When we first started sleep training Emersyn, we knew that eventually we would want to transition her from our bedroom and into her own room. It was difficult for both of us to get proper sleep when we would wake up at night at almost any sound she would make. She was right next to our bed in her bassinet, so we would hear all of her sounds. If you’ve ever had an infant, they make A LOT of harmless sounds.
We transitioned Emersyn into her room around maybe 3 months. At first, we started by putting her in her crib for her afternoon naps and a few weekend naps, so she’d get used to sleeping in another room. She immediately took to sleeping in the room. Maybe because it was dark in her room, that she liked the feel of the mattress or because she knew that we weren’t in the room with her, but she just slept so well in there! We also used the same sound machine app in her room that we used in our room. On the iPhone, the app is called Rain Rain.
So Emersyn’s comfort wasn’t the issue. The main issue was us. Are we ready for this? Nope. I was freaked out! I would literally hover over her bassinet while she slept at night, so knowing that she wasn’t right next to me, kept me up for the first week (or more).
We were approached by Owlet while I was pregnant about trying out the Owlet Smart Sock System. I didn’t start using it until we transitioned Emersyn into her crib and let me tell you, I won’t let her sleep in her crib while I’m sleeping without it. I even travel with it! I took it to NYC and the Berkshires with me and I plan on taking it this weekend on our holiday trip.
Owlet is a baby monitor that you gently wrap around your baby’s foot (either foot). It tracks heart rate and oxygen levels, and is designed to notify you on the base station (which is the white device) and your Owlet smartphone app, if either of those levels fall outside the preset zones. Both Jeff and I can check the app on our phones at the same time. The information is send from the base station through WiFi to your phones.
Having the Owlet on her at night (it has an 18 hour charge), is seriously the only way I sleep at night. We also have a traditional baby monitor too, which is great of course, but the Owlet is basically my best friend for her sleep. They have upgraded their sock from the original one. I don’t have any issues with the sock sliding off her foot, which I read were some issues in the past, but I think the upgraded sock is the difference maker.