Like all moms, I want the best for my child, whether that be food, development or comfort. One of the best things I have bought was a Dockatot (Sleepyhead in Europe) baby lounger. This Dockatot review covers mine and my daughter’s experience with the Dockatot Deluxe baby lounger.
As a new mom, it’s quite hard to adjust to the change in lifestyle a new baby brings. Having to resolve the work- baby-life balance can be a challenge. When I get in from work my focus is devoted to little E until after bedtime.
Finding free time to spend with my husband or take time for myself did start to become a rarity. Especially if it was difficult to get E down for the night. After E was born I was always on the lookout for products that can help with E’s bedtime routine and help her have a good night’s sleep.
Dockatot Deluxe+ Review Summary
To help give an overall view of the dockatot I’ve scored the Dockatot on four factors Value for money, Durability, Comfort
Value for Money
Score 18 out of 25
The Dockatot Deluxe does seem expensive. Despite its high price tag
Score 20 out of 25
Our Dockatot is soft and comfortable but has been very hard-wearing. E even had a tendency to chew on it when she was teething.
Score 22 out of 25
The Dockatot Deluxe is very comfortable for our little one. She always seems snug and cozy. The materials are soft and breathable for her skin.
Score 20 out of 25
The covers of the Dockatot are removable by a zip and can be washed easily. Putting the cover back on can be a bit of a challenge.
Overall Dockatot Review Score = 80 out of 100
What I like
What I don’t like
- Our little one finds it very comfortable.
- Lightweight and portable, your little one can sleep wherever you are.
- Comes in various designs and colors.
- Keeps your baby safe and protected whilst they sleep.
- It’s quite expensive.
- The dockatot is a fixed size, it doesn’t have much size adjustment.
- You’ve got assemble the dockatot yourself, but it’s not too much of a problem.
- When taking the dockatot apart to be washed it can be a challenge to put it back together
Dockatot Deluxe+ Review Contents
- Things to Consider Before Buying the Dockatot Deluxe+
- Presenting The Dockatot Deluxe+
- The Dockatot Deluxe+ Features and Benefits
- Basic Features and Specs
- The Dockatot Deluxe+ Owners Reviews
- Shortfalls and Alternatives
Things to Consider Before Buying a Baby Lounger
Before I bought the Dockatot Deluxe+, I researched quite a few baby loungers. My main considerations when researching baby loungers were comfort, extra features, and budget.
I wanted to make sure that the lounger I picked would be as comfortable as possible for my baby. The lounger should be suitably firm, but this may be affected by what surface the lounger is on. But I also wanted to make sure that the material the lounger is made from was nice and soft for little E’s delicate skin.
I also considered the size of the lounger. I wanted a lounger that my baby wouldn’t grow out of too quickly. Some baby loungers are only suitable for little ones for the first few months. That’s why I carefully checked out the dimensions for each of the loungers I looked at. I found that Dockatot Deluxe+ can fit a baby until they reach 8 – 10 months.
We all know how much babies can make a mess, so I wanted to make sure it was easy to wash the baby lounger. Also, buying a baby lounger can be quite an investment. I wanted to check that I could buy different covers or replacement pads and foam parts
Safety was a key consideration for me when looking at baby loungers. At night time babies are in effect unsupervised and often in a different room. As a parent, when you’re asleep you don’t have the same awareness for your little one or ability to intervene if they need help. I wanted to make sure that by leaving little E in a lounger I wouldn’t be exposing her to any additional hazards.
The price of a baby lounger was a consideration for me. Buy my main focus was on the comfort size and other features.
Personally, I believe that doing some research on products before I buy them. This helps me to make sure I buy quality items that are fit for purpose. I do this for everything in my life not just for things for my baby.
Presenting The Dockatot Deluxe+
I read quite a lot of dockatot reviews before I decided to buy one. Dockatot offers two models, the Deluxe and the Grand. The Deluxe is designed for babies from birth, the grand is designed for older babies to toddlers. Whilst the Dockatot state that the Deluxe is designed for the 0-8 months age range, I think this is conservative. Our little one was still using the Dockatot at 12 months (But I do recognize that babies are different sizes).
The Dockatot Deluxe+ comes in over 12 different cover designs, so I’m sure there will be a design to suit your nursery color scheme. I opted for the pristine-white cover. The RRP for the Dockatot Deluxe+ ranges from $175 to $200, depending on which cover design you choose. This is quite pricey but the great reviews I had read from other mothers I felt this was worth the investment.
Our little one has slept so well whilst using the Dockatot Deluxe+. We’d cuddle her to sleep and then transfer her to the Dockatot. Usually, this worked well and we could tell she was lovely and snug. During the winter months when we transferred her sometimes she woke up. We thought it might have been because the Dockatot was cooler than being cuddled in our arms. We tried warming the Dockatot up with a hot water bottle before transferring her, this seemed to help her to stay asleep.
The Dockatot Deluxe+ Features and Benefits
Basic Features and Specs
Here’s the summary of the product’s features upon unboxing the Dockatot Deluxe
- base pad
- pristine white doc comprising,
- cushion tube
- pristine white cover.
- A waterproof carry case
Aside from everything in the box
- All parts
ofthe dock can be bought as replacements
- You can order different color covers to suit your baby’s bedroom.
Portable and Easy to Use
The Dockatot Deluxe is very light and easy to carry. It even comes with its own plastic carry case. It is quite bulky and doesn’t collapse down very much. We used it everywhere. It was really handy during maternity leave as I could take the Dockatot into whichever room I was in and E would have a consistent feeling place to sleep. We used the Dockatot when we first transitioned E from our bedroom to a crib in her own room.
