Like everyone says, your life will never be the same once you have a child. One of the scariest things for us, besides being insanely sleep deprived was worrying about Zain at nighttime. They are so tiny when you bring them home and are just learning how to survive on their own. If I could have stayed awake all day and night to watch him, I would have.
Most often (like multiple times each night) Trevor and I would both wake up in sheer panic. We would throw the sheets around afraid we fell asleep without putting Zain back in his crib and lost him in our bed. If it wasn’t that, we would worry he wasn’t breathing and I would often jump up and run to his crib at the foot of our bed and put my finger underneath his nose to make sure he indeed was breathing. As crazy and paranoid as that sounds, every time I tell our friends with children this story they all nod in agreement. Everyone does it!
After a few weeks of this panic, we decided we needed to ease our minds in some way. We researched a few different things and decided on the Owlet Smart Sock 2. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s basically a pulse oximeter for your baby that connects from a ‘foot sock’ to a base that is also connected to your phone. The monitor comes with a really sleek minimalist base station and a foot sock that comes in three sizes intended to grow with your baby. The foot sock will keep track of your babies heart rate and oxygen level and if anything is wrong an alarm will sound from the base and your phone! It also flashes green when everything is within normal ranges making it so much easier for me to relax. When I wake up in the middle of the night, I can just glance over and see the green light flashing and go back to bed. Even as he’s grown I still rely so much on it. Now that he’s sleeping longer and through the night (YAY!) I like being able to wake up and check my app to see everything is okay.
I admit before we got the Owlet that it may make me more paranoid but now I swear by it. I think it has actually helped us relax a ton. We haven’t had any false alarms to report and love it’s easy portability. I just took it home with me to Louisville to use while we were getting him to sleep in a new environment.
If I could I would go back and have this set up before we brought Zain home from the hospital. It could have eased so many of those early worries and I now reccomend it to all new moms. You will be so insanely sleep deprived and this is just one less thing for you to worry about!
Did you guys ever try one of these? If so, I would love to hear your thoughts!
This post was sponsored by Owlet. As always, all opinions are my own and thank you for supporting brands that make Lows to Luxe possible!