This post is sponsored by DockATot. I received a free dock in exchange for this review. As always, all opinions are my own. See my full disclosure for more information.
If you were reading my blog when I had Claire, you know she was not a great sleeper as a newborn (or for the whole first year, rather!). I wanted to do anything I could do make healthy sleep habits a priority this time around with Stella. Anyone whose had a baby who doesn’t sleep knows that it’s rough!
When we first brought Stella home, I had her in a Rock n Play on the side of my bed. It was an okay set up and she seemed to like sleeping at an incline. I could easily roll over and see her in it, but almost every night, she would wake after a certain time (about 2-3 AM) and just not go back to sleep. She would end up on my chest or in bed with us for the rest of the night resulting in no sleep for me after that point.
Then I discovered DockATot: a multi-functional lounger and co-sleeper.
The only reason I didn’t have the DockATot when she was first born is because the print I ordered (is it not so gorgeous?!) was out of stock at the time. So it got here just a few weeks after she was born.
The first night Stella slept in the DockATot, she only woke up once! At just a few weeks old! I was seriously amazed. Claire didn’t ever sleep that well that young. While I know Stella is just probably a better sleeper overall, she still had her usual middle of the night wake up and wouldn’t go back down.
We’ve used the DockATot every night ever since we got it. Stella wakes up on average only once a night. For being about 7 weeks old, that’s pretty good in my book!
Just looking at it in photos is deceiving to me because there really is something about it that is just so sturdy. I think babies must love these because when they move, it cushions their movements a lot, meaning they don’t startle themselves awake as often. I also feel like it must have a womb-like feel with the cushioning all around them. If they roll at all, there’s a nice bumper there to absorb their roll. It has to be cozy!
We also use it not just for sleeping but lounging around in the house. While we do have a swing and bouncer seat, those are stationary items (and truthfully Stella doesn’t care for either much). With an active toddler and two story house, we move around a lot. It’s so nice to have the DockATot to move from room to room.
It has handles on the sides and top for easy carrying around the house. I usually bring it to our living room in the morning, downstairs to the girl’s rooms area by the afternoon, and then back upstairs to my bed when we all go to bed. It’s nice to have a portable baby item that doesn’t take up a lot of space.
Big sister also loves the Dock. It actually comes in a toddler size meant for children 9 to 36 months. Although Claire sleeps great now, I may have to breakdown and get her her own since she loves getting in the “baby bed” as soon as Stella is not in it.
For all the new parents out there, I definitely recommend DockATot as my new go-to must-have item for baby now. It’s been a lifesaver so far!
- What’s on your baby must-haves list?
- Anything that really helped your little ones have healthy sleep habits?