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A Game Changer in the Peace-­of-­Mind Department

January 5, 2016

This is an installment of Owlet’s “A Night in the Life” series, featuring real parents sharing their experiences with the Owlet Monitor. Click here to see all blog posts in the series.

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Being a mamma has always intimidated me. When Teddy was a newborn I worried about him gaining enough weight. When we brought him home I worried about him being exposed to germs and getting sick before he got all of his vaccinations. I knew I’d be a little crazy, and as a first time mother I’m allowed, right? What I didn’t anticipate was the anxiety I’d get while Teddy slept.

A lot of the time he snored (sweet, right?), but too often in the middle of the night, Teddy would gasp loudly and then there would be silence. I didn’t even consider being careful (having just had a c­-section); I threw off the covers, ran to his crib, and put my face inches from his until I was positive he was breathing. Most of the time I woke him up. It kept happening, and even though I knew that he was almost definitely fine, I couldn’t keep myself from getting up to be sure.

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Owlet is a sock that tracks your baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels with pulse oximetry. There are three different sizes for your growing sweetheart, and you can track it from your iPhone/iPad. It also has a base station that is designed to notify you if the heart rate and oxygen fall outside of range (in addition to the app on your smart device).

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Guys, this was a game changer for me in the peace-­of-­mind department. I slept harder when
Teddy wore the sock at night, and could just glance at the base station on my nightstand to
know his heart rate and oxygen were in range. During the day when he napped, I could check
how he was doing from my phone instead of going into the room and possibly waking him up.

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I was introduced to the Owlet when Teddy was around four months old, and even though I love
it at this age, all I can think about is how especially nice it would have been to have this peace of mind when he was a newborn, and I was recovering from the delivery. I’m already excited
about the extra sleep I’ll get with our next baby because of it (c-­section or not).

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I’ve had conversations with several mamma friends about needing a product like this, which is
one of the reasons I leapt at the opportunity to write about it. When I was pregnant, I looked into getting a video monitor for Teddy and then read all sorts of articles about creepy hackers who can gain access into the video device and observe babies (and mothers!) throughout the day.

The thought of it made me sick. Audio monitors only gave me information on the noise Teddy
was making, not on whether he was okay or not. Owlet gives me the information I need without
making me feel vulnerable or exposed.

It’s a keeper, guys. I wouldn’t write about it if it wasn’t.

Do yourselves a favor and check out their website. Mammas. All of you. Look into it. I’m so glad
I have it for Teddy now, and for any babies I have heading my way in the coming years. Peace
of mind. It’s a big deal. Thanks, Owlet. xo

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Alyssa is the blogger behind The Very Happy Pear. Keep up with Alyssa and Teddy on her blog and on Instagram @theveryhappypear

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