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As a registered nurse I am giving my recommendations and point of view on this Owlet Smart Sock monitor. This is not to be taken as medical advice and should not be perceived as such. For medical advice, you should always consult your physician.
Per the manufacturer, the Smart Sock is not a medical device. It is not intended for use as a medical device or to replace a medical device. It does not and is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, alleviate or prevent any disease or health condition or investigate, replace or modify anatomy or any physiological process.
Most new parents coming home from the hospital after the birth of a new baby are a little nervous. It is quite a natural thing to feel that way and I want to tell you about a device that monitors your baby’s well-being while he sleeps. Please note that the device I am going to tell you about is not medical equipment and is for use in healthy babies.
Hospitals use medical equipment such as heart monitors and pulse oximeters. The heart monitor is a device that measures the heart rate and rhythm of the heart. A pulse oximeter is a device that clips on a finger or toe to measure the amount of oxygen in the blood. This baby monitor works in much the same way in that it will let you know if your baby’s heart rate or oxygen level is not right.
Parents with babies that are born prematurely or have a medical condition are even more anxious when they bring their baby home and understandably so. Here is when I think this baby monitor really comes in handy for not only the baby’s sake, but for the parents! This is a great device for all babies.
What is it and how does it work?
The Owlet Smart Sock (3rd generation) is a sock with a small device in it that is placed on your baby’s skin. It comes with a base and there is an app that goes with it. You set up the app on your smartphone to receive readings when you are not home and the base gives you readings at home. Consult your pediatrician for setting up the parameters for your baby’s heart rate and for how many breaths per minute he should be taking and for the oxygen saturation level. Then, of course, if your baby’s heart rate or oxygen level goes outside of the parameters set, the alarm will go off alerting you that your baby needs attention.
When should you use it?
Anytime you put your baby down for a nap or for the night, you should put this sock on his foot. That way, if the baby rolls over and his nose and mouth are obstructed by a blanket or the mattress, the alarm will go off to let you know something is wrong. This could potentially save a life. Actually, I have heard stories where it did save a baby’s life.
How long do you use it?
The Smart Sock can be used from birth to 18-months-of-age. It will fit babies from 5 to 30 pounds.
The battery life for this unit is 16 hours. It will take 90 minutes for a full charge. After your baby gets up from sleeping, just put the sock in the charge on the base and it will be ready when you need it later in the day or at night, whichever you choose.
Also available with a camera
Owlet Smart Baby Monitor Duo (Smart Sock + Camera) not only has the sock with a monitoring device but has a camera so you can see and hear your baby and is compatible with Android and iOS. This dual unit is a better deal than if you were to purchase the camera separately. The camera is high definition and has night vision as well.
Talk to your baby
Another really nice feature this “dual” unit has is that you can talk to your baby. Babies love to hear their parents’ voices and it is soothing to them. Sometimes all they need to hear is your voice. You can use the background audio to listen to your baby as you use your phone for other tasks.
I have found that many pediatricians recommend this monitoring device to parents, especially with their concerns about SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). Although no one really knows what causes SIDS, it is believed by many clinicians and researchers that SIDS is associated with problems in the ability of the baby to wake up from sleep, low levels of oxygen, or a buildup of carbon dioxide in the blood. When babies sleep face down, they may re-breathe exhaled carbon dioxide.
Baby on side or back
I highly recommend that when you put your baby down for sleep that you place him on his side or back.
My final thoughts
I remember when I had each of my children and waking up several times during the night checking on them to make sure they were breathing. Oh, if only I had such a great monitoring device it would have saved me some precious sleep. But that was then and this is now. It never ceases to amaze me how far we have come in the 21st century!
My recommendation to you is to get this Owlet Smart Sock baby monitor. I personally prefer the one with the camera as I always like to see what the baby is doing and how he is looking – his coloring, positioning, and facial expressions. I think it is a good idea for you too. You can tell a lot about your baby just by looking at his face.
I know you will be happy with either the Owlet Smart Baby Monitor Duo or the Owlet Smart Baby Monitor.
You will have peace of mind knowing your baby is just fine and if he needs you right away – you will be there!
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