How DockATot saved a piece of my sanity

G, has always been on a schedule. It carried over from bringing her home from the NICU and I am just a happier person with a schedule. Everything was great until G was about two months. This “witching hour” happened, except it was not an hour. It was like four to five hours a night. Then G would sleep for maybe three hours. Change, feed, sleep routine, over and over all night long. At the time this started, G was sleeping in a bassinet next to us. This arrangement was not allowing my husband or I any sleep. Thinking back on this season how do us new Moms get so much done on such few hours of sleep?

Many hours were spent scouring though Mom Blogs. About a month into searching and trying out different products I decided I needed a DockATot, like, that day. Unfortunately, not many stores at the time carried them in my area. DockATot website and Amazon would have been great but I needed it yesterday. I called a local kids boutique and they had ONE. Hallelujah. I begged for them to hold it for me and drove right over to buy it. My husband had chest pain when he went to pay for it but he could tell in my eyes how important this was for me.

This is what my DockATot Looks like after two and a half years and three babies.

First night, OMG it lived up to all of my expectations. G went from sleeping two and a half, maybe three hours at a time to five hours straight. This became both of our BFF for sleep.

G was in the deluxe size until about nine months and she started rolling out of it. I upgraded to the Grand and it is still her bed to this day. Pretty sure she could sleep in it until she is four if she wants to. No, I have not tried to have her sleep a night without it. Kinda feel like, “if it is not broke, don’t fix it.” Yes, this is probably overboard but refer to my previous statement.

After two years of use every single night. Slight stain at the top from baby drool.

Every child is different. What one may need to provide them with a comfortable nights sleep is not the same for another. We (us parents) all have our own methods on how this works for us. DockATot was a huge help for this sleep deprived Mom. Two years and an upgraded size later, knowing G has the security of her bed at home and when we travel is huge for me. This is always a top recommendation when people ask me what are the must haves for a new baby.

Size comparison

Just a note on how I clean ours. Usually wash our DockATot once a week. Just take out the padding, and wash on delicate cycle. I do put ours in the dryer until it is almost completely dry and air dry the rest of the way. Takes less then five min to put back together after washing. A stain devolved after months of use under where G rests her head. Not a big deal to me so I never did anything to remove it. Refer to the manufacture guidelines for the best results.

Current sleep situation for G. Yes, she wants her bed on the floor. One night she just decided that is where she wanted to sleep and loves it. Whatever works.

The DockATot site has a list of retailers if you wanted to check it out in person before purchasing. I have noticed them being sold in Target. The DockATot website has the best selection of covers if you wanted to change them out or if you need replacement parts. A link to purchase on Amazon and the DockATot website are below.

Progression of G’s diaper bag

Gosh, this one brings back a lot of memories. Memories of all the preparation that went into the arrival of G. Creating the baby registry, checking out all of the product reviews, checking all the lists twice. Planning is my element so I love this kinda stuff. I think for a lot of new Moms the diaper bag is kind of a big deal. That handbag you used every day is being traded in for a bag that is basically a mini nursery. So you want it cute, functional and comfortable.

This Black and White Bag from Hip Cub was my first diaper bag. It is made of this great canvas material, colors are super cute. The strap is wide, comfortable as a cross body or just on your shoulder. I think it can also be worn as a back pack but I never tried. The included changing pad is really nice, gives a nice padded space to work with when changing on the go. Pockets work great for fitting all of the necessities. This bag is really enough but in my crazy new Mom mind I needed something larger.

Hip Cub diaper bag found on Amazon. See link below

Next comes JuJuBe. Super cute print which I had seen on the backpack style one of my friends used and just loved it. When the bag arrived I was so excited to have all of this extra room and kinda of overwhelmed with all of this extra room. What ended up happening is I could fit so much I was getting lost in my diaper bag when I needed something. That being said the features, like hardware, fabric, insulated pockets, changing bag are all hands down the BEST quality you could find. Fabric is extremely easy to clean and the bag is light weight for its size. Perfect for you if you travel a lot or a parent of multiples.

Lily Jade Co became a secret social media crush of mine. Kinda missed having a handbag. Every time I would see it pop up on my feed I thought, that is too dang expensive, do not even think about it. So I just kept dreaming. Then a friend of mine bought one and it is even more adorable in person. Mission on! I waited for a while until the bag I wanted went on sale. Madeline arrived perfectly packaged and looking dreamy. The insert really makes this bag super convenient. Take it out to stock it, leave the insert with babysitter and take the bag with you. Changing pad fits nicely in the insert but I have never been able to get it into its original state. The strap can be to wear as a cross body bag or backpack. Personally, I have always just worn it as a backpack. Leather is soft, easy to wipe clean and just beautiful.

Before I went back to work I got my husband a little, “Dad-care package.” It had a super cool Dad diaper bag, fully stocked and a pretty awesome carrier for him to use with G. He was pretty happy and it is still tricking it out with new patches. This Tactical Baby Gear bag has some nice pockets and compartments, changing pad is really cute. Strap to wear it either as a shoulder bag or cross body bag. Very rugged and durable bag, cool features and some neat add accessories can be added to the bag as well. When you visit the site check out their teddy bear with the changeable patches. Adorable gift idea.

Tactical Baby Gear

That sums up the evolution of G’s diaper bag. Check out the list below with links to the bags mentioned.