I can feel my stomach turning as I put my lipstick and phone into my tiny bag. Everything feels tiny compared to my always reliable diaper bag. I walk into the kitchen and reread, rewrite and close my eyes to remember anything I may have missed in the babysitter notepad. I pace back and forth until I hear a knock at the door. I open the door sheepishly trying to hide my worry behind my smile. I greet her and let the fact that I am entrusting my most prized and important people in my life to someone else sink in. Here comes the butterflies again. I grab my bag and my husband’s hand and let him lead me to the car. He squeezes my hand- reassuring me that everything is going to be alright.
Am I a worrier? Kind of. I worry about my kids when they are not in my care. It’s just part of my nature. My husband calls me Mrs. Safety and while I am not a helicopter parent I do everything in my power to make sure that all of my kids are safe. Leaving them with a babysitter is a hard thing for me to do but I am consistent in checking my phone to make sure I don’t miss a text or call from the babysitter should something have happened. I also have to let go a little and relax knowing that the babysitter is taking good care of my little ones.
The little one I worry about the most is my 6 month old baby. While I know she will be sleeping for most of the time she is being watched, I find it comforting that I can still check in on how she is doing without bombarding my sitter with texts.
Have you heard of the Owlet? It is a device that uses hospital technology called pulse oximetry that you put on the baby’s left foot to monitor the baby’s oxygen levels and heart rate. While it is not a life saving device, it will alert with lights and sound you if your baby stops breathing. An alarm will sound from the base station as well as your phone. Knowing your baby is breathing while you are busy doing something else whether it is working downstairs, doing laundry, going away for the weekend or even on a date is quite the weight lifted off your shoulders. The base station is connected to your WiFi and as long as you have WiFi anywhere else you can still check up on your baby. And if your phone isn’t connected to WiFi it will still alert you if your baby Please tell me I am not the only one that has nudged by sleeping newborn to make sure they were still breathing. Now you don’t have to nudge and wake that beautiful little babe to ease those mama worries.
I honestly think every mama, new and experienced, should add the Owlet to their baby registry. It’s one of those things that you think, is it worth it? My answer hands down is yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. I am financially conscious and I love a good deal but I also love quality items. And I will absolutely pay for something if I know it will be worth it. Something awesome about this company is they have payment plans! They really want to ease the worry of parents and keep babies safe so they offer this to those that can’t pay the whole amount up front. Another thing is they really have amazing customer service. I had some trouble setting it up to my WiFi but they quickly helped me out and Madeleine little foot was in the Owlet sock as soon as possible! She is 6 months old now and is wearing the size 2 sock and in a few months will be on the size 3 sock that is included, as well as a newborn sock.
This monitor has really eased my anxieties when I go out without my baby as well as when she is close by sleeping while I sleep. Knowing that there is an extra set of eyes monitoring her is absolutely worth it. But please make sure that you do everything you need to do to keep that baby safe like have baby sleep alone, on her back and in a separate sleeping space without loose pillows and blankets.