Finding it hard to sleep when you’re worried about your baby? Learn top sleep practices, from where to put your baby to sleep to using an infant heart rate monitor.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Owlet. All opinions are 100% mine.
And for good reason. We want our babies safe at all times, even—perhaps especially—during sleep. It’s the only times of the day and night when we can’t always keep a careful eye on them because we ourselves are asleep as well.
So we startle awake at any noise we might hear from the crib. Or we can’t catch a restful night of sleep because we worry what could happen if we’re not awake to make sure all is well.
Best sleep practices for the baby
We can adopt several best sleep practices for our babies—the top, most important habits we can follow to keep them safe. We worry enough as it is throughout parenthood—practice these tips to give you peace of mind.
#1: Put the baby to sleep alone
Falling asleep with the baby can pose risks, including the inability for the baby to breathe or smothering them as we move around the bed. Babies can sleep in the same room as their parents, but as a best practice, they should do so in their own beds.
#2: Lay the baby down on his back
Researchers have found that laying a baby down on his back rather than on his tummy reduces the risk of SIDS and other sleep dangers. Always lay your baby down on his back for best safety practices.
#3: Use a crib
My babies’ cribs looked plain compared to what you might find in baby stores. All I had was a plain fitted sheet over a crib mattress. I was in full budget-mode and didn’t want to spend money on cute decorations and accessories.
But it turns out I was on the right path. The safest place to lay your baby to sleep is in a crib, which should only have a safe mattress and a tight-fitting sheet. No bumpers, blankets or stuffed animals. A simple crib and mattress that meet all safety standards is the way to go.
#4: Use an infant heart rate monitor
For true peace of mind, get an infant heart rate monitor like Owlet. This simple device is able to monitor your baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels and is designed to notify you if your baby stops breathing.
It’s pretty amazing. You now have at your hands technology hospitals have used for the last 40 years—available in your home. No more worrying about your baby’s heart or oxygen levels dipping into scary levels. Owlet is up all night so you don’t have to be.
How it works
Owlet uses proven technology called pulse oximetry (you may know it as the little red light they clip on your finger at the hospital). That technology was then miniaturized in a comfortable sock your baby can wear. Put the sock on before he goes to bed and it will track his heart rate and oxygen while he sleeps.
The Owlet Base Station is then designed to notify you if those levels fall outside of the preset zone. You can place this wherever it’s convenient for you—for instance, on your nightstand next to your bed, as long as it’s within bluetooth range to connect to the Smart Sock. And you can also use the Owlet app to check in on your baby from anywhere—whether down the hall, at work, or even around the world.
Owlet has found that 83% of parents report sleeping better because of their monitor. Customers have also rated it 4.5 stars out of 5—pretty impressive!
No more fitful nights of broken sleep because of worry and fear. With Owlet, you have one less thing to worry about.
- Owlet fits most babies from birth to 12-18 months.
- Your baby can wear Owlet underneath footed pajamas or other socks.
- You can wash the fabric sock, but just remember to pull out the Sock Electronics (those shouldn’t be washed!).
- Your complete kit comes with the Base Station, Sock Electronics, three sock sizes to fit a baby up to 12 months old, a paper manual and changing cords.
- You don’t need a smart phone to use Owlet. The Base Station serves as your primary alert system while the smart phone provides additional information like live vitals.
- Owlet comes with a 45-day peace of mind guarantee.
- Owlet does not guarantee your baby’s safety. It’s designed to alert you if your baby stops breathing, but your baby’s safety is your responsibility.
We all can relate to the worry and anxiety about caring for a new baby. Owlet is here to offer a little help for the hardest job in the world.
Owlet is available for yourself or as a present this holiday season for $249.99. Financing starting at $22/month. There is also a special 0% financing for 6 months available until the end of the month to those who qualify.