Being a first time parent, there were so many concerns that kept me up at night while I was pregnant. I'm going to be frank and I this is a trigger warning: the concern of my little one's wellbeing during naps and at nighttime was always in the back of my mind and often in the very forefront. It's something you always read about and that it never happens to you, but need to be informed about it regardless of how scary the subject may be. The wonderful thing about being first time parents in 2017 is the abundance of tech items that make the ease into parenthood that much easier, by providing peace of mind - working together with safe sleep guidelines (like the 'ABCs' of safe sleep—alone, on their back, in their crib.)
Enter the Owlet Smart Sock 2. This virtually invisible accessory has been one of the most vital assets to our lives and has eased our sleep-deprived minds night after night. It's essentially a soft sock that we attach to Harlen's foot (left or right) that helps us track his heart rate and oxygen levels when he is sleeping. It connects to a base station via Bluetooth that's kept nearby and we are able to track everything on the Owlet app on our phones. If there is anything that isn't the norm, the Owlet notifies us immediately if Harlen's heart rate or oxygen falls outside the preset zones.
Having this peace of mind is absolutely worth every dime and has allowed J and I to sleep better each night knowing we have this set up. Since our first night at home we've slept soundly knowing the Owlet was a part of our team. New moms and dads—this is a MUST.