No doubt as new parents, we all want our babies to sleep well. Better sleep equals rested baby and rested parents – win-win.
In the race for products to help solve your sleep woes – two such products are the DockATot and the Snuggle Me. Both provide a calm, supportive sleeping environment that can be used in a co-sleeping situation, among others.
For newborns and small babies, I recommend the Snuggle Me Organic because it helps cradle the baby so that she feels safe and comfortable. When babies are born, they are accustomed to the comfortable, cradling support of the womb. Being in this wide open world can be a scary and weird feeling, and it’s why babies love being held and swaddled.
Next, we’ll compare them head-to-head.
How they are similar
Co-sleeping or regular sleep solution
It seems like there are two camps of people out there – those who are looking for a safer co-sleeping solution and those that are just trying to get baby to sleep better. Sometimes the camps intersect with the demands of everyday life and the need for quality sleep to function as an adult.
They both are designed to keep baby safe in their own space while sharing mom and dad’s sleeping quarters. The raised up sides carve out a space for baby, which is safer versus just having baby in the big bed next to the parent.
However, even if you are NOT in the co-sleeping camp, these products can help baby to sleep soundly. By providing a hug-like embrace, baby will feel like it’s still in mom’s arms and can sleep comfortably for hopefully longer stretches of time.
Both loungers are highly rated and loved by parents and babies alike.
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Both loungers have covers that are removable for easy laundering. There is also a multitude of color options for replacement covers.
How they are different
Hugging vs Not
One of the biggest differences between the Snuggle Me and the DockATot to me is the hugging action of the Snuggle Me. Because of it’s center sling design, when you place a baby in the Snuggle Me, the sides come in slightly to give baby a secure, hugging feeling. The DocATot does not do this.
While all models of the Snuggle Me are washable and made in the USA, there are different fabric options.
There is the Snuggle Me Original, which does not have any organic materials in it. Instead, it has a conventionally grown cotton cover and the fill is virgin polyester.
The Snuggle Me Organic has an organic cotton cover with virgin polyester fill.
The Snuggle Me Wool edition boasts an organic cover along with organic filling. Note that this does change the firmness of the sleeper slightly.
For more details, check out the chart below:
*The chart above is current as of February 2018 per the manufacturer.
The DockATot is not available in organic fabrics, but every component of it is certified Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 Class 1.
Available in different sizes
The Snuggle Me only comes in one size, which is geared for babies 0-8 months old.
The DockATot does come in different sizes. The DockATot Deluxe is for babies 0-8 months old, while the DockATot Grand is for babies and toddlers from 9-36 months. The Grand is meant as a long term solution to keeping bigger babies safe and comfortable and to ease the transition into their own big kid bed. The Grand is much bigger – 24 inches wide x 39-47 inches long [39 inches with clasps closed and 47 inches with clasps open].
Snuggle Me Features
See our full review of the Snuggle Me Organic here
The design of the Snuggle Me is such that the center of the lounger is an unpadded sling. This accomplishes multiple benefits in one fell swoop. First of all, the sling fabric rests on whatever surface it is on, and accordingly takes on the firmness of it (which hopefully is flat and firm).
It also makes the sides come in to hug the baby, which also helps to keep the baby on its back. The Snuggle Me lounger is not recommended for belly sleeping, only for sleeping on their back which matches the safe sleep recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Because of it’s cradling comfort, the Snuggle Me is best for babies 0-6 months, although older babies can still enjoy it as well. As babies get older, they don’t have such a high need for close comfort and instead enjoy a little space. Babies can naturally transition out of the Snuggle Me by stretching out of it themselves or the parent’s can do a gradual transition.
Portable sleep solution
One of the neat features is the portability of the Snuggle Me. The baby can fall asleep in it in one place, and then the entire Snuggle Me with the baby can be carried to a different place without waking baby up.
It can also travel to the babysitters, grandma’s house or on family vacation. Baby can rest peacefully since they have the comfort of a familiar sleeping surface in an unfamiliar place. The Snuggle Me comes with a travel bag for this purpose.
In the Snuggle Me Organic Lounger, the cover is organic and the stuffing is virgin polyester fill with no additives or flame retardants. There is also the Original version Snuggle Me which has conventionally grown cotton along with virgin polyester fill.
According to the manufacturer, all materials are made or grown in the USA. All materials are also machine washable.
The Snuggle Me dimensions are 27″ tall x 18″ wide, which can be a decent sized footprint in your bed.
The Snuggle Me is used by some as a co-sleeping solution. Parents can also use it for playtime, or to have the baby wherever you are so they can be part of the action. The Snuggle Me is also great for tummy time, to help the baby learn head and neck control. Users report that the Snuggle Me is helpful with reflux as well. All three of my boys had reflux as babies and having a surface that provides some elevation is very helpful.
For more info on the different positions that can be used in the Snuggle Me, check out the manufacturer’s FAQ page about it here.
Love it or return it
The Snuggle Me comes with a 30 day guarantee. If you or your baby don’t love it, simply send it back.
Also check out our in-depth review of the Snuggle Me Organic here.
The DockATot uses materials that are hypoallergenic and breathable. All materials are also washable. All parts of the DockATot meet the European Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 Class 1 standards. Parents say that their babies find the DockATot to be very comfortable. A few parents noticed their babies getting a little sweatier than usual, so be mindful of that.
The DockATot was dreamed up in Sweden (like so many great things… IKEA anyone?). It’s manufactured in Europe. Because of it’s international roots, it has a large following overseas as well as in the USA.
Age RangeDockATot Deluxe is for babies 0-8 months and DocATot Grand is for babies and toddlers 9-36 months.
The DockATot Deluxe is 18 inches wide x 29-34 inches long [29 inches with clasps closed and 34 inches with clasps open]. The DockATot Grand is 24 inches wide x 39-47 inches long [39 inches with clasps closed and 47 inches with clasps open].
Recommended uses for DockATot are the baby sleeping on their back next to parent in a co-sleeping situation, and supervised tummy time inside the DockATot.
DockATot is NOT recommended for a use in a crib or pack and play (but really nothing is, so that’s not a surprise necessarily). It’s also not recommended for belly sleeping. The DockATot should always be placed on a flat and firm surface.
The DockATot is a multi-use lounger/sleeper and is suitable for sleeping, tummy time, lounging or simply a padded surface for the baby or toddler to hang out on. The DockATot has built-in handles to transport it from room to room if necessary.
Check out this video from DockATot that shows a day in the life of a mom with the product:
I really feel that the Snuggle Me is the perfect solution for newborns and small babies because of its hugging action. Most newborns love to feel snug and secure, and this provides a perfect solution for the first half year of life, give or take.
After that time period, as the baby gets older, I can see the DockATot being a good solution. Toddlers can use the DockATot to transition from the enclosed space of a crib to the openness of a big boy (or girl!) bed.
Do you love one over the other? I’d love to hear your thoughts or experience with either so leave a comment below!