If you’ve ever snuck into your baby’s room to check on their breathing or to see if they crying then you understand just how valuable a video baby monitor is. After all, you don’t want to wake up a sleeping baby, that’s for sure! While the Owlet Smart Sock provides a great amount of comfort to parents, they’ve never had their own video camera baby monitor to pair with it. That is, until NOW! Their new Owlet Cam does just that, and is sold both separately and as a bundle. Let’s review and see what it offers.
First, we know that the Owlet Smart Sock itself came onto the scene in 2015, and was hugely popular with tons of expecting parents. This smart sock is wrapped around your dear little one’s foot to track their oxygen level and their heart rate, and sends you an alert via lights and sound if either of those isn’t in a healthy range. This provided many of us with a great peace of mind, and allowed us to get some sleep without worrying about our babies! Still, though, tons of parents out there who LOVE their sock (I know we do!) still have a need/desire to have a video camera monitor as well to keep a close eye on their little one. Meaning, you have to go out and do even more research and order another unit apart from this one.
However, with the arrival of the Owlet Cam things have changed.
Owlet Cam Functionality
The Owlet Cam itself is a completely separate video baby monitoring device that is easily and smoothly connected to the Smart Sock, which makes the bundle of 2 devices a full system for monitoring your baby. You get vitals, audio, and video, all in one great bundle. Sure, the sock itself is only marketed for up to 18 months since your baby will become a toddler and outgrow the sock, but the Owlet CAM itself can be used pretty much indefinitely. Leave it in their room or move it over to their play room so you can watch them as they grow up and play. Makes a really great deal!
Let’s take a quick look at the features of this CAM with no Smart Sock:
- You get HD video (1080p) that is streamed straight to the Owlet app. Watch your baby when working or making a sandwich!
- Use the audio as background noise to keep an ear on your baby while still being able to use the phone (great feature!).
- Comes with a room temperature sensor (many don’t!), and will send an alert if your baby’s room becomes too hot/cold.
- As with most video cameras, this has two-way audio if you want to talk or sing to them when you aren’t in the room.
- Uses a wide angle lens (130 degrees) to provide a good view of your baby and the room.
- Comes with a wall mount that is easy to install and a cord cover
- Uses an encrypted WiFi connection for security and peace of mind.
What to Remember
The Smart Sock and Owlet Cam bundle can definitely send you alerts to possible problems with your baby’s vitals (oxygen/heart rate), it isn’t proven to prevent SIDS. In order to use the app you’ll need a smartphone as well (necessary for the video feed) with iOS 8 or higher or Android 5 or higher, and of course you’ll also need a WiFi connection as well.
The Cam has a ton of amazing features, but it does lack music/sounds and a handheld monitor (which is why you need to use your smartphone), and at the moment you won’t be able to move the camera via the app (it needs to be moved manually).
Where is It Sold?
Currently it is only available to purchase for presale through the Owlet website at a price point of $149 for the camera by itself. You can bundle the Owlet Cam with the Smart Sock for $399. The Cam itself will start shipping in the middle of January 2019, and will be available for purchase from Amazon.com.