Owlet – can a sock save your sanity?

Have you heard about the Owlet monitor?

One of the founders emailed me back in 2013 asking if I thought it would be of interest to parents. It’s a “mini pulse oximetry device that is contained in a sock and placed on a baby’s foot while sleeping.  It measures the child’s vitals and alerts the parents if the baby stops breathing.”

Um, yes. Yes, I think I lot of parents would like that.

When my son was a baby, I was constantly checking to see if he was breathing to the point where “sleep when the baby sleeps” was never happening in our house because I was on constant patrol.

We had one of those monitors that slipped under the crib mattress, but the only problem was that kid was never on the mattress. He was in a bassinet, the swing, the pack n’ play, or on my chest but rarely, if ever, in the crib.

So I love the fact that this little sock travels with your baby – not what your baby is sleeping in.

It uses the same technology hospitals use, pulse oximetry – it’s that little clip they put on your finger. A small light shines through your skin and the amount of blood flow and oxygen levels are estimated based on how much light is transmitted to the sensor. They’ve combined this technology with a sock to give you an extra set of eyes on your baby while they’re asleep – measuring both their heart rate and oxygen saturation. While it’s not a life-saving device, it’s designed to alert you, so you can intervene and take action or, as would be in my case, bust through the wall like the fucking Koolaid man.

The sock is hypoallergenic, wireless, and doesn’t use any adhesives. The electronic components are housed in a water-resistant, medical-grade silicone case to protect your child from any electrical contact.

Side note: it’s not a medical device so if your baby is sent home on medical monitors you use that stuff. I don’t need to tell you that, right? You’re smart.

Now, I’m sure there will be people tsk tsk’ing that they didn’t have all this crap when they had a baby and their baby was just fine, and I totally agree that you don’t HAVE to have one of these. But I remember those nights when my baby would be sound asleep – where I could have grabbed 20 consecutive minutes of rest myself – and I would think, “He’s sleeping awfully soundly. He seems too quiet.” and it would make me panic and I would end up checking on him which may or may not wake him up. It was like this perpetual dance of insanity I was in, so this would have been a game changer for me.

For some parents, something like this would make them feel even more twitchy and the price tag is also nothing to sneeze at (although, I will say that I spent $250 on much dumber stuff.) Personally, I would have found the feedback reassuring at a time when I couldn’t believe that I was in charge of an actual live baby. Maybe that’s just me.

What do you guys think? Would you find it helpful?

If you’d like to know more about it, you can check out the Owlet site, and if you decide to get one, the company is offering Pregnant Chicken $25 off (it will automatically be applied when you go through the custom link, but let me know if you have any trouble with it.)

This post was created in partnership with Owlet, but all the opinions, swearing and typos are my own. I just like telling you about products that I think are really different and cool.

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  • Love it! My baby has epilepsy, so having this gives me total piece of mind so I can get some much needed rest. Totally worth the investment and way better than what they use at the hospitals.

  • I personally would have loved to have one of these with my daughter. I had her only 6 short months after losing our 7 month old nephew. My ptsd of that horrible event kept me awake for countless hours afraid of what would happen to my child if I closed my eyes for too long. Some people may not see the point or feel the need but for some that small bit of peice of mind would be enough to hold on to a bit of sanity during those early months. I may just purchase one for our next child so I don’t panic quite as often.

  • We have the owlet for our son, and I absolutely love it. I am exceptionally skilled at worrying and worst case scenario thinking, and this has given me so much piece of mind.

  • My baby is a preemie. Actually she’s a micro preemie, born at 24 weeks and weighing 1 pound 10 oz. She’s miraculously had no issues and will be coming home in a few weeks with nothing attached to her. A number of the nurses in the ICN recommended this. She’s literally been monitored every moment since she’s was born and my piece of mind is well worth this price tag. And like you said, I’ve spent $250 on waaaaay stupid stuff.

  • Do you know how long the $25 discount offer will run? I want to buy – but I’m not due until July 14th – with the 100 day return policy, I’d like to wait a little longer to buy if possible.

    • Okay, I checked with Owlet and they told me that they haven’t set an end date for this promo yet. However, the 100-day peace of mind guarantee doesn’t start until you register their device, so even if you purchased it today, the 100-day clock doesn’t start until you set it up.

      I hope that helps!

  • I would have loved this with my baby!! I was crazy paranoid that she would stop breathing for no reason and I would never know!!!

  • I use the Owlet with my 7 week old and love the piece of mind it gives me whereas my husband is in the "Not Necessary Camp". It has never gone off unnecessarily or fallen off of his foot (I usually place a sock or footie pajamas over it to keep his feet warm and I think that helps…but he’s a kicker for sure!). If you have the resources, it’s a great thing to have.

  • I purchased the Mimo Baby system for monitoring my newborn’s sleep and it’s been well worth the investment. I thought the price was steep at $199 but it comes with a lot more than a sock (which my daughter has already demonstrated she can kick right off)!

  • I use the owlet with my baby. It is a bit pricey but totally worth it for the peace of mind. I would definitely recommend it 🙂

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