A Night in the Life with Jensyn & Navi
January 4, 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.
I came upon the Owlet monitor through Instagram, I follow a variety of new moms and their blogs and within a few days time, 3 mommas wrote and spoke of Owlet. I was SO interested and began researching this new brand of monitor.
The Owlet tracks the heart rate and oxygen levels of your baby while they’re wearing the sock and while the base station is plugged in, pulse oximetry is the technology that allows this information to be transmitted. Pulse oximetry is used in hospitals and is proven to work, it’s used in the lights that are in the finger clips they use to monitor heart and oxygen levels.
🙂 taken directly from their FAQ section … “All other monitors require you to be constantly watching your child to notice if something goes wrong. Owlet is the only monitor that uses hospital technology designed to notify you if his heart rate is too high or too low or oxygen levels drop out of range. Owlet simplifies your life instead of giving you another thing to worry about.”
I really appreciate the above quote. When we first brought Navi home, our pediatrician recommended we wake her every few hours in the night to feed her because she was so tiny, and needed to eat often yet she was so young and new, she wouldn’t wake herself. I’d set my alarm every night with 2-3 hour intervals. This worked for a little while, now Navi can wake us up on her own, but shortly after we brought her home Navi started doing something that would scare us.
She would begin choking on her own saliva. It would happen when she would eat, or anytime she was laying down for a period of time. We have a bouncer that she sits in whenever we’re not holding her, but even if she’d nap in it for a bit sometimes she’d choke when we would take her out or place her in her carseat. Luckily, when it happens I’ve been there to try to burp her or pick her up quickly and she’s been able to come out of it – but there have been a few scary times. Her face gets bright red and she’s making no sound but her mouth is open like she’s screaming… it breaks my heart and I try to stay calm but it is definitely not a fun thing!
While all of this was happening, at first a few times a week, then daily, I got super paranoid that this would happen when she was asleep and I wouldn’t be able to hear her. We have her crib in our room but I’m nervous for when she makes the transition into her own room. I know since sometimes I don’t wake up to my phone alarm, I either wouldn’t hear it or it wasn’t going off … I was afraid I wouldn’t wake up to my sweet baby.
Now this is where the Owlet comes in.
This monitor has a dock station, as well as an app that is designed to send notifications / sound an alarm if something is wrong with the signal through the sock. It’s even designed to send notifications when the sock has fallen off or if it’s not on properly. I LOVE that this monitor has a loud enough and distinct enough sound that I DO actually get up in the night to help Navi. I know that I can sleep at least a bit more peacefully knowing I have a reliable monitor that I can hear. I’m not ready to put her in her own room yet, I have her crib right next to my side of the bed so I can peek at her anytime but having the base station in my room and when we do transition her to her room, knowing I’ll have another source designed to notify me definitely gives peace of mind.
The sock comes in 3 sizes for different stages of life and it’s really easy to put on, Navi doesn’t even mind it being on. She likes to kick and I’ll admit it she has gotten it off before but the base station and app notification make a sound so I know I can put it back on – what’s really nice too is the notifications and colors that come from the base station are different for each level. If the sock comes off or if the connection is lost – the base stations turns yellow and the sound is a peaceful song, if the heart or oxygen levels get out of range it is designed to turn red and a more aggressive notification plays.
We have really enjoyed using the Owlet monitor for the past few months, I can sleep better knowing I have an alarm that I can wake up to and using the app is a breeze! It’s neat to see her heart rate and oxygen levels and knowing that I can use this monitor and app with my future babies gives me comfort, especially with what we’ve learned with Navi.
Navi has been doing a lot better, not as many of the choking, scary moments. She also has been sleeping longer throughout the night and not having to eat as often. The Owlet when it has sounded the alarm has just been to notify us that the sock has come off or it’s not getting the proper reading. I’m grateful we own the Owlet so we won’t regret it if we did ever have an instance where it could’ve alerted us about our babies.
Thank you to Owlet for letting me share my experience with the Owlet and how it has helped us with Navi.
Note from Jensyn: Pictures are from a couple months ago, but we use the Owlet to this day, Navi is now 4 months old
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