Five reasons health sensing tech can help you through the newborn stage

While taking home a newborn baby will be one of the most joyous occasions of any parents’ life, it can also be a time of heightened anxiety and sleepless nights.

With many baby monitors on the market, it can be hard to know which one to pick. The Owlet Smart Sock is the first device of its kind to use pulse oximetry technology to track the well-being of babies. Pulse oximetry is the same technology used in hospitals to monitor a patient’s heart rate and oxygen saturation levels, but has been modified and miniaturized to fit comfortably into the Owlet Smart Sock. This allows parents to track their baby’s oxygen saturation levels and heart rate in real time through an app on their phone.

Here are five reasons how this health sensing technology can help you through the newborn stage:

It helps you know your baby is truly okay

Video monitors allow you to see your baby, audio allows you to hear them and movement devices lets you track just that. Pulse oximetry is the only alternative that gives a real-time look into your baby’s heart rate and oxygen saturation levels, which is a more thorough way to track your baby’s well-being than what other baby monitors are able to offer. The sock has been extensively tested to validate the accuracy of the device against other oxygen and pulse monitors, meeting international pulse oximetry standards for accuracy.

It’s been proven to improve sleep and reduce anxiety

To date, Owlet has tracked more than 400 billion infant heartbeats and have received hundreds of stories from parents who were able to help their infants in a time of need while simultaneously improving their own sleep quality. This fact is confirmed by research that found 94% of parents using the Smart Sock report better sleep, and 96% feel less anxious. Many parents have already shared how much they love the Smart Sock.

It proactively communicates the wellbeing of your baby

The app allows parents to view their baby’s heart rate in real-time (BPM) and provides real-time oxygen saturation levels. However, for those who would like further insight into their baby’s health, there is Owlet’s Connected Care.

Connected Care provides parents with more benefits, such sleep tracking, which shows a break down between light and deep sleep, and historical data of your baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels, including trends, averages, highs and lows in a 24 hour or 1-week window. Parents can also look at their notification history and review insights that led to red notifications. Better still, all of this data can easily be shared with your family doctor and friends. Parent will also receive daily facts and education about raising healthy infants.

It has a great battery life and range

Parents can have peace of mind in knowing that the Owlet Smart Sock comes with an 18-hour battery life, which can be easily recharged on the Smart Sock’s Base Station. The sock works by connecting via Bluetooth with the Base Station, with a range of up to 100ft. From there the Base Station connects to the app on your phone via Wi-Fi, meaning you are able to keep track of your baby whether you are in the house or away from home.

It has a comprehensive notification system

One of the negatives of traditional pulse oximeters is false alarms. For example, a pulse oximeter may sound an alert for low oxygen when the patient is actually doing just fine. Owlet went to great lengths to reduce these false readings through custom algorithms and a system to detect when the infant is moving and to only provide readings while the baby is in a rested state. Owlet also uses a number of notifications to differentiate between a displaced sensor and a significant decrease/increase in a baby’s heart rate. As a result, the majority of Owlet Smart Sock users use the device without ever receiving a false notification.

If you are feeling anxious about taking your newborn baby home, investing in an Owlet Smart Sock can help to alleviate your worries.

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Best Advice for a New Mom

Advice and opinions are usually well-meaning, but not always useful. We get it. Nobody knows yours and your baby’s needs better than you. So as you are trying to navigate the new waters of parenthood, we’re bringing you some inspirational advice to help you as you make decisions amidst a bombardment others’ opinions.

“If it’s not a problem for you, it’s not a problem.”

I read this quote as a new mom and loved it. So many other moms told me horror stories or their opinions of my plans. Others would offer their insight into the way I did things and made me question myself. Don’t let others get inside your head and create doubt or problems where they don’t exist. As long as it’s not a matter of safety, find what works for you and don’t let others make you insecure about it.

Don’t turn little things into big things

When you look back on this time you will not remember the specific days that ended with a sink full of dishes or a pile of laundry. You won’t remember specific days of a cranky baby or specific days in which you didn’t shower. You will remember your attitude and mindset, though. You will remember how you felt. Try not to make the things that won’t be remembered the priority. Do your best, but as much as possible just let it go.

Parenthood is a job

I’m a huge advocate for parenting classes, books, and education. People often call parenthood “the best job in the world,” and often “the hardest job in the world.” If all other jobs require training, education, certifications, continued education, etc. then why shouldn’t parenting? We’ve all heard the saying “babies don’t come with a manual,” but we aren’t born with a full toolbox of parenting techniques, either. Read books to learn new methods of calming a crying baby, parenting in a positive way, dealing with unruly toddlers, and even hormonal teenagers. Practice new techniques, problem solve, and use critical thinking as a parent just as you would any other job. You will never regret investing in your parenting skills.

