The Owlet Smart Sock has been such a blessing for a second-time mama with postpartum anxiety.
About two months after my first daughter was born, I realized I was not sleeping properly and was never able to relax. I found myself watching her sleep and making sure she was breathing during the wee hours of the night until exhaustion would overcome me. And even then, I would only sleep enough to take the edge off. The lack of sleep really started to mess with my mind and sense of well-being so I knew I needed to take action.
At the two month mark, I started to use a movement monitor, which was great for a few months when she was swaddled and stationary. But I still felt uneasy. Once she started moving around more at night, the movement monitor would get dislodged, resulting in false alarms almost every night.
With my second baby, I started reading about the Owlet Smart Sock baby monitor. I decided not to get it prior to his birth, as part of me felt maybe I wouldn’t need it for peace of mind. We had a great delivery with our little guy, he was nursing and gaining weight like a champ, and yet there I was still biting my nails and stirring beside his bassinet until all hours of the night. So about a week after he was born, I sent my husband out to get the Owlet Smart Sock and I haven’t had an anxious night since.
I couldn’t believe the comfort that came from being able to see his heart rate and his oxygen levels on an app, even when he was sleeping in his bassinet beside me. If I ever felt worried, I would open the app and be able to see in real time how he was doing. This brought me so much peace of mind.
While he had no health issues, it was me and my well-being that benefited most from the Smart Sock and I couldn’t be more thankful that this brilliant little sock was invented! I’m still using it for sleep at 8 months postpartum and have no plans to stop anytime soon!
Photo credit: Kara Rohl