DockATot Deluxe+ | Formerly the Sleepyhead Deluxe + Review

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RRP £130
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by Sophie Knight |

Now called the DockATot Deluxe+, this baby docking station formerly known as the Sleepyhead allows babies to lounge, rest, play, cuddle, do tummy time and get their nappy changed in one comfy spot.

At a glance:

There’s no doubt about it – mums love the DockATot Deluxe+! A clever little pod that allows you to let your baby nap anywhere. It’s easy to wipe clean, it has a washable colour. It also has some really beautiful, interchangeable covers, allowing you to personalise your baby’s pod! We highly recommend.

What they say:

“This exchangeable cover for the DockATot Deluxe+ range allows you to alter the appearance and personalise it to your preference. Infant safe zips around the bumper allow for easy changing. The Oeko-Tex certified fabric is proven to be safer and more hygienic for young babies.”

Tested by mum Viktoria Konczol for the Mother & Baby Awards 2018:

Would you recommend this to other mums?

I would recommend this product for newborns, as it is quite lightweight and portable, so could be used anywhere at home. It is made from a very good material which is easy to wipe clean, or machine washable too.

How did the product make your life easier?

This product is very useful as it keeps baby really snug and comfortable, like it’s being cuddled all the time. With this the baby could be put in their own cot from birth, as they won't be able to move around, and I think it would be safe to do so. It is portable, so it could be moved around at home too.

Would you choose this product to win?

I haven’t tried any other product like this, however, I would choose this one because of its size. I'm sure it could be used for quite a few months from newborn, even if you have a longer (taller) baby, as there is a buckle at the bottom, which could be closed or opened for the comfort of your baby.

What changes would you make to the product?

I think it could have a few spare covers in the packaging, as it is always useful to have them in case of an accident happening during the night. Though you can buy them separately, they are quite pricey, and I think the product is expensive enough without including the cost of spare covers.

Tested by mum Jodie Lynch for the Mother & Baby Awards 2018:

Would you recommend this to other mums?

I would recommend it if it was something parents were looking to invest in, however, I wouldn’t try and 'sell' it to someone that couldn’t afford it, or didn't really need it. My baby wasn’t a great sleeper, so I do feel it has helped him and it is something that can be used anywhere, so families who travel a lot may wish to invest in this. It doesn’t fold away, so travelling by air/train would be difficult, and it would take up room in a case; but would be great for putting in the car.

How did this product make your life easier?

It is a beautiful, luxury product, however, it doesn’t really make life 'easier' as a parent. It is by no means a necessity, however, if you can afford to spend such money on a product like this then it would make a lovely purchase. It creates a cocoon-type 'pod' in which baby can sleep, and I have to say (touch wood) my five month-old has slept very well in it, and appears to be snug and cosy. A bonus is that it is transferable from place to place, so you can move baby from cot to a double bed to a hotel room/travel cot and he/she will still be contained within their Sleepyhead and, importantly, within the same bed they have got used to in your home. From this point of view it could make an excellent purchase. It can also be used for tummy time.

Would you choose this product to win?

I’ve never really come across anything like this on the market, and as such it stands out as a unique product. As a sleeping aid it provides baby with a comfortable and snug cushion to sleep on/in and it prevents any wriggling, rolling or moving around. I have never used sleep products with either of my two boys and have generally been lucky when it comes to them sleeping, despite my second having quite severe reflux. It is hard to compare to other products as I don't have much experience, however, if you are looking for something to keep your baby contained, cosy and transferrable, then this may be the product for you.

What changes would you make to this product?

I would have initially commented on the plain white colour of the product, which is quite impractical for keeping clean, but I am now aware that DockATot (formerly Sleepyhead) do sell a range of colours and designs, so this issue may be irrelevant. It has handles at various ends of the product that make for easy carrying, and it comes in a plastic container that can be used for transporting it. The only thing I can think of that would make it better would be if it folded down further so that it could be taken abroad, but this isn’t a significant problem.

Tested by mum Mary Loughnane for the Mother & Baby Awards 2018:

Would you recommend this to other mums?

I would recommend it as it is a comfortable and safe place for baby to co-sleep with parents, and can be used to ease the transition from crib to cot bed. As previously stated, it can be used as a travel bed for your baby, and there are a variety of different covers to choose from, so it’s adaptable to anyone's style.

How did this product make your life easier?

I was never going to consider co-sleeping with my baby, but this product has allowed me to do so safely, knowing that my baby is safe and secure within the DockATot (formerly sleepyhead). Both my husband and I have found using it reduces the time to settle our baby down. Also, it is a lighter way to travel with a baby as instead of using a travel cot, you can use the sleepyhead either on the floor or, as we did, on the hotel bed, which makes space for suitcases.

Would you choose this product to win?

Although the price is quite high, what you are getting for the money is very good. The product is both adaptable for boys and girls, with the range of cover designs and the comfort of the sleepyhead ensuring that baby can have a good night’s sleep. Since using ours, our baby has gone from waking up twice in the night to not waking up at all and sleeping through.

