In stark contrast to your typical baby monitor The Owlet Baby Monitor Duo can monitor your baby’s heart rate and levels of oxygen. Chloe Collyer, her infant put this baby monitor to the test.
Things have changed somewhat from the walkie-talkies type baby monitors with audio in the past, however I, at times believed that it was just a matter of time before videos were almost commonplace today. It turns out that technology has advanced tenfold and I discovered this by I was presented with the Owlet baby monitors; a baby monitor with a smart sensor which can monitor the baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels, as well as sleeping patterns as well as offer HD video.
When I was planning to have the son of my own, Arlo, sleep in my room for the initial one year, I realized that while he was just several inches from me, that was not enough to stop me looking across the side of his crib and listening the tiny breaths he breathed while watching his chest move up and down as he fell asleep comfortably. If I ever wanted to be able to sleep perhaps the Owlet could be of help…
It is available in two sizes: Owlet Smart Sock and Owlet Cam are sold as separate items, however I went on an Owlet Baby Monitor Duo which comes with both and the elegant design creates it apart from the tone.The Owlet Cam is compact and the monochrome colors are perfect for any room. Instead of a separate monitor the video stream is sent via an app that you can download to your phone so that you don’t waste space with other things. To date, I’ve had the Cam sitting on it’s base. However, I’m going to put it on Arlo’s cot. You’ll be equipped with everything to do this. There are even covers for your cables, which makes it not just beautiful, but secure as it keeps loose wires away from the way.
Its Smart Sock charging base is also small and elegant and would look great at the Apple Store. The sock can dock quickly charge, but the base also will illuminate to inform you exactly what’s happening with baby. Green indicates that the readings are within considered safe zones, while red warns you to ‘check on baby’ in case any readings aren’t in line with normal ranges. The Sock is available in three colours: Original Mint, Dusty Rose and Deep Sea Green, and are available separately, should you want to switch your style.
It was extremely simple to setup. It’s as simple as downloading the application, and it walks you through an easy step-by-step process. The camera was connected immediately but I ran into difficulty connecting the sock, and so naturally went to Google to discover the answer. I didn’t need to bother because my friend beat me to it via the chat function within the Owlet application. He was then given an easy guideline for connecting the sock. In less than five minutes we were up and running. You can make use of the same login information on multiple devices, which means my spouse and I receive alerts and see his statistics, and once we’ve roped the parents in to babysitting our children, they’ll be able download and use the app , too.
It’s important to remember that for you to be able to use the camera, you need a reliable wireless connection. I have a speedy broadband connection, but there’s a corner in my house that doesn’t receive the best signal. This is where I first was able to set up the camera with the camera. It would stop working however, once I moved it only one meter the area, the feed would be instant (I observed that it had around five seconds of time delay) as well as the feed for video would be loaded fast when I launched the application. The video feed can be streamed through the app and it can be streamed continuously, which is exactly what I’ve been doing for the first few months. If you’d like to be able to utilize phones, the app can notify you whenever it detects sound and motion that I’ll be more comfortable with when I’m older.
The socks are soft and seamless and simple to put on Arlo’s feet simply wrap it around and secure with velcro and he won’t be aware of it while it’s on. It’s important to recharge at least once a every day, to ensure that you have enough battery to last through a good rest at night. It suggests 20 to 90 minutes based upon how long you’ll need to use it. I usually put it in charge as Arlo awakes in the morning and then leave it in the evening ready to go.
Another feature that is worth mentioning is that it offers distinct alarm sounds for various alarms. When it detects a problem with the connection, the base station begins playing the tune (hush baby) as well as simultaneously on all phones that have the same account registered via the app. A more gentle alarm as opposed to the usual “check on baby” alarm that has been occurred for us at one time after Arlo’s oxygen levels been below the levels recommended by the doctor. From semi-asleep, horizontal, to taking Arlo into my arms, I may have broken record speed for land however it was fueled by the first time that I had heard the alarm and that instinct came into play. He was fine and his readings then were returning to normal and have been for a while but it did make me happy that not only can we use the socks that can track him, but it has a different alarm to let you know it’s experiencing difficulties connecting, and not automatically sounding an alarm that could either push me to the edge or make me feel comfortable.
To utilize the app that tracks sleep cycle and provides alerts with sound and alerts, you must be connected to wi-fi, however, I was happy to learn that following the initial setup you are able to use Smart Sock Smart Sock with a bluetooth connection. It’s not possible to track the readings and receive notifications on your smartphone, but the base station can be able to connect with the Smart Sock and set off an alarm in the event of any issues. This was great when we moved into a new house and we were without internet for the duration of a week. Also, we’re getting ready to travel for a weekend , and I’ll be taking it along with me. It’s small and light to carry, and doesn’t require connecting to any erratic hotel internet.
I was slightly worried about whether being able to follow Arlo in this detailed manner could make me fearful however it turned out to be exactly the opposite. It gave me the assurance in knowing I’d get aware when there was a problem and I was able to finally get some rest before he woke ready for his next feeding. I’m not saying that it’s not a good thing I’m still looking across the cot to his breathing and monitor his sleepiness regularly and especially during those first few weeks following birth, when hormones are everywhere, and the evenings can be a stressful time. However, I felt a little weight lift and could not be happier.
This is the Owlet Baby Monitor Duo: The Verdict
It’s a good idea to utilize the same application, and the camera is certainly stylish and, once I had figured out the wi-fi strength , it was a success but what most appeals to me , is the security which the Smart Sock gives me during the night. It has been invaluable.
Owlet Smart Sock and the Owlet Smart Sock and Owlet Cam are sold separately and there’s an opportunity to save money if you purchase the two.