I felt like I should write a post about how to properly use the Owlet baby monitor. I was reading and extracting information from various different blogs to try to figure out how to get the most out of our Owlet baby monitor, and thought I would write a “compilation”, if you will as a tutorial for the Owlet Baby Care Monitor.
Opening the Box and and Quick Start
When you first open the box, there’s a Base Station, 3 socks, the socks electronics (white thing that goes in the sock and is the essence of the Owlet), a power USB block, a USB power cable (for the Base Station), and a short micro USB cable, which charges the sock electronic (or sock) from the Base Station.
Once you’ve received your Owlet, head over to the iTunes App Store, and download the Owlet App. Follow the instructions in the App to set everything up. Its very easy, and very straight forward.
Charge and place the sock on your baby’s foot and connect through the app. Your baby is now being monitored. Its as simple as that.
Operating the Base Station
The Base unit is the “headquarters” of the owlet monitor and is your primary alert station. The Base is the part that tells the end user (parent) if/when there is a problem – from the sock falling off, to not being able to get a proper read, to an actual problem with your baby’s vital signs.
The Base has both a light and alarm. The alarm will sound if/when there is a problem. The alarm can be turned off completely though the Owlet App, or can be customized to sound when certain things happen. For example, we have configured it to NOT sound its alarm if the sock falls off, but we have it set up to set off the alarm if our baby’s oxygen levels or heart rate levels are not within the norms. If you want to turn the alerts off without using the app, you can do so by pressing and releasing the Base Station until it beeps and the light turns off.
The Base also has different coloured lights that alert you to different problems when monitoring:
Green – General monitoring, everything looks good
Yellow – The sock fell off your baby’s foot
Blue – Sock is disconnected from the base unit
Red – There’s a problem!
The light on the Base Station can also be dimmed by pressing and holding down the base station itself. There is a brighter option for during the day, and a dimmer option for night time use.
If there is ever a problem with your baby’s heart rate or oxygen levels, and the alarm on your Base Station goes off, you can also just press the base station to turn the sound off – rather than unlocking your phone and logging into the app to turn the alert/alarm off. Pressing it a second time will turn it back on and re-establish the connection. This prevents you from having to fiddle with your phone and apps when an alarm is going off, potentially waking up your baby (or partner).
Using the sock
The sock is pretty simple to operate. There’s a white device called “sock electronics” that fits into the sock, and that device is the part that monitors your baby’s vitals. It is interchangeable from sock to sock as your baby grows. You need to ensure that the sock fits properly in order to be able to retrieve an accurate reading from your baby.
The socks come in 4 sizes – newborn (size 1), 2 standard sizes (size 2 & 3), and an extra large (size 4). Sizes 1-3 come complete with the monitor, and you can purchase extra socks individually for USD$8, or USD$20 for sizes 1-3 (basically a replacement set), or for sizes 2-4, or for USD$25 you can get the whole set of socks from size 1-4.
The sock takes just over an hour to fully charge. You will most likely need to charge the sock every day. 7 hours of usage (and monitoring) uses roughly 30% of the sock’s battery. If the sock is not in use, you can turn the sock off by placing the bottom flat surface of the Sock Electronic (white monitoring thing) against the centre of the Base Station until the red light in the sock electronic turns off. (See pic below). To turn it back on, plug the sock electronic back into the base station.
Hopefully this helps clear things up in regards to how to use the Owlet to its full potential. If you have anything to add, please feel free to add them to the comments below. I’m assuming that if you’re reading this tutorial, you already have the Owlet monitor, but if not, you can click here to be re-directed to purchase one now. All Owlet monitors purchased now will be compatible with both iTunes and Android Apps, and if you have neither, the Owlet will still work for you through the Base Station alone.