Owlet Baby Monitor Review and How to Deal with Newborn Sleep
Being a mom to a new baby is mentally, physically and emotionally exhausting. One of the main reasons for this is adjusting to a newborn sleep schedule. (Or should we say lack there of.) Not only do you need to wake up baby to feed every couple of hours, but also to every little sound they make.
I held George to sleep for every single nap, and throughout the night. (Yes, I know this is horrible.) I was able to do nothing else during the day when Trey wasn’t home. Having a one year old this time around, this simply wasn’t possible to repeat with Wilder. (I also wised up and realized it truly wasn’t in his best interest either.) I did tons of research on best sleeping habits with a newborn and swore I wouldn’t make the same newborn sleep mistakes twice.
First, we got an owlet smart sock and baby monitor. As a parent, the constant worry about the wellbeing your baby is real. The owlet uses pulse oximetry to track your infant’s heart rate and oxygen levels and is designed to notify you if something appears to be wrong. Peace of mind is priceless, in my opinion. The fact that I can put this device on Wilder, and sleep better myself, is one of the greatest possible scenarios for a new mom. Their motto is “love more, worry less.” This has proven to be true when we are using the sock. If you need to get a gift for any family expecting, there isn’t a greater thing you could get them. These are changing lives, and saving mothers’ sanity. You can find more information on the logistics of how these socks work HERE.
I also added a Dockatot to my baby supply arsenal. We use this method during the day for naps when I am keeping a close eye on him, but can’t hold him. (NOTE: The Owlet is meant to be used in a crib with nothing else in it, and not in co-sleeping situations.) We make sure Wilder is full, burped, has a clean diaper and then we swaddle him. (Little Unicorn and Modern Burlap are both great swaddle brands.) This method has really worked for us so far. (Knock on wood!!)
Also, the first go around I didn’t want Georgie to wear any baby “gowns”. I thought they were too “girly”. This time around Wilder is in them every night. It makes it so much more accessible for late night diaper changes, and he doesn’t get as upset undressing him and having to get him dressed again. These organic gowns have been my favorites.
Very recently a friend tragically lost her baby to SIDS. It made this post so much more meaningful. I feel compelled to help spread the word about the Owlet Smart Sock and how they can empower parents with the right information at the right time. I do want to share and be clear that because the cause of SIDS is unknown, Owlet cannot and does not claim to prevent it. Jana has quickly made it her life mission to equip families with the owlet to provide parents peace of mind. Owlet has SO GRACIOUSLY offered to match the funds that she raises to provide the socks. It would mean so much to me if you would make a small donation to help raise awareness and provide these to sweet moms who can’t financially manage to purchase one on their own.
You can read more about her story, her son’s legacy and how you can help HERE.
Thanks to Owlet for sending this product for review. All thoughts are my own.