This is the an 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.
Hey there! My name is Dana and I’m a blogger at LaRueblog.com
, but my most important job is as mother to Maeve, this silly, precious, sunny 6-month-old sweetheart.
Maeve’s super power has always been sleep, and we’re fortunate enough to get twelve hours or so each night from her, which is (as you can imagine) pretty dreamy for us all! But with all those hours of sleep came an equal amount of hours of worry. Is she ok? Is she breathing? Is she safe?
When Maeve started rolling to her stomach to sleep, about 2 months ago, my concern doubled. There was no preventing it, she loved sleeping on her tummy! But I’d watch her on the monitor, sleeping with her face smooshed into the mattress, or squeezed into the space between her arm and her sheet, and my mind would race. I spent sleepless hours, glued to the monitor, contemplating all the horrible “what-ifs” that could happen if I wasn’t watching her like a hawk, ready to fly in and save her if I couldn’t see that subtle rise and fall of her back as she breathed. You know that saying “sleep when the baby sleeps?” I laughed in the face of that comment! How could I possibly sleep when I was so busy obsessing over my daughter’s breathing patterns!?
The interface is so lovely and easy to use! I love the sweet owl character, and how reassuring it is to check the app, and getting to see the actual percentage of oxygen saturation and heart beats per minute. I especially loved watching how her heartbeat varied, and being able to predict if she was dreaming or not. What does that sweet girl dream about?
The sock fit her foot perfectly, and wasn’t inhibited by footie pajamas, which is really nice in the cooler months. Maeve doesn’t seem to mind it at all.
I also really love that the base gives me at-a-glance feedback so I don’t always have to be checking my app for information. The gentle pulse of light that conveys “all is well” is very soothing. And I really appreciate that, if an alarm does sound, it’s not a panic button siren sound, but a gentle lullaby to catch our attention without instilling a knee-jerk fear reaction. We did experience a couple disconnect alarms in the beginning, as we worked to find the best distance for the base from her crib, or if she was very restless and moving around her crib a lot… but once we sorted the logistics out, we didn’t have many problems at all.
I wish I had known about it to get it earlier with Maeve, but I know the Owlet will be even more cherished when we have our second child, to use with a newborn baby, when anxieties run higher than ever.
In an age where I often curse the hyper-proliferation of technology, this is one instance when I am incredibly grateful for the advances that have been made. The Owlet has given me irreplaceable peace of mind, and the ability to finally enjoy my daughter’s long nights, and get some rest of my own. Now I finally can sleep while the baby sleeps!
Fly on over to LaRueblog.com
to read more from Dana!