My son has not been the best napper. Ever since he was a newborn, he always had very short or non-existent naps. He has to be in a very dark and quiet room to sleep (unless we were driving and he just couldn’t stay awake any longer). Since I was nursing, I would just nurse him to sleep, because it was really the only way he would nap. He has never been the child that falls asleep in the middle of the living room surrounded by his toys. He couldn’t be rocked to sleep by his dad. He refused to put himself to sleep and it just broke my heart to hear him screaming for so long whenever I tried to get him to put himself to sleep. So, I continued to nurse him to sleep for naps. It just felt right to me and to him.
With his second birthday was approaching, I began to freak out a little about this (plus it really just wears you down having to nurse your child to sleep multiple times every day for two years. I’m in no way complaining, I’m just being honest. Like I said, nursing him to sleep is what worked for us and it just felt like it was what he needed. And there is no way I am going to stop because society tells me I should. I’m going to do what is right for my baby). Anyway, with his second birthday approaching, I began to feel the pressure of needing to start letting him try to fall asleep on his own. But I wanted to approach this gently.
In comes DockATot! The DockATot is a multi-functional lounger, co-sleeper (oh how I wish we had one when we were co-sleeping!), and playtime lounger (my son love lounging in his while watching cartoons!). It comes in two sizes, the Deluxe for babies from 0-8 months (this size is made to imitate the snugness of the womb) and the Grand for 9-36 months (great for toddler bed transitions)! It is made from 100% breathable cotton creating the perfect micro-climate for your baby and toddler.
*I was provided a DockATot in exchange for an honest review, as always, all opinions are 100% my own.
From the moment we got the DockATot in the mail, we made sure that our son knew it was his. We introduced it in the living room and encouraged him to sit and play in it and to recline and watch cartoons in it (you know for the 3 seconds he actually sits still during the day, haha). By the end of that day, he would light up every time he saw it and would run and jump into it. That night we put it in his room. I just left it on the floor for a few days to get him used to it. Any time before naptime, I would say its time to go nuh-night and he would shout “Nuh-night!!” and lay down in the DockATot.
At this point, I was still nursing him to sleep and then would just lay him down in the DockATot after he fell asleep. Finally, I decided to just let him try to put himself to sleep. So we talked about the DockATot and he laid down in it on the floor for a while with me standing there next to him. Then I nursed him real quick, told him it was nuh-night time, and laid him down in the DockATot.
Ok, so like I mentioned before, this kid would cry forever (well I couldn’t really bear to let him cry for too long, but he just wouldn’t ever stop when I tried before). He did still cry when I left (it’s not some sort of magical contraption that makes your toddler stop crying 😉 ) but he cried for 5 minutes off and on (WAY less than before!) and then I heard him stop and say “Nuh-night!” and he laid down and talked for about 15 minutes to himself until he drifted off to sleep. He slept for 2 hours!!! He has never napped that long before!
I have been continuing to do this for every naptime now for a few weeks. I have found that if I do decide to nurse him to sleep one day, then the next day is very hard for him to fall asleep on his own again. He still cries a little when I lay him down (well mostly he is calling out “mama” in a grumpy voice), but for the most part he is totally fine. He still loves his DockATot and still shouts “Nuh-night!” every time he sees it. (Actually, it would seem that “Nuh-night” is it’s official name now, haha). We end up taking the DockATot all over the house. It has become his favorite place to lounge or drive his trucks, haha.
The DockATot has made our toddler’s naptime easier and this mama’s heart happy (not to mention the extra 20 minutes of free time I get while my toddler is talking himself to sleep in his “Nuh-night!” 😉 ).