See that cool little device on P’s foot? We were lucky enough to be gifted an @owletcare just before Phoenix was born.
As soon as I found out I was pregnant with Phoenix I knew I wanted to do things differently this time. I immediately researched baby monitors and safe sleep products. I kept seeing the Owlet come up.
When you have a baby, you know there are dangers, but when you’ve lost a baby, you’ve lived those dangers. After losing Sloan I made it my mission to share his story in order to help other parents recognize the dangers of unsafe sleeping environments.
(The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has established safe sleep guidelines that parents should follow to help keep their baby safe when sleeping. One of these guidelines includes following specific steps that are easy to remember: Alone, on their back, in the crib. No bumpers, pillows, sleep positioners or blankets.)
Phoenix has something called Tracheomalacia, a condition where the cartilage that keeps the trachea (airway) open is soft. This causes the trachea to partially collapse while breathing, especially during increased airflow. The trachea normally opens slightly during breathing in, and narrows slightly when breathing out. These processes are exaggerated in tracheomalacia, leading to airway collapse upon breathing out. This problem causes noisy or difficult breathing in the months after birth and resolves often on its own by 1 year. This is called congenital tracheomalacia (it was present at birth).
We have been using our Owlet for nearly 3 months now, which has given me a chance to have a good amount of first hand experiences with the device. This wonderful device has already made us aware of her low oxygen levels during sleep a few times, giving us the ability to have quickly reacted to get her awake. It offers us such peace of mind for us as parents of a baby after loss, and a baby that has TM at that.
The Owlet Smart Sock tracks heart and oxygen levels and sends real-time insights to our phones via an app. It is intended for use from birth up to 18 months, and comes with three sock sizes. It also includes a base station which glows green to reassure us she is okay, but will notify us if heart rate and oxygen levels leave our chosen preset zones. The sock is washable, and the device easily plugs in to a usb cable to charge. It relies on 4.0 Bluetooth technology, and while it does not require WiFi to monitor, a good cell signal or WiFi connection is needed to use the app on a cellphone. It does also require users to adapt to a bit of a routine, remembering to place the smart sock on baby’s foot each night, or nap time, and charge it in between.
We would recommend the Owlet Smart Sock 2 to all parents of babies birth to 18 months of age. It is true ease of mind, and along with it’s Connected Care app, offers great insight into your babies sleeping habits and quality of sleep.
We were gifted the Owlet Smart Sock 2 with our registry through GuGu Guru, I offered to provide an honest review about our experiences using the product. I am not an expert, nor a medical professional. I’m simply a mother, and a survivor of child loss. My intentions are merely to help promote safe sleep. It is important to know that Owlet is not an FDA approved medical device and is not intended to diagnose, treat, mitigate, cure, or prevent any disease or condition. The Owlet is intended to assist in tracking baby’s wellbeing. It is not intended to replace a caregiver. As always, it is important to consult a medical professional regarding any concerns for your child’s health.
You can check out the Owlet here.