Babies, especially preemies, could benefit from having an oxygen monitor, since your baby doesn’t really say anything about them losing breath, so it could be important for babies with special conditions to have a more scientific monitor that can help them out.
In line with this, we’d like to review and suggest two baby monitors: the Baby Vida and the Owlet Smart Monitor. We’ll list down their pros and cons as well as their differences.
Baby Vida vs. Owlet Baby Oxygen Monitor: The Differences
Here are the differences worth noting about the two oxygen monitors:
|Feature||Baby Vida||Owlet Baby|
|Battery life||18 hours||12 to 18 hours|
|Price||Cheaper||A little pricier|
As you can see above, the Baby Vida seems to be the winner in terms of battery life, since it can last up to 18 hours straight more or less, as compared to the Owlet baby’s range of 12 to 18 hours.
- Having a good battery life for any device is important since it can bring you peace of mind in having to charge or maintain it. This same concept with baby oxygen monitors is true, especially since you’ll be using it when your baby is asleep.
- While the difference between the Baby Vida and the Owlet Baby’s battery life aren’t very far behind, it could still make some difference.
In terms of price, you can get the Baby Vida for a price that’s nearly only half of the Owlet Baby. This is probably due to its technologies.
- Not everyone will want to invest in a product or item that’s new to them and can be quite expensive, especially if it involves technology that they’re not sure of. So, it’s probably much better to purchase the cheaper one at first, and when you’re dissatisfied, you can just move up a notch with your budget.
When it comes down to connectivity, we favor the Baby Vida due to its Bluetooth option, which is much easier (and free) as compared to having to connect your device to a Wi-Fi network (which is not always available unlike Bluetooth).
- Most people would favor the Bluetooth option since you can’t always access a Wi-Fi network where you are. Imagine having to use the baby oxygen monitor while at a friend’s house, in your grandma’s house, or on vacation! Bluetooth seems to be a much more convenient option for that, since nearly all phones have it, anyway.
Baby Vida vs. Owlet Baby Oxygen Monitor: The Pros and Cons
To help you decide, we’ll be listing down the pros and cons of the Baby Vida and the Owlet Baby Oxygen Monitor:
Baby Vida – Pros and Cons
Here are the good and not-so-good points of the Baby Vida:
- Comfortable and natural. It doesn’t feel like some whatever device that’s hugging your baby due to the natural sock-like design.
- Adjustable levels. You can decide at what levels should the device alarm and notify you. This can be important for parents who have a little more knowledge of the safe heart rate and oxygen levels for their baby.
- The straps are adjustable. You can adjust this depending on your baby’s feet, as not every baby could have the same shape or size of feet.
- It’s Bluetooth! There’s no need to worry about having to find a Wi-Fi network to connect to the app – all you need to do is to turn on the Bluetooth and you can just monitor the whole thing from your phone. Although the range is limited, it’s free and easily accessible!
- Good battery life. With up to 18 hours of average battery life, your baby can sleep and you don’t have to worry about the battery life running out all of a sudden! This can be great if your baby is a heavy sleeper or if you just don’t have enough time to charge the device.
- Sensor adjustment. The sensor may not work as intended sometimes so you may need to tighten that part, which can be a bit disturbing for your baby, but it usually depends on your baby’s foot size.
- May not fit all sizes. If your baby has very small feet, even the adjustable straps may not work well.
Owlet Baby Oxygen Monitor – Pros and Cons
Meanwhile, here are the pros and cons of the Owlet Baby Oxygen Monitor:
- Dimmable monitor. Since the monitor works with the sock, it does emit light, but this light can be dimmed when not necessary so that your baby would not be blinded by way too much light when they are trying to sleep well.
- Straightforward app. Unlike other baby monitor apps and oxygen monitor, this one can be a no-brainer due to the tutorials, easy interface, and the like.
- Good battery life. The battery life of 12 to 18 hours is pretty much okay for most babies’ nap time or sleep time (it’s kind of similar to the battery life of the Baby Vida although a bit shorter).
- Can accommodate older babies. If your baby is 18 months old, they can still use this baby monitor due to the easy fitting.
- Can be prone to false alarms. If your baby didn’t wear it properly, it can still give you a misreading, so it is important to fit it properly, as with all baby oxygen monitors that are designed like socks, in order for them to work.
- May cause misreading in bright rooms. You can work this around, though – just put some cloth over the monitor if you think that it’s not reading properly.
To wrap it up, we think that the Baby Vida still has some advantages over the Owlet Baby Monitor due to the battery life, price, and easy connectivity. While both of them do roughly the same thing, the technology of the Owlet Baby Monitor is just a little advanced but not everyone can connect to Wi-Fi, so the Bluetooth one is a generally better option.