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I have been putting off writing a review so I could give this item the fairest chance of proving itself, if you like. If you think you will buy this product and hear your unborn babies heartbeat as soon as you use it, you wont. What you will most likely hear is tummy gurgling and various internal noises but if you are persistent you will hear occasional kicks and punches. I cant even describe what it sounds like but you will know what it is because it sounds so strong in comparison to any other noise. The later on in pregnancy you may hear the hearbeat but you can easily mistake it for your own if you are too desperate to hear the baby. I did this at 16 weeks or so and was very disapointed when I realised my mistake.
This product only enables you to listen to your baby moving around inside your tummy, it is not like a fetal doppler the midwife uses so lower your expectations if you are going to buy one. If you do purchase it I would strongly recommend you change the headphones for better ones. This is what I did and I now get alot of enjoyment from sitting quietly still and hearing the baby move. I hope to hear more sounds, maybe a heartbeat thats not mine the further along I get but even if it stays the way it is and I only hear the 'doinks' of a punch or kick, i'm happy with that.
Overall not worth £20 in my honest opinion but second hand on an auction site, definately.
As a natural born worrier this gave me peace of mind. I used it with both pregnancies and managed to hear a heart rate from about 25 or so weeks. I found it especially reassuring if I hadn't felt much movement during a particular day.
The tear-drop shaped device is powered by batteries and is attached to your bump by an elastic belt with Velcro fastening. It isn't especially comfortable but as you only need it for a few minutes this isn't a big problem. The on/off switch is on the side of the monitor and doubles as a volume control. Two earphones are provided to allow you and your partner to listen. I found that it took a while to get the device in the correct position to hear the heartbeat, with my latest bundle of joy it used to change frequently.
The monitor also comes with an adaptor to allow you to record the heartbeat on the computer, I never tried this so cannot comment.
Although this gave me peace of mind that my baby was still alive I didn't have the knowledge to recognise if my baby was in distress. For that reason if I ever felt worried I would still speak to my Midwife immediately.
This product is excellent. We live in a rural area and an hour away from the nearest hospital. I must admit I personally did not get any real sounds until later on in the second trimester just lots of wooshing. When I did get the hang of it later on in the pregnancy I found it so reassuring. Especially when i had not felt a kick for a while, I would just sit and listen to his heart beating like the sound of galloping horses. Absolutely amazing. It was also handy towards the end as my son was measuring very small so lots of trips up and down to have monitoring done. So in between the appointments we could just check and felt so much better. Its a little tricky at the start to get the baby heartbeat but even the midwives find this difficult. Then you get used to finding it more quickly. Very clear sounds and well worth the money for peace of mind and lovely for the rest of the family to hear those special sounds too.
I really wish I had not bothered with this listening aid. Unfortunately, i am not the most patient of people, I couldn't wait to discover babys gender in the scans and I was always aware of how developed my baby was at each week- this is why I felt motivated to buy this product.
I thought listening in on him I could be that little bit closer to him and know that little bit more before we finally got face to face!
All this did do however was fill me with panic striken "why can't I hear a heartbeat?" moments, of course he was fine all along but rather than give me that closeness and reassurance that I was buying the product for I instead got doubt and fear.
As for 'listening' to kicks and hiccups well I could hardly avoid them when I wasn't linked up to this contraption my whole body moved to them!
I wish I had never bothered with it as I could hear babes heartbeat loud and clear every time my midwife used the doppler so there was nothing wrong with babe but there was something wrong with this product!
I bought this monitor from boots for £29.99 when i was 5months pregnant. It said its best used from 21weeks onwards so i began using it straight away. Things like position, baby's weight and mothers weight can affect it working but i seemed to fit into all the categories where its ment to work the best. However i heard nothing untill around 28 weeks. Even then it was very faint. I also got quite scared as one minute i could hear the heart beat and the next minute i couldnt but the book said not to take the machine to seriously as when the baby moves the heart beat can be lost. I found that you had to strap it quite tight to be able to hear anything which was quite uncomfy so i didnt listen for very long.
I decided to use my ipod earphones which made it much clearer so i guess the earphones that come with it are quite cheap and very quite. There is a volume control on the side and slots for 2 head phones so you and your partner can both listen. It also comes with a good sized belt that is elasticated so is easy to fit any bump size. It also comes with an aux cable so you can record sounds onto the computer to save or send to your family and friends. I also liked to plug my pc speakers into the monitor so me and my family could listen together. It doesnt harm your baby in any way and is completely safe for home use. It takes 1 x 9v battery which is not included.
Overall i did enjoy listening to my baby's heart beat, hiccups and kicks. I would recommend this item, just remember its not as reliable as the one the doctors use so if you dont hear anything, it most likely just the machine and not your baby.
