This is an unsponsored true review of the DockATot. I am not a safe sleep educator or researcher, or do I have any authority to tell you what is safe and what is not.
- Multiple fashion-forward designed
- Helps with transition from bassinet to crib
- Portable, easy to carry to different rooms and when traveling
- Creates a womb-like sleeping space
- Versatile: Used as a bed, play area, and baby lounger
- Hard to replace cover after washing
- Does not fold up
The DockATot is the perfect place to put baby and have the peace of mind that they are safe. It is snug and comfy to your baby and imitates the comfort of the womb.
Bump Rating: 4 1/2 stars
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DockATot is a comfy little nest that keeps baby feeling snug in the crib all night long while giving mom and dad peace of mind.
I first found out about the DockATot from an Instagram influencer that I follow. I try to keep in mind that these people are paid so I like to do my own research.
First things first I had to put my hands on the product to make sure this is exactly what we were looking for. At initial glance, the DockATot Deluxe and the DockATot Grand were beautifully made. You can’t get more stylish than this. The stores only carry a few of the patterns but the online store offers countless amounts. They also stay on top of trends so follow them on Instagram to keep up to date on all the new style releases.
When getting into my investigation you obviously see the price tag which can be a little turn-off. I sucked it up and purchased the marble colored one and let me tell you, that thing is my favorite purchase. My little girl was one of those babies who needed to be held 100% of the time. The DockATot gave me a much-needed break. The soft pillow sides were close enough to make her fill secure. I have never been able to put her down and she be content. Now that she is 4 months old she loves just handing out in there and playing.
When it came to sleeping I had read that this was some type of miracle worker. Scepticle at first I eventually fell into the band that this truly did help my little one sleep better. It is definitely not going to be an overnight miracle but after some time it officially is the best thing I have found.
The DockATot Deluxe is designed for babies 0 to 8 months of age. The DockATot Grand is designed for 9 to 36 months. Having two sizes allows for your baby to get the womb-like feeling and the DockATot will grow with them.
My babies startle reflux was bad! I mean consistently waking herself up. The best part was that she also HATED swaddles.. It was super fun let me tell you about it.
We had purchased the DockATot initially to let her lounge around on and kept it on the couch. Soon after we found that this was the only place she could truly sleep. It surrounds baby with cushions with a soft pillow top bottom. These key features made her feel warm and secure. It also helped with her startle reflux! Normally she would shoot her arms out to the side but with the DockATot I was able to put her arms beside her and it acted like a swaddle but wasn’t so constricting.
It also allows for baby to move their feet and arms freely when they wake up. Which can buy some extra sleep time for mama while baby plays safely!
Another extremely important feature is that it also said to help reduce flat head syndrome! Which in all honestly I did not even know till I took my little one into the doctors. He had asked me what I had been using to let her sleep on because she had no developed flat head syndrome. Once I mentioned the DockATot it became clear that this had helped prevent this.
The bottom mattress is made from a supersoft thermobonded fiber which helps relieve pressure on babies head. You can also use the sides of the DockATot as support props to help baby sleep on their sides.
I also noticed that when I would put my baby into the crib in a swaddle, she would always sleep with the back of her head on the mattress. When in the DockATot she would turn her head to the side and switch sides all night long. Which played a huge part in preventing flat head syndrome.
So remember when I said this thing was versatile well here are some other uses for the DockATot. You can also use the bumper sides to help with tummy time. My little girl dispised tummy time like it was her job. As soon as I started propping her up on one of the sides she immediately started lifting her head. Giving her that few inches helped her want to lift her head higher to see the world around her.
Another advantage is that DockATot is extremely portable. This baby lounger is lightweight (about 3 pounds) and is perfect to travel with. We took ours on the plane with us when flying from San Diego to Florida when she was 2 months old. We made sure that our seats had normally sized dropdown trays and simply put the dockatot on the 2.
Now I’m sure this method is not recommended but when you are on a long flight and have an angry baby I’d be willing to do anything. As soon as we put her in the DockATot she was as happy as could be.
So let’s review the features:
- Imitates the womb
- Perfect for tummy time
- Helps baby sleep
- Easy to travel with
- Helps with the startle reflex
- Possibly can help prevent flat head syndrome
When we first got our DockATot in the mail we were both amazed by how well it was made. Nowadays baby products are getting cheaper and cheaper but the prices keep going up. Most items are just made of cheap plastic parts nowadays. But the DockATot was high quality and fashion forward for baby to sleep, play and learn. We ordered ours with the marble pattern and it is so beautiful. Not only is it that but I’ve washed it countless amounts of times and it’s still a pretty as it was from the day we got it. Its also made with a think fabric which makes it durable.
On top of being durable, the DockATot also has certain features that you wouldn’t of even thought of. There are handles in logical places and the bottom has a clip to open to baby can play freely and not be constricted.
Most importantly the fabric is extremely breathable, which gives us mamas the piece of mind we all need!
The DockATot is hypoallergenic and is composed of fabrics that are said to have “excellent air permeability.” The cover is made of 100% cotton and the filling is made from non-toxic and breathable fibers. With the two materials combined, it makes the perfect temperature for baby whether its winter or summer. DockATot put a lot of time and research into finding a safe, comfortable, microclimate for babies everywhere, no matter the temperature.
The cover for the DockATot can be removed and machine washed. Just keep in mind that getting the cover back on can be difficult at times. I’m not sure if its user error but half the time it slips on easy like a glove. Other times I’m wrestling the darn thing. Either way, the amount of benefits outweighs this minor downfall.
All things said the DockATot has been my favorite purchase to this day. I have recommended it to all my friends as well as purchased it for a few baby showers. It helped my little one go from sleeping 2-3 hour stretches to 10-hour long night sleep! I mean do I need to say more! However, do not expect all babies to have the same response. Some take longer to adjust to the new way of sleeping and others will just fall into it immediately.
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