Meet the Dads That Founded Owlet

We’re introducing you to the amazing fathers who brought Owlet to life. But before we dive in, I want to share a few observations regarding these men. First of all, coordinating a photo shoot is not easy – especially ones involving children. These men (with the help of their amazing wives) owned every minute of it. I was impressed to see how genuine and sincere each interaction was with their children during the entire session. As the day went on, it became increasing clear to me that these men are fathers first. Their passion to help children and infants around the world starts in the home. As a father myself, I know how hard it is to maintain a work-life balance and these guys get it. I’m grateful to know each of them personally and can’t wait to see what they dream up next. – Evan Griffin, Brand Director – dad to Vienna 6, Rome 4 and London 2

 

Kurt Workman – CEO & Co-founder

Age: 28

Dad Tip: Be more patient. My biggest regret as a father has been that I wasn’t more patient with my first child. I realized parenting is tough and new for me but everything was new for my child. Literally he was doing everything for first time and I needed to see it as an opportunity to teach rather than an opportunity for me to be frustrated.

Kids: 2 (Ages 3 & 1)

Favorite Children’s Book: Llama Llama Red Pajama

 

 

Jordan Monroe – Co-founder

Age: 28

Dad Tip: Realize that your kids can teach you about being happy and how to be in the moment. It’s really easy to want to just get from point A to point B and get frustrated that your kid is not walking fast enough. Instead I try to enjoy whatever is slowing down my son. We might get detoured by a bird for 20 minutes or a puddle for 15 minutes but the reason my son wants to stay and see/play with it is because he is interested and is enjoying himself. I try to enjoy it with him and it makes me a more patient and happy dad.

Kids: 2 (Ages 2 & 10 months)

Favorite Disney Movie: Zootopia

 

Zach Bomsta – CTO & Co-founder

Age: 29

Dad Tip: Be sure to find time each day to truly be in the moment with your children and not just physically present. This is harder than it sounds when you have so many things competing for your attention. Email, deadlines, notifications; they can all wait.  Spend quality time with your kids.

Kids: 2 (Ages 4 & 2)

Favorite Snack Time Treat: Oreos

 

Jacob Colvin – International & Co-founder

Age: 33

Dad Tip: Give your kids your best time. It will be tempting or most convenient to give them whatever you have left at the end of the day but that isn’t fair to them. I ask myself, “How do I want my kids remember me?” The answer never is tired, exhausted and stressed with work. Find the time of the day where you can be the type of dad your kids deserve.

Kids: 3 (Ages 8, 6 & 7 months)

Favorite Playtime Activity: Science experiments, building forts and singing silly songs.

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Owlet Smart Sock: Pulse Oximetry in the home

This blog post is part of a series from Dr. Ken Ward. You can learn more about Dr. Ward here

In the decades I’ve worked in maternal and fetal medicine, I have sent at-risk babies home with hospital-grade monitors. Not only were the parents anxious and concerned for the well-being of their newborns but also worried about using the monitor correctly. Unfortunately, the hospital-grade monitors were somewhat cumbersome; large in size with multiple cords attached, and required sensor pads to be attached via adhesive backs to small little feet. Too often, false alarms occurred due to the movements of the infant, which added to the parents’ already anxious state.

The Owlet Smart Sock is a more reasonable monitor for the home setting. It has been extensively tested to validate the accuracy of the device against other oxygen and pulse monitors. The design is more appropriate for home use.

It is impossible for the baby to become entangled in monitor cables since the sock uses a wireless sensor to communicate health information to the home base.

Risks for adhesive-related skin irritations and burns from pulse oximeters monitors are minimized. The sock uses sensors (similar to those used in Fitbit® or the Apple® Watch) that use considerably less power than hospital pulse oximeters which would virtually eliminate any risk of burning the baby. The sock is held securely on the foot by straps, reducing the risk of skin irritations that can be caused by adhesives used with pulse oximeters.

False readings or false notifications are reduced because the Owlet Smart Sock can detect when the infant is moving. Owlet designed a system of notifications that differentiates between a displaced sensor and a significant decrease in a baby’s heart rate. As a result, a very high rate, 99% of Owlet Smart Sock users, have used the device without ever receiving a false notification. This is great news since it reduces the risk of overdiagnosis due to misinformation.

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Meet Dr. Ken Ward

Hello, Owlet Community! I’m excited to introduce myself and start a dialogue about all of the innovative work we have going on at Owlet. My name is Ken Ward. As a Perinatologist and a Geneticist, I have assisted at more than 8,000 births, many for babies at-risk. Throughout my career, I have advocated for empowering parents of newborns and for providing health information through user-friendly tools such as the internet and mobile phone apps.

Recently, I joined the Owlet team as Medical Director. I have turned down many similar positions in the past, but I accepted the Owlet invitation because I was so impressed with the potential of the Owlet Smart Sock to make an important difference in the lives of parents and their babies. In addition, I am impressed with the commitment of the Owlet founders to make a baby monitor that is designed for, and more accessible and appropriate in the home.

I look forward to being a part of the Owlet team and answering any questions you may have regarding Owlet. I encourage you to submit any questions and I will respond them via this forum. For my first post, I’d like to address a question we frequently receive regarding Owlet and traditional pulse oximeters.

 

 

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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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