I never thought we would be saying good bye to Eloise’s crib this soon- but we are! She started showing signs about a month ago that she was no longer loving her bed. I gave her some time, and switched up our routine but nothing seemed to make it better. Nap time was a mess, and bed time wasn’t happening. I turned to google for some answers and all signs pointed to toddler bed.
Now, I should start out by saying that Madeleine made the switch at about 17 months. She was 100% ready and mature when the time came. Eloise, well, she’s my crazy girl. The thought of putting her in a bed and letting her run free was terrifying! But, I knew she had to at least give it a try. The first few nights were pretty bad and that didn’t really surprise me. She loved the new freedom but still wanted the comfort of being close to something. I don’t mind co-sleeping but having one kid opens the door for the other to join. Which means no one is sleeping!
I began searching for some solutions and eventually came across the DockATot. There were so many success stories from parents, I knew it was worth trying out. DockATot comes in two different sizes- deluxe & grand. The deluxe works perfectly for babies 0-8 months and the grand goes from 9-36 months! DockATot is handmade in Europe from all natural, 100% cotton and is washable. On the DockATot website they said that it was ideal for helping little ones transition into toddler beds- using the bumpers as a bed rail.
We began using it as soon as it came in the mail. Starting at nap time gave us a good chance to get used to it. The first few days she still wanted me to lay with her, so I did. I would place her in the DockATot and rub her head and back until she fell asleep. By the end of the week she was pointing and saying “my bed! my bed!”. So cute! She loves to push her head all of the way to the top and snuggle the side bumper. It gives her just enough room to move around but not too much that she feels insecure with the space. Nap time went from a rough hour to atleast two hours!
At bed time we switch between the DockATot and sharing a bed with her big sis. Since the move they are sharing a room so it really depends on if they’re both ready for bed at the same time. A work in progress! A lot of my friends have seen my photos on Instagram and ask if the DockATot is worth it and I say YES! We tried a lot of different methods when it came to get Eloise adjusted to either the crib or bed, and this has been such a life saver. I wish we would have had it sooner!