This is the second installment of Owlet’s “A Night in the Life” series, featuring real parents sharing their experiences with the Owlet Monitor. Click here to see all blog posts in the series.
Hello, my name is Sarah Halstead and I blog over at Whimsy & Hope
. I have three boys. They are seven, five and two months old. When our new baby boy Prestyn was born I was hoping everything would go off without a hitch. We had one whole day together to bond as a new family of five. Then when the doctor was making rounds to discharge him she noticed that he was breathing a little too rapidly. She was concerned so she wanted to run more tests. They ran blood tests to check for infection and x-rays. Their plan was to have him on IV fluids and oxygen to see if he would improve. I wasn’t able to hold or nurse him the rest of that day and it killed me. I hated seeing him with so many tubes and wires.
The next day he wasn’t showing enough improvement so they decided to transfer him to our local children’s hospital NICU. There they ran more tests, monitored him while on oxygen and fluids. The next day I was able to nurse him again because his breathing had slowed down. His oxygen levels were still low every now and then. Over the next few days my husband and I started looking into a way that we could track his oxygen levels once we brought him home. I found the Owlet through a fellow blogger and knew it was perfect for us. Thankfully he only had to stay in the NICU for a short time. The first night was rough because we went from 24/7 monitoring to nothing at all. We had no clue what his oxygen levels were. I was consistently getting up checking to see how his breathing was and if he was okay. I counted down the days until our Owlet arrived. I knew it was just what I needed to get more rest.
Our Owlet arrived and I couldn’t wait to set it up. We had a little trouble getting it all connected, so within the app I noticed there was a live chat option. It was late at night and I hoped that they would be able to get it working. Within a few minutes they were able to diagnose the issue and I was relieved seeing Prestyn’s oxygen and heart rate stats. I was very impressed with their customer service and how quickly they resolved the issue. The Owlet has been so amazing, and has given me the ability to rest easy. If I wake up in the middle of the night I can just glance over at the light on the base station. During the day when he is napping and I am in another part of the house I can open the Owlet app and at a glance see that his oxygen and heart rate are in range.
Overall I have really enjoyed using the Owlet and I think that it is a must have for parents of newborns. I love that it is portable so you can take it with you when you go out of town. I only wish it was around when we had our oldest. The whole Owlet system is well designed, the app is intuitive and the base station lights are easy to understand. The Owlet has brought me peace of mind that I can’t put a price on and lets me get so much more sleep than before. A rested mama is a happy mama.
Catch up with Sarah over on her blog, Whimsy and Hope.