DockATot Review: Sleep at Last
“The DockATot is here! The DockATot is here!” I felt like a kid on Christmas morning, eager to open my present. I have been hearing about the DockATot for a long time now from other moms who claim that the DockATot saved their lives by enabling their babies to sleep better. So I begged my husband to get one, but he refused on the account that we didn’t need one for our son, who now sleeps by himself without too much of a fight (well, not every single night, but good enough) through the night. The big difference though is that we went through sleep training with my son, which, as much as people protest against it, really did work. However, with Zoe, my happy little baby who doesn’t ever cry and pretty much smiles all day, I just can’t bring myself to let her cry it out. But at the same time, mommy needs sleep and Zoe waking up every couple of hours is going to be the death of me. Hence, when the opportunity came up to work with DockATot, I was beyond elated.
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Dock… a… who?
DockATot is a multi-functional lounger, co-sleeper, and playtime lounger for babies and toddlers. It can be used for lounging, tummy time, bed-transitioning, and so much more! They are handmade in Europe with all natural, 100% cotton and they come in two sizes – Deluxe for 0-8 months and Grand for 9-36 months. Moreover, the DockATot comes with child safe zippers, a handle for easy transport, a breathable lightweight mattress pad with airflow and a removable cover that can be washed. If your kid ever had the stomach flu, you learn soon enough how valuable a washable cover can be!
Sleep (or the lack of) before the DockATot.
Zilch. Nil. Nada. Zero. No matter what language you use, I was getting next to no sleep with Zoe. She woke up almost every hour to two hours throughout the night, and I am the type of person who takes a while to fall asleep even when I am dead tired in the middle of the night. The lack of sleep had made me:
- Throw out a pair of socks in the trash because I thought the garbage can was the laundry basket.
- Drive to my doctor’s office instead of Zoe’s doctor’s office for her appointment.
- Run into the wall and furniture more times than I can count.
Did it help with sleep? What’s the verdict?
The first night we tried having Zoe sleep in the DockATot Grand, I didn’t know what to expect. I loved how Zoe looked super cozy in the DockATot and she did not wake up when I placed her down in it at night. The U-shaped pillow surrounded her little body and imitated how she would feel if I was holding her in my arms. Therefore, when she stirred and normally would wake up looking for me, she snuggled against the pillow instead and fell back asleep. Fingers crossed!
That night, Zoe woke up twice to nurse. I know that some moms would be disappointed that Zoe did not sleep through the night, but I was very pleased with that schedule. With Zoe refusing solids and skipping meals, I actually would have been worried about my milk supply if Zoe hadn’t woken up to feed at all throughout the night. Moreover, waking up twice a night was a drastic improvement over the sleepless nights we had before. She had a similar schedule the second night, and I was happy to keep this schedule for a while when this happened…
I heard Zoe babbling to herself and opened my eyes. Wait, why was the sun already out? What time was it? And why are my boobs so big and popping out of my bra? I checked the time and it was 6 AM! Zoe slept 4 hours in a row from 2 to 6 AM! Unheard of! My boobs were not used to not nursing all night so they were engorged from holding so much milk. I felt like I just drank a whole tub of coffee because I had not slept more than 2 hours at a time since Zoe was born. I felt like singing and dancing because I felt so good! And guess what? Zoe had a repeat performance the night after!
We have had the DockATot Grand for about 3 weeks now and Zoe has been sleeping pretty well, with the exception of a few days when she was teething. Especially for a baby who fidgets a lot like Zoe, the DockATot is perfect because it keeps her from rolling around and waking herself up. It’s wonderful for co-sleeping because you don’t have to worry about rolling over on your baby or your baby falling off the bed. For younger babies, you can use as a safe and comfortable place for tummy time. Zoe loves just lounging out and relaxing on the DockATot, and I can see her reading in it as she gets older.
The DockATot and DockATot Grand runs from $165-$290, so I understand the hesitation for parents to purchase it. However, from my perspective, it’s totally worth it! I cannot imagine Zoe sleeping without it now because it provides such a snug and comfortable environment for her to sleep in. I wish I had known about it when my son was little – it may have saved us from nights of heartaches while we let him cry it out.
Overall, the DockATot exceeded my expectations. Did it produce miracles? No. Did it enhance my baby’s sleep? Yes. I just have to accept the fact that I have children who take after me when it comes to having trouble falling asleep and staying asleep at night. Maybe if I had a DockaMom? Not sure what my husband would think about that!
Have you tried the DockATot or know someone who has a DockATot? Let me know your experience!