Safe Sleep Environment

In January we shared the top 5 correlating factors that families who experienced red notifications shared with us, in an effort to promote safe sleep conditions and shed light on common factors that coincided with the Owlet notifying for oxygen levels below the preset range.

Airway obstruction was one of these 5 correlating factors, with 11 percent of families who reported experiencing a low oxygen notification discovered their baby had restricted breathing*. Reasons for the restricted breathing included:

  • A mom who fell asleep while breastfeeding her baby and Owlet sounded a red notification and woke her up. She found her baby fell into a position that restricted her breathing.
  • One mom woke up to a red notification to find her baby’s hand over her face while sleeping.
  • A mom and dad woke up to a red notification from Owlet and found that her husband rolled over on top of the baby while the baby was sleeping in their bed.
  • One mom woke up to a red notification and found a blanket covering her baby’s face.

Ensure a Safe Sleeping Environment

In an effort to reduce the risks of sleep-related infant deaths and incidents, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has established safe sleep guidelines that parents should follow to keep their baby safe when sleeping. These guidelines include:

  • Following the ABC’s of safe sleep: Placing baby Alone, on his/her Back, in his/her Crib (or other safe sleeping place).
  • In following this advice, do not place any soft bedding including loose blankets or pillows, stuffed animals, or other soft objects in your baby’s sleeping area. This also includes crib bumper pads.
  • Your baby should sleep on a firm mattress that does not conform to his/her head shape, and should not be placed to sleep on a regular bed, couch, or other soft surface that could contour to his/her body and create a risk of accidental suffocation.
  • Consider room-sharing with your baby, but not bed-sharing, for at least the first 6 months of your baby’s life.
  • Keep your baby at a comfortable temperature to avoid overheating. Dress him/her in appropriate clothing that does not cover the face or head.
  • Avoid the use of wedges or positioners.
  • Do not use the Owlet as an excuse to ignore safe sleeping guidelines. The Owlet Monitor is not intended to diagnose, treat, mitigate, cure, or prevent any disease or condition. The Owlet Baby Monitor is only intended to assist you in tracking your baby’s wellbeing and is not intended to replace you as a caregiver. You are ultimately responsible for your baby.

 

*We cannot say definitively the cause of the low oxygen levels but we can report the facts that were given to us when these different families shared their experiences.

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5 Incredible Baby Safety Products

I still remember the excitement I felt when I registered for baby items for my first child. It was exciting, but also overwhelming because it was difficult to wade through all of the brands and options that were available, especially regarding baby safety products. Technology also progresses so fast, it’s hard to keep up. (Which isn’t a bad problem to have). Today, I’m sharing 5 incredible baby safety products that are perfect for any registry.

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1. Kinsa Smart Ear Thermometer ($50)

This thermometer is the best! It takes an accurate temperature reading in ONE SECOND, and connects to your phone via Bluetooth. It’s gentle enough to use on a sleeping (or a squirming) baby, at the push of a button.

2. Munchkin Luna Baby Gate (From $180)

Munchkin makes a fantastic line of baby gates that suit multiple needs. This particular gate features a motion-activated LED light, an easy push to close door, plus Munchkin’s TurnKey Mounts, to ensure seamless installation. You can also choose your gate width, ensuring the perfect fit. The gate can open two ways when mounted in a doorframe, and one way when mounted atop stairs.

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How to Create an Emergency Kit for Your Baby

You may have an emergency kit for your family in case of a natural disaster or other emergency situation, or maybe a car emergency kit for car-related emergencies, but do those kits contain the essentials needed to care for a baby? Most people don’t think to add “create an emergency kit for baby” to their nesting list, but if you find yourself relying on your emergency kits, you will be grateful you created one for your baby to keep them safe and happy during troubled times. Here are some items to consider as you create an emergency kit for your own baby.

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Emergency Kit Essentials

Food – The recommendation from ready.org is to store 3 days worth of food, but babies’ food requirements are different than the rest of the family’s. Baby food is always a good idea, as the jars can be reused and it also has high water content to provide water without using your water supply. In addition to traditional baby food, canned fruit and veggies are also a good food item for babies. Non-perishables such as crackers and dry cereal are also suitable for babies.

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Water – The general recommendation for water is 1 gallon of water per person per day, but a baby will likely consume less water than this amount. However. a gallon should still be the goal to shoot for, as that water may be needed for mixing formula or evaporated milk, washing, sanitizing, or to help another in need of water.

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