A Night in the Life with Owlet + Morgan

This post is part of Owlet’s A Night in the Life series, where real parents share their Owlet experience. Click here to view more posts in this popular series. 

My name is Morgan Gifford and I write over at The Messy Bun Mama. My husband and I are from fabulous Las Vegas, NV where we raise our two kids: Easton who is three, and Lincoln who was born in February. I love being a mom and sharing all of my favorite baby products, so today I want to talk about one of the things that completely saves my sanity as a parent- my Owlet Monitor.

When Easton was born, I spent pretty much every night feeling anxious. During the day I was always with him so I always knew what he was doing and that he was okay. But every night I would put him in bed and worry. What if something happened while I was sleeping? I wouldn’t know and there would be nothing I could do about it. I know that’s a little irrational (and maybe a tad silly) but when you’re running on no sleep and taking care of a newborn, you’re not quite in the right state of mind.

Immediately after Lincoln was born, that same track of worry set in. I remember crying to Jake a few days after leaving the hospital, “I’m just always worried he’s going to die.” Yeah. I was a little anxious. I would wake up in a panic throughout the night and check Lincoln’s breathing, and even wake him up if it seemed like something was wrong. By morning I would be completely exhausted because I was barely getting any sleep at night, and the rest of the day was spent running on fumes.

Not long after that I decided to look into the Owlet. I needed to feel like my little one would be okay, and I needed to sleep.

The day I got my Owlet in the mail was the first time I slept through the night peacefully in a month. From then on, I’ve been a loyal Owlet user. Using Owlet’s new smart sock, I can check Lincoln’s heart rate and oxygen levels whenever I feel anxious on my phone, from the comfort of my bed. And I have peace of mind in knowing that if something does happen while I’m sleeping, the alarm will sound and I will be able to wake up and check on him.

Being a parent is stressful, there’s no doubt about it. That’s why the Owlet has been a complete game changer for me and our family. I’m a lot less stressed and better rested since we’ve been using this. It’s one of the best products on the market all-around and I’d recommend it to anyone; first baby or last.

 

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A Night with the Smart Sock 2

This post is part of Owlet’s A Night in the Life series, where real parents share their Owlet experience. Click here to view more posts in this popular series. 

Hi! I’m Vicky and I’m a mama to two tots, Maddie, aged 2.5 and Clarence, 7 months old. Maddie loves singing and Clarence loves to put everything in his mouth!

So Clarence was born in my very own bedroom. Yup, not by choice either. I started having major contractions and when I went to the hospital, they told me that my water didn’t break and that I wasn’t ready and sent me home. Well lo and behold, Clarence decided they were wrong (as my contractions were getting faster) and I called 911 for help. The fireman and paramedics came and he was out in a few minutes! Oh, how much love and I have for these men! <3

Because of how he was born, I had SO much anxiety afterwards about his overall health and well-being. I was slightly traumatized about the whole experience. Luckily, I had my family and friends who were there to support me every step of the way.

When I found out about this Owlet Care, I felt like this was the best invention. I get so scared when my kids get sick. Will their temperatures rise higher after I go to bed? What if they have trouble breathing? Another concern was that Clarence started rolling a full 360 degrees and I was paranoid that his cute little nose was going to get plugged by the mattress. I was also blessed to have a baby who sleeps more than 5-6 hours during the night, but this was also worrisome.

I started checking on him every 5 minutes compulsively. Even though he was sleeping mostly on his back, I was still paranoid and the “what-ifs” kept on surfacing.

I was giddy with excitement when the Owlet showed up at my doorstep. It came in a beautiful box with the updated sock in 3 different sizes.

Normally I get really intimidated by reading manuals but this was so easy to set up with your phone. The whole experience was intuitive. On the base station, there are two ports. One is to supply power to the base station and one is to recharge the Smart Sock (these can be used interchangeably so you don’t have to remember which goes with which).

I put it on Clarence before he fell asleep so that I wouldn’t disturb him. The Owlet was not able to get a reading until his feet was stable. It read “Clarence is wiggling” because he was kicking his feet in the air. This continued on until he fell asleep a few minutes later. Immediately, the app indicated that his readings were in the normal range. It read his heart rate and oxygen levels as if we were in the hospital! I was in awe. Technology has no limits!

I’ve been using it every night since we got it and so far we had no problems at all. I love how I could get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, take my iPhone, and open the Owlet app to see his vitals. I don’t have to disturb him by touching his chest to see if he is breathing okay! Luckily, we haven’t had to wake up to a red flashing light, which means oxygen or heart rate levels are outside the norms.

I would highly recommend this to every mom! It is such a worthy investment because it delivers what it promises and makes those newborn nights less stressful. Treat the Owlet like your smart phone. Make sure to charge the sock every day when not in use!

Owlet Care also works with the National Institute of Health to further development and research on babies. By using the Owlet, you are contributing to a database which will be used for helping babies all around the world. Truly amazing!

Catch me on Instagram @maddieandkye.

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A Night in the Life: Second-Time Momma

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There’s a lot to be learned in this whole parenting gig. You’re never truly a pro but there is the title of veteran that gets passed around from time to time. After the birth of my second in September, I thought for sure I was eligible to be called a veteran mother. My eldest, Remy, was 3 years old; I had survived the newborn phase unscathed and was even navigating the toddler stage pretty well. And then my little dude Theodore was born and my world was turned upside down.

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