This too shall pass

I thought I’d never sleep more than 3 hours at a time again when my son was a newborn. I couldn’t see the end in sight of having to nurse while trying to eat at a restaurant. And then one day I realized I was waking up to an alarm clock again, but didn’t notice when it happened. I was showering at the same time every day again. In the moment, it is hard to imagine an end to some phases, but there will come a day very soon that you realize the phases end quickly and don’t last as long as you think.

Things will end better if you ask for help

I’ve had friends reveal their struggles as new parents once their children are older. They’ve revealed dramatically losing their temper with their husband or calling their moms in hysterics that they need a break. So many times I think and say, “Why didn’t you call me?! I would’ve helped you in a heartbeat, even if it was just to let you take a shower!” But then I think to myself, “Would I have asked for help?” Of course, we can see that the burdens of others could be lighter if they asked for help and maybe prevent negative situations, but how often do we accept the same answer to our own problems?

Accept the wide range of emotions

It’s not only OKAY to cry and feel emotional as a new mom, but NORMAL. Yes, that’s right – NORMAL! Remember, this phase will pass, but don’t feel guilty for being emotional, crying, getting frustrated, etc. However, if you begin feeling hopeless, your emotions seem to be abnormal for an extended period of time or you’re struggling to bond with your baby, don’t hesitate to call your doctor. There’s no shame in not being able to heal ourselves – sometimes our bodies don’t self-regulate and bounce back by themselves, and that’s okay.

Live in the moment

One of my favorite quotes of all times is from Andy Bernard on The Office, when he says, “I wish there was a way to know you’re in “the good old days”, before you’ve actually left them.” Social media has made me more aware of how precious life and time is, as I see news stories and even tragedies from those I know who lose children, parents, or others who are close to them. I do my best to try to live every day like it’s the last day I have with my children. Any day that we are all healthy, taken care of, and together is a good day.

What advice would you give to a new mom?

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7 Steps to a Healthy Pregnancy

Making your health a priority during pregnancy is important for you and your growing baby. Following these 7 steps can help you have a healthy pregnancy and help your baby grow and develop normally.

Drink LOTS of water

It’s always important to drink plenty of water, but it’s especially important during pregnancy. Your body needs water for the baby’s amniotic fluid, and it also makes more blood than usual to circulate nutrients throughout your pregnant body and to the baby, so staying hydrated is very important. Staying hydrated can also help with swelling, constipation, and prevention of Braxton Hicks contractions. The general recommendation for water intake is 8-10 eight-ounce glasses of water per day but talk to your doctor to get his/her advice on hydration.

Maintain your exercise regimen

If you exercised before pregnancy, it’s usually okay to continue your same exercise routine during pregnancy. Staying active during pregnancy has many benefits, including weight control, improved blood circulation, better sleep, and even an easier labor. If you were not active before pregnancy but wish to begin, talk to your doctor about starting an exercise routine. There are many safe exercises for pregnant women, some of the most popular being prenatal yoga, walking, and water aerobics.

Avoid smoke

Pregnant women are instructed to quit smoking during pregnancy, but avoiding second-hand smoke is also important. Inhaling smoke from any source can reduce the amount of oxygen in your bloodstream, which reduces the amount of oxygen delivered to your baby. According to the American Pregnancy Association, second-hand smoke is associated with miscarriage, low birth weight, premature birth, and even SIDS.

Wear your seatbelt

Although it’s probably second-nature to strap-in when you get in a car, you’ll be surprised at how uncomfortable a seatbelt can be once your belly really grows. That third trimester baby bump does not always sit comfortably over that seatbelt, but resist the temptation to take it off.

Don’t miss your appointments

Life happens, we get busy, sick, or just too tired to go out. But the frequency of your doctor appointments during pregnancy are strategic. There are specific tests for various stages of pregnancy, and regular measurements at certain intervals are important to make sure your baby is growing and developing at a normal rate. Do your best to make it to every doctor appointment, and if something does come up make sure you reschedule immediately.

Educate yourself

The more you know, the more power and control you have over your and your baby’s health. Ask your doctor for credible sources about anything you’re worried about. Signs of preterm labor, preeclampsia, the differences between false and true labor, etc. You will be better able take action and know what to do if you’ve learned in advance how to notice any signs or symptoms of trouble.

Listen to your body

Along those lines, listen to your body. If you’re feeling light-headed during exercise, don’t push it. If something doesn’t feel right with baby, don’t ignore that feeling. Our minds are part of our bodies, so trust that gut feeling you have that something is wrong. Take time to meditate, paying attention to your baby’s position and really getting to know your own body. This will help you to know when something is wrong, and help you stay healthy. Always be sure to talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.  

What helped you stay healthy during pregnancy?

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CNBC — Owlet Smart Sock Review

CNBC reporter and new mom reviews the Owlet Smart Sock! Read about her pros and cons here.

Pros:

  • Better Sleep: As soon as I got this Owlet, I actually slept a lot better.
  • Smart Design: They did a really good job with the design of the sock. It’s actually quite easy to put on and it doesn’t fall off, so that’s been great.
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