, emotional health, and self-control. The only problem with my Lullabelly is that now that my baby is born, I don’t need it anymore. I’d love to send it to an expecting mom who would benefit. Leave a comment below to enter to win my slightly used Lullabelly!
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Copyright 2011 Kate Daneluk