Thank you, Owlet Care for sponsoring this post. I received the Owlet Smart Sock to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own.
I was that blissfully ignorant pregnant lady who said I would NEVER co-sleep. I knew too many people with grown kids still sandwiched between their parents. Too many doctors & online articles have also terrified me with the dangers of co-sleeping. I wasn’t going to co-sleep. Nope. Not me.
So on that first night of bringing Apollo home, I placed his bassinet right next to our bed. Dutifully, I got up with each cry and tended to every demand for cuddles, diaper changes and nursing sessions. After I went through the notions, I would place him back in his bassinet and crept back under the covers… only to be woken up again to repeat the process every hour and a half. I’ve timed it. This cycle went on for weeks. One night, I fell asleep nursing him. Terrified, I checked to make sure he was still breathing. He had pulled off from his latch and was sleeping peacefully on my chest. That night, I discovered that if I held him, he would sleep for longer stretches of time. As a new mom hungry for sleep, I obliged. I told myself “only for tonight”… I’ve been telling myself that for the past seven months.
I have to admit, I’ve grown to love co-sleeping. A lot. The cuddles, the sweet scent and the gummy baby smiles first thing in the morning are deliciously intoxicating. Having him next to me, I also feel that I’ve grown hyper-aware of him even in my sleep. I wake up to every little movement and take comfort in knowing he’s ok instantly because he’s right there.
Just a few weeks ago, I decided that we need to transition him to his own room. I spent so much time putting together his nursery and I also miss the intimacy with my husband. Not only that, but accidents do happen. I could never forgive myself or my husband if anything happened to the baby. But the idea of him being in another room made me a little sad. The fact that I can’t just put a hand on his chest to check for breathing made me nervous. Nevertheless, he had to get out of our bed sooner or later. The longer he stayed, the more difficult it would be for us to separate down the line.
I started by putting him down for naps in his crib. The static from the other end of the baby monitor made me into a basket case. I checked on him so much that the noise from creeping in and out of his room constantly woke him. I knew there had to be another way to monitor his sleep from a safe distance.
This is why the Owlet Smart Sock is such a game changer. It was created by Owlet Baby Care and designed to alert parents if the baby stops breathing or dangerous heart rate levels. The Owlet Smart Sock uses hospital technology, pulse oximetry, that’s been around for decades. This technology is proven and it is safe. It sends alerts to the Base Station and to your phone via WiFi. It will only alert you if it senses a drop in oxygen levels, too high or low of a heart rate or if the sock has fallen off. I can check on Apollo’s vitals from on the Owlet Care app from anywhere. It’s incredibly easy to use and set up. It silently watches over him so I don’t have to obsess over static filled intercoms or contemplate when the last time he moved was on video monitors. The peace of mind it has given me is priceless. I highly recommend it for any parent with a baby or as a gift to new parents. You can buy it here. Your wife, husband, aunt, niece, friend will thank you!
One thing the Owlet cannot do, sadly, is actually make Apollo sleep. I feel like I have a newborn again because, it seems, the absence of my scent or body heat wakes him in two hour intervals. I can only tolerate CIO for a few minutes at a time so I find myself comforting him at night and nursing him back to sleep. It’s the same cycle all over again just like when he was a newborn. I’ve practically moved into the spare bed in his room just to make it a little easier on myself. One day at a time, right?
What sleep training methods have worked for you?