The birth of my son was the happiest day of my life. I had started having contractions on a Wednesday afternoon. I thought it was just Braxton Hicks, so I would just hold my exercise ball and rock back and forth. It really helped me work through the contractions. By midnight my husband and I decided to go to the hospital. I had told my husband to leave the hospital bag in the car because I thought they were going to send us back home. Well it turned out I was 5cm dilated and I wasn’t going anywhere. We called our doula and she rushed right over.
Things were going smoothly. Dilating just fine. When it was time to push I had 2 doctors trying to rotate my son because he was in the posterior position. They kept saying I see his head and then he would go right back up. I was becoming exhausted and then my son became in distress. I was rushed into the emergency room for an emergency c-section. They had no time to wait for my body to be numb, so they put me under general anesthesia. I woke up in the recovery room. I couldn’t see my baby until they moved me to my room. When I saw my son he was perfect. I was sad that my husband and I didn’t get to have the birth experience we wanted but seeing my son’s face just made all that dissipate. We spent the next 3 days in the hospital.
When I got home there was an item I had purchased that at the time I had no idea how incredibly helpful it would be. My dockatot was waiting for me. It was beautiful. For anyone that has had a c-section just going from sitting to standing is a challenge. I’m a tall woman standing at 5’9. I didn’t realize how low my furniture was until I got home after the surgery. Note to self buy higher furniture.
I love our dockatot. It was light weight so I could pick it up and bring it to wherever I was. If I was sitting on the couch then my son was in the dockatot right beside me. It went everywhere with us. We took it to a BBQ, the babysitters, to our families house and to the beach. The dockatot gives the baby the feeling of being snug, which reduces the startle reflex. It’s breathable so that put me at ease. Not only was it portable but it had many uses as well. He could sleep, lounge, play and have tummy time all on the dockatot.
As my son grew I contemplated buying the bigger size. Dockatots are not cheap but I figured it was worth the money. The dockatot deluxe was put in his play area so he still sits and plays in it. He sleeps in the Dockatot Grand comfortably. There’s a huge difference in size between the two. The dockatot deluxe is best for babies 0-8months or up to 22lbs. The dockatot grand is best for babies 9 months to 36 months or up to 40lbs.
Caring for your dockatot.
The covers are machine washable. There’s the main cover and the cover that’s over the mattress pad. The mattress pad should be hand washed. I do find it hard when I put the covers back on after washing. It just doesn’t seem as flat. Which is frustrating but I think it bothers me more than it does my son. He doesn’t even notice.
I have spoken with other moms who own dockatots. The majority love it just as much as me but then there are some that it didn’t work for them. I think it’s really depends on the child. I don’t know what I would have done without our dockatot. It’s one of my all time favorite purchases.