How to Get Better Sleep While Pregnant

It’s well known that parents can expect sleep loss once baby comes, but many don’t realize that the sleep loss often starts way before baby comes. From discomfort, heartburn, aches and pains, and constant bathroom trips, it can be very hard to get a good night’s sleep while pregnant.

Here are some tips and ideas to help improve your sleep while you’re pregnant.

Avoid liquids before bed

Stay hydrated during the day so that you can stop drinking liquids about 3 hours before bed to cut down on those midnight bathroom breaks. Drinking can also excite baby, and a late-night gymnastics session in your uterus also won’t help your efforts to get better sleep.

Empty Your Bladder before Bed

On a similar note, don’t forget to go to the bathroom before going to bed. Isn’t it just the worst when you’re so exhausted and fall onto your bed, only to realize you have to pee, like, 10 minutes later? So you just lay there debating whether it’s worth it to get up? Add a third-trimester belly and that decision just got harder, so don’t forget to go to bed with your bladder empty.

Find your sweet spot

With all of your body changes, you’ll likely need to find a new sleep position than you used before pregnancy. I used to always sleep on my back, but when I was pregnant the only way I could sleep was on my left side with a pillow wedged under my belly and between my legs.

Invest in a Body Pillow

Body pillows are more than worth the investment. After stealing essentially every pillow from our bed to wedge somewhere around my body, I finally got a body pillow and was immediately angry that I waited so long. That thing wrapped from under my stomach to between my knees and everywhere in between. It was amazing. I even continued to sleep with my body pillow after baby was born. Don’t wait on this one, it’s worth the investment.

Try the Couch

Honestly, some nights my bed just wasn’t comfortable. Maybe I was sore and the mattress wasn’t soft enough, maybe my husband was snoring. Whatever the reason, I ended up on the couch several times and slept amazingly. I would still wedge some pillows all around me but for some reason, the couch was sometimes the remedy. If all of your efforts for comfort and rest don’t seem to work, try the couch.

Create a Bedtime Routine

Babies and kids are not the only people who benefit from a bedtime routine. Adults, too, should establish some bedtime practices that help them wind down, physically and mentally. Perhaps a shower or bath, plugging in your phone out of reach, and reading part of a book will help your body prepare for sleep. Consistency with a bedtime routine will help your body create an association with those activities and sleep and help you sleep better.

What helped you get better sleep when you were pregnant?

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New Must-Have Wearable Tech for Babies

Over the past few years, the technological advancements in baby tech, especially wearable tech, have been incredible. Here are some new, must-have wearable tech items for babies.

Owlet Smart Sock 2

We’d be remiss if we didn’t share the Owlet Smart Sock 2. This device tracks your infant’s heart rate and oxygen levels while they sleep and is designed to notify you if either falls out of range. Equipped with a sensor, three fabric socks (sizes 0-18 months), base station, and compatible app, the Owlet is a must-have item for the tech-savvy.

Pacif-i Smart Pacifier

The Pacif-i is not your mother’s pacifier. It utilizes low energy Bluetooth technology to constantly measure your baby’s temperature, providing accurate, time-stamped readings to your iOS or Android devices. And it comes in four different colors.

Project Nursery Parent + Baby SmartBand

This device is the first-of-its-kind, created specifically for parents and babies. The SmartBand allows you to log important information like breastfeeding/bottle feeding, pumping, child weight and naps. It can also track your hydration, weight, diet, exercise, and sleep, and act as an activity tracker for you and your baby.

Garmin babyCam

Why settle for your run-of-the-mill mirror, when technology can help you monitor your child in the car? If you’re already a Garmin product lover, this camera will sync up to your existing Garmin navigation device to provide a live feed of your reverse-facing baby. Plus, it provides a notification when you are exiting your vehicle to check for remaining passengers in your vehicle. Pretty cool, right?

VersaMe Starling

This wearable tech item processes your verbal engagements with your baby by telling you how many words your baby hears and speaks throughout the day. It clips onto your child’s shirt just below the neck and tracks environmental language patterns, words goals and the developmental progress of your child.

What are some of your favorite must-have wearable tech items for babies? 

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Evidence for Peace of Mind – Data on 47,495 Owlet Users Summarized in a Pediatric Journal

Huge news at Owlet!

