By Kathryn Peck
I always have my feelers out for new and useful products in the baby world, but it took baby No. 3 for me to discover, and fall in love with, the DockATot. Its cocoon-like design creates a snug surrounding for babies to lie in. The DockATot is available in two sizes (up to 36 m) and is fully compliant with both federal law and U.S. safety standards. Yup, this plush-like baby lounger quickly became my go-to for all things baby.
With my baby was just 12 weeks old, here are the top five uses I’d discovered for the DockATot:
- Safety with Toddlers. The main reason I bought a DockATot was that, with two toddlers running around, I needed a safe place for my newborn to be. They love him to bits, sometimes a little too much, and it was making me feel like “gentle” and “space” were the only two words coming out of my mouth. In the DockATot, I discovered my baby could safely be on the bed or couch, and I wasn’t worried about all the chaos that unfolded on a daily basis around him.
- Co-Sleeping Made Easy. I’ve always loved the idea of co-sleeping with my baby, but there were too many “what ifs” that made me second-guess this. The DockATot offered a safe place for my baby to sleep on the bed. It’s also not too large, so it didn't take up too much room on a double or queen-sized bed.
- Traveling Light. This dock traveled with us everywhere during the summer. No need for lugging Pack n’ Plays around. Yea!
- After a Bath. I loved using the DockATot after baths. It was so easy to move it from room to room, and it was a great place for my baby to stay snug, wrapped in a towel, while I drained the tub and put away the supplies.
- The End of the Swaddle. Ah, the challenge of getting baby to sleep without a swaddle. When my little guy was rolling over and I wasn't swaddling anymore, that would normally mean more sleepless nights during this transition time. But the DockATot’s cocoon-like design hugged him perfectly and just kept his arms and legs a little snug at night.
If you're considering a DockATot, don't forget to read their safety tips on their website.
About the author: Kathryn is the owner of Bicycle Pie and mom of 4 little ones. Also a writer, editor, and former owner of one of Boston's premiere baby boutiques, she continues to write about motherhood, children's products, family life, and all other things that test our skills and patience as parents.
Photo credit: DockATot