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Having a new bub is one of the most exciting moments of your life – but it can leave first time parents feeling fearful and over stressed. The team at Owlet Baby Care answer some of your most frequently asked questions from expectant parents and explain how to select the right device to help YOU know your baby is ok.

What do you need to know when choosing a baby monitor?

The day you bring home your new bub is a day of wonder and excitement. But it can also be a time of stress and concern. This gorgeous little human is now under your watchful eye, relying on you to care for their every need and help them grow. There are numerous factors to consider as you plan for this day, and for many parents a baby monitor is one of the items at the top of the list. So, what should you be looking out for when choosing a baby monitor?

What types of baby monitor are on the market?

 Baby monitors have evolved greatly during the last decade so it’s important to understand what options are available. For most parents, an audio or video monitor will be a staple, while parents who are more concerned with their baby’s overall wellbeing will look towards breathing monitors, movement monitors or a newer technology, such as the Owlet Smart Sock, which uses pulse oximetry to track heart rate and oxygen level.

 Which baby monitor is right for me?

 When choosing a baby monitor for your family, it’s important to ask yourself what features you value most. Some parents feel more at ease when they are able to see and hear their baby, while others prefer to keep an eye on a baby’s breathing, heart rate or movement to know their baby is okay. Ultimately, we recommend choosing a product that helps keep both parents and baby healthy and happy. If you and bub can both get some restful shut-eye, that’s a win-win in our books!

 Are these “new” baby monitors accurate?

 Most of these new baby monitors use or adapt technologies that have been trusted for decades. For example, the Smart Sock uses pulse oximetry to track heart rate and oxygen levels. Otherwise known as the little red light they put on your finger in hospital, pulse oximetry is a more accurate way for you to know your baby is okay than some other monitor types. Owlet went to great lengths to clinically test, improve and miniaturise pulse oximetry to make it appropriate for in-home use. The end result? A baby monitor that gives you peace of mind at a glance. Owlet accurately reports on bub’s wellbeing, tells you when their levels fall outside of predetermined ranges, and shows you historical sleep, oxygen and heart rate patterns through its use of its free Connected Care app.

Parenthood is a multifaceted and wondrous time. Consider your options when it comes to choosing a baby monitor and ask lots of questions to figure out what’s right for you.

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If you’d like to see the Owlet Smart Sock in action, visit the booth at the One Fine Baby Show in Melbourne this weekend (15 + 16 September). The team will be there to answer any questions you have. There will also be a special OFB show discount, not to be missed!