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What Size DockATot Does My Baby Need?

I don't know about you, but I LOVE my DockATot, and a lot of my friends have purchased one and praised its name, as well! I understand that it's one of those big baby expenses and requires a bit of research and thought...

A mistake many parents make when purchasing the Dock is trying to go straight to the Grand size (9-36 months) rather than the Deluxe (0-9 months) when their little one is not old enough. I realize the importance of saving money, but sadly, and shockingly, the two sizes are actually very different, for very specific and well thought out reasons: 

DockATot Deluxe tummy time


The Deluxe is distinctly made for tummy time, and the Grand is not. The Deluxe has firmer bumpers to help facilitate those muscles needed to gain strength. The Grand does not accommodate tummy time since it is made for children who are more developed, even though it is just as safe and breathable. 


The Deluxe is made to mimic the womb. When you have a fresh little baby, you want to create their sleeping environment to be as close to the womb as you can. That is why parents swaddle, use noise makers, have a small bassinet for the first year, etc. The Deluxe is made with this thought in mind and it is the reason babies sleep so well in it (seriously it's magic!). But, if you skip the Deluxe and move right to the Grand, you aren't going to see the results of this amazing sleeping routine everyone is buzzing about. 


"The Startle Reflex" is also something the makers of DockATot took into consideration when they created two different sizes. Babies tend to wake themselves up due to lack of control of their limbs, and they wake themselves up. The positioning of the bumpers and the cushioning in the Deluxe size were designed to prevent your little one from waking themselves up in this way.


Lastly, the Deluxe states 0-9 months, but the truth is, many parents use it well past 9 months. It is designed to accommodate even those babies who are in the higher percentiles! I know several little ones who still use the Deluxe size at 15 months + counting.
When it's all said and done, DockATot is my go-to recommendation for all new mamas. It has made sleeping, lounging, and traveling with my littles so much easier! Just remember, get the size for your baby to realize it's true benefit.... MORE SLEEP FOR YOU AND BABY :)

Whitley B.
Mama of two beautiful daughters, baby industry expert, & Child Passenger Safety Tech



The Deluxe dock is the ultimate docking station for your baby ages 0-8 months old. Multifunctional and multitasking, the Dockatot Deluxe offers a safe and comfy spot that lets baby rest, lounge, play, cuddle, do tummy time and get diaper changes.


DockATot Grand is a multitasking stage two dock for babies age 9 – 36 months. The Grand is perfect for cuddling, playing, lounging, resting and everything in between. It’s ideal for travel,  grandma's house, and bed transitioning, thanks to built-in, breathable bumpers.

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  • Mary

    Great Blog! Love my dockatot and thank you so much for the information!

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