Owlet Smart Sock 2 Baby Monitor
Clinically proven technology
Includes an App to provide real-time readings
Does not have video or audio monitoring
How it works
The most frequent cause of infant mortality in the United States is SIDs or sudden infant death syndrome. As a new parent, you will likely do tons and tons of research on how to prevent SIDs and how to practice safe sleeping techniques. The Owlet Smart Sock 2 Baby Monitor is not a medical device and it is not a replacement for safe sleeping practices. Firstly it is, however, a tool you can use to monitor your baby more in-depth than just looking at them. Consequently, the Owlet Smart Sock comes in a package that says, “up all night so you don’t have to be”. The basic goal of the Smart Sock is to give you some reassurance and peace of mind as a parent that everything is ok. The Owlet Smart Sock is an innovative and unique baby monitor that does not provide audio or video monitoring; like most traditional baby monitors. It uses a pulse oximeter to monitor your baby’s heart rate and blood oxygen levels. The technology it uses is clinically proven and is the same technology your pediatrician uses at the doctor’s office. This baby monitor might be the right choice for you if you are anticipating complications, or just need more reassurance that your new baby is alright all night.
The sock design has some significant improvements since the first generation of the product. The sock not only wraps around the baby’s heel but it has extra security by wrapping over the foot and velcroing together where the strap first starts. This design makes it significantly more difficult for a child to kick or pull it off during the night which means no false alarms will go off and cause unnecessary anxiety. The sock comes in Owlet’s signature mint color which is gender neutral. At this time the package only includes the mint color socks and you would have to purchase different colors or designs separately.
The brain of the Smart Sock is a white sensor that goes inside the sock. Each sock has 2 clear windows that allow the red pulses to be sent into your child's foot and read the heart rate and blood oxygen level.
The base station is the main device that gets the information from the sensor in the sock and emits a signal from that actual station but also sends the reading to your smartphone via the free app. The top of the base has Owlet’s sweet owl logo in white and the bottom is the signature mint color. On the side, there are two micro USB input plugs that allow for the base station to be plugged in and charging and the other allows you to charge the actual Smart Sock. On the bottom of the base, there are two small light indicators to tell you if wifi and the sock are connected to the base. There is also a transparent ring around the top of the base station. That ring is where the colored lights are emitted to tell you what is going on with your baby and with the socks. The green light means everything is connected and your baby’s heart rate and blood oxygen levels are normal. The white light means that the sock sensor is connected and charging. If the base loses connection to wifi that light will turn blue and chime to the song Hush Little Baby. If the sock cannot get an accurate reading the light will turn yellow and chime to the same song again. The light will become red and an alarm will sound if your baby’s heart rate or blood oxygen levels are either too high or too low to be normal at which point you would check on your little one immediately.
The light is fairly bright, especially in a completely dark room. If you want to dim the light just press on the top of the base for a few seconds and the light will automatically become less harsh.
Overall the design of the Owlet Smart Sock is very innovative, smart, and helpful to provide important in a way that is not difficult to understand.
The actual features f the Smart Sock is designed to give you the vital information you can use to keep your little one safe. The baby’s heart rate and blood oxygen levels are monitored via a sensor in the sock using pulse oximeter technology which is clinically proven to be noninvasive and safe. It is what your doctor uses to take your vitals at regular checkups. The technology used is more than safe for your baby to be exposed to. The accuracy of the readings is also important when it comes to safety because you want to know the readings are close to the same your doctor would be getting. When compared to pulse oximeter at a pediatricians office the Smart Sock comes fairly close. However, accuracy wains when considering the normal ranges. The Smart Sock reads normal from 60 to 220 beats per minute for a baby but those ranges are not necessarily accurate for what is normal.
Overall the Smart Sock is fairly accurate for an at-home device that is not FDA approved and provides good and useful information. The device itself is also plenty safe t be used on your child.