Watching a peaceful newborn sleep is like taking a deep breath of mountain-fresh air – it’s an instant mood lifter. But as much as we’d love to stare at our precious babies while they slumber, there’s adulting to be done.
Now there’s a new high-tech baby monitor available in Australia that gives parents more than an extra set of eyes for peace of mind – it’s able to track babies in ways we can’t see or hear. The Owlet Smart Sock monitors a baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels as they sleep – through a sock that attaches to their foot.
And it’s just become available in Australia.
The smart sock for babies
The Owlet Smart Sock uses something called pulse oximetry technology, which is usually found in hospitals, to track a baby while they sleep.
The Smart Sock is wrapped around a baby’s foot, and sends notifications to a parent’s smartphone via a Bluetooth low energy base station. The base station glows green when all is well, but if something’s not right it will let you know with lights and sounds.
The sock comes in three sizes, to suit babies from newborn through to 18 months, and the Bluetooth range is up to 33 metres.
Australia’s the first country outside of the US to get the Smart Sock – 150,000 have been sold in America since the launch two years ago.
Outlet Connected Care App
There’s also an optional app that will keep and analyse data on your baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels, track bub’s sleep and even give you reports on how they’re snoozing!
The Owlet Smart Sock 2 is $399.99, while the Connected Care app subscription costs $10 a month, or $75 a year.
Available from Owlet ($429).