It was also useful when we went to stay with family or friends. Its very light and easy to throw in the car. Again giving E a familiar comfy place to sleep away from home.
The Dockatot Deluxe+ has three major parts. The mattress pad, the cushion tube, and the cover. E seems to find the Dockatot very comfortable, We would put her
The mattress pad base is soft but provides E enough support. The surrounding cushion tube makes the Dockatot like a cozy little cocoon. The material of the cover is 100% cotton and nice and soft for E’s delicate skin.
Keeping Your Baby Safe and Sound
During my research, I found a bit of history about the Dockatot brand. The Deluxe baby lounger was first released in Sweden under the brand SleepyHead in 2006. Following a number of years on sale in Europe the Deluxe was released in the US under the Dockatot brand in 2015.
I found it a bit strange that the same product would be for sale under two different brands. Looking further into both products I found that the Safe Use instructions and marketing for the Dockatot and Sleepyhead were different.
Different Recommended Uses?
At the time of writing this article, the marketing material for the Dockatot states that is intended to be used for lounging, tummy time, cosleeping, playing and supervised napping. But it’s not intended to be used within a crib or bassinet. Whereas the SleepyHead marketing material states that it is intended for the same use as the Dockatot but can also be used as a crib insert and to help babies transition between a crib and a bed.
At first glance, I thought that this difference was worrying. But the more I thought about it, I think that this just reflects how the Dockatot / SleepyHead product fits within the guidelines of where they’re sold. How could an identical product be recommended for use in a crib in one region but not be recommended for use in a crib in
Different Consumer Guidelines?
E.g. in the US The Consumer Product Safety Commission has cautioned that babies should be placed in a bare crib without any additional bedding, blankets or pillows. This clearly means that in the US the Dockatot shouldn’t be used in a crib or bassinet.
The guidelines are different in the UK. In the UK a British Standard was developed for a specification for a pillow suitable for use in cots and prams etc. The standard is known as BS4578 and in summary, this specification ensures that any material the pillow is made from must be permeable enough for a baby to breathe through.
Sleepyhead states that “We have taken great care in selecting the most optimal materials with health and safety at the top of our minds. As far as we have been able to establish, it’s been tested above and beyond any other baby sleeping product out there… The sides of Sleepyhead DELUXE as well as the GRAND, which are in close proximity to the baby’s face, allow for relative easy breathing and comply with the requirements of BS4578.”
Dockatot Safety Testing
In addition, the Dockatot / Sleepyhead DELUXE & GRAND have both been tested in Europe and the US and proven to comply with the following:
- Oeko-Tex certification, Standard 100, Class 1
- All components Intertek tested for and proven free from harmful substances
- Tested for compliance with US Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008
Tension testedfor ‘Normal and reasonably foreseeableuse and abuse’
- Bumper air
perm m abilityaccording to BS4578
- Resistant to ignition according to BS5852
- 16 CRF 1632 flammability testing
- Phthalate testing
- Small parts and use and abuse testing under 16 CFR 1500.50
- Heavy metal testing
- ASTM F-963-11 • California Bulletins 116 and 117 flammability testing
- California Proposition 65
Dockatot Safety Conclusion
I think that the recommended guidelines for what’s safe for little ones can be an everchanging landscape. Different governments and leading bodies often provide different guidance to parents. Also, what’s recommended as safe today might not be recommended as safe in the future. Conversely, what’s regarded as unsafe today might not be viewed as unsafe given time.
I think that Dockatot / Sleepyhead have put thier products through a lot of safety testing. Little E slept in her Sleepyhead day and night for the first 9 months of her life. We would put little E in her Sleepyhead in a NextToMe crib. We also used the Sleepyhead when we moved E into her crib in her own room. I think parents should try to follow the recommended guidelines, but sometimes it’s about finding what works for you as a family.
Dockatot Reviews from other Owners
When I was researching baby loungers the thing that drew me most to the Deluxe was the dockatot reviews. There are plenty of dockatot reviews that give the deluxe full marks on both the Dockatot website and Amazon.
The reviews on the Dockatot website are clearly from customers as they have pictures of the precious littles looking very cozy and comfortable in the baby lounger.
Despite a large number of top marks dockatot reviews, there are some negative comments about the deluxe. The most common negative view of the dockatot deluxe is its price, and there are other cheaper alternatives to consider. Others complained that their baby had grown out of the lounger before they were eight months old. But, this could have been because they were just big babies.
The number of positive reviews vastly outweighs the negatives. A good proportion recognizes the products’ high price but feel that the purchase was ‘worth it’ for their baby’s comfort and better night’s sleep.
Shortfalls and Alternatives
The Dockatot Deluxe isn’t without its shortfalls, the price might put people off. Fortunately, there are a number of alternatives available.
- Snuggle Me Organic: Click here to read our Snuggle Me Organic Review
- Boppy Newborn Baby Lounger: Click here to read our Boppy Newborn Baby Lounger Review
- LeachCo Podster: Click here to read our Leachco Podster Review
Dockatot Review Conclusion
The Dockatot Deluxe baby lounger is clearly a very popular product for parents. We found that little E slept really well in the Dockatot Deluxe. She always seemed warm, snug and cozy. Which also helped give us a few more hours sleep. I would definitely recommend Dockatot Deluxe to other parents. It is expensive but I believe it was a worthwhile investment. If you have more questions about the wonders of this product, feel free to leave a question on the comments section.