I purchased one of these pre natal heart listening devices when I was 3 months pregnant and albeit that is a little early I tried using it from then and then continued throughout my pregnany with very little results.
The recommended stage at where it suggests you can listen to the babys heartbeat is from 21 weeks however I heard nothing at all for the whole period of the 9 months with this device, but I must add one significant piece of information. I personally as I say didnt hear a thing with this device but my baby was laying in a particular odd position and therefore although the midwifes dopler picked up my daughters heart beat straight away every time this particular device did not at all, but it is on a very low charge as to not harm the baby.
It basically consists of a small handheld device which is held onto your stomach and then headphones to listen out for the heartbeat and you have to fiddle about to try and find it even if this is possible. You will raraly find it straight away and never should you press to hard.
It has two sets of headphones so both you and your partner can listen but dont expect a raging bat to echo through because it simply wont, it is just not stong enough.
The device can also be attached to the stomach via an elsatene band which is easy to attach and comfortable.
One thing you may be able to hear more clearly however and I have heard several freinds state this to be the case is when the baby has hiccups and this can rock the womb slightly which allows the resonations and vibrations of the hiccup to radiate through to the system and be heard. This is amusing and can be quite a turning point for you and your partner to listen to. It never really seems real until you hear the baby in pregnancy.
The system needs a 9v battery and if I remember correctly you will have to purchase this seperately and one great thing is that if you do manage to hear anything this can be downloaded onto your computer which means you can have a record for life.
Personally I dont recommened this product as it didnt work for me but I know it has worked to a degree with freinds so maybe give it a go and see what you can hear, better still try to borrow one instead of forking out the cost of £30 for the privaliage. I was only able to purchase this item online through amazon however as it has become more popular baby shops are now stocking these but be sure to check before going down.
I bought the Summer infant prenatal listening system when I was about 20 weeks pregnant with my first baby as I really wanted to try it out myself after seeing it at a mother and baby event.
Basically it is a listening device which you strap around your belly, there are headphones attached so you can hear your babys movement and heartbeat through and a lesd to record them on to your computer..
In the box, there is a tear shaped listening device with an on and off switch (fairly simple), two sets of headphones so more than one can listen at the same time which I thought was really nice as me and the boyfriend could share it, a stretchy elastic band to go round the baby bump, an instruction cd, the lead for the computer and a couple of batteries.
I listened to the cd before using it and unfortunately it didn't really tell you the best position to put it in to listen to the heartbeat, it recommends use from 20 weeks, so I thought it would be fairly simple to us and I would be able to quickly locate the heartbeat.
Disappointingly I couldn't, I sat there for a good 15 minutes trying to find a heartbeat and became increasingly worried, really the last thing you need. I ended up calling my midwife half crying at the worry that something was wrong with my baby. Luckily she came out to see me and straight away managed to find the heartbeat and reassure me.
I personally don't think it's worth the money and the unnecessary stress. My midwife said that as people aren't trained to find the heartbeat, they don't know where to find it and often they just end up filling you with anxiety.
I have to say I did try it again with my midwifes words firmly planted in my head not to stress out if I couldn't find anything and I briefly picked up the heartbeat and some movement, which was a nice moment. To be honest I would say you are better off waiting to have a listen at your appointment.
We bought the Summer Infant Prenatal Heart Listening System when we visited the Baby Show at Earls Court in London last year. It cost £24.99 and we were so excited to listen to the baby's heart beat, that we could not wait to get home and use it. I was thirty weeks pregnant at the time and the instructions said that we should be able to hear the hearts beat at this time in pregnancy. The kit comes with two sets of headphones and a monitor that you put on your belly. We were very disappointed with this item as we could not hear the babys heart beat at all. We could hear the baby kicking, which just sounded like little knocks, but there was definately not heart beat. I tried this monitor throughout the pregnancy and never heard the babys heart beat once. I would not recommend this product to anybody else, as it can be quite scary not to hear the heart beat and you will end up scaring yourself when really everything is okay.
This product says easy to use and great results. I listened in very early in my pregnancy and didn't hear much but static. I was then told I should wait till later, but even at 36 weeks i couldn't hear a thing. So many people gave reviews saying how wonderful it was to listen to. I started thinking maybe there was something wrong but have since seen the negative reviews. I wouldn't personally recommend getting one.
If you've not come across this product before it's purpose is to let mum, dad, and maybe other older children to have a listen to your pregnant belly. The whole point is to try and hear the heartbeat / movements. It comes with a strap to hold it onto your stomach, two earphones, instructions and a cd to record sounds to so you can keep and/or share them.
