Infant cosleepers like the Dock A Tot and Snuggle Me Organic are getting a ton of buzz on instagram lately, all claiming to give us weary parents the sleep we are longing for.
When I was pregnant, I kept reading all these reviews from parents claiming their newborns were sleeping through the night very early on.
I decided if that is true then infant cosleepers might just be worth the hefty price tag. I mean, who can put a price on quality sleep when you are a new parent?
I am one of those weird people that never really grew up and adulted when it came to sleep. No joke, I was sleeping in on my days off until 10 am all the way up until motherhood.
I decided to purchase the Dock A Tot when I was pregnant in hopeful prayer that it would live up to what everyone has been saying about it. In this post, I will give you an honest Dock A Tot review so you can decided if it is worth it for your family.
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What is a Dock A Tot?
The Dock A Tot is basically a dog bed for babies. Seriously, we could all save tons of money and just go to a local pet store and buy a dog bed for our baby! 😂
But the Dock A Tot is marketed as an an all-in-one infant lounger that can be used for:
- Tummy time
- Diaper changing
But in all seriousness, there are some pros to having something like an infant cosleeper around the house for your new baby.
Pros of Infant Cosleepers
- It’s provides boundaries around your baby
- Helps to position baby so you can decrease the risk flat head
- Portable, providing a consistent environment for your infant no matter where you are
- Lightweight and easy to travel with
- Easily washable so you don’t have to do entire crib changes for diaper blowouts and spit-ups (ours has held up to being washed every week for 8 months)
- Comes in a variety of fun colors and patterns
- DockATot Grand allows you to upgrade to larger size as your baby grows
- It may make cosleeping safer if you are a violent sleeper and are afraid of squishing your baby
Cons of Infant Cosleepers
- It is too big for a newborn baby so you may have to add additional blankets if you want them to be totally snuggled
- Buckle does not stay closed once your baby gets a little older and starts kicking
- Expensive AF!
- Only comes with one cover for price
- The DockATot is not a miracle product. Sleep has more to do with your training tactics and your baby’s personality
- You do still actually have to wait until your baby is developmentally ready to sleep through the night.
Our Dock A Tot Experience
I started placing our son in the Dock since day 1 of us being in our home as a family.
We were successful sleep training our son and by 5 months of age, he was sleeping for 12 hours straight most nights.
We used the Dock A Tot as a consistent sleep environment for him at night and during naps. I also used it throughout the day as his “docking station” when I was doing simple tasks where I couldn’t hold him.
It was easier to relocate a Dock A Tot around the house than an infant swing.
We never used it to cosleep.
We took the Dock A Tot with us to friends’ homes for dinner so we could go through our bedtime routine and still keep his environment consistent.
It was honestly one of my most used baby products.
You will read some reviews where people claim that the product is hard to put back together when you wash it.
Honestly, this is a matter of perspective. To get the bumpers around the zipper, it does take some maneuvering. However, disassembling and reassembling the Dock for washing takes far LESS effort compared to an entire crib change.
There is not a perfect process for keeping baby things clean as it is in the nature of infants to spit-up, blow-out, and drool!
We used our Dock A Tot from birth to 8 months old when we regretfully packed it up because our son had outgrown it. It is still in great shape, even after so many washes. Since we already have it, we will definitely be using it for baby number two!
One thing I want to mention is around 6 months, the babies start to get more wiggly. Mine started maneuvering himself out of the Dock some nights.
For this reason, I didn’t feel like the Dock A Tot Grand would be worth it. He was sleeping great by this point and thrashed around so much I don’t think it would have made a difference.
Would I buy the Dock A Tot again?
Yes, the Dock A Tot was one of my most used baby products. It really did make life easier and although you can definitely get through the newborn phase without an infant cosleeper, I was glad I had it.
Would I buy it again?
I am a much more savvy consumer these days and there is another cosleeper on the market that trumps the Dock A Tot for me.
And that is the Snuggle Me Organic.
Although the Dock A Tot is OEKO-TEX certified (meaning it is tested by an independent third-party for harmful substances) it is not made from organically grown cotton.
Cotton is the main ingredient in the cover of the Dock.
Conventionally grown cotton accounts for 1/4 of the world’s use of pesticides and is actually one of the dirtiest crops in the world.
As adorable as the Dock A Tot is with all its different colors and patterns, you can buy an infant cosleeper made from all organic cotton for a much cheaper price.
So are infant cosleepers worth the money?
Something must be said about the fun side of all of this. Yes, as parents we are looking for ways to get more sleep. I did look for innovation via products for assistance with this.
I honestly found my infant cosleeper a lot of fun to use.
It does make a nice backdrop for pictures of your little one. There are so many fun prints to choose from and the company comes out with new print options all the time.
If you have the extra cash to blow on convenience items like an infant cosleeper, I say go for it! It definitely helps the newborn phase go by smoother.
Related post: How to survive and thrive in the newborn phase
I would love to know what you decide! What are your favorite baby products? Tell me about your experience with infant cosleepers.