This is a sponsored post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
It’s amazing how much baby care and gear has evolved in the short time I have been a parent. The baby items I’m using with Miles vs the items I used for Maggie seem like decades apart, while they are actually just shy of 6 years apart. Honestly I think it’s a combination of technology and my personal education and experience. When I was pregnant with Maggie, I had no clue what I needed, even when I walked around registering. I chose more on color than I did on research. Over the past 6 years, I’ve learned a lot about what we really need in our home to care for a baby and I’ve also learned the importance of researching before buying when it comes to baby gear. On the technology front, I’ve seen major changes in baby monitors, car seats and even strollers.
Of all the new things I’ve tried with Miles, the most fascinating to me is the new Owlet Baby Care system. It really does help parents “rest assured”.
The Owlet Baby Monitor is a smart baby monitor that uses hospital technology, pulse oximetry, designed to alert you if your baby stops breathing. The company miniaturized this amazing technology into a tiny, snuggly baby sock that your little one wears to bed. Owlet is totally wireless and connects via bluetooth to a base station and Wi-Fi to your smartphone.
The wireless Smart Sock fits snug on your baby’s foot and monitors their heart rate and oxygen levels while they sleep. You get updates on your smartphone. I love how the Owlet site says “Why do you get an alert when someone “likes” your status but not when your baby stops breathing? It’s time for a change.” It’s so true. We use technology and our smartphones all day long. Why not use it to monitor your baby all night long if you can? You now can!
I’ve been pretty sad about moving Miles out of our room into his nursery and crib. It should be the easiest – I’ve done this 3 other times. It’s the hardest because I know he’s our last baby. So even though he’s 6 months old, having Owlet and the extra peace of mind while he “moves out” and down the hall with his brother, is key for me.
Owlet was really easy to set up. When I first took it out of the box I was a little nervous there were going to be a ton of directions to read before set up. Instead, you download the app and Owlet walks your through the set up in such a clear, easy to follow way. What I really like is that you have to “check boxes” as you progress through the set up. Then if you had any questions there were super helpful videos at each step you could watch. It was faster and easier than I was expecting to set up.
(Sofie the Giraffe to give you an idea of how small the whole system is!)
Once you follow all of the set up steps, you are ready to go. During the set up, I really liked that you got to hear the different alert sounds so you know ahead of time what you might hear during the night. In addition to the peace of mind you have using the system, it’s neat to see all of the baby’s stats right on the app.
When deciding what you need for your new baby, I would definitely call Owlet a need vs a want. Peace of mind and something to help a parent rest assured is so important. I wish I had Owlet with all of my babies. For more info (plus a great video on how it works) head to the Owlet site.