Prayers for Emma: Unlike Other Monitors We Have Tried
January 26, 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.
My name is Catherine and I’m a first-time mom to my beautiful baby girl. My baby Emma is seven months old and was born missing the left ventricle of her heart. She had multiple open
heart surgeries before we took her home for the first time. Then after being home for several
weeks her heart started failing. She was lifeflighted to Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital where
they determined that she needed a heart transplant and transferred her to Seattle Children’s
Hospital to wait for her new heart. She received the gift of a new heart in October and six
weeks later was discharged after spending 20 weeks of her life in the hospital, hooked up to
As you can imagine, we were very nervous to take her home where my husband and I would be
her sole caretakers, without the help of doctors, nurses, and monitors. Emma doesn’t have to
be on monitors at home, which is amazing but nerve-wracking. Since Emma has always been
such a fragile baby, we worry about her all the time, especially during the night. We are so used to waking up at all hours of the night to check on her and make sure she is still breathing. But we can’t stay up all night watching her, because we need sleep too.
But the Owlet Smart Sock has solved the problem for us! We have all slept so much better since we’ve started using it! We still wake up frequently to give medications and pump feedings, but we are so thankful for the Owlet that is watching over Emma so we don’t stay up at night worrying about her. It’s hard to buy peace of mind, but through this device you can! We just slip the sock on Emma at night before she goes to sleep, and anytime during the night we can look at our iPhones or the green light on the Owlet to see that her oxygen saturation levels and her heart rate are in range. It is designed to notify us if they aren’t, which thankfully hasn’t happened yet! But we know that if it does send a notification we will hear it, because we’ve heard it alarm for disconnection problems when we take the sock too far away from the monitor.
The Owlet was so easy to set up. We just had to connect it to WiFi and our iPhones. My husband and I both downloaded the app on our phones so we can check on Emma from anywhere. While he was away for military duty, he was able to check her levels during the night on his phone, from hours away! Emma normally kicks off socks and shoes, so I wondered how well she would keep this on, but she has not once kicked it off. It adjusts in the back and on the bottom to get the perfect snug fit. We have tried other motion baby monitors, but this one is much easier to use and more convenient for travel! Every morning we plug the sock into the monitor to charge and every night we put it on Emma.
Unlike other monitors we have tried, the Owlet is so simple to set up, takes up very little space, and is designed to notify you if the baby’s heart rate or oxygen levels fall out of range. I highly recommend the Owlet Baby Monitor! I have never felt more at ease putting my baby to bed than I have with the Owlet.
Follow Emma’s story on her Facebook page, Prayers for Emma Claire.
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