Once in awhile you come across a new product that is life changing and you want to shout about it from the rooftops, “HELLO HELLO LOOK AT THIS!”, and the new Owlet Monitor
is one of those goodies, in a major way. In short, it is a smart sock for your baby, which sends an alert to a base station, as well as your mobile phone, if your infant’s heart rate is out of the ordinary or if their oxygen level dips too low. The technology is actually nothing new, it’s that same idea behind that thing that clips onto your finger when you are in the hospital, but made in a tiny (adorable) cordless sock for babies and for everyday use at home.
I wish we had the sock
from the very beginning, as I don’t know how many hours we spent obsessively staring at the video monitor to check for breathing and around 6 months, before Archer was really able to roll over easily (with his giant head), he started getting into the habit of falling asleep literally face planted right into the mattress. It drove us crazy! It used to feel like A LOT of work getting this kiddo to nap so the last thing we wanted to do was go in and wake him up. More often than not, we would end up heading in there and just pray he wouldn’t wake up as we turned his head to the side or flipped him. We had about a 50/50 success rate, which just added to the frustration. And if that wasn’t enough, around the same age, we figured he was old enough to give a “lovie” so we introduced him to a small knitted blanket that my mom made and he loved it. We were so happy he attached himself to it so quickly and it really did seem to help him sleep better. BUT then… he began to completely wrap it around his head like tiny turban, covering his entire face. WHY ARE BABIES SO WEIRD?! Again, we would wake up a million times a night checking to see if he had his face covered and sometimes moving the blanket aside. We ended up getting my mom to knit an even tinier blanket (about the size of a washcloth) so there was no longer a possible wrapping face situation, but we never stopped obsessing.
AND THEN, along came Owlet and with it, better sleep for us. Now, I know I will be alerted if his blankie is hindering his breathing, or if that face-plant actually needs to be rectified or not. Really, I am excited technology like this exists and I am so happy to have this platform to be able to pass it along. It is something that has given me a little more peace of mind, a lot less hours spent obsessing and staring at a video monitor (of course I still do here and there but only to relish in the adorable-ness not to look for the rise and fall of a tiny chest), and an extra watchful eye, because babies do weird things and new mamas (and papas) tend to worry.
Owlet is offering SSS readers $10 off a monitor by clicking here – the price is automatically updated to reflect the promotion.
Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel // Archer’s pajamas from Old Navy
Ahhhhh! If only they were available outside US/Canada! I am having a baby soon and spent last night looking at monitors- this looks like a really good option.
Been looking at this and debating it, but I think we need one. I am so worried about all these things so it is good to hear you really are finding it so helpful. Thanks Sarah!!! Also I love your stories about Archer ha. So cute!
Unfortunately, the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines recommend avoiding the use of “home monitors or commercial devices marketed to reduce the risk of SIDS.” They don’t reduce the risk, they give a false peace of mind, and they prey on the parents fear. I’ve been a live in nanny for 10 years and 5 babies. I’ve always insisted on following the AAP guidelines (baby on back, firm surface, nothing soft or loose in the crib) and its always given me peace of mind.
Hi Jo, Thanks for your thoughts. Owlet makes no claims to reducing the risk of SIDS. Yes, it is a monitor that measures the heart rate and oxygen level but it does not claim to be a life saving device. It does however alert a parent if the oxygen dips or the heart rate is irregular so then the parent is able to intervene. There are cases when the monitor has alerted a parent of low oxygen and the mother went in to a baby that was blue around the mouth. She was able to revive the infant and suck the mucus out of the airways which was hindering the breathing. The parent saved the baby’s life but the alert gave her the heads up to get in there. Of course putting all confidence in any type of device is silly, but knowing there is one extra set of eyes is always a help.