Smart Sock Technology – A Closer Look

Wearable devices are used around the world to track health and wellness. While adults are accustomed to having daily insights into their activity, heart rate, and sleep patterns, our children (specifically infants) do not experience the same benefits. Owlet believes if we give parents access to similar insights, it increases the likelihood of creating happy, healthy infants in the home.

In 2015, Owlet introduced the world’s first infant wearable device to track wellness. The Owlet Smart Sock is a wearable device that includes a smart sensor placed inside of a fabric sock that gently wraps around the baby’s foot. Together, they work to collect heart rate, oxygen and other biometric data for parents. Here’s a look into how the Owlet Smart Sock works.

Smart Sensor: The Smart Sensor combines the power of clinically-proven technology, pulse oximetry, with Bluetooth to measure and communicate key health and wellness data from the infant. A typical pulse oximeter is roughly the size of blu-ray player, contains several cords and wires, and costs thousands of dollars, making it difficult for daily, in-home use. However; through technological innovations, Owlet has reduced the size and cost of this technology and placed it into a device that flexes and shapes to the infant’s foot, which then wirelessly communicates this data a base station. The base station communicates this data to your smart device. The Smart Sensor also possesses key algorithms and dual temperature gauges to #1 accurately notify parents when something appears to wrong with heart rate or oxygen levels and to make sure the unit maintains a comfortable temperature while the device is in use.

Fabric Sock: The fabric sock was designed to secure the Smart Sensor in the proper location and to be comfortable enough for the infant to sleep through the night, without disruption. Made with hypoallergenic cotton, the fabric sock wraps gently, yet snugly, around your baby’s foot. The fabric sock has a universal fit, meaning it can be alternated from each foot, left or right, to give each foot a periodic rest from wearing the sock. We typically recommend alternating the sock every 2-3 days.

Each Smart Sock 2 unit comes with 3 fabric socks which are designed to grow with your baby. Depending on the size and weight of your infant, the fabric socks will work up until around 18 months. Additional fabric socks can be purchased here. We recommend hand washing the fabric sock with cold water and letting them air dry.

Using the Smart Sock properly is critical for accurate results and ideal comfort for the baby. Watch the video below to learn more about how to properly use the Owlet Smart Sock.

 

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Owlet’s App – Additional Features

Did you know the Owlet App allows you to do more than remote monitoring and Heart Rate and Oxygen level tracking? Here are some features of the Owlet app that you may not know about:

Check Battery Life

Wondering if you’ll need to charge the sock before nap time? You can check the battery life in the app. Just go to settings and at the bottom-left corner of the page and you will see a percentage charge left in the sock. Note: Make sure the sock is NOT plugged into the Base Station when you check for battery life. Otherwise the app will just say “Charging” to indicate the sock is charging.

Turn the Base Station On/Off

You’re already snuggled up under the covers and you forgot to turn the Base Station on? No worries! Just open the app up to the home page and in the left corner you will see a Base Station graphic. Just press that little Base Station button and it will turn the Base Station on or off.

Smartphone Notifications

Your Base Station is the primary notification system but just your smartphone is also designed to notify you if baby’s heart rate or oxygen levels fall out of range. You can see what these notifications will look like by going to Settings > Notifications

Adjust Base Station Blue & Yellow Notification Sensitivity

Not every notification is urgent when using your Owlet device. Blue and Yellow notifications simply notify you if there are issues in range or connectivity. If you’d like to adjust the sensitivity of these notifications, simply go to Settings > Notifications in the app.

Live Chat With an Owlet Expert

Want an Owlet expert to come knocking on your door if you run into a problem? While we might not show up at your door, you do have access to our customer service representatives right in the Owlet app! Just go to Settings > Help > Live Chat Help and we’ll have an expert waiting to help you Monday-Saturday 8am – 12 am (midnight) [MST].

Fun Facts

You learn something new every day, so why not learn about your growing little one and read up on some fun facts? You can find all kinds of facts you’d ever want to know about your baby in the app by going to Settings > About > Fun Facts.

Photo of Your Baby

Looking at your little one’s cute face during the day just isn’t enough. Take a cute photo and set a profile picture for your little one so you can take advantage of that cute face even when they’re in the nursery! Each time you check your baby’s vitals you’ll be able to see their sweet face. The app will prompt you from time to time, as your little one grows, to remind you to update the photo so you don’t miss a thing. Also, don’t forget to add their birthdate so we can send you and your little one birthday wishes and monthly updates as they grow!

Add a New Wi-Fi Network

Want to take your little one to Grandma’s and still check up on their live vitals remotely from your smartphone? No problem! You can add new Wi-Fi networks to your Owlet app to stay connected to your little one no matter where you take your baby. Click here for simple, step-by-step instructions.

Other App Questions?

Check out our app troubleshooting page on the website here. Use the search field, too, to type in a specific query and you’ll be surprised by the amazing articles available to help.

If you don’t already have an Owlet, join the family now and head over to our Order Now page. In the meantime, you can download the Owlet app on your smartphone and get familiar with the app!

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How to Establish a Good Bedtime Routine for Baby

Don’t hate me for saying this, but the best bedtime routine we’ve adopted for our baby is from Daniel Tiger.

(We have a love/hate relationship with that show. Our 4-year old daughter has loved it her whole life. It teaches some good lessons, and explains some difficult concepts for kids in a way that helps them understand. There are some strange and incredibly annoying things about the show as well, but I digress.)

