Guys, we do not co sleep but we still love our Dock A Tot. I’m here to tell you the Dock A Tot is not just for sleeping and co-sleeping. I know that’s what the majority of people use this heavenly pillow for but not us. We got the Dock A Tot late in the game (4.5 months old) and we still love love love it. Here are all the ways we use this magical pillow.
- Tummy Time: my son is a chunk and when I put him on his stomach he stays up for a couple minutes but then rolls to his back. We wanted to build his neck strength and work on fine motor skills (picking up objects in front of him) so by placing him in the Dock A Tot several times a day helped us achieve this rather quickly!
- Docking station 😉 pun intended! When big sister is napping and mama needs to shower guess who gets Docked on the bathroom carpet while mama showers? A little music and some teething toys in hand and that’s one happy & comfortable baby!
- Travel: if you travel or work from home or take your baby to work you NEED this item! A safe, comfortable, and firm place for your baby to chill, sleep, or play while you get some business done!
The #1 thing mom’s say to me is “I can’t spend that much money on a pillow” but ladies, this is not just a pillow. This is an “all in one” kind of deal. And trust me, you need it in your life. Not to mention I have countless friends who HAVE used this for sleep and rave about it! Not just co sleepers but when you transition your baby to a crib it’s rough. A Dock A Tot helps your infant feel snug and safe leading to more restful sleep! I can’t say enough good things about this product!
Enjoy all these cute photos of The Tiny Tank (our sons nickname).
How I Get My Kids Sleeping Through The Night:
I won’t go into too much detail here because I could write a novel but I’ll give you the “gist” of what I’ve done/read to get my babes to sleep!
But here is the thing, it’s hard work to get a baby to sleep at night if they are older than 6 months old and just used to what you’ve been doing. What you’ve been doing is not wrong! Whether you’ve been co sleeping, nursing them to sleep, rocking them to sleep, those things are all good but as you know sweet mama’s it does not equal having a baby that sleeps through the night. BUT AGAIN IT IS NOT WRONG TO DO THESE THINGS…I REPEAT IT IS NOT WRONG…you’re probably just exhausted 😛
The beginning is hard and the first 6 weeks you just survive. After that I implemented a schedule with my kids I found in the several books! They worked out super great and both my kids took to them immediately, however, our oldest seemed to be allergic to sleep the moment she came out. So around 3-4 months old we used the ever controversial cry it out method to get her to nap. We never used it at night time, just for naps. However, this eventually led to her sleeping through the night for 12 hours by herself. It was fabulous! And before you throw tomatoes at me for letting my baby cry just know it only took 4 days and she never cried again…well until she became a toddler.
A lot of people post this crazy blog article online about how letting your baby cry causes stress that last every night far beyond the actually sleep training method of letting them cry. BUT this article has never sited it’s research which leads me to believe is poop. AND I have 2 children who went to bed with smiles on their faces every single night…I know their stressed out faces and I never once saw them post scheduling and crying.
I will say that the longer you wait the harder, longer, and worse sleep training becomes. My children never cried longer than 10-20 minutes whereas if you do this with a 9-18 month old the crying will surely last for hours. My suggestion to new mama’s is always “begin and you mean to go along for the next 3-5 years” which is accurate. If you want to co-sleep then be prepared to co-sleep for a long time (again, this is not wrong). If you want to wake up every 2-3 hours and nurse, by all means. Beginning a healthy feed/wake/sleep routine has made our children magical sleep unicorns. I’m happy to give them the gift of sleep and they sure are extremely happy kids in return…until they turn 2.5 and then all bets are off 😛
I will follow up with more detailed posts about sleep training 🙂