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Review: How to Protect Your Baby From Radiation (Belly Armor Belly Blanket)

2010 August 3
by MieVee @ MummysReviews.com

Belly Armor Belly Blanket (Packaging)

For a decade, I have been cautious about radiation exposure. As a heavy laptop (computer) user, I was exhilarated to review The Belly Blanket – Chic by Belly Armor — the EXACT solution I have been looking for to protect my baby during the next pregnancy.

Health Risks Associated With Radiation Exposure

Belly Armor provides a list of resources for information related to health risks linked to radiation exposure: Visit Further Reading.

Since handphones are among the most common devices used, these are excerpts from Cell Phone Radiation Science Review:

  • “significantly increased risk of developing glioma, a usually malignant brain tumour (International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) 2008; Lahkola 2007)”
  • “significantly increased risk of acoustic neuroma, a type of benign brain tumor (IARC 2008; Schoemaker 2005)”
  • “increased risk of benign parotid gland tumors (IARC 2008; Lonn 2006)”
  • “highest risk of brain tumors among people who started using cell phones during adolescence (Hardell 2009)”
  • “young children who use cell phones and whose mothers also used cell phones during pregnancy are 80 percent more likely to suffer emotional and hyperactivity problems (Divan 2008)”

Ways to Limit Radiation Exposure

Belly Armor also provides suggestions to limit radiation exposure when using electronic devices: Read Sources.

These are the ways that I have already adopted for several years:

  • Limit the duration and proximity of exposure to cell phone
  • Find alternatives to cell phone use, such as text messaging or using a landline
  • Do not sleep next to your cell phone while it is on
  • Limit use of cell phone by young children
  • Stay away from young children when using the cell phone
  • Do not place laptops directly on your lap while working
  • If you have the option, use an LCD monitor instead of a CRT
  • Do not sleep with your portable music players on
  • Avoid standing or sitting near the microwave oven when it is on as EMF from microwave ovens can cover quite a large area (In fact, I do not use a microwave oven.)

To limit radiation exposure to a foetus, a solution such as The Belly Blanket would be ideal.

About The Belly Blanket – Chic

Belly Armor Belly Blanket (Fabrics)
These are the main features:

  • Efficacy: Shields 99.999% of incoming radiation (60dB)
  • Dimensions: 30″ x 35″ (75cm x 90cm)
  • Material: 100% pre-shrunk cotton and RadiaShield® lining
  • Country of origin: Made in Indonesia (Factories adhere to Good Manufacturing Practices standard)

The available colours are cosmo (blue), juno (cream) and metro (black). There is a Luxe version made of cotton micro-fleece and satin.

First Impressions

I like the well-designed packaging, which makes it a wonderful gift for new Mums. The material is soft and smooth, which is significantly more superior than another shield apparel I have seen before at a motherhood fair. I couldn’t wait to wash and use it!

How We Tested It

Prewash: I prewashed the Belly Blanket with cold water by hand once. There is no colour-run. After line-drying in the sun, the blanket remains soft and smooth, and retains it shape. Thanks to the pre-shrunk cotton!

Normal laundry: After several warm 40°C machine washes (placed in a laundry net), the blanket still remains soft and smooth.

Cell Phone Test: The Belly Blanket passed the test several times:

  • Before laundry: handphone 3G reception decreased from 7 to 4 bars after 3o seconds
  • Before laundry: handphone 3G reception decreased from 7 to 4 bars after 3o seconds
  • After laundry: handphone 3G reception decreased from 7 to 4 bars after 3o seconds
  • After laundry: iPod Touch WIFI reception decreased from 3 to 2 bars after 3o seconds, to 1 bar after 1 minute

Ease of use and comfort: I fold the large blanket into halves and use it to cover my tummy while Vee nurses at night. It is also big enough to cover Vee while he naps, to protect him from radiation as I use the laptop.

The cotton side is more suited to touch the skin than the stiffer RadiaShield® lining. The blanket is thin and breathable, well-suited for our tropical climate. Since there is a hood, I try swaddling Vee for fun and he enjoyed it. The result… a 17-month old MEGA-dumpling!

The price of The Belly Blanket – Chic is USD69 while the Luxe version is USD109. I certainly look forward to using it to during my next pregnancy. In the meantime, it would be Vee’s and my blanket.

What we like about it:

  • Consistently passed the “Cell Phone Test”
  • Pre-shunk cotton allows blanket to retain its shape
  • Cotton material is very soft and smooth
  • Generous size provides large coverage for covering pregnant belly and swaddling baby
  • Machine-washable — convenient during laundry
  • Packaging made with recycled paper

What can be improved:

  • Add one more layer of cotton to conceal RadiaShield® lining

Get Your Own (with Discount!)

To get your own Belly Armor Belly Tee, Belly Blanket or Belly Band (coming soon), visit Belly Armor.

  • Special Treat: 15% discount
  • Discount Code: MUMREV
  • Validity Period: Until 15 Sep 2010

You may also check the price at Amazon here: Belly Armor Belly Blanket Chic*

*: affiliate link to support the growth and maintenance of Mummy’s Reviews™

Disclosure: I received The Belly Blanket – Chic for review.

7 Responses leave one →
  1. August 11, 2010

    thanks! I have been wanting to buy this!

    • August 11, 2010

      You are most welcome, Regina! I really feel more at ease with the Belly Armor around now, especially with heavy laptop / iPod usage near Vee when he sleeps. Happy shopping! :)

  2. NIU permalink
    February 16, 2012

    I bought the blanket and a t-shirt from Belly Armor. I tired the cellphone test many times and they all FAILED. I think this product is a total scam trying to making money off expectant moms who will pay for the protection for their baby. It is a very evil thing to do! Don’t waste your money on that!

    An expectant mom.

    • February 17, 2012

      Oh dear… Which cellphone did you test it with?

      I tried with several devices and they worked, as mentioned in the reviews. And I used the products through my recent pregnancy because I’m a heavy laptop and iPad user.

    • Mary R permalink
      October 12, 2015

      Totally disagree — the cell phone test worked for me several times. I love this blanket — it’s a great regular blanket with the extra sense of security that I’m protecting my baby. I got it as a baby shower gift, and have since given two as shower gifts in return. LOVE!

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