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 Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why should I use BabyPlus?
  2. Is it safe?
  3. When should I start using the BabyPlus Prenatal Education System? 
  4. Is there any chance of over stimulation?
  5. How do the BabyPlus sounds help my baby?
  6. Does the mother's heartbeat conflict with the BabyPlus lessons?
  7. Why simple heartbeat sounds?
  8. Can BabyPlus aid bonding?
  9. Isn’t music or speaking to your unborn child just as effective as BabyPlus?
  10. Can I use BabyPlus more than once a day?
  11. Why won't my BabyPlus turn on?
  12. What do I do if my BabyPlus player shows a "b" and is resetting to "01" on the screen?
  13. I’ve lost my instruction manual and usage diary, where can I get a copy?
  14. I'm too small for the Comfort Pouch belt, can it be resized?
  15. How should I store my BabyPlus between pregnancies?

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1. Why should I use BabyPlus?
The real question is, "Why wouldn't you use BabyPlus?" It is safe, based on principles of neuroscience, been used by parents around the world, and the benefits are remarkable. In order to give your child every advantage, you already take special care while you're pregnant - eating right, taking a prenatal vitamin, avoiding toxins, and making conscientious dietary choices on behalf of your baby. Your child's brain development begins during these very same earliest months.

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2. Is it safe?

Yes it is.The sound level is controlled and safe.

Parents have been offering various forms of prenatal stimulation for thousands of years. BabyPlus simply represents the evolution of that sound and auditory enrichment during pregnancy with a proven curriculum that provides the most measurable cognitive advantages for a child.

Decibel (dB) Ratings and Hazardous Time Exposures of Common Noises

Typical Decibel

Example of Sounds

0

Lowest sound audible to the human ear

10

Normal breathing

20

Whispering at 5 feet

30

Quiet library, soft whisper

40

Living room, quiet office, bedroom away from traffic

50

Light traffic at a distance, refrigerator, gentle breeze

45-60

BabyPlus when it reaches the prenatal child through the maternal abdomen

60

Air conditioner at 20 feet, conversation, sewing machine

70

Busy traffic, office tabulator, noisy restaurant. At this decibel level, noise may begin to affect your hearing if you're exposed to it constantly

The Hazardous Zone

80

Subway, heavy city traffic, alarm clock at two feet, motorboats 85 to 115 dBA, factory noise. These noises are dangerous if you are exposed to them for more than eight hours.

90

Truck traffic, motorcycles 95 to 120 dBA, snowmobiles 99 dBA, noisy home appliances, shop tools, lawn mower. As loudness increases, the “safe” time exposure decreases; damage can occur in less than eight hours.

95

The womb's continuous maternal bloodpulse sound level

100

Chain saw, stereo headphones 105 to 120 dBA, pneumatic drill. Even two hours of exposure can be dangerous at 100 dBA, and with each 5 dBA increase, the “safe time” is cut in half.

110

Video arcades can be this high.

120

Rock band concert in front of speakers, health clubs, aerobic studios, sandblasting, movie theaters measured up to 118 dBA, sporting events up to 127 dBA, thunderclap. The danger is immediate: at 120 dBA exposure can injure your ears.

130

Children's toys that emit sounds many at 135 to 150 dBA, percussion section at symphony, stock car races, jackhammer, power drill

140

Gunshot 150 to 167 dBA, air plane taking off, “Boom Cars” 140 dBA and beyond, bicycle horn. Any length of exposure time is dangerous; noise at 140 dB may cause actual pain in the ear.

150

Jet engine taking off, firecrackers range from 125 to 155 dBA at an average distance of 10 feet, cap gun, balloon pop

160

fireworks (at 3 feet), rifle shot, handgun

170

Shotgun

180

Rocket launching pad. Without ear protection, noise at this level causes irreversible damage: hearing loss is inevitable.

Information provided by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Inc., Washington, D.C.1983 and League for the Hard of Hearing 1996-2003.


Read more about safety

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3. When should I start using BabyPlus?

You may begin using the BabyPlus lessons anytime after 18 weeks of pregnancy.
The following chart is a guide to help you determine your start date and the corresponding schedule of the lessons. Please reference your start date only. Your start date will indicate the number of days you should use each lesson throughout your pregnancy.

Find the week you are
starting to use BabyPlus
  This will be the number of days you will use each lesson (twice a day)
18th week of pregnancy right-arrow5.jpg Use each lesson 9 days
19th week of pregnancy right-arrow5.jpg Use each lesson 9 days
20th week of pregnancy right-arrow5.jpg Use each lesson 9 days
21st  week of pregnancy right-arrow5.jpg Use each lesson 8 days
22nd week of pregnancy right-arrow5.jpg Use each lesson 8 days
23rd week of pregnancy right-arrow5.jpg Use each lesson 7 days
24th week of pregnancy right-arrow5.jpg Use each lesson 7 days
25th week of pregnancy right-arrow5.jpg Use each lesson 6 days
26th week of pregnancy right-arrow5.jpg Use each lesson 6 days
27th week of pregnancy right-arrow5.jpg Use each lesson 5 days
28th week of pregnancy right-arrow5.jpg Use each lesson 5 days
29th week of pregnancy right-arrow5.jpg Use each lesson 5 days
30th week of pregnancy right-arrow5.jpg Use each lesson 4 days
31st week of pregnancy right-arrow5.jpg Use each lesson 4 days
32nd week of pregnancy right-arrow5.jpg Use each lesson 3 days
33rd week of pregnancy right-arrow5.jpg Use each lesson 3 days
34th week of pregnancy right-arrow5.jpg Use each lesson 3 days
35th week of pregnancy right-arrow5.jpg Use each lesson 2 days

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4. Is there any chance of overstimulation?

