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Safe Sleep Environment

In January we shared the top 5 correlating factors that families who experienced red notifications shared with us, in an effort to promote safe sleep conditions and shed light on common factors that coincided with the Owlet notifying for oxygen levels below the preset range.

Airway obstruction was one of these 5 correlating factors, with 11 percent of families who reported experiencing a low oxygen notification discovered their baby had restricted breathing*. Reasons for the restricted breathing included:

  • A mom who fell asleep while breastfeeding her baby and Owlet sounded a red notification and woke her up. She found her baby fell into a position that restricted her breathing.
  • One mom woke up to a red notification to find her baby’s hand over her face while sleeping.
  • A mom and dad woke up to a red notification from Owlet and found that her husband rolled over on top of the baby while the baby was sleeping in their bed.
  • One mom woke up to a red notification and found a blanket covering her baby’s face.

Ensure a Safe Sleeping Environment

In an effort to reduce the risks of sleep-related infant deaths and incidents, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has established safe sleep guidelines that parents should follow to keep their baby safe when sleeping. These guidelines include:

  • Following the ABCs of safe sleep: Placing baby Alone, on his/her Back, in his/her Crib (or other safe sleeping place).
  • In following this advice, do not place any soft bedding including loose blankets or pillows, stuffed animals, or other soft objects in your baby’s sleeping area. This also includes crib bumper pads.
  • Your baby should sleep on a firm mattress that does not conform to his/her head shape, and should not be placed to sleep on a regular bed, couch, or other soft surface that could contour to his/her body and create a risk of accidental suffocation. AAP recommends using a firm mattress with a tight fitted sheet only.
  • Consider room-sharing with your baby, but not bed-sharing. The AAP recommends doing this for at least the first 6 months and optimally, for the first year of life.
  • Keep your baby at a comfortable temperature to avoid overheating. Dress him/her in appropriate clothing that does not cover the face or head. Consider using a safe wearable blanket, like a sleep sack.
  • Do not use the Owlet as an excuse to ignore safe sleeping guidelines. The Owlet Monitor is not intended to diagnose, treat, mitigate, cure, or prevent any disease or condition. The Owlet Baby Monitor is only intended to assist you in tracking your baby’s wellbeing and is not intended to replace you as a caregiver. You are ultimately responsible for your baby.


*We cannot say definitively the cause of the low oxygen levels but we can report the facts that were given to us when these different families shared their experiences.

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