As a first time parent everything is scary. As a second time parent, most things you stressed about the first time are no big deal this time. Although, I think many parents will agree that no matter how many children you have, the fear of waking to your child not breathing is the one thing you will always stress about.
With Mykenzi, I hardly slept. I was constantly waking to see if her abdomen was moving up and down or often times I’d slide my finger under her nose to make sure I could feel her exhale. It took me until she was nearly two to let her have any stuffed animals or blankets in her crib. Paranoid Mom? Probably. But, I’d never forgive myself if I found her wrapped up in a blanket or butted up to a stuffed animal and not breathing … yes, even at two years old.
With the impending arrival of Rowan, my Husband and I frequently discussed his sleeping arrangements and how we’d make sure he slept as safely as possible. Mykenzi was my traditional back sleeper with no problem. Once Rowan made his debut, he kicked my anxiety into high gear with being a tummy sleeper. I tried every swaddle blanket, sack, wrap known to man and this kid wasn’t having any shut eye unless he was on his belly. My poor little dude has a dairy sensitivity which led to Reflux making tummy sleeping the only thing that kept him comfortable. Tummy sleeping is a big no no in the baby world, and it scares me to death, but for the sake of my sanity I had to do what was best for my little guy. He’s trying to turn Mommy gray before her time. With my anxiety on high alert, I found comfort in knowing that he had an extra set of eyes on him during the night with his Owlet Monitor. To be clear, Owlet does not condone tummy sleeping, in fact, they are advocates for education on safe sleeping habits and encourage back sleeping.
When I was approached by Owlet before Rowan was born, I was super excited to thoroughly test out this product to share with you all. It has taken so long to put this post together because once Rowan got here and demanded alternative sleeping arrangements, I knew this could pose a problem. I reached out to Owlet and let them know my predicament. I wanted to provide my readers with a true review, but I knew that by letting Rowan sleep on his belly we weren’t exactly showing a safe sleeping environment. My contact, a mother herself, understood my position as a Mother and wholeheartedly trusted my view with this post, on the other hand, her professional Owlet side strongly encouraged safe sleeping conditions. For the sake of this review, I wanted to keep it authentic. Rowan is not a back sleeper, he never has been. Owlet is not a life-saving device, but for us, we find peace of mind that knowing that because we are bending the rules on safe sleeping that he is being monitored by an incredibly smart piece of technology. Owlet allows me to rest when I’m not on guard monitoring Rowan myself. I love that when I wake to check on my sweet boy, I can look at my phone and see exactly what his oxygen levels are and his heartbeat. This is definitely something I wish I would’ve had with my first baby.
Let me tell you how this amazing little thing works! Owlet uses a smart sock for your little one with a device in it that uses pulse oximetry, the same technology hospitals use. It monitors your baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels through the sock on your baby’s foot. It then sends that information to the independent base station that sends all the collected stats straight to your phone through Owlet’s app. Don’t fret, Owlet’s app is conveniently available on Apple and Android phones. In addition to the app alerting you, the base station is designed to change colors and alert you if your baby stops breathing. Thankfully, I haven’t had to wake up to that alert, but I have woken up to an alert that my smart sock was dying and that was terrifying enough. There’s nothing worse than waking at 2am to the lullaby the base station plays letting you know you were a dope and forgot to charge the one thing that keeps your mind at ease. You best believe that I only let that happen once because Owlet is just too important to forget.
Because I’m such a firm believer in this product, Owlet is allowing me to off you $20 off your very own monitor. Let Owlet be your eyes through the night, if anything, you might just gain a wink or two of sleep, and we all know you can’t put a price on sleep. But most of all, the peace of mind knowing there’s an extra set of eyes monitoring your little one is every Mother’s sweetest dream. Get some rest Mommas, you deserve it.
To order your Owlet for $20 off click here. Offer ends September 30, 2016.