Do belly headphones work?

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure for more information.

Belly headphones are a popular registry item (“headphones” designed for mom’s belly so baby can listen to music). Before you go buying buds for your bump, consider this:

  • No research shows that playing music to a baby in the womb makes them smarter.
  • Many of these belly headphones can’t even recreate the frequencies best heard by a baby (low frequencies reach the womb easier than high frequencies).
  • These devices could have a negative affect by overstimulating the baby or disrupting the baby’s sleep cycle.

Unborn babies without headphones:

  • Can still hear music. If a pregnant person can hear it, baby can probably hear something, too.
  • Benefit from listening to people talk. Babies can recognize words or rhythms they heard while in the womb.
  • Benefit from being read to. When you read to an unborn baby, their heart rate will lower.
  • Babies show a preference to mom’s voice in the womb and after birth.

Belly earphones are basically just another pregnancy money grab. If you want to buy something useful, add some hearing protection earmuffs to your registry! Or, find some music you like that your baby might enjoy, too. It might become their favorite after birth, too. Here’s why you might want to play your unborn baby rap or heavy metal (or any music of your choice).

Shop Amazon – Create an Amazon Baby Registry Join Amazon Family 30-Day Free Trial