Baby Vida Monitor: Healthy Sleep for All

In my Newborn Care class, parents are ALWAYS curious about SIDS & healthy sleep habits, and they want to know about the best monitors on the market. Parents need sleep. Babies need sleep. But crib death is real. Parents want to rest easy at night knowing their baby is breathing healthily.

Sleeping baby with chelsea vail

First and foremost, reduce your SIDS risks by following these simple rules:

  • Place baby on their back
  • No crib bumpers, stuffed animals or loose blankets
  • Use a swaddle sack such as a Woombie or try the Baby Merlin Sleepsuit
  • No smoking in the home or around baby
  • Keep temperature around 68-72 degrees in the home, don’t let baby get too hot or cold
  • Do NOT fall asleep holding baby on the couch, in a chair, or in bed
  • Breastfeed
  • Use a humidifer to keep baby’s nasal passageways clean and moist

A breastfed baby, swaddled tightly on it’s back has a greatly reduced chance of SIDS, but perhaps that video monitor just isn’t cutting it for you because you’d like to know baby is breathing normally all night long and getting enough oxygen. I had a girlfriend who only dressed her newborn in pjs that had shapes or animals on them so she could watch to be sure the animals were moving up and down with each breath. Crazy? Nope, just a mama in love!

The Baby Vida monitor was designed by a mama in love like my friend. When Mollie and her husband, Jeff, found out Mollie was pregnant with their first child, they were excited to start preparations immediately. They immersed themselves in reading materials, attended classes, and educated themselves on how to be a good mom and dad.

As prepared as they were they also began to understand everything that could go wrong with a new baby. Mollie quickly realized that many of the scary scenarios that could happen were connected to a baby’s poor oxygen level or heart rate. Even more unsettling, there was no way for parents to know if either of these vitals were at an unsafe level.

When Mollie and Jeff’s healthy baby boy arrived, she did what most mothers do and checked on him constantly to ensure that he was still breathing. She had an audio and video monitor, but realized it wouldn’t alert her if anything was wrong. She began to have a reoccurring thought…

“What would it sound like if my baby stopped breathing?”

Mollie scoured the internet and went to all the stores looking for a device that would monitor her son’s oxygen level and heart rate. She couldn’t find anything for home use and devices used by professionals were thousands of dollars. Mollie began to talk to other parents and quickly found out that she was not alone in her worries—she was actually exactly like most new moms. Everyone she talked to was also in and out of their nursery, experiencing sleepless nights of constant worry.

Mollie knew she had to do something about this. Not just for her own baby, but for moms all over the world. With this thought, the Baby Vida Oxygen Monitor was born. Mollie, now a mother of four, concepted the device out of love for her children, and the Monitor became her new passion.

Mollie and Jeff went on a worldwide search to find an engineering firm who could create the Monitor. They found firms right here in the United States, who made this dream a reality. The engineers worked tirelessly for more than 2 1/2 years to develop this sophisticated, yet easy to use Monitor.

The Baby Vida Oxygen Monitor helps bring parents vital peace of mind.

Using a new form of pulse oximetry, the Baby Vida Oxygen Monitor constantly monitors your baby’s oxygen level and heart rate. Place sensor directly on your baby’s heel. Use the Support Strap to secure the Oxygen Monitor in place. The Support Sock easily slips over your baby’s foot and helps to keep the monitor in place. The Monitor and Support Sock can be worn alone or in combination with infant socks or footed pajamas. Your baby’s oxygen level and heart rate readings are delivered wirelessly to you on your own smart phone or tablet. An alarm will sound if either of these readings are outside of the predetermined range. The Baby Vida App is free to download from the App Store.

The Baby Vida Monitor is available at Wal-Mart and Amazon.

Awesome New Products for 2016

One of the services I provide as a Maternity Concierge through Whole Heart is Baby Registry Completion. It’s my job to know when new products hit the market, when established brands debut something new, and to know whether or not each product is worth having. Each year I come across some that are grounbreaking, some that are a bit gimmicky (but still novel), and some that are just lifesavers!

Here are a few products to keep your eye on in 2016

The patent-pending Buggy Baggy turns a stroller into a shopping cart in no time. No more one-handed stroller pushing, baby carriers on top of grocery carts, or juggling baby and grocery at the same time! Buggy Baggy allows you to keeps both hands on the stroller. It’s a carrier for your purchases, a reusable shopping bag and it even free stands in your car for easy transport. When it’s time to shop-just clip it on your stroller handle and Go! The Buggy Baggy is a solution that takes the stress out of shopping with baby and offers “safe shopping.”

