Updated: Oct 8, 2019
I just had baby number 4 and while I already had pretty much everything I needed for my new little bundle, there were three baby products that I was excited to try. I have a blog posts for the the Snoo and Dyper diapers.
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Product #3- Owlet Smart Sock
There are a few things new parents worry about more than their baby not breathing. SIDS is a real concern for parents, as it should be. When you have a new baby, even when the baby is sleeping, parents and especially moms, are often up many times a night checking whether the baby is still breathing. Practicing safe sleep is the biggest thing you can do to help prevent a SIDS case. At the end of the article I link to another blog post I wrote about safe sleep. Please check that out.
One product that I was so excited to try when I had my last baby was the Owlet Smart Sock. First of all, I have to say that co-sleeping or letting your baby sleep in other unsafe scenarios is not mitigated by using the Owlet. This sock is not going to make an unsafe sleeping environment safe. That being said, if your baby is sleeping in a flat AAP recommended sleeping place then this sock is a really great tool.
The Owlet is a sock that is placed on the baby’s foot that monitors the baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels (it is basically a pulse ox test that you do continuously through the night). The sock is wirelessly connected to the base station and it notifies you if your baby’s heart rate or oxygen levels are not in the normal range.
It also gives you a report on your child’s sleep the night before. It tells you total sleep time, sleep quality, sleep onset, number of wakings, and the longest sleep segment.
I have been using this sock for 3 months. One time I got an alarm saying my baby’s heart rate was out of the normal range so I responded immediately. I don’t know if it was a false alarm or not but I am glad that I have the Owlet just in case it wasn’t.
I like data and for me the sleep data is interesting. I definitely do sleep better knowing that the sock is monitoring my baby’s oxygen levels. For me, the sock is worth the piece of mind. You can use the Owlet for up to 18 months.
Overall, I like this product and when used in conjunction with safe sleep, it offers piece of mind. If it alerts even one parent about a baby’s abnormal levels then in my mind, it is worth it.
Here is a link to the blog post I wrote about safe sleep.
One disclaimer from the Owlet website: “*The Smart Sock is an information-gathering product intended to assist in tracking the well-being of healthy babies from 6 to 25 pounds and up to 18 months of age. It is not a medical monitor or other medical device and is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, alleviate or prevent any disease or health condition or investigate, replace or modify anatomy or any physiological process. You should always follow pediatrician-recommended safe sleep practices when using the Smart Sock.”
Happy sleeping y’all!
©September, 201 9 by Erin Myrmel at Sleep Baby, LLC
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