We are busy preparing for the new addition to the family in April. While we are busy designing the nursery and stocking up on baby supplies, we’re also preparing for any health problems the baby might have. My daughter has several genetic diseases and we’ve already been informed these will pass along to the baby. Add this to the fears all new parents face and we are in for some long and restless nights! Of course, as Nana Pam, I want to help in any way I can. Also, I am hoping to eliminate any of those desperate 3 AM phone calls looking for advice. When we were offered an Owlet Baby Vitals Monitor, I knew this would be just the thing to help alleviate Brittany’s fears. The Owlet is a smart sock designed to monitor changes in heart rate and oxygen level. That’s always important because when my first child was born I laid awake at night staring at her to make sure she was breathing.
So, how does it work? The wireless and hypoallergenic Owlet sock is placed on baby’s foot at night. Using Pulse Oximetry, the same technology as hospitals, the sock measures the baby’s heart rate and oxygen level. If the baby stops breathing, an alarm will sound on the wireless base. There’s also an iOS app that works on any iOS 8 or higher device (iPad & iPad minis 2 and higher, iPhone 4s and higher and iPod 5th generation and above), which will also sound an alarm. Obviously, this isn’t meant to replace checking on the baby often, but I’m all for anything that will give us piece of mind. The design of the sock allows it to fit under other socks or under footie pajamas. Three different sizes of socks included in the package to accommodate growth.
The Owlet sock is washable as long as the electronic devices inside are removed before washing, making it easy to keep clean. It also has a 100 day satisfaction guarantee and free shipping through December 31st. This would be a great gift idea for an upcoming baby shower or for a Christmas present.
What is your best advice for a new parent?