Babe life, Little babes, Product Review

Are infant cosleeper beds worth the money?

 Infant cosleepers like the DockATot are getting a ton of buzz lately, all claiming to give weary parents the sleep they have been longing for. Parents are saying that their newborns are sleeping through the night very early on. I don’t know about you, but if that is true then I’d say infant cosleepers are worth the hefty price tag. I mean, who can put a price on quality sleep when you are a new parent?

I am one of those weird people that never really grew up and became an adult when it comes to sleep. No joke, I was sleeping in on my days off until 10 am until I became a mom.

Basically, I was willing to do anything to ensure I got as much zzz’s as possible! So I bought the DockATot when I was pregnant in hopeful prayer that it would live up to what everyone has been saying about it.

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DockATot is an an all-in-one infant lounger that is marketed to be used for:

  • Cosleeping

  • Resting

  • Lounging

  • Cuddling

  • Playtime

  • Tummy time

  • Diaper changing

 

Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

  • 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. Sleep has more to do with your training tactics and your baby’s personality
  • You do still actually have to wait until your baby is developmentally ready to sleep through the night.

A review on our DockATot experience

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 smooth time sleep training our son and by 5 months of age, he was sleeping for 12 hours straight most nights.

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.

This is him while I got ready for the day. He was quite content.

DockATot Review
DockATot Review

I will say, it was nice to have yet another portable docking station (no pun intended) to move to various places to the house.

Sometimes you just don’t feel like lugging an infant swing around everywhere!

We were even able to take the Dock with us over to our friends’ homes for dinner, which allowed us to continue with his bedtime routine and then lay him down as usual at 7 pm.

It was honestly one of my most used baby products.

So what is the downside of the DockATot?

The biggest one for me was this product is not made from organic materials. This was one of the conventional items I did decide to buy due to the fact I didn’t realize there were other organic infant cosleeper products available such as this one….

 

Are you interested in creating a completely organic baby registry? I have already done the work for you!

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!

One thing I want to mention is around 6 months, the babies start to get more wiggly. He started maneuvering himself out of it some nights.

For this reason I didn’t feel like the DockATot Grand would be worth it. He was sleeping great by this point and thrashed around so much I don’t think it would have made a difference.

establishing bedtime routine

So are infant cosleepers worth the money?

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. 

Related post: How to help your baby sleep through the night.

I honestly found the DockATot just plain fun to use. 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. I think staring at him in general gives me happiness. 

Related post: How to be a happy mom.

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! 

Cheers!

Liv

An honest DockATot review so you can know if it is worth it to spend the money on this baby item.

6 thoughts on “Are infant cosleeper beds worth the money?

  1. When our grandson started to out grow the Dock, his mom and I were wary. He slept great in the Dock for 5 months and it was very comforting to have the boundaries of the Dock. What we ended up doing instead of paying BIG money for the larger size Dock was cuttting a pool noodle in half and slipping each half on either side of his mattress under the crib sheet. You can move it as close ir far away as you need. It worked like a charm until he didn’t need the security!
    PS Full length pool noodles also work great as bumpers on a toddler or twin bed instead of spending money on retractable sides that slide under the mattress. It keeps them from rolling out if the bed. Just slip a pool noodle under each side of the bed sheet at the sides. 👍

    1. That is so clever! I was also worried about the transition out of the Dock and we ended up still using it almost every night until 8 months old. At that point he was definitely ready to come out but I did buy these mesh crib bumpers due to him getting his legs caught in the rails. He was so used to having borders that he would roll all around a lot in the beginning. I would have never thought of using a pool noodle!

  2. So a relative swore by her dock but I always thought the snuggle me seemed a better option, more cozy, I guess. I got a snuggle me (organic!) at a discout on zulily with a cover so we’ll be using that this fall when our little man is born.
    If you had to choose a portable infant cosleeper again, do you think you’d stick with the dock a tot or try the snuggle me?

    1. Honestly I would love to try the snuggle me organic and will absolutely buy that product for our next baby. Both are providing that snuggly consistent environment but the snuggle me is made from GOTS certified organic cotton. This means the entire process from growing the cotton, to harvesting, and then manufacturing is at the highest standard of clean. You will use the cosleeper so much during that beginning a vulnerable time of a baby’s life. It is comforting to know that what you are using is really safe with no unexpected chemicals. Also the snuggle me is stepping their aesthetic game up and coming out with some new cover colors.

    1. The DockATot Deluxe measures 18 inches wide x 29-34 inches long (29 inches with clasps closed and 34 inches with clasps open). That is straight from the manufacturer.

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