I am a first time mom. A mom who had never really been around children for an extended period of time in any of my 37 years. When my daughter came into my life like a bolt of lighting, I had no idea what I was in for. I knew being a mom was hard, and I read all the articles about the newborn stage. But holy cow! There was nothing I could have done to prepare myself for this bundle of love and all that comes with it.
I am a worrier. I just always have been. Especially when I have no idea what to expect. For those first few nights with my new baby, I would literally sit and watch her all night to make sure she was still breathing. I slept with the lights on, my glasses on, and sitting up so I could lean over and look at my baby in her co-sleeper bed to make sure everything was okay. With every little noise, grunt, movement, I was jerking awake to make sure she was okay.
I remember texting my girlfriends who all have kids and asked them how they got any sleep when worrying about their baby. They all said they remember those days.
Then I received something that changed my life. Literally. I can now sleep easy and not stress so much about what is happening with my little one. If I were to make a list of must-have baby items, I would easily say that this item is number one on the list for any new parent, or any parents with a new baby.
It is the Owlet baby monitor, and I can’t praise it enough. The Owlet is a monitor that tracks your baby’s heart rate and oxygen level. It comes in a sock, so you just put the sock on your baby, and gives you live information of what your baby’s current heart rate and oxygen levels are.
This monitor has helped me with so many stressful nights. At 3 weeks old, my baby got RSV and needed to be hospitalized to monitor her oxygen levels. It was so scary and stressful because she was so young. We spent the night there, but they said that she would be okay to go home but needed to be carefully watched because it can get bad quickly. Having the Owlet monitor on my baby to tell us what her oxygen levels were at was such a stress reliever. It was so nice to see what was happening with her levels since she was sick and I needed to know what was happening with her in case she needed to be admitted to the hospital again. For that reassurance, I am utterly grateful for the Owlet. Since then, we still love it and use it every night.
The Owlet has a base station that collects the information from the sock monitor and is designed to alert you if heart rate and oxygen fall outside of range. The part that I love is the Owlet app that tells you exactly what her oxygen levels are and what her heart rate is. Both the base station and your phone are designed to alert you. You can check her levels from your phone from anywhere. She can be asleep in her crib, and I can be in another room doing laundry, and just quickly check the levels for my own self reassurance.
The Owlet is the only monitor that uses pulse oximetry to record baby’s information. This is what they use in the hospital. I know first hand watching it from when my daughter was in the hospital for her RSV.
Another reason I love the Owlet is that they have done a lot of research to avoid false alarms. If your baby is moving, it let you know she is moving, but also pauses the monitoring so there is not a false alarm. We have been using it every night for about 6 weeks and have not had a false alarm as of yet. That is the last thing you want to deal with is a huge alarm in the middle of the night that you may think that your baby has stopped breathing, only to find out it was a false read.
If you have thought about a baby monitor, or done the research, you will see how widely it is loved. The Bump just recently named the Owlet the best baby tech product.
If you are thinking about it, I highly recommend, if you enjoy getting a more restful night with your new baby. Try it for yourself!
Check out the reviews on Amazon here.
*Owlet is not a medical device and is not designed to replace medical monitors.
This is a sponsored post for Owlet Care but all words and opinions are my own.