Do I Need a DockATot?
The DockATot is one of those baby products with multifunctional uses. I mean you have a baby or you are about to; have you thought about where they will sleep when you are hanging out in the lounge-room? You might have asked yourself the question against the price many times; Do I really need a DockATot?
I am going to provide two different answers here – for the first time parent; YES. An absolute YES. Purchase the DockATot for your newborn. If you have the luxury of purchasing a range of baby products my advice is to purchase most of them when pregnant with your first child. That is the child you can get away with it all! By the time your second comes along and if you survived without the product before then your husband might not be so lenient.
The second time mum; if you have survived without a DockATot once, then you can do it again. However, it could make your mum of two life easier and by easier I mean save you purchasing other products as well because all of the products a DockATot can replace. It saved me purchasing a changing station for downstairs of our two-storey home as I can just pop bub in the DockATot and change on the lounge, desk, kitchen, wherever!
The multi-functional uses of a DockATot:
- Portable bed
- Play mat
- Protection from siblings
- Beach bed
- Nappy changing station
It is quite a few months before most parents are comfortable with their little one sleeping in their own room or sleeping unsupervised and the DockATot allows you to keep them close for supervised sleep. I do believe babies need to get used to sleeping in different environments too. It is a good habit to start from the early days of surrounding your new addition with the noise of the tv, the light from the windows, the chaos of general day to day activities in the home that they might not otherwise be exposed to by sleeping in the bedroom.
A DockATot will assist you in teaching your bub day from night
It is an important thing to do as a parent to instil habits in a newborn that will assist them in recognising day time (e.g. shorter sleep intervals) vs. night sleep (read about the cocoonababy that I recommend utilising for night sleep by clicking here) and that is why I do love having a DockATot on our lounge so that Cruz understands and see’s day time is when the world is awake and active. However, I can still easily transport him around the house carrying the DockATot to the room I may be in.
Since Cruz is our third child (second earth side), I have found many more uses for the DockATot including protecting him for his big sisters overwhelming love. If she see’s Cruz on a bed or ground free of any protection its like watching a hawk fly in on it’s prey – she is there in a flash to love on him and try to play. However, when he is in the DockATot it provides an extra shield of protection and she is less likely to attempt to get too close to him.
While many parents do utilise a DockATot for night sleep it is important to understand the S.I.D.S guidelines . If you feel the need to utilise a DockATot for night sleep I would highly recommend considering an Owlet Smart Sock for piece of mind. We have one ourselves and whilst I don’t utilise the DockATot for night sleep I do utilise it throughout the night and have so since my first child.
Yes a DockATot is an accessory you will love to live with.
It will not only provide many uses for yourself and your baby but the comfortable sleep they have in it is beneficial for the sanity of a new mum. There are a range of accessories you can purchase for the DockATot like the Cabana Kit (pictured earlier) that we have – this is a product I thought I could live without but my husband was so impressed with the Cabana Kit and so am I that I am glad we have it for our few beach trips ahead along with an extra cover which isn’t a necessity also unless you are like me and like to switch it up from print to print!
As I am in affiliation with DockATot I do have the opportunity to provide you with an incredible discount on your purchase. I highly recommend viewing the whole DockATot range on the website here. Otherwise, save my discount code MIKHAILLA so you can save when you purchase a DockATot.
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