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If you follow any millennial mom-influencers on Instagram, chances are you've seen a DockATot or two pop into your feed. In all honesty, I, too, discovered this now-big-name brand via social media about three years ago. My then 18-month -old daughter wasn't sleeping through the night, and I was desperate for some magical sleeping device/mattress/surface/gear that would help give her (and me) a few more hours of peace and quiet. I reached out to the brand and tested out the larger Grand-size DockATot. While I can't say that she instantaneously slept 12 consecutive hours, I can attest to the fact that she suddenly was going for significantly longer stretches at nap time and bedtime, and I couldn't chalk that up to pure coincidence.

Naturally, when I got pregnant with Baby #3 a few years later, I knew right away I'd want to my hands on the DockATot Deluxe+. Made for newborns through _, this smaller "baby boat" is meant to keep infants feeling snug and protected. With safety and breathability made a top priority, the DockATot is Oeko-Tex certified, non-heat harboring, and made with questionable materials.

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Oh how times change. With my first, I swore up and down I'd never let him in my bed. I promised I'd be diligent about bedtime routines and self-soothing and independent sleep. I even moved him out of the bassinet and into his own crib and room after six short weeks. 

Alas, I became a whole lot less strict when my second came along. I no longer had the luxury of catching up on rest during naps--I had a toddler to take care of too, after all. Suddenly I found myself wanting to move her into bed with me during those late-night wakes, so I could try to snuggle her back to sleep. 

Co-sleeping is most definitely not for everyone but I quickly discovered it was the right route for me. And, with my newest nugget, it's been positively dreamy. Since Night 1 at home, she's been right by my side in her DockATot. I like that it gives her a designated place with build-in breathable sides/bumpers that protect her from rolling out. Middle-of-the-night feedings stay quiet and cozy; I can tend to her immediately and she goes back down much easier since she's right by my side.

Note: Talk to you pediatrician about what sleep style is best for you. And if you choose to co-sleep, be sure to take the right precautions. 


Sure, the DockATot is a great place to rest and chill, but it can also be used for playtime. You can purchase an arch and several hanging mobile toys to entertain your little one in a pinch. This is a great alternative to her regular play-mat gym,  which stays downstairs. Sometimes, if she's wide awake in the morning and I want a little extra me-time, I'll attach this nifty accessory and she'll happily kick around for a while in amusement. It's a win-win.

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