When you first find out you are pregnant, and before you have any sort of bump, it’s hard to imagine there is an actual, living, little person growing in there. As time goes on and your bump grows, you associate the bump more with an actual baby and will probably find yourself talking to it more. All the movements and (sometimes rather violent!) kicks also help to remind you they are in there. As a part of the ‘Hello in There’ campaign, Aptaclub are sharing the importance of talking to bump and its impact on future emotional and developmental benefits and we were more than happy to join in.
It’s funny because I remember when I was pregnant with my first baby, Little I, who is now two and a half, I felt silly talking to my bump at first. This time around though I’ve been quite happily chatting away to my bump since day one.
We were sent the most gorgeous ‘small story’ to read to our bump – ‘Mini Beans’ – called ‘Summer Days with Sarah and Mini Beans’. It was written and illustrated by the very talented Viviane Schwarz. Story time is one of our favourite times in our household. We are huge book fans. Mini Beans has always loved Little I’s stories at bed time, kicking away as I read to her. It is really lovely to now have a special story that is just for bump as well, although the toddler still rather likes hearing it too!
The nickname Mini Beans came from the fact that (amongst many, many other nicknames) we sometimes call our daughter ‘Beans’ or ‘Beanies’. I was obsessed with beans on toast when pregnant with her so it stemmed from there. When she’s in a strange mood, we call her a ‘wild tin of beans’. When she’s emotional, we call her a tin of ‘mixed beans’. When she’s acting pretty normal, she’s just ‘classic baked beans’. I have been rather obsessed with beans on toast again in this pregnancy so it only seemed right to keep on the bean themed nicknames. Little I is now ‘Big Beans’ and bump is ‘Mini Beans’. We’re a bit strange, I know!
I definitely find that reading or just talking to your bump makes you feel more connected to your soon-to-be baby and when they start reacting to your voice, it is one of the best feelings in the world.
With the husband being deployed at the moment I feel like I need to make an extra effort to talk to Mini Beans. He or she isn’t getting to eavesdrop (and learn what our voices sound like, of course) in the way Little I did, because we’re not having random conversations around the house. He used to chat away to Little I when she was in my tummy so I’m trying not to let this baby miss out on the same sort of thing. He’s recorded himself reading our Aptaclub small story and I play it to Mini Beans before I go to sleep.
There are so many benefits to speaking to your bump but I think the most important one is that it helps you to bond before baby even arrives. There’s nothing more special than that!
Aptaclub are running a lovely competition in which you could win your very own personalised story, just like our beautiful one, to read to your bump – head on over and enter through their Facebook page here. We are planning on getting ours framed and put up in the baby’s nursery. It is such a special keepsake.
Do you have a nickname for your bump? We’d love to hear it!
*This post was written in collaboration with Aptaclub for their Small Stories campaign.