Newborns love to sleep, that’s for sure. But where will they sleep? And for how long? The answer to these questions will determine how much time the adults in said newborn’s life will be able to sleep, eat, shower, and do other things that can only be done when not holding, rocking, soothing or carrying baby. After 40 weeks of being warm and cozy inside of their mama, newborn babies want nothing more than to feel that same comfort, pretty much all of the time. The good news for parents everywhere is that DockATot has a solution for this!If you haven’t heard of DockATot yet, it is a multi-functional sleeper/lounger that mimics the mother’s womb. With its soft, cozy sides and firm mattress, the DockATot provides a safe and comforting place for baby to sleep. Designed in Sweden and handmade in Europe, it has been rigorously safety tested and is free of harmful substances, made of 100% cotton and is OEKO-TEX certified. The mattress and bumpers were designed to allow air to pass through, ensuring that baby is sleeping in an environment that is not harboring heat, not trapping used air and is fully breathable.
The DockATot comes in two sizes. We have the Deluxe for Adaline and it is best for ages 0-8 months. The Grand is best for ages 9-36 months and is great for transitioning your little one into a toddler bed. Both are very portable, making bringing your baby’s comfy bed on day trips, weekend getaways or vacations simple and easy.
The DockATot is a must for co-sleeping families. The soft sides prevent parents from rolling over baby and prevent baby from rolling out of bed. The firm mattress reduces the risk of suffocation, unlike soft adult mattresses.
I think that on my first maternity leave, it’s safe to say that I spent most of the time holding Ava. For those first 12 weeks together, we rarely had to leave the house and when I was desperate to make a trip to the bathroom or remembered to have something to eat, I’d put her into her swing for a few minutes and then scoop her right back up. When I interviewed her daycare provider and she asked me about her napping schedule, I remember feeling a pang of panic thinking about how she never napped lying down and wondering how she would do having to nap in a pack n play and not in my arms or in her swing.Now that I’m a mom of three, I can’t hold the baby all of the time. My two older babies need my attention, meals need to be made, dishes have to be washed, lunches packed and so on. I love how easy it is to bring Addie’s DockATot from room to room. She can sleep and lounge comfortably and I have my hands free to do other things. And as much as I hate to think of my maternity leave coming to an end, Addie will have actual experience sleeping on her own at nap time when it’s time for her to go to daycare.
The DockATot was at the top of my list of things I wanted for baby #3 and I am so glad that we have it. In theory it would be helping me to catch up on sleep too, but I think I end up spending more time taking pictures of Addie napping because she looks so cozy and cute! Ready to purchase your own? Click here for a coupon code!