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One of the first baby products on my registry was a cute little swiveling bassinet that sits next to the parents’ bed. I had already decided we would be breastfeeding, and having my baby near me seemed like an easy and lazy way for me to meet his needs during the middle of the night. I couldn’t imagine trudging out of bed every few hours to another room, nursing him, and then getting back into bed. So this seemed like a great solution. My son, however, had different ideas. The instant anyone put him down he was up and crying. We tried swaddling, putting him down drowsy, putting him down when he was in a deep sleep, vibrating function, lullabies, white noise, everything. At most he would sleep 30 minutes and then wake up. After a few sleepless nights of this, eventually we (I) gave in, and he slept on my chest with pillows propping my arms to hold him in place. My husband and I knew this was not an ideal situation, but figured it was more dangerous to have parents trying to function on one hour of sleep. With our son quickly growing, we knew this arrangement couldn’t last much longer.
Enter the DockATot. What’s a DockATot?
DockATot™ Deluxe and DockATot™ Grand are designed to be comfy and ultra-reliable lounging docks for little ones ages 0-36 months. You can use DockATot™ for safe co-sleeping, supervised tummy time, play time, snuggle time, supervised naps, as a changing station, or really just any time you need to put baby down in a comforting spot. The Grand is a cozy spot for toddlers to sleep in overnight and is ideal for safely easing the crib to bed transition. DockATot™ is lightweight and incredibly easy to travel with. DockATot™ provides a cozy, safe and non-toxic environment for tots anywhere they go.
Or as I call it, my holy grail of baby sleep!
The DockAToT provides a snug fit for infants for that perfect womb feeling. It also helps with the baby’s Moro (Startle) reflex that can wake some babies up. Both the sides and bottom of it are air permeable, meaning should a baby’s head get turned on one of those, he will still be able to breathe. Although the makers suggest baby be placed on their back to sleep, the Dockatot is designed to be safe in all sleeping positions. The bumpers of the bed are high and firm so parents are unlikely to roll over the bed. They are available in two sizes the deluxe (0-8 months) and the grande (9-36 months). I purchased the deluxe.
Seriously, this thing is amazing! The first night we got it my little man slept 7 hours straight. I actually woke up before him (from engorged boobs, haha)!
We take it with us almost everywhere as it is very portable (it even has handles). Grandma’s house, parties, even baby yoga. Mainly, we use it for safer cosleeping. He sleeps between my husband and I in the center of the bed at the top of our mattress. Usually, I end up using the sides as my pillow so I am always close to him. Unfortunately, it doesn’t leave much room in bed for my husband and me, although this may be our bed’s fault rather than his (Our bed is a standard Queen).
It’s also great for play time and just hanging out. He’ll often spend part of his morning in this while I eat breakfast and read him a story. The sides are firm enough that this can also be used during tummy time; just place baby over the bumper.
And bonus! Multiple members of our family love it.
Although the deluxe is intended for 0-8 months, there’s no reason it can’t be used for longer. The bottom of the dock has a buckle that you can leave open or closed depending on the length of the baby. When my son 0-4 months, we kept it buckled; at 8 months he is much longer but still fits in the dock. As long as baby fits width wise, you can continue using it, and keep in mind the fit is intended to be snug to help baby feel secure as they sleep.
One of the cons of the DockATot is that it is a huge pain to clean. Once you take off the cover, you’ll note the bed is in two pieces; the mattress and the bumper. The bumper is designed to have a really snug fit in the bed so children can’t roll out and adults can’t roll in. It’s a great safety feature, but it makes it difficult to get the bed back into the cover. Which is a huge pain if you have an accident in the middle of the night. It’s not a quick on and off. Having an additional cover would help, but it leads me to my next point.
The DockaTot is not cheap. A Deluxe will run you between $165-185 before tax. This is comparably cheaper then a crib, so in that regard it may actually be a better deal. My biggest complaint is that additional covers run an additional $65-85. They are specially made for the bed, so if you want an additional cover, you have no choice but to purchase from the company. I would love to have an additional cover for when ours gets too dirty, but it’s not something I can justify at this point.
Additionally, once the Dock is opened it is not returnable. It’s a scary thought putting out $160+ not knowing if this will be a product your baby likes or not. I mulled over this purchase for a couple weeks before finally ordering. I finally took the plunge, and my only regret is not doing it sooner.
Overall, I love our DockATot and can’t stop talking about it. I wish we had had this from the time my son was born; it would’ve saved us a lot of stress with our unsafe cosleeping habits.
And as for our bassinet? Well, we placed it in front of a window so our cats can have a nice perch. We consider it an expensive cat bed. At least something’s getting use out of it right?
Ready to get your own? You can purchase on the DockaTot official website. Click here to recieve a $10 off discount code! (affiliate link). You can also purchase one on Amazon. Click here to purchase the DockATot deluxe on Amazon. (affiliate link)
If you purchase one, let me know what you think in the comments below.