It was really easy to set up as instructed. The only noise we got was like an inbetween radio station and the volume would shoot up if I moved even a tiny bit.
I was given this prenatal listening system as a present a few months back and have used it almost every day. I love listening to the baby's heartbeat and the sound of her moving around!
The system includes-
heart beat sensor
2 sets of headphones
instructional audio DVD
I recieved the summer prenatal listening system when I was around 19 weeks pregnant, which is just short of the recommended 21 weeks the company says the product is designed for. Still I thought I'd try it out to see if could hear anything. To my disapointment I couldn't detect a heartbeat. My younger brother suggested I try connecting the sensor to his Ipod speakers, which sounds odd but it worked! We shortly found a regular rapid drumming which there was no mistaking was my baby's heartbeat! We were all so excited and recorded the sound on to our mobile phones so we could proudly show it off to everyone we know!
The further along I was the better the listening system worked with the headphones, but the best results for the heartbeat were still with the speakers. We decided the headphones provided weren't good enough to pick up much except the occasional thump of the baby moving around or kicking.
The supplied cable means you can record the sounds of your babys heartbeat and movements and store them on your computer. This is easy to do and once I had recorded the heartbeat to the computer I emailed it to friends and family to enjoy.
The summer prenatal listening system is easy to use and comes with a simple easy to follow instruction manual to show you how to set it up, keep it clean and use it effectively. I found the instructions very useful as it contains a diagram to help you place the sensor in the most effective location to find your babys heartbeat at different stages of pregnancy.
There is also has a sound guide to help you identify what your hearing. The instruction manual lists the sounds you may hear and what they could be, including the heartbeat, kicking and hiccups as well as sample sounds on the audio disk.
The summer prenatal listening system costs around £20 to £30 depending on where you buy it from. As it was a gift I'm not sure where mine was purchased or how much it cost but I have seen plenty online.
Although not that great for early pregnancy and the headphones were not very effective, I still found this a great product and would recommend it. I loved binge able to listen to my babys strong heartbeat (when i eventually found it!) and felt it was a comfort to know everything was ok in there!
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When i was pregnant with my 1st in 2005 i saw this in toys r us for £29.99 and loved the thought of being able to hear my babies heartbeat so bought it instantly. I was only 18wks at the time and is advised from 20wks so couldnt wait to listen, as imagined myself relaxing every night listening to the comfort and realxing sound of my unborn's heartbeat.
The unit itself is about 5"x2" and shaped like a tear, it requires a 9v battery which is not included. it comes with a elastic strap you thread through the back them fasten around your tummy. it has 2 headphones, which is excellent as means your partner can listen as well, or anybody else you want to share with. there is also a lead which you can attach to the computer to record the heartbeat and a cd which demonstrates what you are listening for.
i couldnt wait to try, got it already and laid on the sofa, but after about an hour of trying different positions all i could hear was either my heartbeat or a whoosing sound. i just put it down to the fact i was to early and left it for a few wks like advised. i then tried over and over again and only once did i find a heartbeat at about 32wks which lasted only a few seconds before disappearing. i tried numerous times but could never find anything, even though the midwife always found the heartbeat in the same place. when i asked the midwife about it she said to avoid as is really poor and you will struggle to find one as not as direct as a doppler and as large picks up a larger area and is more likely to pick up your breathing or your own heartbeat which many mistake for the babies. this then causes panic and worry.
have to say i never worried as could feel baby move all the time, but i did have a very active baby else i think it would of caused me much worry and stress. the only thing i did find it useful for was when the baby had hiccups as could then hear them really clearly on it. i personally thing the strap doesnt provide enough pressure meaning contact is weak and doesnt pick up as well. if u hold down with something things sound more clearer but you then have the movement from your hand etc on top which interferes.
i would strongly advice against this, if you are going to get something similar buy a doppler which is better and can be used from an early stage, although i personally think all is a waste of money and just causes concern for no reason. most you cant use till your baby is moving and then i think that is reassuring and relaxing enough in itself. needless to say i never even got it out my cupboard last year with my second and very much doubt i will again this time.
I bought the Summer infant prenatal listening system when I was 10 weeks pregnant with my first baby. I saw this item on Ebay for the price of £20 and just couldn't resist. It is a listening device that you strap to your belly, there are headphones attached to the listening device that you can hear the baby's heartbeat through, or so they say!!
The box arrived, it contained the listening device itself which is shaped like a teardrop with the on and off dial at the side, there were two sets of headphones which I thought was a nice touch as you could listen to the heartbeat with your partner, a stretch elastic band to strap the listening devise to your tummy, two batteries, a lead to attach the device to the computer and download the noises and an instruction CD.