Tranquilo Mat is the only portable, soothing, vibrating mat designed for use anytime, anywhere. Unlike vibrating chairs that require breaking contact with your baby, the mat allows the option to continue comforting your baby in your arms. Lightweight and compact, it can easily be folded up and placed in a diaper bag. Tranquilo Mat is versatile and can be used independently or in conjunction with other soothing methods, including baby carriers. The varying vibrations and sounds can be customized to suit baby’s preferences.
The Tranquilo Mat is CPSIA safe and has been tested by a third party laboratory in the USA that is ACLASS accredited. The mat is designed to exceed all CPSIA testing and standards and it meets all international standards for infant safety


Baby Vida Monitor: Using a new form of pulse oximetry, the Baby Vida Oxygen Monitor constantly monitors your baby’s oxygen level and heart rate. Place sensor directly on your baby’s heel. Use the Support Strap to secure the Oxygen Monitor in place. The Support Sock easily slips over your baby’s foot and helps to keep the monitor in place. The Monitor and Support Sock can be worn alone or in combination with infant socks or footed pajamas.  Your baby’s oxygen level and heart rate readings are delivered wirelessly to you on your own smart phone or tablet. An alarm will sound if either of these readings are outside of the predetermined range. The Baby Vida App is free to download from the App Store.

The Swizz Style by Stadler Form is the newest addition to my nursery! The Jasmine Aroma diffuser uses ultrasonic technology and runs up to 21 hours and has a sleek, ultra-modern design. A noticeably subtle fragrance but still a discreet appearance – that’s Jasmine the aroma diffuser. Like a simple bowl she gently releases your favourite fragrance. Using ultrasonic technology, she transforms the water blended with essential oil into an extra fine mist. The aroma diffuser Jasmine creates rooms to feel good in.

The Cup Catcher is a multi-use connector to safely tether a sippy cup, bottle, or
even your favorite toy to a car seat, highchair, stroller, wheelchair or shopping cart, all while providing a sanitary and stylish design. With the adjustable tail you can attach to many different straps, safety belts, and bars, catching the cup keeping it clean.

• Patent Approved & FDA Grade
• Sanitizable & Dishwasher safe
• BPA free, Latex free & Recyclable
• Phthalate free elastomer

Buckaroo Organics is a new line of FABULOUS 100% organic skincare products. Our skin is our largest organ and can absorb so many things we put on it, everyday. Delicate, new baby skin is even more susceptible. Helping our body’s natural response to heal is the goal. Utilizing organic ingredients and eco-friendly packaging is the process. Sharing Organic, Simple, and Safe products moms and dads can feel confident about, is our mission. Cleaner living, better health, and a happy environment! Check out Buckaroo Organics here.

Little Mr. Ties, stylish bowties for babies and toddlers that button directly onto their shirt using the top button. The loop hole is easy enough for moms and dads to put the tie on, but hard enough that little fingers can’t take the tie off.

The Soft Skin Stretchmark Prevention System is not necessarily new to the market, but it was new to me. I’m 32 weeks pregnant with twins and watched my belly grow very big very fast; however, I still don’t have one single stretch mark. Every night I spread the all natural ingredient oil on my belly, breasts, and buttocks. Then, I sleep on the tank and boy short that come with the oil. These items are specially designed to hold oil on your skin (not your clothes). Wake up feeling slick, smooth, and never itchy. Find here.


Greentom Strollers (100% green). Form follows function. The Dutch are known for their simple and pure design. It is the Dutch practical no-nonsense mentality that lies at the base of this rich design tradition, and of all Greentom products. Designer Bart Bost designed Greentom Upp driven by his wish to give birth to the first truly honest stroller. It needed to be particularly practical and sustainable. It starts at the drawing table by optimizing all product parts. It ends with the most comfortable, sustainable and affordable stroller on planet Greentom products are 100% green. All frames are sustainable. The fabrics are entirely made out of recycled drinking bottles. We assemble all over the world. That limits the impact of shipping. It also means your stroller is made from natural and recycled sources nearby. And it stimulates local economies!

Covered Goods: NO MORE FEAR of being exposed! Covered Goods™ nursing covers give you all the benefits that the traditional covers do… and more! Covered Goods™ multi-use nursing covers provide true ALL OVER COVERAGE, front and back, and are made of super comfy, breathable fabric that stretches. Covered Goods™ nursing covers allow you and your baby to nurse comfortably. There aren’t any straps, rings, or cords to mess with, they take seconds to put on and take off, and they alleviate any worry that your baby will kick or pull your cover off. Covered Goods™ are multi-use nursing covers can also be used as a scarf, car seat cover and shopping cart cover!

I’m always telling mom, “Do not limit yourself to the mainstream baby stores and big names!” There’s just so much more out there for babies and tots these days. No need to do things the way everyone else has done them or have the things everyone else already has. Be yourself!

Stay gold, 

That Girl