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Worrying less and breathing easy more

January 7, 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.

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Hi! I am Megan Fowler and I have to tell you about a product that truly changed my life as a mother… On September 3rd of this year my life changed in a way that I never thought was possible. At 10:15 in the morning I gave birth to my very first child: a little girl named Vivilyn. Coming home from the hospital I was tired and overwhelmed. I really wanted my daughter sleeping in her crib before I had to go back to work. I worked hard at getting her in a routine and sleeping on her own, and eventually the hard work paid off. Around two months of age my sweet little bundle was sleeping in her crib like a big girl. While we were both now getting more sleep, I was now introduced to a new set of worries.

Every night after I laid her down in her crib I would constantly go back to check on her. I would creep in her room and peek over the edge of her crib, even place a hand on her chest to see if she was breathing. If I was not sneaking a peek at her, I was studying the video monitor, looking for the rise and fall of her chest or the slightest bit of movement. I even woke her up a few times from going in to check on her! I was full of new mommy worry and I was a mess! But, just a few weeks ago, all of that changed when I was introduced to the Owlet Care Monitor.

The first night that we used the Owlet Care Monitor I was a bit skeptical. I was not really sure how it would work but I was very interested and ready to give it a try. After installing the app, watching all of the help videos and reading the guide, cover-to-cover, I was ready to lay Vivi down for the night. We started with the size 1 sock since she was too big for the newborn sock. It fit her securely and it did not seem to bother her. I rocked her to sleep, turned on the monitor and left the room to check the app on my phone. Since she was asleep and still, I was able to get an accurate reading and saw that her stats were not only normal, but I could see exactly what they were.

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I was amazed. For the first time since having my daughter I was actually able to breathe a sigh of relief. Every night it is the same thing. I am able to easily check on my daughter, without disturbing her, and get a clear picture on her heart rate and oxygen levels. A few nights after I first started using the monitor I was actually woken in the middle of the night with my first notification. Vivi’s heart rate had dropped and the Owlet monitor notified me to this potential problem. I rushed into her room, where she was sleeping soundly, but I still nursed her for fear that her blood sugar was causing the abnormality. As I nursed my sleeping angel that night I realized just how thankful I was for that tiny little sock. I am so grateful the monitor did alert me to the problem, allowing me to get to her quickly and assess the situation. I knew from that moment on that I would make sure that Vivi wore her Owlet Care Monitor every night.

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While my new mom worry is still very present in my life, I am able to get quite a bit of relief as I strap on that little sock to her foot every night. The Owlet Care Monitor has truly changed my life as a mother. I find myself worrying less and that definitely helps me to breathe easy. If I do get worried, I simply pull up the app on my phone and check her stats. I will recommend this product to all moms whether they are a friend or a stranger, first time mom or a mom of multiple children. I cannot even begin to express just how valuable this little monitor is to my family.

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To keep up more with Megan and little Vivilyn, you can check out her blog at BeingMrsFowler.com. For daily updates you can check her out on Instagram @BeingMrsFowler!

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2 thoughts on “Worrying less and breathing easy more

janep@owletcare.com'

Jane Putnam

Thanks for your question! The alert strategy is predetermined and the levels at which the monitor is designed to alert cannot be changed.

casey.l.bouchard@gmail.com'

Casey

Is there a way for this to be adjusted for babies who have conditions that would cause their heart rate to differ from other, healthy babies? For example, my son has ASD so his heart rate is still a little faster than normal. Would that constantly trigger an alarm?