Babypod, a concert for your foetus
Developed by scientists at the Institut Marquès, Babypod is the vaginal speaker that lets your baby listen to music in the womb.
The idea was created after researchers from the Institut Marquès discovered that a foetus can detect sound at just 16 weeks old. During their research, they also noticed that if music is played through the mother’s abdomen then the foetus will not hear it the same as if it was played intra-vaginally. When music was played through the vagina, the foetuses responded to music by moving their mouth and tongue, 'as if they were trying to speak or sing.'
The device itself is very easy to use. The speaker should be connected to the headphone jack of a smartphone then it is inserted like a tampon into the vagina. The device can be removed by gently pulling the connection cord. The music is directly played to the foetus which is controlled by using the Babypod app. The mother can listen too, by plugging in the external headphones into the audio input at the top of the connector. The baby can hear sounds without the barrier created by the abdominal wall.
The Babypod can be used from the 16th week of pregnancy, for 10-20 minutes at a time. Research has shown that foetuses create more movement to the likes of Mozart, Bach and Queen but ultimately It’s up to you what kind of music you want to play for your baby.
Babypod is safe for the baby and the mother as it has no battery, Bluetooth, or radiofrequency, and the speaker emits 54 decibel sound (which is like a hushed conversation) that is impossible to exceed. It has also been tested and approved by Institut Marquès, an international centre of reference in Gynaecology, Obstetrics and Assisted Reproduction. The device itself It is made from hypoallergenic and sensitive-skin friendly silicon and can be cleaned both inside and outside with mild soap.
Along with scientific studies indicating that Babypod encourages communication and vocalisation in babies before birth, this device could help to diagnose prenatal deafness in babies if the foetus shows no reactions to the musical stimulus.
Researchers also noticed that the Babypod can help to reduce stress for expecting mothers by sharing in the relaxing, educational moments.
Retailing at ¥ 1123.05 you can buy it here
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