This post is part of our popular “A Night in the Life” series where real parents share their Owlet experience. Click here to see more posts in the series.
Being a mother is something I’ve dreamed, hoped and prayed would happen for years. Just this past April my dreams came true when I welcomed my sweet twin babes into the world! With twins, there’s almost always some sort of preterm delivery with a NICU stay, and I was no exception to that rule. My little girl was in the NICU for one week and my boy for three. Luckily they weren’t on ventilators but my little guy did have some trouble breathing while he slept, which is something that will keep any mother up a night.
Luckily when my babies were in the NICU I could get some peace of mind knowing my little ones were watched over by a great team of nurses and oxygen monitor. But I knew I wouldn’t have that at home, so I made sure I had the next best thing, Owlet.
Our first night home with our little girl was less than ideal. She was congested, had horrible reflux and wasn’t too fond of her bassinet. There were a lot of worries going through my mind that night. Is she too hot, is she swaddled comfortably, what if there is too much dust in the air, what if she didn’t get enough to eat, and the list goes on and on. Amongst all my worries, I never once had to ask myself, “Is she breathing ok?” because with a quick glance at the Base Station and the app, I could tell her heart rate and oxygen levels were on par with what I saw in the NICU. Having that extra help made a world of difference and really allowed me to relax and get my much needed sleep when she was asleep.
Two weeks later when we brought home our little guy it was worry central all over again! Especially because he had so many breathing problems in the NICU. But despite all my worries, Owlet gave me that peace of mind and I never had to wonder if he was breathing alright.
Aside from the breathing and heart rate monitoring, here are some other things I’ve found I love about Owlet.
Quick battery recharge. With twins you can imagine I don’t have much spare time and can be a little forgetful. Often I forget to charge the sock during the day. But luckily this little sock charges so quickly it’s not really a problem! If I forget to charge it during the day I just plug it in during the last feed before I go to bed and it’s done charging by the time my babies are finished eating.
Turn the Base Station on from bed. My biggest pet peeve: getting out of bed when my babies are safe asleep in their bassinets and I’m already snuggled in under the covers. Luckily you can turn the Base Station on remotely from your smartphone so if you forget to turn it on like I often do, you don’t have to get out of bed to do so.
Good sock fit. I was worried that Owlet would not fit my babies at first because they were born premature and had little feet. They both weighed about four pounds when I brought them home from the hospital, so I assumed the sock wouldn’t fit at first. Wrong! The sock fit great on their little feet which was such a relief for me.
Easy setup. I’ll be honest. I was dreading setting up both the Owlets before my twins were born because I was scared it would be a hassle. Again, I was wrong! It was SO easy. From start to finish it took me about thirty minutes to get both setup and running properly. Such a breeze! I was also worried that the Base Station would pick up the same sock and I’d have to reset them. But I’ve been using them for 8 weeks now and that’s never happened.
Quality of sleep. A question I get asked often from prospective Owlet parents is do I get more sleep with Owlet? The answer is, not really. I still wake up every three hours to feed my little ones and I always wake up when they cry. The difference in my sleep is with my quality of sleep. Owlet helps me to get the best sleep possible when I do get some shut-eye. There’s no waking in a panic 20 minutes after dozing off to check their breathing. Once I’m sleeping, I’m sleeping until my babes wake me up. When it comes to a new parent’s sleep, I think that’s all you can ask for.
The bottom line. Is Owlet worth the money? ABSOLUTELY. There is honestly nothing more valuable to a new parent (twins or not) than sleep. If you can’t get at least a few hours of quality sleep you can’t be expected to give 100 percent to your little one. While you may not get a full eight hours of sleep with your newborn, with Owlet you’ll at least get the best quality of sleep with peace of mind. To me, as a new mom to twins, that’s priceless.