When you’re expecting a baby, it seems like everyone and their dog has an opinion about what you should buy once your little bundle of joy arrives! From what kind of car seat you should use to which brand of swaddling blankets are best, there are plenty of experts with opinions, but the one item that can really make your life as a new parent easier are Dock A Tots. While they may not be something you think about while pregnant, once your little bundle arrives, you’ll be kicking yourself because you didn’t know about them sooner!
1) They are portable
One of their most obvious perks, dock a tot’s are portable. Your baby can use them at home or out and about; you’ll never have to worry about lugging around heavy mats or risking your newborn rolling off of an unsafe surface. Best of all, if you choose to travel with your little one in tow, these life savers help protect against hotel germs and ensure that no matter where you stay, you’re baby will have a safe place to sleep at night.
2) There’s no set up or clean up involved
It’s no secret that new moms have their hands full. Between caring for their newborn and getting used to life with a new baby, they often have little time or energy left over to attend to anything else. Even simple tasks like loading up car seats and strollers can become major chores. A dock a tot gives moms one less thing to worry about: setting up and breaking down. With just three parts – mattress, protective cover and base – dock a tot has no set up or clean up involved.
3) You get to sleep in your own bed
The DockATot, can also be used in your own bed. Many parents have reported that they don’t really sleep well in their own bed when they have a newborn baby. Once your baby gets to be about 4 to 6 months old, you might want to transition him or her out of your bed and into their own room. At that point, you may want to transition them out of their crib as well and into something called a co-sleeper or cosleeper.
4) They’re light weight and small enough to carry around with you, if needed.
Even if you don’t plan on getting around too much with your newborn, it’s still nice to know that you can take your dock with you and not worry about it being too cumbersome. Most of these devices fit into diaper bags or even small purses. They are perfect when traveling by plane or visiting family, especially if there isn’t room at their home to have your child sleep in a crib, but only his/her playpen or bassinet.
5) They make swaddling easier
Swaddling your baby so he or she feels secure can help prevent SIDS and make your little one more calm, but traditional swaddling requires wrapping her up like a burrito—which can be tough to do with squirming babies. The DockATot swaddling dock helps make swaddling easier, so you can safely wrap up your little one whenever he or she needs it.
To summarize, when you’re new to motherhood and are plagued with sleep deprivation, it can be hard to tell which baby products are really worth your money. If your child has no issues sleeping on their back and doesn’t tend to roll onto their stomach during naps or night time sleep, then we’d say skip on out on a dock-a-tot, at least in its full form.