As I write this I am watching the monitor to see if my 21-month-old son is asleep for his nap. As a busy mom all you want on the weekends is for your baby to take a nice long nap and these days (now that Cooper is a toddler) it is hit or miss! It got me thinking about my favorite sleeping related products as we prepare for baby #2, coming SO SOON and how much Cooper used to sleep, haha! I want to share with you my two must-haves.
By now you all know about the DockATot and my LOVE for it! Cooper spent a LOT of time in his DockATot. It was our way of being with him throughout the day (I would put it in the living room while I cleaned or in the kitchen while I cooked). We began using our DockATot Deluxe+ the very first day we brought Cooper home from the hospital. While I created a beautiful nursery for Cooper, we did not spend too much time in his room in the beginning because he spent his first few months sleeping in a bassinet in our room. As I continued to work a bit while on maternity leave I was always on the move in the house. Whether in the kitchen (where I spend most of my day!), taking photos in our sunroom (where we get the best light), or taking a shower (rare), the DockATot was my perfect companion during those busy days. On the evenings and weekends, we were able to relax with Cooper by our side. We would place our DockATot safely on the couch in the family room, lay him in the dining room while we ate, and even right on the floor next to me by the fire in our living room.
The DockATot became our go-to place for Cooper to nap so that I could spend as much time around him as possible. This made it easy to keep an eye on him, rub his forehead if needed, and give him lots of kisses, as he was easily accessible! I also loved how safe it felt. As you can see below, our labradoodle Paisley LOVES Cooper. Whenever he was snug in the DockATot she knew that it was his space and she would not step near him. To me, the nice canoe-like design kept him cozy and contained wherever he was.
Knowing that I want to use the DockATot for baby number two, I was gifted this ADORABLE pink one and I can’t get over how cute it is! The DockATot is the ideal spot to have tummy time with your little one an I can’t wait to see how cute she looks on this pink one.
Ok, so what is Cooper swaddled in you are wondering?! The Ollie Swaddle! When Hindi created The Ollie Swaddle, she put a lot of love into the design. If you have read the story behind The Ollie, you already know that, and if you haven't you absolutely should, a she is incredibly inspiring! Hindi created the Ollie swaddle for her son, Oliver. She was determined to help Oliver sleep better and since starting her company she has remained passionate about helping other foster parents and parents who want their babies to sleep happily. This is clear, the determination to help other parents, because after taking one look at The Ollie Swaddle I can see all of the love that goes into it. From the moment it arrived in the mail I was in love. Just take a look at this packaging below and I wish you could feel how soft it is. It is truly unlike any other swaddle material I have ever seen.
The Ollie Swaddle is made from a custom moisture-wicking material to reduce the risk of overheating, and it is designed in a way to custom fit your baby to meet his or her individualized needs, cause let's face it - every baby is a different size and shape!
Another thing I love about it is how the bottom of the swaddle works. It is very easy to use the elastic to make a "bun" and that way your baby can grown with the swaddle. The other amazing part is that you do not have to un-swaddle your babe in the middle of the night to change a diaper. For easy access diaper changes you can just undo the elastic bun and change your little one through opening at the bottom. With other swaddles I found that I would startle Cooper, when he was still half asleep in the middle night just needing a feeding, by un-velcrowing the swaddles.
What you may find interesting is that it comes in one-size! Now let me tell you why that is cool. Other swaddles have multiple sizes but what I found was that when Cooper grew out of one swaddle he was too small for the next size up. Strange, right? So he was too big for a newborn size but then going up just one size did not work for us because he had too much room in the swaddle and he was able to kick his legs around too much, disrupting his sleep. The Ollie Swaddle promotes ease with these transitional stages. Your baby will always fit in the swaddle.
The Ollie World and DockATot provided the product. The content and opinions expressed are my own.