When you’re pregnant you crave being able to hear and see your baby at any time. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money to go out and buy a fetal doppler so I looked online for a cheaper alternative to hearing my baby’s heartbeat.
Lo and behold, I happened to see an advertisement for the app called My Baby’s Beat – Baby Heart Monitor App – Matis inc. that allows you to hear your baby’s heartbeat using your phone’s microphone. At $4.99 I figured it wouldn’t hurt to give it a try as a cheaper alternative.
But before making the purchase, I did some of my own research to see if it would actually work. The app itself says that it works best between weeks 30 and 40, but some customers may hear a heartbeat as early as week 20. Being in my third trimester already, I decided to $4.99 wasn’t too bad of a price and made the purchase.
The interface of the My Baby’s Beat App is pretty simple, and the design is pleasing to the eye. They use a color scheme of reds and white, which made me think of a heart.
Before trying it on yourself, there are samples of what your heart beat sounds like vs. the baby’s heartbeat. This is especially helpful for when trying to find the baby’s heartbeat, as it can be hard to distinguish between kicks and other bumps.
After listening to the samples, you then lie on your back with your belly exposed. You also want to take off your phone’s cover, if it has one, to get the best access to the microphone. It’s also important to put your phone in airplane mode so that you don’t get alerts that can disrupt the app.
After laying down and getting your phone ready, you press the play button which starts the feed. Next, you’ll press the phone’s microphone against your lower belly and hold for ten seconds. If you don’t hear anything after that time, you’ll want to move it to a different spot. Once you find the heartbeat, you can make a recording to share with friends and family.
When I’ve used the app, I can definitely hear my own heartbeat, so I know it works in that aspect. But whenever I’ve tried to search for my baby’s heartbeat, I mostly get a lot of static. So it definitely does not sound like the doppler that’s used at the doctor’s office.
We’ve tried it on both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 4. Surprisingly it seems to work better on the iPhone 4 sound wise, however, running the app is slow and it acts like a buffering movie. And thankfully there was one time we were pretty sure we got the heartbeat.
Despite not really hearing the heartbeat like we wanted to, my only qualm with the app has been the sharing function. I’ve tried emailing or texting it to myself, but I’ve only ever gotten an error. This made it so I couldn’t share with friends or family, which would have been an even bigger bummer if we had gotten a clear heartbeat.
In conclusion, I really do think that My Baby’s Beat a neat app, especially for the price. It’s fun to try to distinguish the heartbeat from other sounds that come up. I think it’s also a great way for your spouse to feel closer to the baby since they don’t get to feel them kick or move around as often as you do.
*This review is my own opinion. I decided to review this app on my own as I looked for reviews myself before buying it on iTunes.