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January 8, 2011 / mommylok

Sound Beginnings – bonding with your baby

Not only is music is soothing for the mind and soul, it also has countless developmental benefits for both children and adults.  And the benefits of music can start when you’re in the belly.  I’m sure you’ve seen the images of the mommy-to-be holding the headphones to her belly so that her baby can listen to music.  You’ve probably done the same or know some mommies who have done it, as well.   When I was pregnant, I didn’t have headphones so the best I could do was turn the preferred music up loud.   Whichever method you used, I’m sure you or a mom you know has tried some way to play music through her belly so it could reach her baby. 

In 2009, a husband and wife team created Sound Beginnings, a product that focuses on parent-baby bonding, and it involves music.  Sound Beginnings is a product for pregnant women to share music and voice with their prenatal babies.  It is essentially a machine washable stretchy belly band that allows a pregnant woman to safely play sound for her baby.  Water-proof speakers are integrated into the band; there is a pocket in the front to place your MP3 player.  Sound Beginnings can also be used in conjunction with the Sound Delivery service.  This service allows anyone to record messages over a phone.  The audio recordings are converted to MP3 files and then uploaded to the user’s account on the Sound Beginnings website.  Files can then be transferred to your MP3 player.  Free minutes are provided to every new user for this service.  Sound Beginnings can be purchased at retailers like, Bed Bath and Beyond, Buy Buy Baby and  Toys R Us; it retails for $49.99.

When I was presented with their product for review, I was intrigued.  But there was a problem – I am not currently pregnant.  I accepted the offer to review this product anyway but enlisted a few friends of mine who are currently pregnant to be my test subjects (the moms are either nearing or are in their 3rd trimester; the recommended time for when pregnant moms can begin to use the device is about 30 weeks) .  The comments that follow are gathered from the feedback received from these five moms. 

Overall, the moms agreed that there is a great concept behind Sound Beginnings.  And I love the fact that there is a husband and wife team behind it!

The pre-pregnancy size 6 and smaller moms noted that Size B (the recommended size according to the product’s website) was too tight (beyond a comfortable snug fit) for them and had difficulty putting it on at this stage in their pregnancy.  It was suggested that this product have an adjustable closure to make it easier to wear.  However, after one of them tried a Size C, she found it to be quite comfortable.  The product is well-made, stretchy and very sturdy; it feels as if it would retain its shape and elasticity after several uses.

When asked whether or not they’d recommend it to others, my moms were a little on the fence.  At the current price point, probably not.  However, if there were additional perks (besides the few free minutes of the Sound Delivery service) or if there was a different price point for those who did not want to utilize the Sound Delivery service, they’d definitely consider giving Sound Beginnings a shout out!

Note: The moms did not have a chance to review the Sound Delivery service, nor were they able to wash the product so I am not able to comment on this.

For more information about Sound Beginnings, please visit

Disclosure:  No compensation was given for this review; Sound Beginnings provided product for review purposes only.  All opinions are either my own or that of the enlisted product reviewers.



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  1. Heather B / Sep 16 2014 10:47 PM

    Bonding for me started during pregnancy. Not completely naturally, though, but somewhat intentionally. We did music and talking and touching the baby, but I was very ill during my pregnancy with my son. One of the funnest things we did to begin the bonding process was to regularly read a week-by-week development book. It is truly amazing to track the miracle that is taking place. It really made a difference for me even after birth. Now, there are a lot of great books and blogs out there to serve this purpose, but the one I’m reading now blows all the others away, and it’s great for every pregnancy, not just the first. Not only does it have even more development details than usual, and personalized, it has a section in it where you can journal or write letters to baby. It’s called “The Wonder Within You: celebrating your baby’s journey from conception to birth” by Carey Wickersham. It’s an awesome combination of week-to-week information, what’s going on with the baby, “Did you know?” plus health advice about what to eat, cravings, nutrition, etc, BUT also with awesome 3D/4D pictures and videos you can link or QR with your phone to and see what your baby looks like at each week stage. I’ve just not seen anything exactly like it! It’s got famous quotes and real mom stories, too. The pregnancy information is as up-to-date as it gets and it’s such a great keepsake. I want to get one for everybody I know who is expecting! I highly recommend it!

  2. mommylok / Sep 16 2014 10:55 PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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