What changes would you make to this product?

To improve the product, I think they could make it easier for the cover to be changed, as we’ve found that it is quite difficult to put the cover back on once the cover has been washed. Other than that the product has satisfied us and we are considering getting the next size up once our baby has outgrown this one.

Tested by mum Alexia Lewis for the Mother & Baby Awards 2018:

Would you recommend this to other mums?

Definitely, the safety being the number one reason, and the design is sleek and would fit with any nursery. It looks great! It's washable and my little finds it very comfortable, which relieves a lot of stress. It also stopped our little boy from rolling and getting his legs caught in his crib, which was quite scary and dangerous.

How did this product make your life easier?

I love when it's five am and I'm not ready to get up, so I can bring the baby in with me, knowing he is safe in his pod. The only downside I can find is that he will soon be able to roll out of it (he's now five months) and I won't be able to do this anymore. It’s such a fantastic idea, and puts mums’ minds at rest from all the dangers of co-sleeping, and even just sleeping alone. It's lightweight and portable, so I can take it with me to my parents and grandparents, and means he always has a familiar sleeping place where he is comfortable and safe.

Would you choose this product to win?

Yes, I would. I’ve had a look at other brands and I can't find anything that ticks all the boxes like this one does. Other brands are also all very different. Whether it’s regarding the design, colour, materials or how it is used – this is by far the best one on the market that we have found, and we would definitely use this for any future children.

What changes would you make to this product?

The only thing I would change about the product is the price. It is a little steep and as a mum of four I would struggle to warrant the purchase over other essentials. We don't co-sleep as a rule, so it wouldn't be classed as a necessity for us, though someone that does would find this invaluable, I‘m sure.

Tested by mum Nicky Knight for the Mother & Baby Awards 2018:

Would you recommend this to other mums?

I would recommend this for a mum who wasn’t going down the path of a Moses basket, but still wants to have their baby in the same room as them. It is easy to wash and I fitted my own cot sheet over the top for extra hygiene. It's easy to wash and to take away to other people’s houses for them to sleep there, which was great.

How did this product make your life easier?

We used this product as an in-between as our son had outgrown his Moses basket. It fitted lovely in his cot bed without us having to worry about him rolling around too much. I also co-sleep with him and liked having him on the bed in his own safe place, knowing he couldn't fall out or roll to an unsafe place.

Would you choose this product to win?

We have considered buying one of these for a while, as all my friends with babies seem to have one, and it also appeared to be the product we could use for longer, size wise. Saying that, he is only just four months old, and already we have had to undo the bottom of the sleepyhead so his legs don’t get bunched up. I like that it allows me to (in my view) safely co-sleep with my baby and move him easily around the house without waking him. That said, I wouldn’t pick this over the Cocoonababy.

What changes would you make to this product?

This is the biggest problem I had with this product. My son has reflux. After feeding I have to keep him upright for at least 30 minutes. We have him at an angle when he sleeps, either with the use of a wedge or with a Cocoonababy designed for babies with reflux. I am sure this is already in the pipeline, however, if he is lying flat in it he rarely sleeps for more than half an hour until reflux wakes him. I wouldn’t pick this over the Cocoonababy, solely for this reason.

Tested by mum Kayleigh Thomas for the M&B Awards 2017:

Would you recommend this to other mums?

This product is fantastic!!! Before receiving this product, I didn't even know it existed. Before testing this product, my 3 month old son found sleeping on a standard pillow or even a duvet much more comfortable than his standard mattress and often never stirred once throughout the night. This product is excellent and means he can sleep in a smaller space but still with the added padding and comfort. The DockATot (formerly the Sleepyhead Deluxe) is extremely simple to use and stores away really well. It can be taken anywhere we go and is really useful when staying elsewhere because your baby is already used to the smell and comfort and therefore it is like "home from home".

How did this product make your life easier?

It has definitely made my life a lot easier. This is because I am able to take this anywhere with me and know that my son is comfortable and happy because he is used to it. I cannot praise this product enough. My son instantly settled the moment I put him into it. When my son takes a nap during the day, he often fights his sleep and can often take a while to finally drift off to sleep. This product completely eliminates this and I have found from the moment I tried him with the product, he instantly relaxed and fell straight asleep.

Would you choose this product to win?

I have never seen this product advertised, but I will definitely be recommending to others. I know a few mums who have struggled with the transition from moses basket to cot, presumably because their babies feel daunted by the prospect of a larger space and intimidated because of this. I believe this product will completely eliminate this problem, leaving mother and baby much happier.

What changes would you make to this product?

If I could change one thing about this product, it would be the colour. On occasion my baby has been known to drool vomit when asleep and therefore this would really stand out on the bright, white product. My thoughts on this would be maybe changing the colour to a pale lemon. Therefore it would be unisex and may help contribute to it looking cleaner for longer. I understand that the product will be cleaned regularly, however if the colour was different, the product would seem cleaner for longer.

