Today marks our son William’s five week birthday. It’s fair to say the first few weeks of his little life on planet earth have been tumultuous to say the least. During his second week, we rushed him to A&E, as something wasn’t right. He was hot and running a temperature of 38.5 and our otherwise chilled baba was screaming this weird cry that made my blood run cold.

It was around midnight on a Friday night when we hurriedly woke up our toddler, bundled into the car and zipped quickly to our local hospital’s A&E. I really thought they would tell me we had been over cautious, that perhaps it was a bit of wind etc… we were shocked when they hooked him up to their monitors to reveal a very high heart rate. We stood by in the cubicle for hours while the doctors and nurses worked on him, and were aghast when they announced they were preparing to do a lumbar puncture and an X-Ray machine was on its way.

Fast forward to the next day, the lumbar puncture had thankfully ruled out meningitis / sepsis and a urine infection had been identified as the cause. We were relieved – until we realised how serious a UTI is in a newborn. Then, a secondary blood infection was confirmed, and two courses of aggressive antibiotics were administered, bringing us to where we are today.

We have been allowed home for nights this past week, while making daily trips to and from the hospital for antibiotics, observations and doctors’ rounds, and it’s been so nice to be back in our own beds at nighttime.

Monitor heart rate and oxygen levels

Since we’ve been home, we’ve been using the Owlet Smart Sock for peace of mind. It’s a nifty piece of baby kit that uses pulse oximetry to map both baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels giving you real time readings.

How it works

The Smart Sock can be worn on either foot. It sends notifications to your Owlet base station and your device via the free downloadable app, so you can check up on your baby at any time, without waking them.

The Owlet lets you know if baby is wriggling and momentarily pauses information to ensure the readings you receive are always accurate. The base station glows different colours to notify you to what’s going on – a green glow means all is good! I have to say, after everything we’ve been through, I’ve found the comforting green glow instantly reassuring when I wake during the night while my baby is sleeping.


The base station flashes yellow to tell you the Smart Sock has fallen off, it flashes when the sock is disconnected from the base station, and it flashes red to tell you that your baby’s heart rate or oxygen levels are out of the preset zones to prompt you to take further action. The Smart Sock plugs into the base station which is popped on charge during the day ready for bedtime – it really is a fantastic way to monitor your baby.

My only regret is not getting the Owlet Smart Sock sooner. Had William been hooked up to the Owlet that week perhaps we would have identified changes in his readings that would have prompted us to seek help sooner. Ongoing I will not be taking any chances – it’s going to be on his foot reassuring me until he is at least 18 years old!

Peace of mind for less

The Owlet Smart Sock 2 is reduced from £269 to £199 in price until 31st May. Buy yours today!


A Parent’s Guide to Summer Sleeping for Babies

Dressing Baby for Bed: What to Wear in Different Temperatures

For competitions and offers from our favourite brands, click here.