A couple months before Wallace was born, I asked “Can this baby monitor change the game with our 4th baby?” about the Owlet Smart Sock.
I’m back for an update! Wallace just turned 5 months old, and I’m here to tell you the Owlet is, indeed, a game changer.
Owlet is sponsoring this post.
To refresh your memory, the Owlet Smart Sock uses technology called pulse oximetry to keep tabs on oxygen levels in baby’s blood – like when you’re in the hospital and they put that clip with the red light on your finger. And then it’s sending that information to your phone (with apps for both iPhone and a beta Android app), and also to the independent base station.
This is the new Smart Sock 2, which is a universal fit- it can be worn on either foot so you can switch it as needed. It’s really easy to put on once you try it a couple times.
He doesn’t seem bothered by the sock at all.
He’s interested in it because, well, he has an obsession with his toes, but there’s no way he could pull it off, even when he’s not swaddled or in a sleep sack.
I’ve been very open about my postpartum anxiety and OCD battles and how sleep deprivation makes it so much worse. This time around, even though the PPA/OCD has returned (like I expected and planned for), it’s manageable, in part, because I’m getting sleep. What I love about the Owlet is the app that lets me roll over in bed in the middle of the night and quickly check to be sure all is well with Wallace without having to hover over him to see if he’s breathing.
If I want even more info, I can easily access his heart rate and oxygen levels within the app.
I’ve only ever heard a disconnect notification go off, usually when I’m feeding him while laying on our sides if it’s the side his sock is on. But that’s almost peace of mind, you know? Knowing that it’s actually working and picking up even the tiniest disruption.
So my official review is this: The Owlet Baby Care Monitor has helped ease my mind. The monitor itself is simple to set up and use, and the app is simple to understand.
This definitely makes my list of Good Baby Stuff. It’s not cheap (on sale for $299, regular price $349, and refurbished models $199), but they make it easy to register for one or for people to purchase you gift cards for one. It also comes with a one-year warranty and a 45-day “peace of mind guarantee.”