With a plethora of baby products on the market, we know that life as an expecting or new parent can be full of complex choices and decisions. From choosing an on-trend nursery interior scheme to selecting the most organic massage oil for your baby, the possibilities are endless and somewhat confusing.
One of our most frequently asked questions is: ‘What size DockATot dock should I buy?’ Whether you’re expecting a baby or buying a luxury gift for someone you love, we’re here to help.
Can we ask?
First, though, a few questions for you... Do you need somewhere comfortable, safe and secure for your baby to lie flat and play? Do you travel frequently and need somewhere familiar for your baby to rest and play whilst on the road? Are you thinking about how to transition your little one to a toddler bed?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, we can help you choose the right size DockATot dock for your baby...
DockATot Deluxe+ dock - 1st stage
0-8 months old
The Deluxe+ dock is suitable for infants approximately 0-8 months old. It has been designed to mimic the comfort and reassurance of the womb - snug, cozy and supportive. From the moment your baby is brought into this world, they can be placed in the Deluxe+ dock.
Keeps your baby flat and secure
Rather than being propped up in an inclined bouncer seat or scrunched up for prolonged periods of time in a bucket seat, health practitioners recommend that babies under 6 months are kept flat on their backs when lounging, sleeping or playing.
This is primarily for optimal oxygen intake and to help their spine and hips develop properly. Inclined baby loungers increase the risk of airway compression and suffocation.
The Deluxe+ dock offers a secure, flat environment for your supervised baby to rest and play. And they won’t roll away! You can take a shower, get dressed and even enjoy moments just gazing into their eyes, knowing they’re safe and comfortable.
Familiar spot for travelling
If you’re a globe-trotter, jet-setter or all-round travel enthusiast with a baby in tow, then this multitasking dock is your trusty travel companion. Routine, familiarity and security (alongside heaps of unconditional love) are fundamental to the holistic development of a baby and the Deluxe+ dock effortlessly facilitates all these.
Kate, from The Mom Friend blog, says that the best thing about travelling with a DockATot dock is always having one at your destination. She says, ‘It instantly creates a safe and clean padded surface to put your baby down, no matter what your surroundings end up being or looking like. Use it in the airport during a layover, out on a balcony at a hotel, or at the park or beach.’
Its versatility is truly exceptional.
DockATot Grand dock - 2nd stage
9 - 36 months old
The Grande dock is suitable for older infants and toddlers aged 9 - 36 months old. 50% longer and wider than the Deluxe+ dock, it provides an essential space for tots to lounge and play. The built-in sides to the dock gives your little one a sense of familiarity and comfort if they have been used to the Deluxe+ dock. Set them up with some books and toys and you can sneak a few minutes' peace to enjoy a latte!
Eases transition into a toddler bed
For older tots, the Grande dock provides a comforting and safe space with which to transition them to a toddler bed. Outgrowing their cot and moving into a new sleeping space can be unsettling for a child, and many parents have said this has helped ease the transition.
The familiarity of the cushioned edge brings a sense of reassurance to a new place and can ease anxious little minds as they begin to develop into toddlers and prekinders.
Perfect outdoor accessory
Getting outdoors is a must for a parent’s mental health and for making memories. Whether you’re taking a picnic to the park or lounging by the pool, your Deluxe+ dock is the ultimate outdoor baby/ toddler accessory. Simply slot into one of our stylish get-away tote and you’re good to go!
You can also purchase a water-resistant base protector to keep your dock clean and dry whilst out and about. It folds up into a portable drawstring storage pouch - getting outdoors has never been easier!