No! The sounds of BabyPlus are designed to play at a safe level. Your baby may respond by movement or kicking depending on their temeperment.

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5. How do the BabyPlus sound lessons help my baby?

The BabyPlus sound lessons are created in the language of the prenatal time period. The natural and consistent sound is the maternal heartbeat. By providing the infant with sounds which closely mimic the maternal heartbeat, but which vary in subtly increasing ways, the child's brain learns one of the most basic skills of all - comparing and contracting. It is a very similar enrichment to language immersion later in life. This auditory exercise, over time, strengthens early cognitive development.

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6. Does the mother's heartbeat conflict with the BabyPlus sounds?

Obviously both sounds are occurring at the same time, but it is as if you listen to two different rhythms being played simultaneously on two sets of drums - you can listen selectively to one or the other and clearly hear the difference. Again, this process is very simlar to language immersion and has a very similar benefit.

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7. Why simple heartbeat sounds?

The sound of the maternal heartbeat is the single driving and consistent 'language' of a baby's prenatal environment. The auditory surroundings of a baby during these months of development are now known to be very influential, but the sounds need to be 'relative' or similar to  his/her early natural surroundings.

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8. Can BabyPlus aid bonding?

There are two primary ways in which bonding between a pregnant mother and her unborn child are enhanced by using BabyPlus. First, the physical act of stimulation occurring daily (particularly if provided at the same time of day) becomes a consistent routine that encourages and fosters bonding.

A mother's stress level is reduced as she takes this time each day to truly focus on her developing baby. Naturally, while such bonding is most common between a mother and her baby, a father, siblings, and extended family can also share in this rewarding bonding time.

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9. Isn't music or speaking to your unborn child just as effective as BabyPlus?

Every prenatal child experiences a sonic environment - outside voices, television, radio, CDs, all passing through the abdominal wall (which lowers their volume by about 35 decibels, and muffles these sounds . . . like listening underwater), but most dominant is mother's blood pulsing constantly past the womb at 95 decibels, loud as a rock band; even so, the fetus sleeps about 80 percent of each day. Researchers note that to promote our beginning pattern recognition, such basic stimuli must be very simple and repetitive, something which neither speech nor music can accomplish; even nursery tunes - let alone Mozart - are simply too complex to register, and standard comparative clinical trials verify this consistently. However, the BabyPlus tones increase in speed and tonal complexity by increments, what is called a curriculum (that which all education is based upon), and nothing except these slight changes in the maternal bloodpulse can appropriately provide the most elementary patterns at this early stage - especially important since all information after a full-term birth will never be acquired through the comprehensive process which BabyPlus utilizes. In short, all babies are exposed to speech and music, but these pass by them as white noise, with no longer term cognitve impact - which has been repeatedly verified in independent testing when compared with BabyPlus and a control group. This breakthrough discovery is reported fully in peer-reviewed academic journals, as BabyPlus has become the only effective and safe way to prenatally enrich your prenatal child's forming cognitive and critical learning skills.

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10. Can I use BabyPlus more than once a day?

The earliest and longest studies showed that Babyplus is most effective at one hour of usage per day, and over this minimum did not produce substantially greater results.

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11. My BabyPlus is not working properly, won't come on or comes on intermittently.

The BabyPlus unit is a very reliable unit. Occasionally a problem can occur and it is usually a battery issue.

There are several remedies you may want to try. First, be sure you have a fresh set of batteries; the BabyPlus player requires new batteries every 7-10 days to operate at optimum performance. Even batteries purchased new at the store could be old. Always check the date to ensure freshness. We recommend a high quality, name brand battery, such as the Duracell brand, for optimum performance. We do NOT recommend rechargeable batteries.
You can also check the battery contacts. If they are no longer a tight fit, you can remove the batteries and gently pull the contacts a bit with a tweezers or paperclip to create a tighter fit. Also, look for any corrosion, and clean if needed.
A "b" on the LCD screen is an indication of low battery life and means that the batteries should be changed. The system may even show a flashing "b" and reset to Lesson 1. This is also an indicator to change the batteries.
Remember, always store any electronic device with the batteries removed.

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12. My BabyPlus player shows a "b" and is resetting to "01" on the screen.

Both of these factors indicate that your batteries are getting too low. When the battery life is this low, a small "b" can be seen on the left of the LCD screen and many times the player will also reset to Lesson "01" with this low battery life. Simply replace your batteries and always use a high quality battery such as Duracell. Rechargeable batteries are NOT recommended.

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13. I've lost my instruction manual and lesson calendar, where can I get a copy? Do you have the instruction manual in other languages?

Click here for the lesson calendar.
Select from the following instruction manuals:

We also have an interactive Custom Lesson Tracking Calendar available that can create an Usage Tracking Calendar that you can print out.
Click here for the Interactive Custom Lesson Tracking Calendar

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14. I'm too small for the Comfort Pouch belt, can it be re-sized?

If you have adjusted your comfort pouch to the smallest size and it is still not small enough, you can simply work the adjuster over the seam that joins the elastic to the webbing. It will take a bit of manipulating, but once it is over the seam it will have the ability to adjust the belt as small as 31”. Be sure to work the seam through both openings in the adjusters.

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15. How do I store my BabyPlus between pregnancies?

Take care to store your BabyPlus System in a dry location at room temperature.  Be sure to remove batteries before storing for an extended period of time (ie: between preganncies). This will prevent batteries from corroding the contacts.

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