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Baby Heartbeat Monitors
At some point during your pregnancy you will be able to hear your baby's heartbeat. This is most often done at a doctor's visit or at the hospital.
The heartbeat becomes stronger around the ninth or tenth week of pregnancy and as a result can be heard on a monitor called a Fetal Heart Doppler.
A baby's heartbeat is usually very fast at about 120 to 160 beat per minute. Knowing the strength of the heart can give an indication as to the health of your child. But instead of waiting to go to the doctor or hospital wouldn't it be wonderful if you could listen to your child's heartbeat at home.
Well now you can. There are easy to use prenatal baby heart monitors available that are affordable.
This prenatal heart monitor allows you hear your unborn child's heartbeat, kicks and even hiccups. The belt allows for the best position to hear your baby's heartbeat. Included are two sets of ear phones (so dad can hear as well), volume control and an on and off button.
What Should the Heart Rate Be for Your Baby?
A baby's heart beat is usually between 120 and 180 beats per minute. Whereas an adult's heart beat usually ranges between 60 and 90 beats per minute.
The easiest way to count your baby's heart beat is to count their heart beat for 10 seconds and then multiply that number by 6 to give the total number of beats for a minute. This is technique is commonly used by nurses or doctors.
With this prenatal heart listener you will be able to hear, record or email your child's heartbeat. It doesn't use AC current, ultrasound or radio waves so it is safe for your baby.
Summer Infant Clear Sounds Digital Prenatal Heart Monitor
Keep Track of Baby's Heart Rate
When using a baby heartbeat monitor, you will be able to check on your baby's health especially if there are suspected problems. You can also use these monitors as a way to check for stress and see your baby's heart rate during rest or while moving. Some monitors can also check the placenta to make sure the baby is getting enough oxygen.
If you have diabetes, high-blood pressure or you are over 41 weeks, then you can check to see if your baby is growing normally.
If you are an expectant parent and have to wait to see your doctor to find out how you baby is doing, then having a baby heartbeat monitor might be something to consider. With today's technology it is easy to find a machine that you can use at home, and a baby heartbeat monitor is no different.
These little machines can listen to the heartbeat of your baby and are very similar to ones you will find at your doctor's office. Although not anywhere near as expensive as your doctor's model, these sophisticated machines can still allow you to hear and monitor your baby's heart rate.
If you are the kind of person who likes to know what is going on to relieve any anxiety about your child, then a baby heartbeat monitor can definitely provide that. They are also a good way for Dad to be more involved and a way to communicate with their child.
There are some monitors that you can plug into your computer and record the sound which is a great way to create a very nice memory.
Although these machines are not essential to have when you are pregnant, they do you give you a chance to feel even closer to your unborn child.
Video of Heartbeat Monitor
Other Types of Prenatal Monitors
Besides monitors that can listen and record your baby's heartbeat, there are products available so that you can either listen to the sounds of your baby in the womb or play music for your baby to hear.
These products allow you to play prenatal music or the recorded voices of family members to the womb using wearable speakers. Expectant mothers can now have another way to bond with their unborn child.
Studies show that a child's ability to learn begins in the womb. Therefore it is important to provide a healthy and enriched prenatal environment to help with the development and learning ability of the child.
It has been found that listening to music can be a pleasurable experience for both the mother and the child. As well it is know that a prenatal baby can sense the mother's mood and music can calm them both.
As well there are prenatal listening devices that allow you to hear the heartbeat, kicks, hiccups and other natural sounds that occur in the womb. Some of these monitors allow you to record the sounds as a keepsake that you can upload to your computer.
This monitor has two sensor pads that can be placed under your baby's mattress. It will alert you with a loud alarm if it detects no movement for 20 seconds. It can register even the slightest movements!
Here's what one extremely happy mother had to say about this monitor: "I am eternally grateful for this monitor that I solely purchased to calm my neurotic tendencies, because without it, it is quite possible I wouldn't have my adorable sweet 10 month old boy around today."
HiSense BabySense V Baby Safe Infant Movement Monitor
The Ritmo Advanced Pregnancy Audio System provides a simple way to safely deliver sounds, music, and recorded voices from your MP3 device or smartphone directly to your baby while they are in the womb. It has a proprietary four-speaker surround sound belt that offers a high-quality audio experience for your baby.
The Ritmo Advanced Pregnancy Audio System provides a simple way to safely deliver sounds, music, and recorded voices from your MP3 device or smartphone directly to your baby while they are in the womb. It has a proprietary four-speaker surround sound belt that offers a high-quality audio experience for your baby. With more than 20 positive reviews, people who bought this product reported that they found it comfortable to wear and recommended it. They also thought it was well built and would last through many pregnancies.
Pregnancy Sound System
Infants who have used BabyPlus are born more alert and responsive, nurse better, sleep better, and later in life, enjoy improved school readiness
BabyPlus Prenatal Education System
Amplifies baby's natural sounds, starting late in your 2nd trimester
Graco Prenatal Listener
Baby Breathing Monitor
For parents concerned about SIDS (Sudden Death Infant Syndrome) having a baby breathing monitor could be an ideal purchase. Since there is no known cause for SIDS, a way to take precautions is to have a breathing monitor that can detect the slightest difference in your baby's movements or breathing.
These monitors are able to detect if the baby hasn't moved for around twenty seconds and then sends out an alert so the parents are aware of what is going on with their child.
They can be attached to the baby's clothes or the bedding. These monitors can also detect heartbeats as well as breathing.
This baby monitor clips on your baby's diaper waistband so you can take the monitor where ever baby goes. The monitor has a vibration system that will activate to stimulate the baby if movement is not sensed for 15 seconds. If there still isn't any movement within 5 seconds an alarm will sound. It is hypo-allergenic using medical grade plastic.