There is something quite magical about being five months pregnant. You’re over the morning sickness. Food looks and smells appetizing again. And you are finally starting to sport a little bump, but you’re not waddling around and feeling huge yet.
Baby at Five Months
At five months pregnant your baby is the size of a sweet potato and getting bigger (and cuter) by the day. This is because baby’s arms, legs and trunk have caught up with the size of their head and they don’t look like a little alien any more. Hair, nails and even eyebrows are starting to sprout. Baby is also starting to put on some weight.
Keep Your Relationship Strong
Since you’re past the first trimester, the secret is out that you are expecting and you are probably getting lots of attention. It’s important now to make sure that you bring your partner along on this journey and continue to grow a solid relationship. Make sure to bring your spouse with you on doc appointments, registering and other pre-natal prep classes. They’ll appreciate being included and it will give you some extra QT before baby.
The bones and nerves in baby’s ears are finally developed enough to start functioning, which means baby can hear. What are they listening to? The blood coursing through the umbilical cord, your heartbeat and even your tummy growling. They can also hear your voice.
Make sure you are talking out loud to baby. Better yet, cue up your favorite tunes on your Lullabelly musical belt and sing along. Baby will love hearing you belting out Robin Thicke’s summertime hit Blurred Lines. Don’t worry, they won’t mind if you’re off key.
Whether you’re pregnant and want to play tunes to your unborn baby with your Lullabelly pregnancy musical belt, or you have a newborn and want to play songs to soothe her, you don’t have to download the latest lullaby compilation.
Parents sometimes fall into a trap of only playing kid songs, or classical music, to their little ones because they think they should. But there is no need to limit yourself to “Old McDonald” and the like if that’s not your jam.
In an article in Pregnancy & Newborn magazine, Erin Hannon, PhD, director of the Music Lab at University of Nevada, Las Vegas says, “If parents like the music, then parents will be engaged in sharing the music with baby.”
Hannon and other researchers say that exposure to all different types of music has a lot of benefits for your baby growing a relationship with you and the world at large.
So my advice is to play something you love to your baby. Play something that makes you feel good and smile. Turn up Beyonce’s Put a Ring on It or rock out to Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy… and if you’re in the mood, introduce your baby to The New Kids on the Block – hey, you listened to them growing up so your baby should too, right?
Remember, by sharing music you love, you’ll be sharing some good vibrations together and growing the important mother-baby bond between the two of you.
We’ve all done it or seen it in action; a crying baby is soothed by the calming sounds of a sweetly sung lullaby.When my toddler was a baby, I used to sing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” to her and it would quiet her down instantaneously.
In an article in Pregnancy & Newborn magazine, Diane Bales, PhD, a brain development specialist at The University of Georgia, says that songs can shape an infant’s mood before they can understand phrases like, “Calm down.”
Because experts say music has an effect on our brains, which in turn, impacts our moods.
Dr. Bales goes on to suggest that if a baby is sleepy, you can play quieter tunes that will help to settle her down. If you want a baby to perk up, of course Dr. Bales recommends playing more upbeat music.
Essentially, you can use music to enhance your child’s current state of mind. Over time, a familiar song can be as soothing as a blanket or favorite stuffed animal.
Three years later, my daughter is still lulled to sleep by the same goodnight songs I’ve been singing to her since she was in my tummy.
So pick a few of your favs and keep them in your musical rotation. Familiar songs will still have an affect on your child’s mood for many years to come.
One of my favorite award shows is coming up next month, The Grammys! The ceremony will be held in Los Angeles on February 10.
Why not create a 2013 Grammy playlist for your Lullabelly musical pregnancy belt!?! It’s a great way to mark the timeframe of your pregnancy, and year’s later, when you hear one of these songs, you’ll remember your pregnancy with a smile (and you might just break out into song and dance!).
Here are a few of our favorites to share with your little one:
Stronger by Kelly Clarkson – an instant classic from the first American Idol winner, a great “Mom” anthem to stand taller and be stronger.
Somebody I Used to Know by Gotye – this is one of the most played songs of the year and the ultimate song about love gone bad.
Sexy and I Know It by LMFAO – this is a total booty shaker and will have you working out your pregnancy lady bits.
Some Nights by Fun. – if you like this one, check out the version by the Glee! Kids and enjoy this upbeat tune.
Charlie Brown by Coldplay – this one is a bit on the softer side to help relax you and baby.
