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Five Secrets You May Not Know About the Owlet Base Station

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Secret #1: Did you know that you can dim the Base Station?

Is the light from the Base Station keeping you up? The Base Station light can be dimmed! There are two light settings. To dim the Base Station, press and hold the Base Station down on a hard, flat surface for a few seconds until the light dims. For more detailed instructions, check out this article on our Tech Support page.

Secret #2: Did you know that you can test the red notification?

Are you concerned that you won’t hear the red notification? Or do you just want to know what you would hear if you had a red notification? You can test the red notification whenever you would like. (You might want to test during the day, or you may wake up your family!) To test the red notification, press down on the Base Station for 15 seconds. This article has a more detailed explanation.

Secret #3: Did you know that the Base Station charges the Smart Sock?

Yep! The Smart Sock is charged every night with a micro USB cable that connects the Smart Sock to the Base Station. The Base Station stays plugged into the wall, and charges the sock. The battery in the sock lasts for 18 hours! That’s long enough for naps and sleeping through the night. 

Secret #4: Did you know there are three kinds of notifications?

The red notification is designed to notify you if your baby’s heart rate or oxygen level goes outside of the preset range. Learn more about red notifications here.

The yellow notification is designed to notify when the Smart Sock is not finding a good reading. The Base Station will flash yellow and will play a song. Learn more about yellow notification here.

The blue notification is designed to notify when the Smart Sock is too far from the Base Station or when something is blocking the Bluetooth signal. Learn more about blue notifications here.

Secret #5: Do you know what the Base Station looks like?

The Base Station has a simple design. Check out this video that highlights features on the Base Station and Smart Sock.

Author Info

Amber Nielsen

Amber is the Content Coordinator at Owlet. She loves sunshine, babies, and puppies. Originally from Amish Country, Pennsylvania, she is mildly obsessed with Wilbur's chocolate.

Products in this Article

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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23 thoughts on “Five Secrets You May Not Know About the Owlet Base Station

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Sarah Marshall

We purchased the owlet about 7 months ago when my son was born with SVT. He’s been sleeping in a bassinet in our bedroom and now we’re working on moving him into his room. Unfortunately it appears that we’re unable to connect the base station to the sock down the hall. I thought I had connectivity to 100ft? My phone is not displaying the alarms for the owlet for some reason (we’ve went through all the settings, not sure what the problem is) and the base station won’t connect and that really is a problem at this point 🙁 do I have any options? Leaving the base station in his room would defy the purpose for me and wake him everytime the yellow alarm sounds (he tends to kick the sock lose).

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Kyrie

Hi Sarah, the Bluetooth distance will depend on the location of the rooms and the materials used to build your house. For assistance getting the app to connect, please call our team at (844) 334-5330 and they’ll look right into this for you! Once the app is able to connect, you can adjust the sensitivity of the base station notifications. We hope to get everything running smoothly for you soon!

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Gretel Gonzalez

I would love to get that code. My daughter just had her first baby and he decided he couldn’t wait till May 9th and he wanted to come March 28th. He is currently in the NICU and he cannot come home till he starts eating every two and a half hours an ounce or more, he was also having sleep apnea. I wish they had this when all three of my girls we’re born because my husband and I would be getting up every 3 hours or so to see if they were breathing and my oldest daughter did it would all three of her kids also. So we’re definitely going to get one for my new grandson specially since he was a preemie.

Andrea

It’s a brilliant product. We love our owlet and love our sleep!The only think I can complain about…I wish I thought of the idea first.

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Jennifer Moses

My husband was in a serious accident this summer, several severe injuries and lost a limb. I was 33 weeks pregnant with our fourth child at the time and my bp went through the roof. My OB kept ordering me away from the ICU for monitoring and 3 day a week NSTs. I had ordered the owlet monitor the morning before the accident and forgot about it. I refused early induction and agreed to have it done the day I turned 37 weeks, a few days after my husband was discharged. I hemorrhaged during the c section and my daughter’s oxygen dropped. She was on oxygen for awhile and I was a nervous wreck coming home from the hospital. I was exhausted from sleeping in a hospital chair for weeks, getting up every two hours for wound care and medication for my husband the past few days we were home, and losing so much blood during delivery. I was terrified that I was so exhausted I would fall asleep at night and not wake up as often as I should to check on my daughter while she slept and her oxygen would drop again. The moment I walked in the door from the hospital I saw the box and remembered I bought the owlet monitor. I sat it up within 10 minutes, including the app on my Android phone. It was very simple and the app works flawlessly. Although my daughter sleeps in the bassinet right beside my bed, there would be no warning if her oxygen or heart rate drops without the owlet. I cannot begin to tell you how very grateful I am for this monitor. It’s truly saved my sanity by allowing me to get much needed rest while my daughter sleeps without fear and worry. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for such a wonderful product! I tell every woman I know about it and recommend it to them all. It’s worth every cent and more for the peace of mind it’s given me. I wish I would’ve had it with my other 3 children.

