Bringing Home Baby Just Got a Lot Different

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post written for Owlet because they feel their product is something our readers would want to know about, and we agree!

Bringing your baby home from the hospital currently means hitting all the essentials:

  1. Adorable outfit for the ride home? Check. 
  2. Nervous decision about whether or not you should sit next to the baby or your partner in the front seat? Check. (Answer: it's the baby, and there's no shame in that.)
  3. Blurry phone picture of the baby either a) sleeping, b) yawning, c) pooping in her car seat to be captured forever in a baby book that more than likely will only exist online? Double check. 
  4. Car seat that has been installed in a feat more confusing than putting together IKEA cabinets, checked, and rechecked 50 times by one very anxious husband? Check. 
  5. A granny pace of 20 under the speed limit for the ride home? Check. 

I've been there and done that a few times over, but for the new wave of future parents, bringing your baby home from the hospital is going to look a whole lot different — and maybe even a whole lot less stressful with new technology that can help give peace of mind and possibly prevent terrible tragedies from breathing events that can occur in babies. 

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Image via Westin Dangerfield (Owlet)

So how exactly will things change?

  1. Wearable technology. I spoke to Jane Putnam from the Owlet company, who says they envision a day when every baby will be sent home from the hospital wearing their pulse oximeter monitor, which is housed in a simple sock that the baby can wear 24/7 and is designed to alert parents when a baby's oxygen saturation falls under 80%. The number, says Jane, is key because it was developed to sound an alarm only when the baby is truly having a low oxygen event by a group of pulmonologists, neonatalogists, physicians, and respiratory therapists. (Newborn are notorious for irregular breathing and nasal breathing that could cause false alarms, but the Owlet is designed against those false alarms.) 
  2. Smartphone alerts. We may as well admit defeat because we live and breathe by our smartphones anyways, so it's time to use those phones to our advantage, right? Technology like the Owlet are actually totally wireless and send physical alerts to a set home “base” in your house and directly to your phone. So no more panicked rushes to check on your sleeping baby. You can literally look at your phone and see live vitals of his heart rate and breathing. 
  3. Thermometers with real-time updates. Having a baby with a fever is one of the worst, most helpless feelings in the world because there's not a lot you can do for a baby. Some medications are safe, but for very young infants, you have to be very, very careful. Wireless, wearable thermometers are definitely going to change the game with real-live updates and temperature tracking so you can keep a close eye on your baby's fever or just track his or her temperature whenever you want. That will stop those anxious grandmas wondering if Junior is too cold. Ha!
  4. A car seat that installs itself. Um, yes. I'm not even kidding. As an OB nurse, I can't tell you how many parents I saw worried about installing their car seats properly, and as a mom, I can't tell you how many times I worried if my husband installed our car seat properly because I was way too scared to try it myself. It can be intimidating, which is why one company totally designed a car seat that promises a perfect position every time. Genius. 

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Jane, who has two children herself, including a 16-month-old son who wears his Owlet monitor, is hopeful for a future where preventable tragedies, especially tragedies that occur to babies, are reduced and parents have more peace of mind. “Forty years ago, no one had car seats,” she points out. “All it took was someone with the idea to create a simple, easy-to-use solution, and infant fatalities have gone down. Now we can look at other preventable deaths.”  

She's got a point. All it took was one person to say “there has to be a better way,” and look at us now. 

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Would you use any of these products for your baby? 

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post written for Owlet because they feel their product is something our readers would want to know about, and we agree!

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Bringing Home Baby Just Got a Lot Different

Chaunie Brusie is a writer, mom of four, and founder of The Stay Strong Mom, a community + gift box service for moms after loss. ... More

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  1. Austin says:

    A self installing car seat is not the answer. Machines can fail, and you still have to harness the child correctly which most parents don’t. Get your installation checked by a certified child passenger safety technician who will teach you how to install and harness correctly. You’ll eventually need to learn how to install a convertible seat anyway.

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