If you’re expecting a baby, it’s an extremely exciting time, but for the person carrying the child, the bonding process starts long before the baby is born. Sure, your partner can read to the baby and spend plenty of time with their hand on your growing bump, but it’s not quite the same as experiencing the baby’s every movement. But now, a new wearable device called the Fibo bracelet will make it much easier for non-gestational partners to get in on the action.
This pregnancy bracelet allows partners to feel the baby’s movements thanks to a device worn on the mother’s belly. It tracks the movements and sends vibrations to a bracelet that the other parent-to-be wears—making it easy for them to feel the kicking and more, even when they’re not around. Pretty cool, huh?
The bracelet was created by two Copenhagen School of Design and Technology students and is still in the testing phase.
So, it’s not available for purchase just yet, but it’s still exciting to know that this kind of technology is on the way!
“We wanted to get the fathers more involved in the pregnancy since they sometimes tend to get a little left out when the mother is going through all the changes with her body and feeling a little life growing in her belly,” Sandra Pétursdóttir, one of the product’s creators, told The Huffington Post.
Here’s how it works for whoever is wearing the bracelet: “When the baby kicks or moves, it sends a signal via GSM to an elegant smart bracelet that imitates the movements,” Pétursdóttir explained to Newsweek. The sharing happens instantly so the person wearing the wristband will feel the movement in real-time.”
This is great news for all kinds of expecting couples, too. Whether your partner or spouse is pregnant or you’re using a surrogate, the bonding process can start even earlier for all those involved, thanks to Fibo!
“Many fathers we spoke to said they first realized they were bringing a new life into the world when they heard their baby’s heartbeat for the first time,” Pétursdóttir told The Huffingon Post. “We want this feeling to last longer.”
The bracelet is also sleek and stylish, which will make wearing it even easier. But it’d be worth wearing all of the time anyway since it’s allowing the wearer to feel more in tune with their baby.
This isn’t the only technology that exists to make the process of having a baby even more accessible. There’s also the Ava Bracelet which alerts women to when they’re most fertile.
And there’s even another product that lets partners feel the baby’s movements that is already on the market, but it doesn’t work in real time the way Fibo does. That device, called the BabyBuzz bracelet, allows the person carrying the baby to send vibrations to their partner’s bracelet—which may be an good alternative to look into until the Fibo bracelet hits the market.
The gift of life is incredible, and the chance to be a part of it in yet another aspect is an added bonus for parents-to-be.