A Night with the Smart Sock 2
April 16, 2017
This post is part of Owlet’s A Night in the Life series, where real parents share their Owlet experience. Click here to view more posts in this popular series.
Hi! I’m Vicky and I’m a mama to two tots, Maddie, aged 2.5 and Clarence, 7 months old. Maddie loves singing and Clarence loves to put everything in his mouth!
So Clarence was born in my very own bedroom. Yup, not by choice either. I started having major contractions and when I went to the hospital, they told me that my water didn’t break and that I wasn’t ready and sent me home. Well lo and behold, Clarence decided they were wrong (as my contractions were getting faster) and I called 911 for help. The fireman and paramedics came and he was out in a few minutes! Oh, how much love and I have for these men! <3
Because of how he was born, I had SO much anxiety afterwards about his overall health and well-being. I was slightly traumatized about the whole experience. Luckily, I had my family and friends who were there to support me every step of the way.
When I found out about this Owlet Care, I felt like this was the best invention. I get so scared when my kids get sick. Will their temperatures rise higher after I go to bed? What if they have trouble breathing? Another concern was that Clarence started rolling a full 360 degrees and I was paranoid that his cute little nose was going to get plugged by the mattress. I was also blessed to have a baby who sleeps more than 5-6 hours during the night, but this was also worrisome.
I started checking on him every 5 minutes compulsively. Even though he was sleeping mostly on his back, I was still paranoid and the “what-ifs” kept on surfacing.
I was giddy with excitement when the Owlet showed up at my doorstep. It came in a beautiful box with the updated sock in 3 different sizes.
Normally I get really intimidated by reading manuals but this was so easy to set up with your phone. The whole experience was intuitive. On the base station, there are two ports. One is to supply power to the base station and one is to recharge the Smart Sock (these can be used interchangeably so you don’t have to remember which goes with which).
I put it on Clarence before he fell asleep so that I wouldn’t disturb him. The Owlet was not able to get a reading until his feet was stable. It read “Clarence is wiggling” because he was kicking his feet in the air. This continued on until he fell asleep a few minutes later. Immediately, the app indicated that his readings were in the normal range. It read his heart rate and oxygen levels as if we were in the hospital! I was in awe. Technology has no limits!
I’ve been using it every night since we got it and so far we had no problems at all. I love how I could get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, take my iPhone, and open the Owlet app to see his vitals. I don’t have to disturb him by touching his chest to see if he is breathing okay! Luckily, we haven’t had to wake up to a red flashing light, which means oxygen or heart rate levels are outside the norms.
I would highly recommend this to every mom! It is such a worthy investment because it delivers what it promises and makes those newborn nights less stressful. Treat the Owlet like your smart phone. Make sure to charge the sock every day when not in use!
Owlet Care also works with the National Institute of Health to further development and research on babies. By using the Owlet, you are contributing to a database which will be used for helping babies all around the world. Truly amazing!
Catch me on Instagram @maddieandkye.
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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.
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