I played the CD and it vaguely advised how you should use the unit but didn't really tell you where the best place was to put it in order to hear the heartbeat. I received the device when I was 11 weeks pregnant and although it said that you couldn't hear a heart beat until at least 20 weeks I couldn't resist having a go! I didn't hear a sausage, I wasn't expecting to but I still couldn't help feeling a little disappointed and a little worried!
I kept attempting to listen for a heart beat for the next 4 weeks and still couldn't detect anything. I knew that there was nothing wrong with my baby but it still didn't stop me from worrying. I had a midwife appointment when I was fifteen weeks and was greatly relieved that she managed to find my baby's heartbeat immediately! I told the midwife about the device I had bought and she went on to advise me that I shouldn't have wasted my money as all they do is make a mother worry rather than help, as people who are not trained to listen to the heartbeat don't know where to locate it, which is what causes the problems.
Once I knew that a heart beat could be heard I attempted to listen again, but still I could not get a heart beat no matter how hard I tried and how many different positions I put it in. To be honest I then gave up until I was 21 weeks pregnant, as I was sick of feeling disappointed that I couldn't hear my baby. But at 21 weeks I picked up the heartbeat almost immediately, I had to say it was very difficult to tell the difference between my heart and the baby's. but I managed to fathom it out. The excitement was short lived as no sooner had I heard the heart beat it disappeared again, I guess the baby must have moved!!
I must have then listened to the heart beat three more times and I did use it once more to listen to the baby having a good kick around, which was very sweet. I then decided to sell the device as it was a complete waste of money!! I had only used it a handful of times and all it had managed to do was annoy me and stress me out rather than provide me with hours of enjoyment, just as my midwife had said!! Maybe it would have been better if I had waited till further on in my pregnancy, but I just didn't have the patience!!! To anyone out there considering purchasing one of these I would advise you not to waste your money!!
The Summer Infant Prenatal Heart Listening Machine is an excellent investment if you are pregnant. You place it on your stomach and tie the strap around your waist (or what was once your waist!) to keep it in place. It is best to the lie down so that you do not move as even the slightest movement from you or the baby interferes with the signal.
You then turn the volume up until you hear your baby's heartbeat. It sounds very much like the skin of a drum in tone. It will not be as clear as the heartbeat that you hear from the ultrasound when you go to visit the midwife but it is still fascinating to listen to.
There are two headphones that come with the device and both can be plugged in at the same time, which means you can listen to the heartbeat of your baby at the same time as your partner or whoever else you want to share the magic moment with.
The best thing about this product is the fact that whenever you worry that you haven't felt movement you can switch it on and listen to your baby's heartbeat to be reassured. We had ours from about 21 weeks and could hear the heartbeat then, but it does warn on the box that it can be a lot later than this before you are able to hear it. It will depend on the position of the baby and, to delicately put it, the weight of the mother.
The also get to hear the hiccoughs and kicks, which sound like crackles that interfere briefly with the rhythmic sound of the heartbeat.
You can also plug it into a speaker so that lots of people can listen and you can even record it. What a momento to treasure!
It is an excellent way of reassuring you, letting your partner feel involved and a way of bonding with your unborn baby.
Ours was about £28 I think and that was the cheapest we could find it. Well worth the money, for the peace of mind alone.
Takes 2 AA batteries.
The Summer Heart to Heart Prenatal Listening System is a device that you strap around your tummy (if you are pregnant) that allows you to listen to your baby. You can hear your baby's heartbeat, kicks and hits, moving around and hiccups.
It operates on two AA batteries and comes with a belt, headphones and a cable to connect it up to the hifi or a recording device.
We have used this quite a lot. I bought it for my wife to let her listen to the baby. Like many (probably most) women who are pregnant, she had become concerned that baby was not kicking enough and the trips to the midwife helped a lot. But between visits, the concerns reappeared. So, having the listening system to hand let her listen to baby whenever she wanted.
It also has two outputs so we can both listen to baby together which is really lovely.
The box suggests that it may not work effectively before 21 weeks and, from memory, this was pretty much when I bought it. Having said that, we could easily hear him/her straight away.
One word of warning - do not get concerned if you cannot hear anything - our experience is that (s)he has probably moved somewhere else! So you just need to move the device closer to the baby.
There are many baby listening devices for sale and most of them are very expensive. This one is widely available and, in June 2008, cost under £30 - which is a small price for being able to listen to your baby and get piece of mind. Probably the best baby thing we have bought so far!
This clever device allows you to hear your baby?s heart beat. 2 sets of headphones allow both parents to listen to foetal sounds such as babies heart beat and hiccups! Can be used from around 2nd Trimester, typically 21-28 weeks. This is not a medical dev