Thank you to Owlet for sponsoring this post. This post is based on my experience and all opinions are entirely my own.
If I had to name one feeling that never seems to subside, no matter how long you have been a mother or how many children you have given birth to, I would have to say it is worry.
From the moment your first child enters the world, you will likely find yourself worrying about everything. From questioning whether or not their car seat has been installed correctly, to if they are getting enough to eat, right down to the most mundane of details, you worry about it all.
I distinctly remember that first true feeling of fear that I had as a mother, the night we brought our firstborn home from the hospital. During the duration of our stay in the postpartum unit following his birth, I had counted on the nurses to monitor every detail of his well being, but once we arrived home, reality set in that it was to be my job moving forward, and the anxiety I felt about taking on that role was very real.
That night I didn’t sleep at all, and trust me, it wasn’t because I wasn’t tired… in fact, I was downright exhausted, but I couldn’t stop myself from repeatedly peaking into the bassinet to check on my newborn. I needed to see for myself that he was indeed breathing and sleeping soundly, and the task at hand kept me from getting even a moment of shuteye for myself.
If only I had had the Owlet when my first and second children were born, I could have rested a little easier, like I do now with our third child.
The Owlet is a super cool smart sock that monitors your baby’s (0-18 months of age) heart rate and oxygen levels, using the same technology that hospitals use, pulse oximetry. The sock has a small plastic sensor that sends this information to a parent base station, and that base station alerts you with an alarm if your baby’s levels are to fall outside of range. The smart sock comes in four different sizes, and is machine washable (as long as you remove the sensor of course!).
The Owlet’s base station uses bluetooth technology to communicate with the sock, and it will let you know if the sock is to fall off, if the signal is blocked, and most importantly, if your baby were to stop breathing.
Owlet also has an app that monitors your baby’s vitals in real time, so even if you happen to leave your baby with a sitter, you can log in and check on their stats from anywhere and ease your anxiety about being away and give you a little peace of mind.
I honestly can’t begin to tell you how much better I sleep at night… aside from the 2 AM feedings, now that we have the Owlet.
If you would like to learn more about Owlet Baby Care, head on over to their blog!