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It’s crazy how much has changed in baby gear in less than a decade. There are so many things available for my 2-month-old son that didn’t exist when I had my twins, now age 8 — all thanks to the evolution of technology.
For some reason, this time around I’m more paranoid when Liam is sleeping. Okay, let’s be honest — I still check my older kids while they’re sleeping and they’re 6, 8, and 8! As any parent can attest, it’s hard to not have some anxiety. Even if he’s sound asleep, I check to make sure he’s breathing or not swaddled too tightly. Have you ever woken up with that sinking feeling that something is wrong? I’ve found myself creeping in Liam’s room and checking to see his little belly moving up and down.
Enter the Owlet Smart Sock 2, a baby monitor that Liam wears on his foot to track his heart rate and oxygen levels. I have had such a peace of mind since we’ve started using it! With my three older kids, we had plain audio monitors, which we would listen to diligently for tiny baby snores or rustling in the crib. The Owlet makes it so much easier to know your little one is okay. We haven’t even used our video monitor since setting up the sock.
I assumed that the Owlet was for newborns only, but was surprised to learn it’s recommended for 0-18 months. The box contains three different sizes of socks along with the Owlet base station, so it continues to fit your baby’s growing feet.
Once you download the Owlet app, it takes you step-by-step through how to size your infant correctly for the sock, plus how to properly put it on to avoid misreadings. I really appreciated how thorough the instructions were. Although a size 1 sock was recommended for his age, I found he actually needed a size 2 based on the helpful app suggestions. The sock doesn’t move around at all once it’s on, which is convenient.
When the sock is on, it reads both oxygen levels and heart rate. If anything is too high or low, you’ll get a notification on the app and the dock makes a noise. Since Liam’s nursery is across the hall, I keep the dock right at my bedside and when it glows green, I know Liam is okay, and I can relax. If your child is over 100 feet away from your room, you can keep the dock in the nursery and rely on the app for readings.
Quick Tip: remember to turn off the sock when you take it off. One day I heard “Hush, Little Baby” playing from Liam’s room and it was the docking station. It almost sounds like an old-school cell phone ringer. To keep this from happening to you, just don’t forget to turn off the dock when you’re not using the sock. The whole dock is a button — just press the entire station down to turn it off.
I was worried Liam wouldn’t like the feeling of the sock, but he barely notices it. It will be interesting to see if he tries to take it off as he gets older. We don’t have him wear the Owlet for naps during the day; we just keep it charged by the dock. At bedtime, we put on the sock when he puts on his pajamas. We’ve had no issues getting reads through footie PJs or our swaddle.
After a few weeks of use, we are really enjoying the Owlet and hope to use it as he grows older. It is so comforting to be able to wake up in the middle of the night and see the green glow of the dock. We’re actually to the point where we are getting a good chunk of sleep again, thankfully.
When I was doing research online, I read a lot of reviews where people complained about getting constant false readings. I have never had issues with the sock misreading stats and I really believe it all has to do with proper placement. Of course, if you’re having trouble, the Owlet customer service line will be happy to help you.
Want to check out the Owlet for your family? Find it on the Owlet website, plus Amazon, Babies “R” Us, and Buy Buy Baby.
Have you tried the Owlet Smart Sock 2? How did it work for you?
This post is sponsored by Owlet. All opinions are truthful and my own.