Written by his momma: On April 13, 2016 we welcomed our 3rd baby boy, Everett, into the world at 37 weeks. At first we thought everything was just fine but soon after being born he was brought to the NICU because of his noisy breathing and his inability to keep his oxygen sats at a normal level. We were initially told he’d likely need to stay for 48 hours to receive antibiotics for a potential infection. We soon discovered this was not the case.
He went from needing a little extra oxygen from the nasal cannula to needing high flow. He was still getting worse so he was put on the c-pap. The c-pap was not working well enough for his oxygen needs so he was put on a ventilator. We spent the next 2.5 weeks watching our baby struggle to breathe and hooked up to so many machines. He was diagnosed with Respiratory Distress Syndrome and his right lung blew a large hole (pneumo thorax). He had fluid and air collecting in his chest cavity and air trapped inside his lung tissues. Both of his lungs were very stiff and had a hard time expanding. He had 2 chest tubes, picc line, catheter, umbilical line, and numerous procedures and tests.
I lived with him in the hospital during his stay and spent my days and nights staring at his monitors watching his heart rate, respiration rate, and oxygen levels. With every alarm bell that rang my heart would sink and most of the time it was his oxygen level dropping. I would go over and try to stimulate him or reposition to get his level back up. After 2.5 weeks we were able to come home and I was an absolute nervous wreck. All I could think about was what if his oxygen level dropped during the night and we didn’t know?
Here is where the Owlet smart sock baby monitor came into our life. At first I was a bit skeptical as I was wondering if the readings would be correct but it soon proved to be the greatest gift we could ever receive.
The setup was super easy and we got it all ready to go the first night home. His heart rate and oxygen readings were pretty much the same as they were in the hospital and I laid in bed for the first couple hours just staring at the app on my phone.
Everett is now 7 weeks old and I still stare at his readings periodically through the night. I still have nightmares about him struggling to breathe and being on life support, so to be able to check on his heart rate and oxygen levels when I need to is absolutely priceless for my mommy heart. I am able to rest at night knowing if something goes wrong with him I will get an alert. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for this wonderful product and piece of mind.
• Easy setup
• Monitoring via smart phone as well as base station
• Multiple size socks & alternate sock option
• The monitor charges fairly quickly
• The alarm for a sock falling off or being too far from the base is a song (different from the actual alarm sound for high or low readings)
• The sock needs to be near the charging station
• I’d love to be able to use the Owlet in the car when you can’t monitor baby as closely
• Not easily compatible with multiples (Note Owlet’s response: [Owlet was not designed for twins. We do plan on developing a more twin friendly version. Right now the app only works with one iOS device at a time. You can use two Owlet monitors in your home, you just need two base stations, two socks, and two iOS devices (or you can log out and back in from the same iOS device)].
Buy your own Owlet smart sock baby monitor online for $249.
Disclosure: I received an Owlet monitor. All thoughts and opinions are my own.