Tested by mum Rachael Adams for the M&B Awards 2017:

Would you recommend this to other mums?

This product has worked brilliantly for us! My baby was quickly growing too big for his Moses basket and while he slept well in his crib at night time, he didn't seem to want to sleep in his crib during the day so resorted to sleeping on me! I tried baby in the pod inside his crib for his afternoon nap and he was snoozing within minutes! As it is so easily movable it can go in his crib if we're at home or just on the floor if we're at someone else's house.

How did this product make your life easier?

It makes my life easier as I am now putting baby down for a nap during the day, meaning I can actually get things done, have a shower and do some housework! Also as baby sleeps well in the pod for an hour or so then he's in a better mood for the rest of the day and I don't worry about him sleeping in awkward positions. I feel that the product is helping us get into a routine which we were struggling with previously.

Would you choose this product to win?

I love that it can go anywhere, floor, cot, crib or in bed with me if I choose to co-sleep without worrying about my baby's safety.

What changes would you make to this product?

If I really had to pick something to change it would be to have a darker cover on the pod as I can see the white, although looking beautiful brand new, could start to look grubby soon. Not a big deal though as I know the cover is washable. It may seem a little pricey at first, but I think the results we've had after less than a week make it great value.

Tested by mum Claire Jelliman for the M&B Awards 2017:

Would you recommend this to other mums?

This is an amazing product, it is very soft and comfy, kept my baby warm and feeling secure which meant he slept more comfortably and slept for longer. My baby suffers with startle reflex and he will not settle unless he is in my arms, but as soon as I lay him down no matter how much of a deep sleep he is in he will suddenly awake and cry. Using this, I have been able to get him to sleep and keep him asleep without having to keep holding him.

Would you choose this product to win?

It is an amazing product that I would highly recommend to anyone, it makes my baby feel so safe and secure and now he sleeps he is less irritable and grumpy too. It also keeps baby safe and in the right position while sleeping.

What changes would you make to this product?

The price tag is very large and for a lot of people they may be put off by that but it is well worth the money. The only other thing I found is that the replacement covers or additional covers for the cushion are very expensive for what they are. At £40 a cover it does seem a little expensive but I have fallen in love with this product so would be willing to pay that.

Tested by mum Caroline Kirkham for the M&B Awards 2017:

Would you recommend this to other mums?

The product helped my son sleep, which is exactly what the product is designed to do. It reduced the space in his crib so he felt more secure and he can't roll anywhere so seems to get a more restful sleep. It's lightweight and easily portable. It is washable however not the easiest to reassemble afterwards, which I discovered after my son had a vomiting bug. Spare covers are very expensive, but may be a necessity for a sicky baby.

How did this product make your life easier?

I feel I can put my son down to sleep and be confident that his naps will be restful and I worry a lot less overnight as he can't roll over as he sometimes did! Being able to easily transport it around the house so he can nap on it downstairs or upstairs has been great. I have also used this product for tummy time and I like that he is secure when doing that and can't roll too far then either!

Would you choose this product to win?

I think this product could make sleep a lot more peaceful for many parents. I think the price would put a lot of people off buying it, however I do believe that if they took the plunge, they would not regret it. I do think it would help a newborn baby adjust to being in a cot/crib and settle easier, which I know a lot of parents have a problem with at first (we certainly did)!

What changes would you make to this product?

Babies get sick or have nappy explosions and therefore having a spare cover or more reasonably priced covers would make life easier. We had to go without the product for a couple of nights when my son was poorly as I couldn't tumble dry most of it and it had not dried in time for use. This affected the consistency with bed time which was more traumatic to him as he was not well.

Tested by mum Natalie Howard for the M&B Awards 2017:

Would you recommend this to other mums?

I have already recommended to so many parents. I wish I had known about this product with my first boy! My little boy sleeps so well, you can tell he feels so comfy and secure. We have taken it away on holiday and it's great how he never knows his bed had changed as he always has his Sleepyhead (now DockATot). I love how it fits in his crib and now his cot. I want one for me!

How did this product make your life easier?

I have a peace of mind that he is sleeping safely and love the fact that he wakes up happy. I have had a totally different child sleep wise to my first and I do put it down to the Sleepyhead. It is very portable which has made our little breaks away a lot easier especially with limited space in the car. Instead of having to take a travel cot I know it can rest on top of a bed and he is safe where he sleeps.

Would you choose this product to win?

I love how portable this is and how perfectly it surrounds my boy like a mother’s warm embrace. It feels soft and comfy yet firm and safe. As soon as he is surrounded by the Sleepyhead he knows where he is and starts to settle for sleep almost instantly.

What changes would you make to this product?

The additional covers are very expensive for the Sleepyhead and it doesn't come with one. It would be nice to have one or to even reduce the price especially when the price of the Sleepyhead is so costly. I have been using my cot bed sheets to wrap around it so there are alternatives.

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