Alfonso

When will the new model be made available for purchase? I know it’s being tested now and I am hoping it will be out before we buy the current model in Jauary.

Brittany

Alfonso, we do not have a timeline set to launch a new version of Owlet at this time.

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Kristy

So my daughter sleeps in her swing.i know I can’t see her vitals from my phone. But does the monitor still work? It flashes slow green like her breathing..

Brittany

Hi Kristy, Owlet was designed to be used in sleep scenarios where baby is flat on their back in a crib or bassinet. Owlet filters out movement to reduce false alarms, so we don’t recommend you use Owlet in a swing.

sarah

Why is this product so expensive? It’s a great idea, it’s just unfortunate that it is out of so many parents budgets.

Brittany

Hi Sarah, when making Owlet we didn’t cut any corners because we wanted the best for your baby. With Owlet we miniaturized a $2000 + hospital pulse oximeter and made it appropriate for the nursery and affordable for families to purchase. Have you checked out our payment plan through Affirm? You can get payments as low as $22/month.

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Joann

Can you have two base stations for one soc? Like if you want to have one sock for baby but a station at home and one at babysitters?

Brittany

Hi Joann, unfortunately you can only have one Base Station associated to one sock and vice versa. If you want to use Owlet at the babysitter’s house all you have to do is just plug it in there and connect to their WiFi and Owlet is designed to show you their live vitals while you’re out and about! Let us know if you have any more questions!

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Breanna

I love the Owlet. I even have an Android phone and the app works well enough. But the base station and sock are flawless. So much peace of mind! I will be getting these as baby shower presents. Thank you for helping prevent deaths from SIDS!!!

Brittany

Hi Breanna, thank you for your sweet comment! We just want to clarify that Owlet is not intended to combat SIDS as the reason for SIDS is unknown. We created Owlet to give you peace of mind for you and your family! So excited for you and your new little one!

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Lori B

For multiples, like twins, would you need two complete owlet sets or is there an alternative like two socks/one base type setup?

Brittany

Hi Lori, for multiples (twins) you will need two complete Owlets. You have to have two of everything with twins. Let us know if you have any more questions!

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Ross

Thanks for this! We just got the Owlet for baby number two!
Thanks

Brittany

Yay! We’re so happy to hear it! Congratulations on the upcoming little one!

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CRISTINA

HI, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE YOUR PRODUCT.I’M FROM MEXICO CITY AND I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO PURCHASE THE SOCK SINCE MY BABY IS GOINT BE BORN AT OCTOBER TOPS! HOWEVER I WOULD LOVE IT IF YOY COULD HELP ME WITH A DISCOUNT SINCE THE DOLLAR IS VERY HIGH RIGHT NOW AND I HAVE TO GET THE MONITOR TO AN USA ADDRESS AND ASK SOMEONE TO BRING IT TO ME HOME. HOPE THERE’S SOMETHING YOU CAN DO FOR US. THANKS A LOT.

Brittany

Hi Cristina, Owlet is only available in the US and Canada! So sorry about that. If you are buying from either of those countries please email contact@owletcare.com to ask about a coupon code!

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Gloria

Really!? There’s a coupon code!!? I bought twoOwlets because I had twins. I could’ve used a coupon! I love this item as well. The sock and the base do work flawless. However I have had nothing but problems trying to get it to sync to my wifi so I can use my phone app.

Brittany

Hi Gloria! You can contact us at contact@owletcare.com to inquire about the coupon code! If you want to give our Tech Support team a call they can help you to troubleshoot and get your Wi-Fi connected for you! Their phone number and hours are: (844) 334-3717 available Monday-Saturday 7 am – 9 pm MST.