Today I’m sharing my honest review of the DockATot as a sleep aid for my baby! Honestly, this multi-function lounger is one of most essential baby products I have. I think as moms our biggest desire is to find anyway to get our babies to sleep through the night and take long naps during the day, can I get an Amen, mamas? It’s critical to our sanity, and how we function on a daily basis. You remember, don’t you? When mom is unhappy, everyone is unhappy.
What exactly is a DockATot?
The Dock A Tot is a multi-functional lounger, co-sleeper, and a playtime lounger. It’s made in Europe and designed in Sweden and is 100% cotton, all natural and breathable. It’s so effective (at any stage) because it reinvents the womb; it has been designed to offer a snug and soothing environment for babies. Babies can rest, play and lounge and it’s easy to move it around the house or travel with! It’s ideal micro-climate for babies and toddlers and helps transition toddlers to their bigger beds. Need I say more? It comes in two sizes; Deluxe for 0-8 Months, Grand 9-36 months. So if your toddler is not sleeping through the night still…there is hope for you too!
I love that this is a great lounger with an optional toy arch. It’s nice to keep baby entertained a little once in a while. Also, check out all the different designs available! I currently have the white and floral print, which I can easily interchange depending on my style/mood.
It has been a tough first 6 months for us since baby Evalyn was waking up 4-6 times a night! Yes, you read right. I honestly thought she would naturally and gradually learn to sleep on her own without any sleep aids, or sleep training. But that wasn’t the case for us. And it almost seemed like each month got worse to the point where I was waking up 5 TIMES consistently most nights. I was able to tolerate that for the first 5-ish months, but then the extreme fatigue started kicking in. I was getting restless, and my husband said it was time to try something. So what did I do? I got on Pinterest and starting reading a bunch of mama blogs on how to sleep train in a way that wasn’t heartbreaking. I tried different things, but nothing seemed to work, and I wasn’t ready to let my baby cry-it-out. I just couldn’t. So that’s when I came across the DockATot. After reading endless positive reviews, I knew it was worth a try. And it has been a huge improvement so far. Honestly, we are not exactly sleeping through the night yet… but there have been some big changes that have been so so helpful. Let me give you a quick background of Ev’s daytime/sleeping schedule before the DockATot became part of the family…
I was a little reluctant of the effectiveness because 1) Ev was already 6 months, 2) she was going through phases of teething- some days/weeks are worse than others, and 3) before the DockATot she only took 30 minute (max) naps throughout the day (usually 1-3 times) and it was difficult to get things done. So with those things in mind, I can say that there have been major improvements since we starting using the DockATot even from the first night.
That being said, I wanted to share a little insight…a 10-day diary of Ev’s first 10 days/nights using the DockATot. As you will notice, we saw changes in Ev’s sleeping/wake patterns, longer day naps (yay), and more consistency throughout.
10-day Dock-A-Tot Diary
Just a few notes: Ev’s bedtime is 7-7: 30 pm each night, we follow a bedtime routine (bath time, essential oil massage, and nursing before bed), I breastfeed her on demand and Ev always wake up to feed. When Ev does wake up for a feeding, it’s for 2-5 minutes.
For this review, I am using the Deluxe (0-8 months- which has been tested for breathability and OEKO-TEX certified). This is NOT an ad, I have received this product for complimentary testing from DockATot and this is my personal and honest review.
Day 1: (first night of use) woke up @ 11:30 PM and 4:14 AM for a feeding, wake up time was 6 AM
WOW! Ev woke up only twice and only once during the night which was a HUGE change for us already since I was used to getting up to 5-6 times. This worked for us instantly, we were amazed how well she did the first night, and technically I only had to be interrupted during the night once because I don’t usually go to bed until 12 am.
Day 2: Day: 1.5 and 1.25-hour nap! | Night: woke up at12 AM, 4:30 AM, wake up time was 7 AM.
This was another BIG surprised for us; after only being used to 30-minute (cat) naps, these long stretches were amazing. I couldn’t believe it, I think I checked the clock over a dozen times because this was a first-ever she slept so long during the day!
Day 3: Day: n/a; I was out all day | Night: woke up at 12 AM, and 5:15 AM, wake up time was 6:30 AM
Now we are starting to see some consistency… in only 3 days!
Day 4: Day: two 1.5 hour naps | Night: Woke up @ 11 PM, 12 AM, and 5 AM.
I finally got a 5 hour stretch! This was huge for me, especially after being used to waking up every other hour at times. I started feeling like a different person on day 4, haha.
Day 5: Day: 2 naps; 1.5, 1 hour | Night: 1:30 AM, 5:45 AM
Day 6: Day: 3 naps; 1.45hr, 45 min, 30 min | Night: 1 AM, 5:15 AM
Now my days are looking more structured- I am able to plan around Ev’s naps and predict when she will wake up.
Day 7: Day: 1 nap; 1.45 hour | Night: 11 PM, 1 AM, 5 AM
This was a tough day/night, Evalyn was unusually fussy and restless. It took longer to get her to nap and when she woke up at night she had a more “painful” cry, most of these symptoms showed signs of teething.
Day 8: Day: 2 naps; 45 min, 40 min | Night: 11 PM, 1:30 AM, 5AM
This was another difficult day/night. Ev didn’t take long naps during the day and seems to be irritable during the night too.
Day 9: Day: 2 naps; 1.15, 1 hour | Night: 10:30 PM, 12:30 AM, 1:45 AM, 4:30AM, and 6AM
Ok, I think we hit our teething peek! Ev was constantly up and this was the worst night since sleeping with the Dock-a-Tot. Again, it seems teething was to blame for this.
Day 10: Day: 2 naps; 40 minutes, 1 hour | Night: 11:45 PM, 1:15 AM, 5:30 AM
This night was a little more usual for us, it seemed like Ev was back into her sleeping schedule and was not as fussy as the past few nights.
The DockATot has been extremely beneficial in helping Ev sleep longer stretches during her day naps, and making the nights more consistent (besides the harsh teething nights). The other non-documented days/nights have been consistent with this schedule up to date, and today she took a 3-hour nap! I almost didn’t know what to do with myself, aha! I am truly looking forward to longer stretches of sleep through the night as Evalyn maintains her sleep schedule, and passes through this teething phase.
I would highly recommend this product to any mom, more so from day one to get baby used to this sleep aid, without having to sleep train. My only regret is that I didn’t get this sooner, I have heard countless testimonies from other moms I know personally who swear by it. So I am definitely saving this gem for future babies. 😉
I’m going to continue using the DockATot and hopefully write another review in a few months down the road. I know how desperate we (moms…and dads too) can be when it comes to our precious sleep, and if I can help out in any way to share what worked for me, I know it will be a big blessing for you!
So don’t lose hope, try everything you can and stick to what works for your baby. You’ll start getting those nights back…eventually. 🙂