Size: Deluxe dock vs. Grand dock
The Deluxe+ dock is intended for babies approximately 0-8 months. The Grand dock is intended for tots approximately 9-36 months. Our experience is that parents seem to think the baby has outgrown the Deluxe size before the baby is uncomfortable. As your baby grows, unbuckle the dock to give their legs some room. Please note that the Grand dock is no longer sold with a buckle.
Can I swaddle my baby in the dock?
You can place your swaddled baby, on their back, in the dock. When a baby exhibits signs of attempting to roll, swaddling should no longer be used.
A Message about Co-Sleeping
Nothing is more important to DockATot than the safety of our little customers. As no one knows your child better than you and your doctor, we believe you should consult your pediatrician about your sleep arrangements.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has determined that the safest place for a baby to sleep during the first year of life is in a crib, bassinet or play yard in the parents’ bedroom.
DockATot recognizes that many people believe strongly that infants and young children should never sleep with adults in their bed, while others believe that such co-sleeping provides benefits. Many who choose to co-sleep with a DockATot dock find that the sides help establish a separate space for the baby that is close by to the parent(s).
If you choose to use a dock while co-sleeping, in addition to consulting with your pediatrician, be sure to follow these 7 precautions:
1. Never allow baby to co-sleep with an adult who suffers sleep disorders, is under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or medication, or is obese. Ensure that each adult in the bed are aware of the baby’s presence.
2. Carefully prepare the bed:
- Place the dock on a firm mattress only. Be sure it lays flat and remains flat with adult(s) in the bed.
- Position dock in center of bed, near headboard. Each side of the dock should be at least 12 inches from edge of bed.
- Make sure there are no extra pillows on the bed that can go over the baby while in the dock. Pillows and covers present a suffocation risk to your baby. Each parent should use only the pillow under their heads.
- Make sure there are no covers (including blankets, sheets, pillowcases, shams, comforters, and other bedding) over the dock. Covers placed over the dock can end up over the baby’s face. Covers can also cause overheating which is associated with increased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Parents should use separate covers to reduce risk of blankets being pulled up over the baby.
3. To reduce risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, only place baby on back in the dock.
4. Do not add any blankets or padding of any kind under the baby in the dock.
5. Keep all cords and strings away from baby. Cords of any kind, such as window or blind cords, present a strangulation risk.
6. Never leave baby alone in adult bed. If baby awakens and you aren’t present, s/he may scoot and fall off bed.
7. Never use components of dock separately. Only use when fully assembled and zipped. Loose fabric and parts may present a suffocation hazard.
Should I wash the DockATot before using?
The docks are clean and do not require washing. If you wish to wash the dock prior to the first use, be sure to follow the washing instructions: https://vimeo.com/204749156
Can I use the dock if my baby is rolling over?
Thank you for reaching out to us!
The American Academy of Pediatrics advises that a baby should only be placed on their back to sleep or rest until they are one year of age in order to reduce the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) and suffocation. Pediatricians advise that once a baby is capable of rolling over from back to stomach, the baby can be allowed to remain in the sleep position baby assumes.
A healthy tot of over one year of age may be placed in the sleep position they prefer.
As always, we recommend you also check with your pediatrician about the best way to put your baby to sleep.
How do I prevent mildew (mold) from growing on my dock?
If you are concerned about “mold” on your dock, it is actually likely mildew that concerns you (mildew is what sometimes grows on damp textiles, whereas mold tends to grow on food or in other areas). Any time fabric does not dry out after getting wet (e.g. from wet diapers, spit-up, sweat, or incomplete drying after washing, etc.), there is a chance mildew can develop. Here is how you can help prevent mildew from developing on your DockATot dock:
-Be sure to remove the cardboard insert before first use of the product.
-If the DockATot dock gets wet or damp, allow it to dry completely before using or stowing away.
-Move the DockATot dock about—regularly shake it, ventilate it, and expose it to light and fresh air.
-Avoid storing the DockATot dock in humid or damp areas.
-Never add waterproof materials to, in, or beneath the DockATot dock.
If you should find mildew on the DockATot dock over time, we recommend adding a cup of white vinegar when washing the product according to the instructions on the product label. Alternatively, you can soak the affected piece to soak in a solution of white vinegar and water for an hour or two before washing the piece according to the instructions on the product label.
Notably, there is nothing in the materials of DockATot docks that causes mildew, and we have refrained from adding anti-fungal or anti-bacterial chemicals to the DockATot dock. However, like any fabric product, mildew can grow on a DockATot dock if it gets wet and is not fully dried. Appropriate care is necessary to keep your dock in top shape.
If you have any other questions or concerns you can contact us at [email protected].
How should I wash my DockATot products?
Each piece of the dock is washable, care instructions are below for each piece (for more detailed instructions please refer to the label on the bottom of your dock cover). We do not recommend using bleach on any part of your dock – stain remover is preferred.
Outer Cover: Machine wash in cold water inside a garment bag and hang to air dry (to help avoid color bleeding for covers with prints, be sure to immediately hang to dry after machine cycle is finished and ensure there are no folds or overlapping when drying). Do not tumble dry. Do not bleach. Do not dry clean.
Pad: Hand wash in cold water and lay flat to dry. Do not tumble dry. Do not iron. Do not bleach. Do not dry clean.
Inner Sleeve: Machine wash in cold water and hang to air dry. Do not tumble dry. Do not bleach. Do not dry clean.
Inner Tube: The tube rarely needs washing, shaking and ventilating are usually enough. If washing the tube, machine wash in cold water inside a garment bag and then tumble dry on low heat only. You can shake or fluff to redistribute the filling as necessary. If still damp, lay flat to dry. Do not iron. Do not bleach. Do not dry clean.
Is the dock breathable?
The DockATot Deluxe+ and Grand docks are tested for air-permeability. This is done to be sure that the dock fabric and materials will not harbor heat. While our docks pass a test for air permeability, your baby should only be placed on his/her back and face-up in the dock until age one. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, babies placed on their tummies are at increased risk for SIDS. For this reason, anytime a baby is placed in the Deluxe+ dock, baby should be on the back.
Can I purchase the Grand from the start?
The Grand dock is intended for ages 9 months and older. DockATot docks were created to mimic the womb, so the smaller-sized Deluxe dock is better for giving young infants (0-8 months) a cozy feeling.
Why are the covers so small?
The docks are designed to be sturdy and firm, and the tight fit of the covers serve to help maintain the dock’s shape and firmness.