Becoming a parent for the first time is one of the most life-changing experiences you’ll ever have. Nothing can compare to the intense responsibility of taking care of another human. Although there are tons of memes and jokes that make fun of how new parents stress compared to experienced veterans, I’m here to tell you that you’re not crazy for feeling the need to be overly cautious.
It’s totally normal to watch your baby sleep, looking for any signs that something might be wrong. You’re not insane for scrutinizing every poop, or being concerned about whether or not they’re getting enough to eat.
You’re a mom, and that’s what moms do.
At some point, though, you start to wonder whether there’s an easier way to take care of your baby without constantly feeling on edge. I didn’t learn a lot of this until I was already on baby #2, but I want to share what helped give me some peace of mind as a new baby mom:
Find Some Chill Mom Friends
Not all mom friends are created equal. When you’re a new mom who’s experiencing anxiety about parenting, you want to find mom friends who are going to help talk you down from the stress, not fuel it. You can start by connecting with veteran moms who’ve been there, done that, but also just posting in your local mom group that you’re looking for “new moms who are super chill” can work, too.
Let Technology Work For You
There is nothing wrong with getting a little tech help to help ease your new baby stress. The Owlet Smart Sock tracks your baby’s heart rate, oxygen levels and sleep patterns, which can ease a lot of your anxiety. Plus, data updates come to your phone which should, at least in theory, stop you from doing the “do I or don’t I open the door” dance.
Learn To Say No To Unsolicited Advice
During my experience as a new mom with my first child, I realized that a lot of my concerns were coming from well-meaning but wrong friends and family who were giving me advice. There were some who would tell me that my pediatrician was wrong, or have me second guessing decisions I’d made about my baby’s care. Once I learned to say, “I appreciate your support, but I don’t need advice about this,” I was able to really settle into my own parenting style and learn to trust myself as a mom.
Accept Help From People You Trust
When my mother-in-law offered to watch my baby, I wanted to say no because I NEED TO SEE MY BABY AT ALL TIMES TO MAKE SURE HE’S OKAY. Again, totally normal and not weird at all. But, in order to relax and have peace of mind, you’re going to need some time for yourself. This is where the Owlet Smart Sock can be a huge benefit. Even if you’re not with your baby, you can get updates on their sleep, get proactive notifications if something changes, and yes, even see them at all times with the Owlet Cam — which streams HD video directly to your phone so you can get a real time view of your baby.
Plus, and hold on to your seats y’all, the Cam’s features include a room temperature gauge and two-way audio. It also connects with the Smart sock. Are you feeling like this level of baby tech monitoring is exactly what you need in your life so you can ease a lot of fears? Well, you’re not alone. In fact, data recently collected from Owlet was shared and peer reviewed by Global Pediatric Health, and the journal validated what we thought: 96% of parents reported feeling less anxious using in-home baby monitoring.
Get you some of that, Mama!
There isn’t a handbook for exactly you exactly how to raise a baby, so of course you’re going to have some questions. Lots of questions. That just means that you’re on your way to being the best parent ever because you care and want your baby to thrive. Don’t beat yourself up for feeling some anxiety, but do work to find some peace of mind so that you can use that energy for baby snuggles and swooning over your sweet little one rather than stressing!
Rest easy and keep an eye on your baby’s heart rate, oxygen levels, and sleep patterns with the Smart Sock and view updates on your phone. And know your baby hasn’t escaped their crib with the Cam that streams HD video with night vision and two-way audio over a secure, encrypted wi-fi connection. Manage both products and get all the information on your little one you could ever want with the Owlet App.