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Owlet Sock Fit & Preventing Red Marks

Owlet Sock Fit & Preventing Red Marks

Sock Fit

Proper Sock fit helps ensure the fabric sock is comfortable on your baby’s foot and helps prevent excessive notifications. 

  1. Each box comes with 4 fabric socks (2 sizes in left and right). Choose the appropriate size fabric sock for either the left or right foot.
  2. After selecting a size, make sure the Sensor is properly attached to the Sock. The notch on the Sensor should line up with the notch on the Sock.
  3. Place the notch on the Sock behind the pinky toe on the side of your baby’s foot.
  4. Secure the hook and loop fastener from the toe strap around the foot above the toes.
  5. Then wrap the ankle strap around the back of the ankle and secure it on top of the foot. Ensure that the ankle strap covers the full hook and loop fastener from the ankle to the top of the foot.

Learn more about Sock fit and what common mistakes to avoid here.

Preventing Red Marks

A very small percentage of Owlet users may experience skin redness or irritation. Our research, in partnership with dermatologists and pediatricians, shows that these marks are not thermal burns. In fact, Dream Sock® and BabySat™ have built-in temperature sensors to ensure the device stays at a very safe temperature. Red marks on the skin typically occur from a combination of pressure, moisture, and friction. Similar to a new pair of shoes that do not fit quite right, pressure and friction may cause the skin to break down. Closely following Owlet’s instructions will greatly minimize the risk of skin breakdown or irritation on your little one’s foot.

Tips to Prevent Red Marks

Alternate Feet Regularly                                                                                 Alternate the Sock from left to right foot at least every 8 hours.

Assess the Feet Daily Check for skin irritation every 4 hours during the first week of use and after changing Sock sizes. If you notice irritation that has persisted from the previous night on that foot, please discontinue use on the affected foot and follow the instructions in the section below on what to do when your child has a red mark. 

Hand Wash Your Fabric Sock and Sensor We recommend hand washing your Sock and Sensor every two weeks or when dirty to prevent irritation. Dry completely before use. Closely follow our cleaning instructions here

Minimize Moisture Ensure the foot is completely dry prior to placement, and avoid using lotion or any skin products underneath the device. Also, avoid extra socks, or layers of fabric over the device to prevent sweaty feet. Footless pajamas may be beneficial if your child has very sweaty feet.

Use the Correct Sock Size and Associated Foot There are two fabric sock sizes included in the box, size 1 and size 2, which are based on your child’s weight. There are also separate fabric socks for the right and left foot. See this article to determine proper sizing for your child.

Correctly Position the Device Ensure the Sock is positioned and adjusted correctly, which should always be on the outer edge of the foot. Do not over tighten. See this article to view the placement guide. 

Inspect the Hook and Loop Fastener When placing the Sock, double check that the rough side of the hook and loop fastener is not touching the skin. If it is, you will need to reposition the straps.

Keep the Fabric Sock in Good Condition Inspect the Sock and Sensor for rips, tears, or deformities that may alter the intended fit of the device.

What To Do If Your Child Has a Red Mark 

Discontinue use on the affected foot and apply the Sock only to the unaffected foot until irritation resolves completely. Inspect the skin under the Sock on the unaffected foot every 4 hours to ensure irritation does not recur. If irritation appears on both feet, discontinue use. Reapplying the Sock and Sensor to irritated skin may cause increased damage to the skin.

Contact Owlet customer support for one-on-one help with avoiding red marks.

Read more about what causes red marks and tips to prevent them here.