**This post was sponsored by Owlet, all opinions of their product are my own!
One of the first things I get asked having an infant is, “are you getting any sleep?” I have to say though, not too many people love me when I say yes. Blaire started sleeping through the night around 4 weeks old, and Brooklyn was right behind her at about 4 or 5 weeks. When I say “sleeping through the night” I mean about 8 hours of straight-through sleep. Which in return, allows me to get 8 hours of beauty sleep as well.
I’ll tell you how it worked for us, but please keep in mind that this is just what worked for us. My mom used a lot of these tips with us, and I took a lot of her advice and altered a few things to make it work for my family. I am not a doctor, health administrator, baby guru, nurse, etc. I am just a mom, trying to raise happy, healthy kiddos without being exhausted myself 🙂 I recommend speaking with your pediatrician if you have trouble getting your kids to sleep through the night.
First things first, Jason and I made the decision with both of our children before they were born that we would NOT co-sleep. We both need sleep to function in our adult lives, and to be happy and friendly people. This was our choice, what we wanted, and what worked for us. We wanted to keep our bedroom ours, and our kids room theirs. From Day 1, both Blaire and Brooklyn have slept in their cribs.
Secondly, when my babies wanted to sleep, I let them sleep. I never try to wake them up just to keep them on a tight schedule, or so they can get to bed at the same time every night. I have always let them guide me with their sleeping schedules, and its worked for us.
For my kids, full bellies meant sleepy babies, so one big thing for me was making sure both were well fed before putting them down for the night. Typically, I don’t put Brooklyn to bed (for the night) until about 11pm. I make sure that before I put her down, that she has had her last bottle, which may be 10:30, 11 or possibly a little after. For her, she sleeps best on 4-6oz of breastmilk or formula. But every night after that final bottle, I swaddle her up, full and happy, and lay her to bed. Girlfriend is out until 7:30 or 8 the next morning. And I am too. See here and here for the swaddles we use!
When Blaire was sleeping through the night at about 4 weeks, I can’t say that I was. I was nervous with every sound I heard, or didn’t hear. Every little cry or sigh of breath made me nervous. I slept so lightly because I was afraid something would happen and I’d have to run in there at any moment. This weighed a huge toll on me when I started back to work at 12 weeks, making me exhausted and unfocused, I didn’t have much energy to get through the day. Every day Blaire woke up happy and healthy, but I couldn’t help but worry about her all night.
My quality of sleep is 100% better with Brooklyn because I have huge peace of mind. I was recently gifted a Smart Sock 2, from Owlet, and if you haven’t heard of them, listen up. The Smart Sock 2 is a little sock that you wrap around your baby’s foot, and it tracks his or her heart rate and oxygen levels. It comes with a base-station, that will work up to 100 feet away from your baby. The base lets you know if there are any changes outside the preset zones from your baby throughout the night and will notify you if necessary.
You can also see the trends and historical stats from an easy to use app, Connected Care, on your phone (coming at the end of summer! More details here.). If you do wake up and want to see what’s happening just in case, you can open to the Smart Sock app and get accurate readings of the current heart rate and oxygen level. Owlet even gives you a guide so you’re aware that it’s normal for the heart rate to increase if your baby is feeding (tip: you may want to turn off the monitor during feedings or while rocking baby, as your body can interfere with the readings), and decrease as your baby falls to sleep. You won’t have to use the app to know what’s going on, or even be near your phone – because the base station will change from Green to either Yellow or Red, and notify you of any changes outside those zones. According to OwletCare.com, 83% of parents reported sleep improvement while using the Smart Sock, and my husband and I are definitely included! I guess you could say, we are all sleeping like a baby!
Have you tried the Smart Sock 2? If so I’d love to hear your thoughts, or if you think it would help give you peace of mind while sleeping.
Keep in mind, the Smart Sock is best for 0-18 months of age, and the app is compatible with iPhone 5 or later. The sock battery lasts about 18 hours before needing recharged.