Smart Sock 3: Prevent Unnecessary Red Notifications

When receiving a red notification, the very first thing you should do is check on your baby.

If it was not an emergency, it was probably caused by one of the following:



Sock placement

Sock fit or placement issues are the most common cause of false notifications.

Even in the hospital, the #1 cause of incorrect readings is poor sensor placement.


Sock too loose

The most common issue is that the Sock is close enough to get a reading, but still too loose, causing faint readings.


Check to make sure the sensor windows are flat against your baby's skin.



Check for signs of sickness. Red notifications can be more frequent when baby is sick or congested.


Try using a nasal aspirator to clean out baby's nose.

If sickness persists it may be a good idea to call your pediatrician.

When to call your pediatrician  (American Academy of Pediatrics)



Elevation can affect oxygen level. In higher elevations (like areas in Colorado), baby's oxygen level can sit lower than average.

Elevation doesn't necessarily cause red notifications but can make them more frequent.


Cold feet

This is not common but cold feet can cause red notifications. This is because there is less blood flow in the foot for the Sock sensor to pick up.

If this occurs, try putting a sock on over the Owlet Sock.


Make sure to always observe safe sleeping practices.