Creating a routine is critical for babies to go to bed without a fuss, and a simple one that lets them anticipate what’s next and feel comfortable and relaxed before falling asleep is not difficult to achieve. It will take some getting used to, as do all changes and new routines. But once your baby knows what happens after dinner, knows what happens after bath time, knows what happens after their story, they will be ready for bed.

Okay, ready for it? Our simple, universal, Daniel Tiger-inspired bedtime routine is:

  1. Bath time. We bathe our kids every night, or almost every night. Even if it’s not a full-on bath, they know the wipe-down is coming because they always, inevitably make a mess at dinner. So whether it’s a legit bubble bath or just a clean-up after dinner, they know this is part of the routine, and that it’s leading to them being put in clean clothes.
  2. PJ’s. This also means clean, fresh diaper for the baby so he’s dry and clean for the night.
  3. Brush teeth. Even if they don’t have teeth, using a wet washrag or special gum brush is a good idea to get them in the habit of brushing their teeth, and will prepare them for good teeth hygiene once they come in.
  4. Story and song. Sing the same 2 or 3 songs every night. You’ll be surprised that at only a few months old, your baby will know the song. Here’s how you’ll know: start singing it differently. For example, I always sing “You are my Sunshine” to my babies. When my son was only 6 months old, I paused in the middle of singing it, and he started laughing. If that were the first time I sang it, he wouldn’t have laughed because he would’ve assumed that was how it went. I experimented with the 2 other songs I often sang and, sure enough, singing them with pauses here and there resulted in adorable baby laughs. I always read the story with the light on, then turned the light off and rocked them while I sang a song or two. Worked like a charm.
  5. Time for bed. Once the story and songs are done, it’s time to lay down for bed. Once my baby is laid in his crib, I slip the Owlet monitor on his foot while he’s tired and will hardly notice it, then close the door.

So there it is: Bath time, PJ’s, brush teeth, story and song, then time for bed.

But STOP! It works better when it’s an annoying song that gets stuck in your head for eternity, so go here and listen to the song, and then come back.

There.

Now you might hate me because this song will be sung in your head every night for the rest of your life, but if it helps you adopt and maintain a bedtime routine then it’s worth it. That’s the whole love/hate thing with Daniel Tiger. So clever, so annoying.

The trick is to do this from the time they are born. Sticking to a consistent, calming routine will help your baby learn when it’s time to go to bed, and make connections between the events leading up to bedtime. They may fuss at first, but after a while, maybe even a few weeks, they will learn that once the story is done, they will be laid down in their crib where they will be expected to fall asleep. Your efforts at sleep-training, meaning how you handle night-time waking and crying once they are old enough to sleep through the night without feeding and changing, can be a lot easier or even nonexistent if a good bedtime routine is established and your baby has no health issues or other issues that could interrupt sleep.

The steps for the bedtime routine can also be used as calming mechanisms once your baby has associated them with winding down for the night. On a trip, after a doctor’s appointment, or after a long day, these activities can help calm and soothe your baby.

Would you add anything to the list? Is there anything specific that made your baby know it was time to go to bed?

 

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6 Must-Take Pictures of Baby this Valentine’s Day

Oh-me, oh-my! Is there anything more adorable than baby photo shoots?! Nope, there’s not. And not that you need an excuse to stage a ridiculously adorable photoshoot with your baby, but Valentine’s Day provides an extra chance for cuteness with the fun props and backdrops you can use.

Here are some ideas for a Valentine’s Day photoshoot you can have with your baby:

1. Valentine’s Day Sign

Since your little sweetheart might not be able to verbally express his/her feelings yet, make a cute heart-shaped sign for them to hold for a picture!

 

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Photo by Diane H Photography

2. Balloon Backdrop

A simple backdrop for Valentine’s Day photoshoot is pink, red, and/or white balloons! You can get them from just about anywhere, and babies will be so happy and distracted playing with them that you’ll easily get plenty of happy, candid photos out of your adorable baby.

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Photo by Rachel Vivienne Photography

3. Use Photo Props

You can buy or make your own photo props for some adorable and creative photo poses with your baby! Big lips, hats, and glasses all make for great photo props, especially on Valentine’s Day.

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Photo by Jami West Photography

4. Photo Collage

The only thing better than a Valentine’s Day picture of your baby is 4 Valentine’s Day pictures of your baby! Pick up a few inexpensive monogram letters from any craft store and let your baby play with them while you snap away. You’ll love the variety of cute faces you’ll capture as they explore their fun new “toy.”

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Photo by Love at First Sight Photography

5. Angel/Cupid Baby

Oh. My. Goodness. This little angel came straight from heaven, and can totally be re-created with your own little angel. Most costume stores sell simple wings or you could even find DIY tutorial on Pinterest. Add a cute homemade bow and arrow made from sticks and you’ll be swooning for years as you make this part of your annual Valentine’s Day decor.

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Photo by Limelight 31 Photography

 6. Covered in kisses

Now you have an excuse to kiss that baby all over! Get out that bright lipstick and get to kissing, because this kissy picture might be the easiest but most irresistible picture you’ll ever take. Baby will likely be in great spirits after all that love, making the smiles come natural and the photo shoot that much easier.

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Photo by Rachel Vivienne Photography (@rachelvivienne)

 

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