I Will Wait by Mumford & Sons – who doesn’t love a little banjo picking and this catchy tune?
We Take Care of Our Own by Bruce Springsteen – you have to introduce your baby to The Boss early on, right? It should be required listening.
Lonely Boy by The Black Keys – this band is here to stay and you and your baby will get your grooves on!
What are some of your favorite popular songs from the past year that you play on your Lullabelly pregnancy music belt?
My two year old daughter loves listening to pop music and loves many of the songs on the top 40 radio station. We kind of skipped the kiddie songs with her and she can sing all the words to One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” and Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.”
It’s so cute to listen to her belt out the words and I always say yes to her requests of staying in the car until the song we are listening to on the radio is over. I love that she LOVES music!
As she grows older and I hear those silly summer songs she used to love to sing, they will always remind me of the summer of 2012 and how I would drive her to camp and head to the pool.
Do you remember some of your favorite summer songs? Why not add them to your Lullabelly musical belt playlist so your baby can get a taste of what mom likes to bebop to (you don’t have to always play classical or kiddie music).
And while you’re at it, this summer has cranked out some great ones you can also add to your Lullabelly playlist. It will be a great way to introduce your baby to the songs you love to listen to yourself! (Plus, you’ll be able to avoid listening to The Wiggles, hopefully!)
These are Billboard’s top ten songs as of June 25, 2012 – or as I call them, my Summer 2012 playlist:
1.) Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
2.) Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye Featuring Kimbra
3.) Payphone – Maroon 5 Featuring Wiz Khalifa
4.) Wide Awake – Katy Perry
5.) We Are Young – fun. Featuring Janelle Monae
6.) What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction
7.) Starships – Nicki Minaj
8.) Where Have You Been – Rihanna
9.) Wild Ones – Flo Rida Featuring Sia
10.) Boyfriend – Justin Bieber
What is (or will be) on your “Summer 2012” playlist?
Well, I rocked my Lullabelly all throughout my third trimester and loved sharing my jams with my little one while she was still growing inside me. Now that Baby L is here, I really wanted to continue sharing music with her and so I decided to enroll us in a mom and baby music class.
Every Tuesday morning this summer we will be singing along to classics like Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and Itsy Bitsy Spider. I found a local music school that offers mommy and me music classes for babies and toddlers, but there are lots of national programs that offer similar classes across the country.
Starting music class with your little one early is a great way to introduce and educate children to music and culture. Research shows that music has a positive influence on children’s cognitive skills such as spatial reasoning and memory. Research also shows that providing children with a rich and stimulating musical environment can support their healthy growth and development.
Plus, taking a baby music class is a great way for Baby L and I to have some bonding time without her big sister around. And it’s a great way for me to meet other mommies with infants in my community. Cheers to that!
By the way, while I love singing to children’s songs, I also love teaching my girls about the music I love. We listen to Billy Joel and Lady Gaga too J
You’ve heard that singing to your newborn baby has many benefits, but did you know that singing to your baby during pregnancy is something you should definitely do too?
Don’t worry if you’re not the next American Idol, baby doesn’t mind if you can’t carry a tune. All that matters is that baby is exposed to and hears your voice on a continuous basis. Here’s why:
The sound of your voice is calming to baby (and singing is especially soothing). Talking and singing to your bump is also a great way to bond with baby and how baby will get to know you before life outside the womb.
Plus, music has been shown to help infants fall asleep faster. If baby is kicking up a storm, start crooning away to settle them down. Or after they arrive, bust out a little ditty after that 3 A.M. feeding when you’re ready to go back to sleep.
There is also a ton of research that suggests that music benefits the developing brain. KidsHealth.org says that “children who grow up hearing music, singing songs and moving to the beat are enjoying a rich sensory environment.” This means that while kids are having a blast rocking out, their brains are growing!
So start dedicating some tunes to your womb – simple nursery rhymes, the latest top 40 hit, religious songs and prayers – anything will do. Your Lullabelly pregnancy music belt will help you set the playlist on occasion too!
Or if popular music isn’t you’re thing, make up your own song and continue to sing it to your child as they grow. The important thing is that baby hears your voice before its born and after. Doing so will ensure you create a special bond between you and your little one forever.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, playing prenatal music for baby-to-be benefits both mom and baby. It creates a wonderful bonding experience, reduces stress levels, enhances the stimulation of your unborn baby’s growing brain and improves sleeping patterns for a newborn baby (all great things, right?!).
