The first night that Harper was born, and we were in the hospital, I don’t think I slept a minute (okay, well maybe a little bit). I remember her sleeping next to me in the bassinet and hearing a gurgle sound. Being a first time mom, I was terrified that she was going to spit up, choke, and suffocate (yes, I realize I was catastrophizing majorly). I shot up in bed and immediately picked her up. When the nurse entered, I quickly asked her if she was sure that sleeping on her back was the best position. She ensured me that Harper would not choke on her spit up. I immediately felt much better. I guess motherly worry and instinct kicked in from the minute she entered the world. Yet, when we were discharged from the hospital, and headed home, we were on our own. No nurse to come in the middle of the night and assuage my fears.
Enter the Owlet Monitor… the baby monitor to eliminate one more worry in a mother’s life. The Owlet utilizes hospital technology called pulse oximetry (you know… the clip that the hospital places on your finger when you have the pleasure of staying there) to measure Harper’s vitals.
Here’s how it works. The pulse oximetry is in the little wireless “smart sock” that we place on Harper’s foot every evening (she doesn’t even notice it so it doesn’t impair any sleep comfort) so it can monitor her heart rate and oxygen levels while she sleeps. Throughout the evening, if Harper’s heart rate dips, rises too high, or her oxygen levels fall below a certain level, the dock station will sound an alarm to wake us. While it can’t take the place of parental monitoring, it certainly provides me with the peace of mind I need to sleep for however long she will allow me. As a first time mom, I couldn’t imagine how fast my mind would race every evening if I didn’t have the Owlet monitor. Simply seeing the green light lets me know there is an added “third person” watching over her.
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** Thank you to Owlet Monitor for making this post possible. All opinions and thoughts expressed are my own