What causes low quality readings?

The Band is unable to generate a report of baby and mom’s readings because a majority of readings collected during the session were low quality.


What Causes Low Quality Readings?

Session Length

The Owlet Band requires a certain amount of high quality readings before we can confidently generate a report of baby’s readings. As session time increases our likelihood of receiving sufficient high quality readings increases. Owlet’s recommended session length is 3 hours.


Sensor Placement

Make sure all sensors are laying flat. If the sensors do not have optimal skin contact, the quality of your readings may be affected. Check your Band for fit before your session starts, the Band should not shift, bunch up or bunch together as you move. 

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The Band is intended for usage while sleeping. Lay on your side and rest your eyes. Muscle tension adds noise to the data, so try to avoid movement.

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We are working on improving our algorithm’s ability to pick up high-quality signals when your baby has vernix caseosa, also known as vernix. Vernix is the waxy or cheese-like white substance found coating the skin of newborn human babies. The vernix develops around 27 weeks gestation and is usually shed by 35 weeks. When your baby is covered in vernix, it will dampen electrical signals from the baby, making their readings more difficult to obtain.


Kick Counting

Kick counting to this day is one of the healthiest activities a mom can build throughout her pregnancy. In addition to using the band, Owlet strongly recommends that all Band users conduct daily kick counting sessions to document trends in their baby’s activity. Even if your baby's heartbeat seems to be within good range, if your kick count changes or drops below 10 kicks in two hours, you should contact your provider. If you ever feel as though something is not quite right or have questions or concerns regarding your pregnancy, you should contact your doctor.

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