Sully, who is almost three now, was a terrible sleeper for most of the first 18 months of his life. He basically only slept if someone was holding him. I never intended to co-sleep with Sully, but because I needed to do what I needed to do in order for both of us to get some sleep, we co-slept. For the first few months, I held Sully at night while he slept. The second I would put him down in a bassinet beside our bed, he would wake up, furious and crying. I attempted to lay him beside me in my bed, but he just seemed too little in those first few months and I feared covers or pillows would somehow end up smothering him.
Anyway, looking back, those were some long nights. Sure, we slept, but I wouldn't say it was ideal. I ended up loving co-sleeping once he was older and bigger so when I became pregnant with Emmy, I knew I wanted to co-sleep with her too. But, I did not want to have to hold her.
Sometime after Sully was sleeping in his crib to before Emmy was born, I discovered DockATot. Why I hadn't heard of them when Sully was an infant, I will never know, but I knew the DockATot was going to be the sleep game changer with Emmy. The DockATot is like a little nest for your babe to sleep in. It's portable, meaning you can easily move it from your bed to the floor or from room to room, or even take it with you when you travel. You can use it during the day for your babe to lounge in, or at night to safely co-sleep in your bed with you. The sides and bottom of it are breathable (and washable) and made of 100% cotton. In a nutshell, it's the perfect little bed for your baby.
At first, I just swaddled Emmy in a muslin blanket, but she's a little Houdini and I found she was spending too much time trying to get out of the swaddle! So then I introduced The Ollie Swaddle. I wasn't a big fan of swaddling with Sully because I found he either escaped too easily, or it was annoying at night to have to re-swaddle numerous times after diaper changes. The Ollie Swaddle is really soft on the inside and is made of moisture wicking material which reduces the risk of overheating. But most importantly (in my opinion), is that it's so easy to use! You just lay your baby in the middle of it and wrap one side over the other and it's secured with Velcro. The bottom you secure with an attached elastic band. This allows you to change baby's diaper without un-swaddling. Also, we've been using the Ollie Swaddle for weeks now and Emmy hasn't escaped from it once yet. And she can often be super fussy when it's time for bed and as soon as I swaddle her, she relaxes almost instantly.
Deluxe, but I'm already planning on ordering her the Grand once she outgrows this one, that's how much I love it!
If you're wanting to purchase a DockATot for yourself or a gift, feel free to use my referral link to receive $10 off your purchase! (I'll receive $5 in return), or this referral link for The Ollie Swaddle to receive 10% off (I'll receive $5 in return). Happy sleeping!
*I received the DockATot and The Ollie Swaddle in exchange for this post, but as always, all opinions and reviews expressed are my own. Thank you for supporting the companies that continue to make this hobby of mine possible!
Parents, do you co-sleep with your babies? Would you?
At what age did you start putting your baby into his/her crib in their own room?