I know so many of you have been asking for this review, but I really wanted to wait until I had used the owlet baby monitor for a good amount of time so I could give it an honest review.
The owlet baby monitor is a relatively new baby product that has taken the market by storm. Years ago when they were in the development stages my husband was in a business competition with them. He came home and told me they had lost to the “baby sock people” and I wanted to know more. He explained to me it was a sock you put on your baby while they slept. And that it had a sensor in it that is designed to alert you if your baby’s heart rate or oxygen levels got too low. I was so intrigued and said that if it was on the market when I had a baby I would pay for it no matter how much it cost.
Well it’s on the market and all in all I think everyone needs it!
The Owlet is a baby monitor that uses pulse oximetry to get your baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels in real time. It has a base station that sits next to your baby’s crib that gets the signal from the sock via Bluetooth. Your smartphone can connect to the base station so that you can check your baby’s levels any time on your phone and it is designed to alert your phone if an alarm goes off. There are 3 different notification. The blue alert means that the baby sock is out of Bluetooth range from the base and is no longer getting readings. The yellow alert means that the sock cannot get a reading- either it is put on incorrectly or the baby kicked it off. The red alert is designed to notify you if the baby’s oxygen levels have gone below 80% or that the baby’s heartrate is too low (60 BPM) or too high (220 BPM), outside of the present zones.
Here is more information about how it works.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE YOU BUY
– Make sure the sensor is on the bottom of the foot for the newborn size sock and that you are using the right size sock. If you just started using a bigger size sock and it is throwing an alert try putting the smaller size back on and see if it fixes the problem
– Have your baby wear footie PJ’s. When Lila is wearing footie PJ’s it NEVER throws a yellow alert, but when she isn’t it happens all the time because she’s strong and kicks it right off no matter how tightly I put on the sock.