The DockaTot was a newborn must-have for us. I had heard so much about it and so many people flocked to buy them that I had the impression that these were really it. And, it was.
For the first month of life, the DockaTot really helped us out. Like, a lot. From the moment that Cannon came home, I had him swaddled up and laying in his Dockatot.
We camped out in the basement for two days — Chase sleeping on the floor and me on the couch with the DockaTot next to us. Cannon was snuggled up and knocked out those two days when he wasn’t crying to be fed or changed.
But, that was just for two days before we moved up to the bedroom. To be honest, I can’t really remember why we camped out in the basement but we did and it was easy for the time being. The bedroom became my hideaway with Cannon and I barely left because I was healing and it was just easy to lay in the bed.
When you first get home for the hospital, it’s all about rest. And, I say that because that’s what I did. I was in so much pain and moving just hurt. The DockaTot was easy — I was able to place it in the bed and just grab Cannon whenever he cried. He slept in this thing right away and for two to three hours which was a win. Those two to three hours gave me time to do things and reassurance that he was okay.
What I really love about the DockaTot is that it’s light and portable. We were able to move it wherever we wanted to keep an eye on Cannon as we did things. Compared to the crib and bassinet, this thing moved which is why I love it.
I could bring the baby with me to any room without a hassle and I think that’s a positive especially when everything else that is easy to move is a bouncer and not really a flat surface.
Honestly, I did everything with this thing. I have changed Cannon’s diapers in it and I have dressed him in it. It’s a safe place to keep him from moving when I needed to get dressed or clean up a room. He took many naps in this thing as it provided comfort and a firm surface for him to lay on.
Plus, it’s compact and fit between Chase and I in our king-size bed. That made everything easy which is a dream come true after pushing out a baby. I didn’t have to get out of the bed to check on him whenever he cried or if I needed some reassurance. He was right there.
The one thing that we didn’t invest in were the toys. I think that would have been a great idea if he was still laying in it past three months but my boy grows fast. There are many covers for the DockaTot, as well which we didn’t buy but I love the marble ones. If there’s another child in my future (which I want Cannon to have siblings, so probably) then I will definitely invest in the prints.
I have thought about getting the bigger size but Cannon is an escape artist at the moment and I don’t think he’ll enjoy it.
Do I think it’s worth the investment?
Definitely. I would say that I used this a lot and got my money’s worth. There are a lot of people that are turned off of the $175 price tag. But you can always scope out FB Marketplace and people that are trying to get rid of their’s.
Plus, DockaTot does a giveaway like every other day that you could enter. On our end, we were lucky and found a DockaTot that someone returned so we got it for $107 plus 15% off due to a baby sale at Target. Always be ready because you never know when one might pop up.
Did you have a DockaTot for your baby? Or do you want one for your incoming newborn? What are your thoughts?