Written by Olivia Arrow
As all new parents can attest, once you have a baby, there is this lingering feeling that you can’t shake, “is my baby ok”? This feeling can be very overwhelming and can ultimately ruin those precious moments that you should be enjoying.
Back in the day when our mothers gave birth, the only way for them to check on us babies was to be constantly hovering over our cots and that no doubt added to their exhaustion. Fast forward to 2018 and the technology we have access to is amazing. The advances that have been made to give parents peace of mind are beyond anything we could have hope for. The newest product to enter the market is a game changer. The Owlet Smart Sock is the only monitor you’ll need to put your mind at ease.
This monitor is a two-part device which includes a bootie that is easily fitted to your child’s foot and the base station which you can place next to your bed or in the living room. The bootie tracks your child’s heart rate and oxygen levels and communicates with the base station to let you know that everything is ok. If bub’s readings fall out of a preset zone, the base station will notify you with lights and sound.
Here are the key benefits of the monitor:
- The Smart Sock comfortably wraps around your baby’s foot to track heart rate and oxygen levels using clinically proven pulse oximetry.
- The base station glows green to let you know everything is okay but will notify with lights and sounds if something appears to be wrong.
- Using Owlet’s app, you can receive notifications and stream real-time heart rate and oxygen levels on your phone for convenience.
Leanne has a 6-week old baby girl and she used the monitor for around a month. Here’s what she had to say about it:
Lucy is my second child, my eldest is 11 now. Having already raised a healthy boy, I was actually really nervous having to start from
scratch again. I didn’t realise how much I had forgotten about newborns and have to admit that it was like I was a first-time mum all over again.
When My Child Magazine reached out to me to test the product, I was relieved to know the Owlet would there for me and that maybe, just maybe I was going to get a good night’s sleep.
The Owlet Sock arrived and was packaged beautifully. I went about and quickly set it up to be used that night. Setting it up was pretty easy, I placed the base station in my bedroom and downloaded the app to my smartphone. Once I’d finished charging the battery and Lucy had been bathed, fed and was ready for bed, I placed the sock on her foot, soothed her to sleep and placed her in her cot and went downstairs and opened the app.
The app is wonderful! I can check on her from anywhere in the house. Even my hubby can check in on her when he’s at work which has helped ease his mind and reduced the calls he makes to check up on her when I am trying to catch up on some much-needed sleep I miss out on with all the late-night feeds. When I head off to bed, the base station soothing green light gives me peace of mind that everything is ok.
Having had a traditional baby monitor, I’ve been able to see my baby in her cot but couldn’t tell if she was breathing. I love that the Owlet Smart Sock allows me to check on her heart rate and oxygen levels without going into her room and disturbing her.
Having a baby can be a messy affair. The Owlet’s other advantage is that it’s easy to clean. You simply remove the sensor and can place the sock in the washing machine, it’s so convenient.
The Owlet Smart Sock comes with 3 socks sizes so that you can change as baby grows which I’m really looking forward to being able to do.
Before the Owlet Smart Sock, I was sleeping with one eye open and every sound was freaking me out. After having this device, I’m not sure what I would do without it. I recommend this to any parent that is constantly worried about their baby sleeping. It’s a huge reassurance.
Using pulse oximetry technology – many know this as the little red light they clip on your finger at the hospital – it tracks your baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels while they sleep. The sock sends notifications via a low-energy Bluetooth base station, and to your smartphones via Wi-Fi, so that you can check that your baby is sleeping soundly or be notified when the baby’s heart rate or oxygen levels fall outside of pre-set zones.
Owlet creates products to help parents know their babies are okay. The Owlet Smart Sock is the latest must have baby product and at only $399.00 this is the perfect monitor choice that truly gives you peace of mind.
For more information, please visit www.owletcare.com.au.