It’s no secret new parents don’t get much sleep. When Ella was born, like most babies she would only sleep in our arms for the first week or two. Actually, who am I kidding, it was like three weeks. Three weeks of Chris and I taking nightly shifts. One parent
sleeping laying on the couch with Ella, one getting actual sleep in the bed. As much as I loved cuddling her and feeling her sweet breaths on my neck, we realized this could not go on for long. We set up our Nuna Sena pack and play in our bedroom and even set up our monitor. Yes, we set up our monitor to monitor our baby who was literally 3 feet away. I was recovering from a c-section so it was much easier to glance at the monitor when I heard a peep versus grabbing a pillow, splinting my abdomen, and trying to sit up, if you’ve ever had a c-section or abdominal surgery you know the joys of trying to get out of bed. We were lucky in the fact that Ella really liked to be swaddled. My husband became the swaddle master. He asked all the nurses at the hospital for tips, he watched Youtube videos, he knew different techniques and styles. Ella looked so comfy I even asked him to swaddle me, but he refused. So while in the pack and play she would sleep a few hours, wake up to nurse, then if we were lucky we could get her back in her bed without waking her. More often than not I would sleep with her on my chest even though it wasn’t ideal. So by this point we were getting 2-3 hour stretches of sleep.
If you are pregnant, or are a mom on Instagram or follow mom blogs I’m sure you’ve heard of the Dockatot. “DockATot™ is a multi-functional lounging, playing, chilling, resting and snuggling dock you can take anywhere. Created with love in Sweden with a strict emphasis on design and comfort”. Basically a snuggly baby cloud bed sent from the heavens to save new parents from insanity and sleep deprivation. It provides a snug, soft, womb like surrounding so the baby feels safe and secure. The sides and bottom are breathable so if the baby turns her head and her face gets smushed against the side, she can still breathe. I read the reviews. They are all the same: “life changing”, “my baby sleep through the night!”, “wish we bought it sooner”. We weren’t getting much sleep so we figured we didn’t have much to lose.
Enter the Dockatot. Ella was 6 weeks old when she slept in her Dock for the first time. The first night she slept five straight hours. Wasn’t game changing, but was definitely an improvement. Next night seven hours, I woke up with huge engorged breasts, wasn’t pretty but the sleep was great. The third night NINE hours! NINE! It was miraculous and lovely and honestly a bit terrifying. Chris and I both jumped out of bed to make sure she was still breathing! From then on Ella slept through the night. She loved to lounge in it during the day as well. Ella was a baby who wanted to be held all the time, so having somewhere to lay her down was huge for us. What we love most about it is the portability of the Dockatot. We’ve taken it to hotels, friends houses, we even take her tent camping and she sleeps great, straight through the night because it’s her comfy cozy bed.
If someone asks Chris or I what our must have baby product is, we both would say the Dockatot. We are definitely a success story.
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