So, let’s say you’ve purchased your prenatal music belt (hopefully a Lullabelly!) and now you’re wondering what type of music should baby rock out to?
Most pediatricians agree that any type of music is suitable for you and baby to enjoy. It’s all about offering a variety of soothing and repetitive sounds for baby to groove to.
Classical music is always a great choice. Particularly Mozart’s symphonies, because they mix the right amount of new sounds and repetition, says Roaslie Pratt, a professor of music medicine at Brigham Young University, in an article from BabyCenter.com.
However, you should skip the heavy metal, rap, grunge, hard rock and head banging songs. Studies show that constant exposure to chaotic, discordant music may negatively alter the brain’s structure.
Listen to your own moods. If you’re feeling a little retro, choose Madonna or Elton John. If you want something more relaxing, choose Michael Buble or Josh Grobin. If you’re in the mood for something popular that you can sing along to, choose Maroon Five or Pink – or maybe even a little Flo Rida. Whatever the case, choose something you would enjoy and something you want to share with your baby now and later.
Oh, and if you’re getting tired of hearing that same old Beethoven selection, baby probably feels the same way too. Change it up, create a mix tape and most of all, have fun!
Here at the Belly Blog, we know the important role music can play in your unborn baby’s development. Listening to music with your baby in the womb helps reduce a mom’s stress during pregnancy, plus it helps with fetal development and creates a wonderful bonding experience for mom, baby and dad.
But did you know that continuing to expose your child to music as they grow is also beneficial?
Research shows that kids who are actively involved in music (play it or sing it regularly):
– Score higher in math and reading
– Learn coordination, goal setting, concentration and cooperation
– Excel in math and science
– Express less conflict with friends/peers and have a higher self-esteem
– Have a higher chance of attending college
Those are a lot of benefits indeed!
We thought we’d offer you some tips on how you, too, can fill your child’s and (family’s) life with music – from womb to adult – so you can experience all these wonderful benefits:
– Put an iPod stereo with rotating playlist in your child’s room.
– Use a musical alarm clock to help your child wake up to happy tunes.
– Introduce kids to songs from your own childhood or music you loved when you were their age.
– Have an old-fashioned sing-along in the car.
– Make or buy musical instruments for playtime jam sessions.
– Form your own family band with real or pretend instruments.
– And of course, start early by exposing your baby to music in the womb, which is made easy with the Lullabelly prenatal music belt.
You never know, by exposing your child to music, you may just be developing the next Jonas Brothers band or Miley Cyrus!
In the past, if you wanted to play music for your unborn baby, you’d “belly up” to your sound system’s speakers or place headphones around your middle. But today, prenatal music belts make it easy as pie and leave you hands-free when playing music for your unborn, womb-housed baby.
Pregnancy musical belts are a small investment ($50+ per belt) and there are several models on the market today, so you want to be sure you are purchasing the one that is right for you.
Here is what to look for when buying a musical pregnancy belt:
One of the most important aspects of choosing a musical pregnancy belt is to make sure that you are comfortable wearing the device. The material should be soft against your skin, adjustable and lightweight as to not irritate your delicate skin. The belt should also fit well enough that you can go about normal daily activities (like walking the dog or doing light housework) without worry of the belt falling down.
You can wear your prenatal music belt under or over your clothes. If you are the fashionista type, you’ll want to be sure your musical belt reflects your personal style when you rock it over clothing. Musical belts come in all shapes, sizes and colors so be sure to investigate the available options. Lullabelly prenatal musical belts, for example, are available in five different color options – perfect for accessorizing!
Of course you want to be sure you are providing your baby with the optimal listening experience while keeping her hearing and ear development safe. Lullabelly utilizes safe sound level technology where the maximum volume level is similar to a mother and father speaking or singing aloud to their baby in the womb.
Plus, you want to be sure that the belt you choose is compatible with the portable musical player you will be using (iPod, CD/MP3 player, laptop, etc.), so check which systems each belt supports.
Like any product intended for prenatal use, you want to be sure that you are buying from a company with a strong reputation that makes quality products and offers excellent customer service.
Prenatal music belts are a great way to bond with baby and reduce stress during pregnancy, use the above guide to pick the belt that fits best with your lifestyle…. and style too!