Safe sleep and the Owlet Monitor

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

I would like to address safe sleep and peace of mind for a new baby in the house. This is something close to my heart. 

Many years ago, seventeen to be exact, I had my beautiful first born son. He was incredibly easy and peaceful. Within weeks of being born he started to sleep long stints almost through the night. I had read many books on parenting and practiced most of the recommendations to reduce SIDS. (Many of these have advanced over my time of being a mom.) One afternoon...yes, an afternoon... I placed my easy going little angel for a nap at my mothers house. Not worrying too much but still having the mother instinct I had him properly on his back and walked away. As time passed something told me to go check up on him and it was then when I was walking toward him, I saw his colour was not right. He was a shade of gray. I remember this moment so vividly yet it was such a blur of emergency. I as a young mother found my child almost lifeless! I picked up Braedy screaming and running upstairs to where my mother was, all the while shaking him to please breathe. I felt like my life was over at that moment and even today typing this story it makes me cry with the fear of losing a child. By the time I had made it upstairs he was starting to breathe normally and started to cry. We had called in to the hospital and he was admitted for monitoring, brain scans, and sleep tests...I was also counseled in how to deal with this situation. We went over all I could do to best prevent situations and how to live normal but my normal wasn't anywhere near normal again. After a few days we learned that he had infant sleep apnea. He would go into very shallow breathing and have long pauses. After being released from the hospital he slept by my side in his bassinet and for more than half the night on my chest because I couldn't fall asleep. There were more scary moments that came when he was too peaceful and the sounds would stop. I would wake out of my barely there sleep and scream to my then husband he's not breathing again! Lamps would be knocked off in panic to get the lights on, heads would be banged, and fear would stay close. It was the longest first year of motherhood.

By the time I had my second child a new invention came out called the Angel Care monitor. This was a purchase I made right away hoping it would help get me through the first year. It did not work well for us at all! It would false alarm or not work and it became a bother. I eventually co-slept with a mix of baby beside my bed or beside me. We managed much better since this baby was my hardest... my feistiest son was a cryer! Like aaaallllll night crying! He had no time to fall into a deep sleep like his brother. Eventually, years later Mr. King came along and my shattered nerves had healed a bit more. I made it through much better again but still wished I had something to ease my mind. Thankfully, I recently discovered the Owlet Monitoring system. I can not wait to try this out with Apple. I know that in the 80's and 90's the baby monitoring systems that came out were not quite that great. But advancements on technology has been huge (did we ever think we would video chat?) and this monitor was a must have for me. I do believe with any technology used by humans there can be fails but for me it will be used as an added assurance. Nothing yet is the be-all end-all for preventing SIDS but anything that can help reduce risk and help me get a little more peace is worth it to me. 

Tips for Safe Sleep ::

ALWAYS Place baby on their back to sleep
Use a sleep sack or swaddle instead of bedding
Remove all stuffed toys and excess bedding from crib
Do not allow smoke near baby
Do not use bumpers on your crib
Keep the room cool (the Gro Egg is perfect to help you know right temperature)
Use a firm mattress and proper fitted sheets (I recommend Nook Sleep Mattresses)
Breastfeed as long as you can
When possible introduce a pacifier to baby
Do not rely on just one thing or device as SIDS is to be taken seriously and there is currently nothing that will prevent crib death guaranteed

About the Owlet ::

The wireless Smart Sock fits snug on your baby’s foot and monitors their heart rate and oxygen levels while they sleep. Owlet is designed to sound an alert if your child’s heart rate dips too low, rises too high, or if their oxygen level drops below a preset threshold. This alert strategy was determined by a team of pulse oximetry specialists, pediatricians, neonatologists and pulmonologists. Owlet is not a medical device. If your child has an irregular heart rate or irregular oxygen levels, you should not use Owlet as your primary monitoring system.

Disclosure :: This is under no way medical advice or a prevention for SIDS. All stories and opinions are those of Carmen the Modern Mom exclusively. Talk to your doctor for medical needs and requirements.


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