As one of the pioneers for in-home monitoring of infants we felt a big responsibility to provide superior technology and peace of mind for parents. Nearly two years later, we are proud to continue pioneering by being the first in-home health monitor to share its unique data collected from nearly 50,000 newborns. Our observations have been published in Global Pediatric Health, a peer-reviewed medical journal!

The paper includes analysis from tens of thousands of babies monitored at home with Owlet and validates what so many of you already know and have experienced in your own lives: the Smart Sock reduces parental anxiety, improves Mom’s and Dad’s sleep and is easy to use.

To our knowledge, our publication shares the most extensive dataset that describes the advantages of the new generation of home-monitoring technology by Owlet in newborns.

You can read the full-text article here. Here are some highlights for you:

  •      Evidence for “Peace of Mind:” 96% of parents using Owlet feel less anxious, debunking the long-held theory that in-home monitoring leads to more anxiety for parents.
  •      Better Quality Sleep for Parents: 94% of parents report better sleep quality while using the Owlet Smart Sock.
  •      Generation Shift and Knowledge-Empowered Millennial Parents: 75% use in-home monitoring for peace of mind or the desire to know more about their child.
  •      Healthcare Confidence: 37% of Owlet users had at least one healthcare industry professional in the household.
  •      Safe Sleep for Babies: 82% of parents report practicing the safe sleep guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

This is the first of many observations and clinical studies we plan to publish. It is in line with our mission to better care access for babies in the home by empowering parents with the right information at the right time.

 

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Easy Ways to Buy An Owlet

It is our mission to empower ALL parents with the information they need to know their babies are okay. In order to accomplish this mission, our product needs to have both affordable prices and be accessible. Every day we are exploring new options to make this possible and are working hard to make technology that is normally thousands of dollars, less expensive and appropriate for in-home use on an infant for $299.

While we’re extremely proud of the work we’ve done so far to make the Smart Sock 2 more affordable than other products that use pulse oximetry, we understand there’s still a lot of work to be done and we’re continually working to make our products less expensive to produce while maintaining the quality and reliability. Here are a few immediate ways we are trying to help ALL parents experience the peace of mind Owlet provides.

Learn more about them below!

Payment Options – Buy Now, Pay Later – Starting at $25 per month for 12 months

Owlet offers the option to buy now and pay later through Affirm. Simply go through the checkout process like normal until you get to Payment Method. Once there, select ‘Affirm Monthly Payments’ and you’ll be directed to Affirm’s site to apply. Learn more about this payment option and financing through Affirm here: https://store.owletcare.com/pages/affirm-faq

Buy the Smart Sock using HSA / FSA funds

Did you know that you can now use your FSA or HSA funds to purchase an Owlet? It’s easy! Simply visit our website and add products you would like to purchase to your cart. Once finished, proceed through the checkout process like normal and use your FSA or HSA card in place of your debit/credit card. 

Discount Owlet Smart Sock – Certified Refurbished

Keep an eye on our website — as inventory allows, we sell Certified Refurbished Smart Sock 1’s for a 30-50% discount (price ranges from $149.99 – $199.99). Affirm and gift cards can be used in conjunction with refurbished monitors too! To see if we have any refurbished monitors in stock, check out our website.

Add Owlet to Your Registry

Are you signed up for a registry? The Owlet Smart Sock 2 is now sold in major retail stores, like buybuy Baby, Babies R Us, and Amazon.com, where you can add it to your registry! You can also easily add the Owlet using the online Babylist Baby Registry here.

Gift Cards – Help From Friends

Did you know we offer gift cards on our website? Amounts from $5, $15, $25 and up are available, which is a great way for your friends and family to contribute, even in small amounts. Find them here.

Foundation Support

If you find none of these options seem appropriate for your circumstances, you can seek support from one of many foundations who raise funds to purchase Owlet Smart Socks for families in need. Many of these foundations have an application process and quantities are limited. To help, Owlet matches many foundations one for one.

The Future (Insurance, Subscription & More)

Owlet has submitted a 510(k) application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), seeking clearance for a medical version of the Owlet Smart Sock. This would open the door to have the Smart Sock covered by insurance and give doctors the opportunity to prescribe them to patients. We are also looking into a subscription model where parents can essentially rent their Owlet device.

Have an idea to make Owlet more affordable? Comment below! Please remember Owlet does not offer coupon codes or discount codes. If you are aware of any site claiming to offer a discount, let us know.

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