Infant cosleepers are getting a ton of buzz, all claiming to give weary parents the sleep they have been longing for. These are some bold claims that come along with a hefty price tag. That being said, who can put a price on quality sleep when you are a new parent?
- Resembles the womb, making the transition to extrauterine life less dramatic.
- Minimizes flat head
- Portable, providing a consistent environment for your infant no matter where you are
- Lightweight and easy to travel with
- Washable and durable (ours has held up to being washed every week for 8 months)
- Comes in a variety of fun colors and patterns
- DockATot Grand allows you to upgrade to larger size as your baby grows
- Keeps baby warm and snug in the winter
- Makes cosleeping easier so parents can be at ease
- Buckle does not stay closed once your baby has outgrown the DockATot Deluxe
- High price tag
- Only come with one cover for price
- The DockATot is not a miracle product and won’t work for all babies
Our experience with the DockATot
After doing my research, I decided to give the DockATot a try. I started placing our son in the Dock since day 1 of us being in our home as a family. We have had a fairly successful time sleep training our son and by 5 months of age, he was sleeping for 12 hours straight. We have used the DockATot not only as a consistent sleep environment from birth to 8 months, but it has also been another option for a safe place to put him down.
Whenever I had to do things throughout the day such as shower, cook, or a home workout, the Dock gave me another option to lay my son down. We were able to take the Dock with us over to our friends’ homes for dinner and it provided a consistent sleep environment, which allowed us to continue with his bedtime routine. I love our Dock, it was honestly one of my most used baby products.
You will read some reviews where people claim that the product is hard to put back together when you wash it. Honestly, this is a matter of perspective. To get the bumpers around the zipper it does take some maneuvering. However, disassembling and reassembling the Dock for washing takes far LESS effort compared to an entire crib change. There is not a perfect process to keeping baby things clean as it is in the nature of infants to spit-up, blow-out, and drool!
We used our DockATot from birth to 8 months old when we regretfully packed it up because our son had outgrown it. It is still in great shape, even after so many washes, and we will definitely be using it for baby number 2! I hope this review helped make the Dock more transparent for you. I would like to add that I do not claim that this product will work for every infant and I urge parents to investigate other reasons their child may be having difficulty sleeping.
Lastly, something must be said about the fun side of all of this. Yes, as parents we are looking for ways to get more sleep. I did look for innovated products for assistance with this. However I found that the DockATot is just plain fun to have. It makes a perfect backdrop for pictures of your little one. There are so many fun prints to choose from and the company comes out with new options all the time. That may not be as important to some but I found that placing my son in his Dock after I had picked out the cutest little outfit for him to wear gave me happiness. It is funny how I bought all these adorable 0-3 month outfits and the reality was, I didn’t leave the house that much. The only person truly admiring how adorable the clothes looked on him was me!
The Cheeky Mommy
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