DockATot Review: How Our Family Sleeps Sucessfully

I waited 7 weeks before writing my DockATot review because I wasn’t entirely sure if I needed a baby lounger.  I’ve seen docked tots snoozing all over Instagram and it seems every mommy blogger I follow has one.  Prior to having our baby I wasn’t sure what the fuss was about.  I considered the DockATot a “nice to have,” rather than a “must have” product.  Still, everyone raves about them, so when I was gifted the DockATot Deluxe to try out in exchange for my review, I gave it a fair shot for an honest and complete review.

What the Fuss?

The Swedish designed lounger is hand-made in Europe, wildly popular across the pond and has a fast growing tribe of tots in the US.  DocATot baby loungers create an environment similar to the womb.  The bumpers around the edge cradle baby just like mom.  Besides being a snuggly, cozy sleep station, DockATot loungers have lots of uses that make parenting easier.  Having taken advantage of most of them, I can understand why parents love them.

How We Use Our DockATot:

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Sleeping:

Baby Linc naps all over the house in his DockATot.  He goes down for naps easily, to which I credit the comfortable mattress.  The mattress is breathable, softer than his crib and bassinet and it’s no wonder he prefers it.

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He’s so happy in his lounger.  If he gets over-tired and fusses about going down for a nap, the lounger is the easiest solution.

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With feedings happening every 2-3 hours, I like to keep him near me while I work.

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As a new mother, I also feel better having him nearby.  I can focus on work knowing he’s safe, sound and sleeping.

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The lounger migrates all over the house.  I dock him in the spare bedroom while I clean the house, so he’s not disturbed by the vacuum.  It’s much easier to work around his nap schedule when I can move him to an area where he isn’t disturbed.  Hubby docks him with him in the living room, so I can nap, which is an enormous blessing.

Playtime:

Tummy time is so important for babies.  Linc enjoys tummy time propped up on the lounger’s bumper.  It’s the perfect size for a newborn.

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He’s a little young to enjoy the Cheeky Chums Toy Set I received (pictured below), but he enjoys it for short periods of time.  I foresee lots more supervised play time in his lounger as he becomes more interested in toys.

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Diaper Changes:

Diaper changes are a cinch in the lounger because bumpers open up at the foot of the lounger for easier access. I think the toy arch will come in handy for diaper changes in the future.  While the cover is washable and I have one in Pristine White and one in Mrs. Mighetto Night Night (shown below), I still throw down a changing pad.  For spit-ups alone, I wash the covers about once a week.  It’s super convenient that I can post up in my office and get everything from naps, to breastfeeding and changes done in one location.

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Travel:

I’m not sure if we will be taking any trips while Linc fits in the 0-8 month Deluxe DockATot.  After taking the lounger apart to wash it, I appreciate how portable it is.  Not only does can it travel in nice carry on case (sold separately), it also disassembles and packs nicely into a suitcase.  I plan to trade in the travel system I bought for the DockATot Grand (9-36 months) for future travels.

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Kate Thakkar

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