For new parents, putting their baby down to sleep can be a scary thing. Sudden infant death syndrome is the leading cause of death in infants 1 to 12 months old, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, so it's no surprise that parents of newborns are often ridden with anxiety.
Video monitors can help, but a new generation of technology goes one step further. Owlet Baby Monitors uses pulse oximetry — a technology used in hospitals to measure an infant's heart rate and blood oxygen levels — and then streams the information to the parent's smartphone. The miniature, wireless sensor goes into a baby sock that can be worn up to 18 months. The sock sets off an alarm on a base station and flashes a red light if the baby's vital signs are in dangerously territory.
Amy Bongard, a mother of four, is certain the Owlet has saved her newborn's life. Her youngest son, Grayson, was born three weeks early and one day when he had just finished breast-feeding, she looked down and noticed that he wasn't breathing.