*I have been compensated for this post in the form of a product. All opinions are mine and mine alone. This post is sponsored by My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear*
Pregnancy is a special time and most mothers will never forget that amazing moment when they heard their baby’s heartbeat for the first time. For me, hearing the heartbeat was when it became real. There was a tiny person growing inside of me and nothing would ever be the same. The experience was just as special during my second pregnancy. I wish I would have found a way to record that sound so I could hear it again, but unfortunately, we did not have the sophisticated technology that is available today. Thanks to the innovative My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear, now expectant mothers can capture this special sound and cherish it forever.
My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear was created by Purusha Rivera, a medical sonographer specializing in OB/GYN. After having children of her own, Purusha wanted to give expectant mothers a way to preserve their baby’s heartbeat so they could treasure that special moment for years to come. She offered the bears to patients at first, but the demand quickly grew as friends and family wanted to give the bears as gifts.
The My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear kit includes a soft, cuddly stuffed animal made of fleece-like material and polyfill along with a red heart recorder that captures 20 seconds of sound. You can also order a sound recorder to record a voice message. The recorder can be taken to an ultrasound appointment or the heartbeat sound recorded on a phone or CD can be transferred to the heart recorder. One the sound is captured, the heart recorder is placed inside the back of the stuffed animal. To listen to the heartbeat or recorded voice message, just press on the animal.
There are 16 cute animals to choose from including a hippo, a monkey, a bunny, and bear. I received the super cute, super soft Vintage Bunny that is 15″ tall.
Unfortunately, I don’t have a recording of the heartbeats from my pregnancies and since my 19-month old is adopted, I missed out on that experience completely with her. While I contemplated giving the bunny as a gift to an expectant mother, I chose to go a different route. I decided to record my voice for my youngest letting her know just how much I love her. We will be open with her about the adoption when she is older and if there ever comes a time when she feels confused or struggles with the issue, she can press the bunny and be reminded of just how special she is to us.
The bunny is exceptionally soft making it perfect for snuggling. It was also super easy to record the message. You just switch the button to record, squeeze it and after capturing the sound, switch it back to play. You then place the heart recorder inside the animal using the Velcro closure.
The My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear makes a wonderful gift for expectant mothers. It can also be given to siblings so they can hear the baby’s heartbeat as often as they wish. You can find the bears and other animals at the My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear website and at select Ultrasound studios. They also carry accessories and gender reveal bears! The bears are designed for ages 3 and up. Batteries are included with the recorder and can be changed as often as needed.