Technology Review – Owlet Baby Monitor

Good day folks… Today, we become a little bit of a mommy (or daddy) blog for a moment. Having said that, I have three words for you: Peace. Of. Mind. That pretty much sums up this entire post. As a new mom I’m here to tell you that one can not put a price on those three words. If I had known this, I would have gladly paid the price for this handy dandy little slice of technology A LOT sooner.

Pretty typical story… We spent nine months building up to the arrival of our little bundle of joy. She arrives, we blissfully, and slightly nervously, bring her home from the hospital. (It truly amazes me that I have to apply to adopt a dog, but they just let me walk out of the hospital with a tiny, beautiful, perfect, human being… But, I digress.) We get home, and then… It all sets in! Everything they warn you about in the actual mommy blogs – good, bad, and MORE… For me, not surprisingly if you know me, there was ANXIETY. Especially over the concept of sleep. Me sleeping, her sleeping… Both made me into a giant ball of NERVES. I don’t know if it was hormones, or the lack of sleep from worrying about sleeping, but I was definitely OBSESSING over the idea of SIDS. Or SUIDS? Is that what the kids are calling it these days? Well anywho, the idea of my baby sleeping and not waking up because I hadn’t checked on her every five minutes basically consumed me.

For the first six weeks of her life I “slept” (using that term lightly)¬†on the couch (the only place I was remotely comfortable after the mandatory c-section) and she was either in a swing that was five feet away from me, or in a pack and play, that was arms reach away from me. I would fall asleep for a half hour to two hours at a time and wake up completely panic stricken that she was still sleeping and that I hadn’t heard her in awhile. At this point I would bolt up, put my face six inches from hers, and stare at her until I was sure that she was breathing or until I saw her move. If I wasn’t sure I would proceed to poke her, or pick up one of her hands, until she moved. Nice right? Poor kid just wanted to sleep, and there I was, harassing her. Well, all of this continued until the day the Owlet monitor arrived… What a beautiful day!

There’s three parts to the Owlet baby monitor…

First, you have the smart sock/s. Basically these are little fabric socks, that come in three sizes, and you insert the little electronic monitor into them. The baby then wears the sock on their left foot when they sleep. It constantly measures their heart rate, and oxygen levels.

Smart Sock

Second & third, you have the base station and the Owlet phone app. The base station plugs in to an outlet somewhere near, but out of reach from, your little bambino. It receives information from the smart sock, and then relays it to the app on your phone via your wireless internet connection. Via the app on your phone (which does require the creation of a simple account/profile for your baby), you can watch your baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels in real time. Also, if baby’s heart rate or oxygen levels go outside of “normal” parameters it will send a message to your phone and both the phone, and the base station will act as alarms (the sound of the base station would most definitely be heard through your normal baby monitor).

Owlet App

Other cool features include the following: We have yet to have a false alarm. The smart sock knows the difference between an actual issue and being disconnected from the base station due to distance or being kicked off and will go off, but in a different tone. It also knows to not give/collect readings when the baby is moving around too much. Also… It is extremely user friendly. The set up was an absolute breeze.

I have to say, that while I’m aware of the fact that there is no 100% way to prevent SIDS (and this company does not claim to be able to do so), this is a real comfort. Having the ability to wake up in the middle of the night, grab my phone, and see my daughter’s heart rate and oxygen level, is about the biggest relief I could ask for. I have slept so much better since we got this. As a matter of fact I function better in general… As I write this I have peeked at my app a couple of times vs going in to her room to check on her. The one draw back is that it’s a little on the pricier side. However knowing what I know now, I would have definitely registered for it; and had I not received it, I most definitely would have bought it prior to our daughter’s arrival. I would definitely recommend this to ANY parent of a small child.

Laura Larson

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